Ohio State Bank still is eyeing an expansion into Upper Arlington, but bank officials have scrapped plans for the project to include restaurant and retail components.

In December, representatives of Ohio State Bank submitted plans to the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning for a mixed-use project at the northeast corner of Lane Avenue and Northwest Boulevard that would have included the construction of a two-story building at 1776 W. Lane Ave.

That project would have yielded a 4,315-square-foot bank and second-floor office for Ohio State Bank, as well as an adjacent 2,070-square-foot space that could have housed a restaurant, retail or professional office.

Ohio State Bank and its architect, J. Carter Bean, have scaled back the project.

The Bexley-based bank still has plans to open a new branch in Upper Arlington at the northeast corner of West Lane Avenue and Northwest Boulevard, but the proposal for a new building has been scrapped and the company no longer intends to develop a mixed-use project.

"The applicant is now considering an addition and remodeling of the existing building, instead of a new multistory, mixed-use building," said Chad Gibson, Upper Arlington community development director. "The revised proposal consists of a renovation and small addition to the existing building at 1776 W. Lane Ave., as well as the demolition of the home located at 2508 Northwest Blvd.

"A bank is proposed, with no restaurant or retail component."

Ohio State Bank president Dave Mallett declined to discuss his company's plans to expand into Upper Arlington.

The bank opened its first branch in Bexley in April 2019.

"I still can't comment," Mallett said. "We're still working with the city on the project."

Gibson said Ohio State Bank tentatively is scheduled to present its revised plans to BZAP on April 20.

He added that bank representatives and city officials are working to ensure the new proposal for the project fits within the city's development standards for the Lane Avenue corridor.

"We are continuing to work with the applicant in conjunction with the progress being made as part of the current Lane Avenue Planning Study," Gibson said. "The goal is to make sure the Ohio State Bank plan aligns with the public's vision for the corridor.

"Ohio State Bank wishes to open in early 2021 if BZAP approves their new proposal."

A Feb. 25 letter from J. Carter Bean to the city's community development division stated the bank intends to renovate the existing, one-story commercial structure located at 1776 W. Lane Ave. and demolish an existing two-story residence at 2508 Northwest Blvd.

"The one-story detached garage structure located at 2508 Northwest Blvd. is proposed to remain with updated complementary exterior finishes to match the primary commercial structure at 1776 W. Lane Ave. The intended use for the existing commercial structure is a community banking center," the letter stated.

"A remote ATM/pneumatic teller kiosk is proposed to the west of the existing commercial structure and adjacent to Northwest Boulevard. This proposal also contemplates activating the corner of West Lane Avenue and Northwest Boulevard with a proposed lawn/green space for potential community engagement and community art."

If approved, the project would affect businesses such as Oh, Know! The Knowing Place, 1776 W. Lane Ave., and Craig King Realty Group, 1776 W. Lane Ave., Suite C.

Gibson has said Joe Henderson, the city's economic-development director, had not spoken to representatives from Oh, Know! but the city would "gladly assist (the business) to identify potential new locations within Upper Arlington" if the Ohio State Bank project moves forward.

He added that "the city's economic-development director is already in communications with this (Craig King Realty Group) and will provide assistance as he seeks a new location within the city."

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