Grove City Council voted 3-2 on April 6 to approve a preliminary development plan for the Quarry at Pinnacle project planned for a 72.1-acre site at the southwest corner of White Road and Jackson Pike (state Route 104).

Developer Joe Ciminello is proposing a residential development containing 182 single-family houses and 29 detached condominiums.

The project would be an extension of the Pinnacle Club development to the south and west of the site, Ciminello said.

With approval of the general concept offered in the preliminary plan, the developer will prepare a final development plan and rezoning request for the project.

Council members Christine Houk and Ted Berry voted against the preliminary plan, stating as they have with previous projects proposed for the state Route 104 corridor that more consideration regarding road improvements and other infrastructure is needed before additional residential structures are approved.

The development would include about 8 proposed reserved acres, totaling 22.8 acres with an 11-acre park and bicycle paths, Ciminello said.

"We held a public meeting for the neighbors (who live near the development area)," he said. "We made commitments for additional screening and landscaping and are trying to move our entrance road on White Road as far west as we can to have less of an impact on the neighbors" whose houses are close to the road.

The bicycle path would connect to the path on state Route 104, Ciminello said.

"It will enable residents from the existing Pinnacle development to get over to this development, which includes the (11-acre) park. So it will have good connectivity with the existing Pinnacle as well as the (Scioto Grove) Metro Park," he said.

The preliminary plan shows a left-turn lane into the development on White Road, Ciminello said.

A traffic-impact study will be conducted as part of the development plan and rezoning application, and it's anticipated a left-turn lane would be required both on White Road and state Route 104, he said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation thus far has not indicated a traffic-control device is warranted for the intersection of White and state Route 104, city administrator Chuck Boso said.

"We're having ongoing discussions with them about the volume of traffic this project would bring," he said.

The city would prefer a traffic signal be installed at the intersection, Boso said.

If the state maintains its position, "the next best thing" might be for the city to annex the right of way that might allow it to control the right of way "both from an installation of traffic-control devices as well as speed limit," he said.

"My concern is on the demand on our existing infrastructure from this development," Houk said, "that the existing infrastructure is not designed to support another (211) housing units."

She said she had the "same apprehension" in March 2019, when council approved the 535-house Farmstead development planned for a 209.5-acre site on the west side of state Route 104 and north of Scioto Meadows Boulevard.

Berry praised the aesthetics of the current Pinnacle development and what Ciminello is planning for the addition.

"Pinnacle is beautiful," he said.

But the new project, combined with Farmstead, would add close to 800 more residences and pour more traffic onto state Route 104, Berry said.

"We need to address the infrastructure on 104," he said. "I don't at this time want to put more traffic burden onto 104."

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