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Next Meeting February 5

NWCA 2-5-20 Agenda

Affordable Housing Project on Hold

The Affordable Housing Project approved by NWCA is on the City Council agenda for February 10.

There has been little activity with other proposals in the area. The apartments at Reed Rd and the apartments at Henderson and Olentangy are not scheduled for review by NWCA, Development Commission, or City Council. It has been difficult to ascertain information regarding these developments, but according to one city official they are on hold pending review/improvements to the sewer system that dumps into the Knolls area. We are hearing that the City is only going to approve projects that are equivalent replacements of existing units. That is, proposals that add to the problem would not be considered. This may be the case until the sewer infrastructure is fixed, possibly in 2025. We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

January is Membership Renewal month. Please complete the membership form and mail it to our post office box by the end of January. Dues are still only $15 per voting member. NWCA Membership Form. 

There is a proposal from Skilken-Gold a for development at Bethel Rd. and Godown Rd., the former Winking Lizard site. It includes the Budget Rental store next door and would be a 24/7 gas station and drive through food service. The developer has asked for a meeting with the neighbors after the holidays. Meeting details will be posted here when they are finalized. NWCA welcomes comments and questions at this early stage of the proposal.  Update: As of January 16 we are still working with Skilken to try to arrange a neighborhood meeting.

Reed Rd project- Notice: Preferred Living was approved 3 to 1 at the September 12 Development Commission meeting. The developer increased the setback from the street, reduced the buildings nearest the street to two stories, and added significant natural barriers to minimize the impact on the neighborhood. The design remains unchanged. Next stop is City Council for final approval. Meeting date and other info will be posted as it becomes available. As of 12-2 that date is unknown. Preferred Living is working with the city to prepare for the first phase which includes building the new offices for Burgess and Niple. The second phase involving the apartments may be delayed due to sanitary sewer problems extending to the Knolls and south.

09 – Z18-062 September 2019

5.23.19 5085 Reed Road Statement of Hardship, SOH

5.28.19 5085 Reed Road Limitaiton Text

Illustrative 5-21-19

Reed Road 5-13-19

NWCA has been working with Preferred Living, nearby neighbors and residents of the district to get details and feedback on the project. The Reed Rd. proposal was on the February agenda and a special zoning meeting was held to gather input from residents. Preferred Living went back to the drawing board to adjust their plan. A second special Zoning meeting was held on April 24 to discuss these changes and give neighbors and residents another opportunity to express their opinions and concerns. The feedback is summarized in the Reed Rd 4-24 meeting summary report.

Concept Plan 4.11.19

Comparison Study_3.29.19

Zimmerman Tract Tabled: The proposed 400-unit apartment project at Henderson and Olentangy was tabled by the NWCA at the August 7 meeting. The Board and the developer agreed that there are many issues regarding traffic and the effects of drainage and sewage on residents of the Knolls that need to be addressed. In addition, the developer has said that he would like to talk to city staff about these issues in greater detail. They are not yet scheduled for the November Development Commission meeting. NWCA will schedule a special meeting for members and residents of the Knolls to discuss alternate plans for the site with the developer and possibly city staff. The meeting would be more casual and conversational. Details for the meeting will be posted and sent to members when they are finalized.

This Week News 10-29-19; Sewer lines at Kahoots

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190911/neighbors-worry-planned-apartment-complext-will-add-to-sewer-traffic-woes

https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20190819/northwest-columbus-knolls-residents-wary-about-apartments-effect-on-sewers

https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20190812/developer-puts-plan-for-northwest-columbus-apartments-on-hold-after-complaints

191-923-Traffic study submitted by developer

CV19-071 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Council Variance App

Z19-054 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Rezoning App

Zimmerman project renderings

Student Trustee Program- The 2019-20 Student Trustee Program is underway. At the October meeting we were joined by Tyler Morefield and Evan Teeter. Both are seniors at Centennial High School and both intend to to continue their education after graduation. More info on the Board of Trustees page. Tyler and Evan met with Trustees Marilyn Goodman and Amanda Gibbs, chair of the program, for orientation and an overview of the zoning process. Please welcome Tyler and Evan to NWCA and wish them luck in the program.

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Upcoming Speakers: In February we will have representatives from Columbus State Community College to discuss their future plans. In March we will hear from a company with a proposal for use for the Sheep Farm.

Sheep Farm updates

Sheep Farm

October 2019– Trustee Roy Wentzel writes “Good news from the acting CRPD Director, Paul Rakoski, the design for the Historic Sheep 🐑 Farm is in the Capital budget for 2020.  Also, OSU will soon be vacating the property and the City will put up a fence to keep any illegal dumping from happening on the site.  OSU will also remove everything from the property that doesn’t belong like some of the dumping that has already occurred and removal of hay bales, old equipment, old RV, etc. Once that has been completed the city will bush hog the entire property and mow a walking path around the park!  They will keep that mowed until permanent path is installed.  At some point they will of course remove the fence so the park will be open!”

Roy is also advocating to use the property for neighborhood events in the short term and a library in the long term!

Columbus Closes on Sheep Farm 7-20-19

Columbus and Dublin to keep Sheep Farm

Plans to be discussed summer of 2019

Sheep Farm closing delayed 12-27-18

Comments from Trustee Roy Wentzel- “I just received an update from Sophia Fifner with Columbus Parks and Recreation regarding The Historic Sheep 🐑 Farm. OSU will be conducting a second environmental study to ensure any and all contaminates have been dealt with before turning over the property to the City.  New closing date is July 15th.  I think we can all agree that we would rather be safe than sorry regarding this issue!”

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Explore Columbus History

You can contribute to documenting Columbus’ history by noting the local landmarks–stores, notable homes, parks, churches, streetscapes–in your photos of Northwest Columbus. Bring your photos and documents to Trustee Cheryl Grossman. Cheryl is working with librarians from the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Columbus Metropolitan Library to scan your photos or other materials for inclusion in the digital collection of central Ohio history. You may have seen pictures from this collection on the popular Columbus Neighborhoods series on WOSU.

In addition to the pleasure of contributing to the documentation of our neighborhood, you will have a high-quality scan of your pictures or documents. Photographs degrade over time or can be lost due to fires or water damage, so take this opportunity to back up yours. You can also specify how, or if, your materials can be used or you may be able to donate entire collections to the library.

Zoning updates

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At the November meeting, the NWCA Board recommended for approval a reduction in setback for 6469 Nicholas Dr to allow for outdoor storage, a reduction of parking setback at 4825 Knightsbridge Blvd, and Meijer’s at 6175 Sawmill Rd to use parking lot space for a gas station, liquor sales, and outdoor merchandise sales.

Jennifer Noll, Principal Planner with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) joined us in September to discuss the recently completed Insight 2050 Corridor Project. The project Corridor-Concepts-Scenario-Report-April-29-Final includes plans for future development and bus lines through five corridors from downtown. The Northwest Corridor includes Bethel Rd. and Sawmill Rd. to Post Rd. in Dublin. Pages 20 and 21 show recommendations for placement of residential, commercial, and other new proposed development.

Proposal for 405 apartment units at the NW corner of Henderson and Olentangy (the Zimmerman property). Application docs: CV19-071 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Council Variance App and Z19-054 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Rezoning App

This Week News 7-23

Apartment proposal at Winking Lizard site withdrawn

Apartment proposal for Kahoots site modified

Kahoots Could be Kaput

Kahoots Apartments might be CRA 2-27

ThisWeek News 6-18-19

Habitat for Humanity store to replace Graeters

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Henderson Rd upgrade

Great news for the NWCA member area -“Upper Arlington officials are looking at an estimated $2 million upgrade of Henderson Road in 2019 geared at reducing stormwater flooding and better accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians.

The modifications are planned on a segment of Henderson Road from Riverside Drive to Sawmill Road.”

Read more here:

http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20171024/city-eyes-2m-henderson-road-upgrade

May 2019 Update: Construction might last until November. See article below.

Henderson Road rebuild in Upper Arlington likely to last into November

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