August 7 meeting
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. 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.
Neighborhood Pride Bus Tour update: At the outset of the Neighborhood Pride program, NWCA was asked to submit a list of areas that the city should address. For example, we should let them know where drainage problems, overgrown grass on city property, crosswalks, etc. are a problem. Four members of NWCA accompanied city staff on a bus tour of the Neighborhood Pride area and helped point out some areas of concern. City staff reviewed them and followed up with these comments-
Reed Rd project: The Development Commission heard Preferred Living again on July 11 and tabled it for the third time. PL has said they will return again in August and the Commission has promised to vote on it then. Notice: The Development Commission hearing for the proposed Preferred Living apartment project on Reed Rd. has been taken off the agenda for August 8. Preferred Living plans to revise the site plan and present at the September 12 Development Commission meeting. Stay tuned.The Development Commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 at the Michael B Coleman Government Center in the Public Hearing Room (2nd Floor), 111 N. Front Street. Parking across the street is free. Residents are encouraged to attend and express their concerns and/or support.
The Insight 2050 Corridor Project is complete. The attached report 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. A representative from MORPC will join us as guest speaker at our September meeting.
The Columbus Libraries Northwest History Project is underway. Marilyn Goodman reported that the library is collecting photos, information, and historic documentation on the history and development of Northwest Columbus neighborhoods. Here is the link- Columbus Libraries History Project and here is a little more background and the kind of things they plan to memorialize. More to come.
Have a great summer!