Next Meeting January 8
Special Meeting December 11 cancelled – 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 meeting was to be December 11 at 7:00 pm at the Meadow Park Church 2425 Bethel Rd. but the developer has asked to hold off until 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.
Neighborhood Pride Talent Show– Saturday December 14, 12:30 to 2:00 pm at the King Arts Complex 867 Mt. Vernon Ave. The final part of this year’s Neighborhood Pride program is the Talent Show featuring students from middle schools around Columbus. The program is designed to get students involved with their neighborhoods and the Columbus Arts Council. Admission is free but you need to RSVP to (614) 645-0837 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
|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. Trustee Cheryl Grossman has scheduled a representative from the library to be our guest speaker in January.
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.
Evan Teeter Tyler Morefield
Upcoming Speakers: In January we will hear from the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Local History Project that Trustee Cheryl Grossman is chairing. Bring your photos for scanning; February we will have representatives from Columbus State Community College to discuss their future plans.