By Sandi Latimer
Two businesses in the Westland area could hang new signage after being approved by the Westland Area Commission (WAC).
The two variances were presented at the Sept. 18 meeting and forwarded to Columbus City Council for final decision next month.
Hyundai Auto Mall applied to make three small adjustments to its current signage to bring it in line with a new company image, said dealership officials.
Also approved was a plan to replace the sign for Sears Logistics with a monument style vertical signage, according to Robert Schorr of DaNite Signs.
WAC member Mike McKay said he is waiting to hear from project developers for a proposed storage business at the corner of Galloway and Hall roads. He said it’s been several months since he inquired about its status.
Resident Gary Carter said neighbors and businesses at that intersection are opposed to it.
“They can put something better at that intersection than a storage shed,” he said. “In a 3-mile radius, there are 17 such businesses and U-Haul is putting in a service center in the old Meijer’s store.”
Carter said he would like to see a small medical building on the lot, because there wouldn’t be much traffic on nights and weekends.
“Those storage sheds are ideal places for rock bands to practice and I’m not into that,” he said. “It’s too valuable a corner to put in metal sheds.”
New member appointed
WAC appointed David Stewart to replace Phil Warner, who retired in June. Stewart is deputy superintendent for South-Western City Schools.
Stewart said there is an increase in the number of students at the junior high level. He added, construction plans for the district would eliminate one elementary school and meetings will be held in October to collect parent feedback.
WAC chair Linda Pitts said Columbus Recreation and Parks Director Allan McKnight will schedule meetings to work on upgrading the master plan for his department. Several commission members said they wanted to work on the project.
Belkis Schoednhals, Homes on the Hill executive assistant, said the agency is expanding its services from the Hilltop into Prairie Township. She said one project is to rehab up to six homes in the township and have them ready to sell by Dec. 24.
“Right now we have to select those homes,” she said.