Big mixed-use development proposed along Lockbourne Road

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Farmland along Lockbourne Road opposite the Hamilton Meadows subdivision could potentially soon find itself annexed into Obetz as the first step in a potential mixed-use development.

Attorney David Hodge presented a proposed concept plan for the nearly 130-acre Wilburn property site to Obetz Village Council on April 26. The property is bordered on the north by Rathmell Road, Big Walnut Creek to the south, Lockbourne Road to the west, and private farmland to the east.

Hodge proposed that 33 acres of parkland along the creek could be purchased by Obetz to add to the village inventory.

As presented, the proposed concept plan allows for commercial space across from the high school fields on Lockbourne Road and east on Rathmell Road, along with a multi-family development. A public library is proposed on the Lockbourne Road side opposite the north entrance to Hamilton Meadows.

The remainder of the site would be comprised of single-family homes in the $350,000 to $500,000 price range and a pair of retaining ponds.

“We know it’s the desire of the village to have it mixed use,” said Hodge. “This all very preliminary.”

According to Hodge, the first step is to have the property annexed into the village. He anticipates that process to begin within the next two to three weeks.

“I don’t mind the multi-living piece,” said Mayor Angie Kirk after Hodge asked the council for advice and concerns regarding his proposal, “but I don’t want a three-story apartment building. We also have a need for senior living and I believe there is a need for transitional living for our kids.”

Obetz Village Administrator Rod Davisson commented on the potential impact on the local school system and assured council the village tries to ensure the school district is successful and not overloaded. He said if the development is done correctly, it should be able to pay for space needed by the schools to address growth.

“It’s a beautiful area and we don’t want to see it sullied with warehouses,” said Davisson, who expects the development to take up to 20 years for a full build out.

Spring Clean-up Day
A Spring Clean-up Day is scheduled for May 14 on Obetz’s normal trash collection day. Waste Management is sending more trucks to the area to pick up additional waste.

Household appliances and other large items will be collected. However, Freon must be removed from refrigerators by a certified technician and a sticker attached, along with removal of doors.

Swing sets and similar large items should be broken up into pieces no larger that four feet in length. Mattresses, couches and padded chairs should be wrapped in plastic. Carpet bundles should not exceed four feet in length or two feet in diameter.

Paint or paint cans that do not exceed five gallons are acceptable and must be empty or ensure the paint is dry. Place all yard waste in a refuse container or paper bag no larger than 40 gallons/60 pounds.

For a full list of unacceptable materials including concrete, asphalt, rocks, soil, oils, propane, fuel, auto parts and household hazardous waste visit the Waste Management Website.

The village is also conducting a Spring Tire Disposal on May 14, 4-6 p.m. and May 15, 9-11 a.m. in the dumpster at the Street Department building, 4100 Orchard Lane.

There is no cost, but there is a limit of 12 tires per household and you must show proof of Obetz residency before dumping tires.

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