CW paves way for development; plus new CW library update

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

A rezoning ordinance found approval at the Dec. 18 Canal Winchester City Council meeting.

Council was asked to amend the city zoning map allowing Weiser Development Company to have the property rezoned from exceptional use to limited manufacturing.

“The existing and planned use is well within the limited manufacturing zoning,” said attorney and applicant representative Richard Ricketts. “This is a property that can be developed well for these types of uses. This is going to be the entranceway that I think we’re all going to want to see done nicely. There is substantial interest in this property.”

According to the amendment, the 48-plus acre property previously had similar zoning when it was located in Violet Township. Currently, the property is used as a farm field.

Located at the corner of Basil Western and Hill Roads, roadway improvements would be necessary and the applicant is working with the Fairfield County Engineer’s office and the Fairfield County Transportation Improvement District on proposed improvements.

Properties to the north (large lot, single-family homes) and south (limited manufacturing) are located in Violet Township. Properties to the east (in Canal Winchester and Violet Township) contain agricultural fields and to the west are in Canal Winchester and zoned Planned Industrial District.

Proposed plans include a roundabout at the Kings Crossing and Hill Road intersection and widening Basil Western Road to three lanes to accommodate traffic from industrial businesses that are currently under construction and planned in the corridor.

Canal Winchester staff and at the planning and zoning commission meeting on Nov. 13 recommended the council approve the request.

According to staff, the site has long been planned for industrial development and several

Violet Township projects within the Basil Western corridor are compatible with the proposed zoning.

“The Weisers have been involved with this property for several years,” said Ricketts.

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
Members of the Columbus Metropolitan Library system updated Canal Winchester City Council on their capital improvement plan, which includes a new stand-alone library building along Groveport Road in Canal Winchester.

“We’ve been involved in an extensive capital improvement plan over the last dozen or so years,” said Library CEO Patrick Lewinsky. “We’ve built 14 new or remodeled libraries over that time period. We’re very excited to bring a new library (still in the design phase) to your dynamic and growing community.”

In 2022, when asked why CML decided to build a new Canal Winchester library branch instead of keeping its existing branch in the school district education center, CML Communications Specialist Ben Zenitsky said CML had not previously offered service in Canal Winchester when the branch opened in 2016.

“We’ve been keeping a very close eye on the branch since then in order to gauge community usage and demand,” Zenitsky. “It’s clear that this community loves its library and we want to make sure we’re meeting that demand and reinvesting in its residents with a 21st century library.”

“Public libraries of the 21st century are more than just homes for books,” said Zenitsky. “They are community gathering spaces. As Canal Winchester evolves, residents need their library to evolve with it. That’s why a new, larger branch will include meeting rooms, small study rooms, and more spaces to collaborate.”

Once the new Canal Winchester library branch is constructed, it will be the second Columbus Metropolitan Library branch in the Canal Winchester – Groveport – Madison Township area. The other is the Southeast Branch located at 3980 South Hamilton Road, Groveport.

“Our Southeast Branch remains one of our busiest branches,” said Zenitsky. “I’m unsure how a larger Canal Winchester branch would impact it, if at all.”

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