Former driving range could become housing complex

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By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

What used to be a driving range and miniature golf course at West Broad Street and Doherty Road could be turned into housing.

Westland Area Commission members voted 9-2 at their June 20 meeting to rezone the land for housing and sent the rezoning question to the city of Columbus for council’s consideration.

At a zoning committee hearing a week earlier Jeff Brown of Smith and Hale said the city, in the 1980s, had the land at 5960 W. Broad St. zoned in the rural category, but nothing was done. Now the developers want the 32.4 acres rezoned for both single-family housing and apartment dwellings.

The zoning committee voted the issue up to the full commission on a 3-2 vote.

Plans call for apartment buildings to be constructed in the southeast corner on 9.3 acres and 94 single-family units on 12.5 acres on the southwest corner. The wooded areas in the northwest area, Brown said, would be untouched. The remaining land would be in wetlands.

Much of the opposition at the committee hearing came from residents behind the proposed development, especially behind the multi-family section. They wanted to know how this would affect their property, which are single-family residences. They also asked if Doherty Road would be widened because of increased traffic and wanted to know about traffic on Broad Street and if another traffic light could be installed. There is already one traffic light to the east, at Galloway and Broad.

Brown said a traffic study would be done by the city. He also said the proposed development had the recommendation of the Big Darby Accord.

The commission’s next meeting will be July 17 at 7 p.m. in the Osteopathic Heritage Center at 5131 Beacon Hill behind Doctor’s Hospital.

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