By Katelyn Sattler
A daycare could be built at the corner of Groveport and Bixby roads.
It is a busy intersection where much work has been done recently.
According to Obetz City Engineer Mike Corbitt, Redwood apartments start leasing in this month and Walnut Run is finishing Phase 3 this year, with Phases 1 and 2 available for sale. Obetz upgraded the roads and the intersection of Groveport and Bixby roads, adding a left turn lane on Groveport Road to Bixby Road with a signal head. The city also repaved Bixby Road to the county jurisdiction and added a bike path.
Beth Benzenberg, director of Interior Design at SHYFT Collective, and Garrett Baker, P.E. and project manager at American Structurepoint, Inc., came before the Obetz Planning and Zoning Commission in November with a preliminary plan for Fountain of Knowledge Academy, a daycare facility.
Obetz Community Services Director Stacey Boumis said the site on the southwest corner of Groveport and Bixby roads is approximately 2.5 acres and the parcel has been zoned office for 20 years. A daycare is not a permitted use there, so rezoning is required.
“Rather than start the rezoning process with no feedback, we always encourage people to come and talk to the planning and zoning commission to get their feedback about not only the use, but design elements as well,” said Boumis.
There were some changes from what was presented to city officials earlier. The curb cuts on both roads were switched and the retention pond location changed. The curb cut on Groveport Road is shown to be a right-in right-out and the full access curb cut to the site would be off Bixby Road.
The proposed building is closer to Groveport Road to allow a playground in the back.
“I think the unfortunate part is that the best side of the building really is the backside of the building,” said Boumis. “The back of the building is what the thousands of cars and trucks would be seeing. It needs some work there to make it truly seem like it’s also the front of the building.”
Added Obetz Mayor Angela Kirk, “You’ve got new neighborhoods coming in there. We’ve got a new complex on the other side of the street, and that is constantly traveling day and night. I do have concerns also with the curb cut. I don’t want it that close to the corner of Bixby Road. I believe it will cause some serious traffic issues for everyone traveling there.”
Benzenberg said the entrance to the building was close to parking so people didn’t have to travel across with children.
“We did not want parking in the front,” said Boumis. “You could move the building back. We were thinking through it earlier, whether it is color differentiation, banding, different types of materials – it doesn’t fit in a residential neighborhood, in my mind. A traffic study is going to be required where we determine if type of queuing lanes or stacking lanes would be required.”
City officials will consider the proposed daycare further at future meetings.
Obetz Christmas events
•Santa’s Neighborhood Drive will be Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their reindeer will visit every residential street in Obetz.
•The light display in downtown Obetz will begin in December and remain up through the holidays.
•Lighted Christmas figures and other decorations will be on display throughout Lancaster Park and Veterans Park.
•The Historic Church Light Display will begin in December and remain up through the holidays.
•Holiday Lights Contest – Mayor Angela Kirk and Obetz City Council will visit every street in Obetz on Dec. 10 and 19 at 5:30 p.m. so make sure your lights are on all evening. No registration is required. Every decorated home in Obetz is eligible. There will be multiple winners in several categories.
Obetz P&Z meeting
The Obetz Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Dec. 14 has been cancelled. The next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be Jan. 11.
Enchanted Acres donates 200 knitted hats
Hamilton Local Schools thanked the seniors at Enchanted Acres for another donation of knitted hats. Each year, the Enchanted Acres community knits hats and donates them to the district’s elementary school for students to wear during the winter. This year the group knitted 200 hats for the children. The elementary staff displayed the hats in the school’s hallway for staff and students to choose from as needed.
Obetz Police news
For the first two weeks in November, Obetz police took 996 calls for service, patrolled 3,406 miles, wrote 19 moving violations, including three for speeding, one misdemeanor arrest, no felonies these two weeks, one ticket for a semi-truck in a neighborhood. Officers took 19 offense reports, four crash reports, and responded to two domestic violence incidents.
Other Obetz news
It’s winter and it’s cold and dark outside, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops!
Here is a sampling of athletic activities in Obetz that people can enjoy.
Indoor Golf League
According to LeAnna Moore of the city of Obetz, registration is now open for the Indoor Golf League. Registration is in-person only at the Obetz Athletic Club.
Teams of three players play nine holes weekly in an eight week season.
Registration ends Dec. 31. The registration fee is $30 per player for OAC members and $50 per player for non-members. Checks should be made payable to the City of Obetz. For information call the OAC (614-491-8520) or email Ben Swauger email@example.com.
Learn to Volley Class
The Learn to Volley Class is at the Obetz Community Center for kids ages 8–12 who are interested in learning the fundamentals of volleyball. Players will learn about passing, setting, blocking, and serving. Each week includes modified games. The class is open to both new and skilled players.
Visit https://bit.ly/ballysportsgroup to sign up and for information.
Bally Sports Group is bringing Little Ballers & Shooting Stars Basketball Classes to the Obetz Community Center this winter.
Players will learn the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, defense, and the concept of game play.
Visit https://bit.ly/ballysportsgroup to sign up and for more information.