Show Your Opposition of the Elmwood Apartment Complex: 150+ Units Behind the Old Bookstore

Show Your Opposition of the Elmwood Apartment Complex: 150+ Units Behind the Old Bookstore

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Catherine Turner started this petition to Columbus City Council

Fellow Columbus Residents,

There are current plans to rezone 8+ acres of property at the SR161 entrance of Brookside Estates in order to develop a large apartment complex. Not only is traffic on SR161 already a major issue, if this rezoning application is approved, it will likely open the door for future development. The same developer has already begun renovations at the old bookstore site and extended stay apartments and condos are coming.

Increased traffic congestion on SR161 is our main concern. The cities of Worthington and Columbus, and Perry Township have been in negotiations to improve the corridor, but a concrete plan nor source of funding has been identified. It is a problem that has been ignored for too long, and allowing further development along SR161 before tackling this major traffic and safety concern is simply irresponsible.

Please consider signing this online petition and come together with fellow residents over these issues. It will serve as proof of community concern to the Columbus City Council, who is ultimately responsible for approving or disapproving the proposed rezoning request.

What You Need to Know:

  • The land is currently recommended by the City of Columbus’ Northwest Plan of 2016 (pg 16) to be zoned low-density residential with less than 4-6 dwellings per acre. This rezoning project will put the density closer to 20+ dwellings per acre as only 2/3 of the 8+ acres is actually developable land.
  • 154 units, 231 parking spots — currently planned to have a right-in, right-out only onto 161, which will likely lead to residents using McVey Blvd. as a cut through
  • 600+ apartments are just beginning to open at the old Anderson’s site, and The District apartments (326 units) located right across the street are not at capacity — immediate area is already over saturated with apartments and we have yet to fully experience the traffic impact

If you have any singular concern at all (including, but not limited to: increased traffic congestion on 161, cut through traffic on McVey Blvd, density of complex, height of complex (3 stories), future development of wooden lot backing up to Brookside Estates, etc.), please consider signing this petition. It will be presented to Columbus City Council at an upcoming zoning meeting - date is still TBD, but we have been notified that it will likely be heard in late September 2019. 

Thank you in advance for your willingness to support our local neighborhoods and the safety of our families!

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