Shoppes at Brainard Crossing Project Moving Along On Schedule
Developer tasked to submit more exhibits before the week's out for a possible second reading at the next council meeting
Highland Heights City Council and the developer of the Shoppes at Brainard Crossing project say everything is on schedule to put the property rezoning on the November ballot – just as soon as those project exhibits are submitted for council’s review.
Osborne promised council he would submit them before the end of this week.
Murphy hopes to obtain the exhibits and review the variances so the measure can have a second reading for next Tuesday’s regular council meeting and keep moving along.
The project, at Brainard and Wilson Mills roads, features a GetGo convenience store/gas station.
Council hopes to finish putting together the project's development agreement before the August break. The ballot issue must be submitted to the board of elections by Aug. 6.
“We’re all working as a team to try and put the very best proposal we can on the ballot for the voters,” Murphy said. “I think the process is moving along. We’re pretty much on target.”
Osborne agreed that things are moving along as they should, despite some qualms about exhibits not being submitted at this time.
“That’s to be expected,” Osborne said of the criticism he received Tuesday. “We have to work through all the details.”
One of those details that became a hot topic at the meeting was the size of the signs that are designed to flank the property. One sign is to face the Highland Medical Center on the Brainard side and the other is to face the former Brown-Flynn Building on the Wilson Mills side.
The Osborne Capital Group designed them to be 18 feet high and 15 feet wide, but Murphy reminded them that they can only be 6 feet.
Osborne said he was willing to make an adjustment.
“I think it has to be appropriate for the area,” Murphy said. “You have to look at those surrounding businesses there, and trust me, the size of their signs conforms to code, and is nowhere near a massive 18-feet high.”
Osborne said the site is configured to hold five tenants, but that’s subject to change.
In other business, the city is refining the language on the November ballot for the rezoning of the Highland Medical Center. The measure will attempt to add some 32 parking spaces at the site.