Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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. Council President Cathy Murphy pressed developer Lance Osborne to submit more plans for the landscaping, signs, canopy and site plan at council's Committee-of-the-Whole meeting Tuesday. 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 …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Legal description did not match map of property.
Developer Lance Osborne will be at the next Highland Heights Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for a third try to get a lot split approved for the proposed Shoppes at Brainard Crossing/GetGo project. Preliminary approval of the lot split was given on May 14, but commission members decided against voting on final approval Tuesday night because a legal description didn't match a map of the property at Wilson Mills and Brainard roads. Osborne's map showed three parcels, with portions of the two existing parcels taken away to form the area where the GetGo gas station/convenience store would be built. That's the parcel that would need to be presented to voters for rezoning to motor service use. However, a legal description had the property …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Developer agrees to ballot issue proposed by Highland Heights.
Developer Lance Osborne told city officials he'll accept their ballot language requiring a zoning change for a GetGo convenience store/gas station that is part of his Shoppes at Brainard Crossing project. "We are in agreement with the concept of the ordinance," he told Highland Heights City Council at a committee meeting on Tuesday. "Our attorney will have to make it conform with our proposed development agreement." The development, planned for the former Catalano's grocery site at Brainard and Wilson Mills roads, would feature 25,000 square feet of retail space at the back of the property and a 5,500-square-foot GetGo convenience store/gas station closer to Wilson Mills. The property is zoned for local business use. Last year, Osborne …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
'Visions for Vacancies' asks for suggestions on filling vacant commercial spaces.
The building at Wilson Mills and Brainard roads in Highland Heights has been vacant since Catalano's grocery store closed in 2007. Developer Lance Osborne is working with city officials to get an issue on the ballot for a retail development that would include a GetGo gas station and convenience store, as well as a 25,000 square feet of additional retail space. Hillcrest Patch wants to know what you would like to see at that site, whether it's in the retail storefronts planned by Osborne or something else entirely. One woman at a recent council meeting suggested a roller skating rink. Another reader mentioned it would be nice to have a bowling alley in the area. What would you like to see at that corner?
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Developer considering issue that would require ward approval.
Highland Heights Law Director Tim Paluf is preparing ballot language for an issue that would rezone the front of the former Catalano's property to motor service use. That would allow for a GetGo gas station/convenience store on the property at Wilson Mills and Brainard roads, which is zoned for local business. "I'm somewhat encouraged," said Council President Cathy Murphy, who said developer Lance Osborne asked for the ballot language at a Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday. Murphy said that means Osborne and the city may be able to reach a deal on a zoning issue that requires approval in Ward 4 as well as citywide. That has been a demand of city officials since Osborne submitted petitions last summer that would bypass a …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Members make recommendation to City Council.
Highland Heights Economic Development Committee members wanted to make a statement by expressing support for the proposed Shoppes at Brainard Crossing development. Lance Osborne plans to develop 25,000 square feet of retail space using part of the old Catalano's grocery store building. There would also be a 5,500-square-foot GetGo convenience store and a gas station. Giant Eagle officials agreed to drop plans for a car wash. "I knew it was a big concession on their part," Osborne told committee members at a recent meeting. In order to proceed with the project, a zoning change needs to be approved by voters to allow a gas station on land zoned for local business. Osborne submitted petitions to get the issue on the ballot, but city Law …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Developer says Giant Eagle will not wait until November.
Lance Osborne said he will not be involved in development of the former Catalano's site if Highland Heights officials do not put a zoning issue on the ballot next spring. According to Highland Heights Law Director Tim Paluf, a zoning change that would permit a GetGo gas station on the site must be on the ballot in a November general election. Osborne, who disputes that interpretation of the city charter language regarding initiative petitions, said Giant Eagle will not give him that much time in control of the property. "We'd have to release it," said Osborne, who appeared before the city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday to present members with an update on his plans. Osborne added that his attorneys are meeting with the city to …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Developer requests spring 2012 election
Developer Lance Osborne submitted an official request Tuesday for Highland Heights City Council to place an issue on the ballot to make changes to local business zoning. The changes would allow for a GetGo gas station, convenience store and car wash, as well as additional retail space at Wilson Mills and Brainard roads, site of the former Catalano's grocery store. Osborne had circulated initiative petitions to allow gas stations in local business zoning as well as to increase the maximum space allowed from 10,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet. Council rejected the petitions last week, but the city's charter states that if the petitioner files a written request at the next council meeting, council has to forward the petitions to the …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Highland Heights City Council likely to address the issue on Sept. 6
Highland Heights Law Director Tim Paluf said there's still disagreement about whether developer Lance Osborne submitted petitions in time for the November general election ballot. Osborne circulated petitions to put an issue on the ballot to allow gas stations under local business zoning. Passage would allow his plans to go forward for a Giant Eagle GetGo gas station and convenience store as part of redevelopment of the former Catalano's grocery store site at Wilson Mills and Brainard roads. The petitions were presented to the city on Aug. 1, which was within the 90-day deadline for the November ballot, according to Osborne's attorneys. However, Paluf said city council has 40 days to take action on the petitions. He said council, which is …