Residents Upset About Plan To Build Apartment Development Near Polaris


UPDATED: Wednesday March 13, 2013 5:35 PM

Some residents who live near a proposed apartment development in the Polaris area are speaking out against current plans.

Gloria Gaskey said she has lived in Orange Township for 15 years and has seen a lot of development.

She said she has always been fine with it until now.

“It’s just not a good situation,” Gaskey said. “Everyone just says, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”

The plan is to develop 14 ½ acres on South Old State Road, just north of Polaris Parkway.

The Schottenstein Real Estate Group is trying to rezone the land, which was annexed to Columbus, to allow for the apartment complex.

“The buildings themselves look nice,” Gaskey said. “We aren’t looking at the buildings or the amenities, it’s a matter of the number of units.”

The land is currently zoned for 90 units. The proposal would bump that to 208.

The three Delaware County Commissioners have sent letters to the Columbus Development Commission opposing the plan.

Gaskey said she isn’t against developing the land.

“It’s just we feel it should complement the area,” Gaskey said.

On Tuesday evening, the Far North Columbus Coalition unanimously opposed the plan. It forwarded it on to the Columbus Development Commission, which is expected to review the plan on Thursday.

The developer and the attorney for the developer did not immediately return 10TV’s requests for interviews.

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