New Delaware County Homes Could Come At Expense Of Shooting Range

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UPDATED: Wednesday May 8, 2013 11:41 PM

The city's planning and zoning commission heard a proposal on Wednesday night for a new housing development that could force a local shooting range to find a new home.

Developer Len Pivar of Arlington Homes told the commission he want to build about 50 single-family homes on nine acres of land near Grace Drive, Powell Center and the Olentangy Ridge subdivision.

The proposed homes would sell for more than $250,000 apiece.

"I want to create an old neighborhood feel like a victorian type village feel," Pivar said.

Steve Yuszka, co-owner of the Powder Room shooting range and gun shop, said his landlord wants to sell the property his business currently occupies as part of that development plan.

"I'm really disappointed and I really don't want to move. We really like the location," Yuszka said.

Some neighbors expressed their concerns to the commission on Wednesday night.

"They're talking about consistency within the neighborhood, I don't necessarily see much of that," said an unidentified homeowner.
 
Others said they were concerned about the additional traffic a new development could bring to the neighborhood. The developer assured residents there would not be  anything to worry about.

"You're going to have less traffic than if they leased the building to a restaurant and the Powder Room," said Pivar.
 
The gun range would remain open until the city and the developer move forward with any plans, according to Yuszka.

Pivar said he hoped to get started on the housing project during the summer of 2014.

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