Commission OKs building plans for Columbus company


Andy Volenik’s first meeting on the Delaware Planning Commission ended within 34 minutes with one agenda item approved and another tabled at City Hall.

“I didn’t realize it was this busy,” he said.

Councilwoman Lisa Keller, who is the chairwoman of the commission, told him Wednesday it was “a perfect first meeting” for him.

“This was painless,” she said. “… don’t expect it to be like this.”

The commission endorsed a Columbus-based company’s development plan for a new building near the city’s industrial park. Council will consider the plan at an upcoming meeting.

Robin Brannan of Midway Structural Pipe and Supply Inc., 999 Bonham Ave., had expressed interested to City Council in relocating the more than 60-year-old business to the intersection of Pittsburgh Drive and Section Line Road, because she wants the company to be more accessible to better talent.

Midway has produced fencing products for clients such as the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The business has about 18 to 20 employees.

“This [project] has progressed really rapidly,” said Delaware’s Planning Director Dave Efland.

He added that these job-producing projects are “very important to the community.”

In November, Council approved a Community Reinvestment Area agreement with the company for the construction of the 29,480-square-foot facility on 11 acres at the site.

Delaware City Schools will receive about 39 percent what they would have received if the building itself was not abated with the increase in land value, combined with the city’s school compensation payments, said Sean Hughes, the city’s economic development director.

“This is much greater for the schools than if the land continued to sit vacant,” he added.

In other business, the commission again tabled the vacation of an alley, east of Euclid Avenue between West Fountain Avenue and West Lincoln Avenue. Cory Hupp and his wife, who live on Euclid, had intended to take ownership of the alley to improve the alley’s upkeep.

Efland said the agenda item may be taken off at its next meeting because the Hupps have not finalized an agreement with their neighbors.

The commission’s next meeting is on Feb. 1.

By Brandon Klein

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Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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