Proposed trade could effect location of new fire statio
The current, aging Granville downtown fire station has severe space issues, ventilation concerns and other issues driving discussion of new station construction.(Photo: File photo)
GRANVILLE – The Granville Township Zoning Commission heard an initial pitch for a land swap at its Feb. 20 meeting — one that could have bearing on the location of a new Granville fire station, if all parties were to come to terms.
Karl Schneider, of Raccoon Creek Senior Housing LLC, shared initial plans for a mix of residential and commercial development on property bounded by Columbus Road and Ohio 37.
To make that development possible, Schneider and his partners are interested in seeking a trade of land. In exchange for some township-owned open space property, the township would receive land behind the Verizon location on Main Street.
That property is also adjacent to the village transportation building, and could then become the site for a jointly used facility that might also include a new fire department, if plans were to go forward, according to Township Trustee Kevin Bennett.
Schneider told zoning commission members he is interested in building 50 duplexes for residents age 55 and older, each unit having two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The development could also include a two-story, approximately 40,000-square-foot medical office building, though he stressed all such plans are only conceptual at this point and that he came before the commission not just for an initial reaction, but also for instruction about how to best move forward in discussions for the possible property swap.
But several meeting attendees expressed reservations about the plan, citing increasing pressure from developers and concerns about any proposal that could result in open space property being developed. Others were concerned the