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Brandon Pauley Represents Residents in Proposed Mixed Use Development Zoning Matter in Columbus

A group of neighbors has organized in opposition to a proposed mixed-use development in Schumacher Place.

The residents said they don’t want added parking problems, noise, odor and late-night activity they believe would be associated with a proposed restaurant on the site of the vacant Buckeye Appliance & TV Center, 364 E. Whittier St.

Whittier ABC Co. LLC, which purchased the property in March 2018, wants to build 2,300 square feet of restaurant space, along with 1,300 square feet of patio space.

Bret Kline, who lives on Bruck Street near the project, said patrons of current food-and-beverage destinations in the area -- such as the Hey Hey Bar & Grill and Barcelona -- already gobble up what little on-street parking there is.

“There really is a parking deficit in the neighborhood,” Kline said.

Whittier ABC also wants to tear down part of the existing building on the site and create four apartments, one with a work-space attached on the ground level.

According to the plans, Whittier wants to change the land use from R-2F, a residential zoning classification, to a commercial use, something that would require a variance from Columbus City Council.

Documents show the site historically has been a commercial use. Most recently, it was a veterinarian’s office.

The company is seeking additional variances for parking, setback, landscaping and other requirements.

“Whittier Street is already a mixed-use street and the property itself is commercially developed in the R-2F district and all four concerns of this intersection are developed commercially,” said attorney David Hodge, representing Whittier ABC.

“And development of this property with commercial use, including restaurant, is appropriate, in terms of the historical development pattern in the greater neighborhood.”

Ron Halka, who lives on the alley behind the proposed development, said his bedroom window would overlook the restaurant’s patio and the space where the trash receptacle would be stored.

Halka said he can’t imagine the late-night noise and the smell.

“It’s like they haven’t considered the impact on the immediate neighborhood at all,” he said.

Hodge disagreed, saying the previous site plan had four additional units on top of a parking structure to the north side of the property.
“We have attempted to reduce the intensity of the property to work with the neighborhood,” Hodge said.

Anthony Celebrezze, assistant director of Columbus’ building and zoning services, said a variance request for the site has not been assigned to council.

The group has hired attorney Brandon Pauley to represent them.

“They’re trying to get their voice heard,” Pauley said.

“Sometimes when hiring an attorney, it amplifies your voice.”

David Scott & Amanda Waesch Promoted to Vice President Roles as Part of Continued Succession Planning

Brennan, Manna and Diamond (BMD), an entrepreneurial business law firm with six offices in Ohio and Florida, has promoted Columbus Office Managing Partner David Scott and Executive Committee Member Amanda Waesch to the position of Vice President.

'Culture, Culture, Culture’: The Essence of Printing Industry M&A Deals

BMD/Signet's Tony Manna interviewed by Printing Impressions

Signet’s Anthony Manna: U.S. Deal Activity Remains Steady As China Responds To Coronavirus

“When SARS came around (in February 2003), China had about 4 percent of the global supply chain,” says Manna, founder, principal and chairman at the global private investment firm. “Now they have 16 percent, and you see this massive stimulus package being put in place to combat the coronavirus problem. China has already announced that they’re going to have more stimulus packages.”

Brennan, Manna & Diamond opens Stark office

As published in the Canton Repository, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Akron-based law firm wants to serve existing and future Stark County customers. Summit County-based law firm Brennan Manna & Diamond has opened an office in Jackson Township.

Jeffrey C. Miller discusses "Guns and Drugs in the Workplace" at Legal Education event Feb. 20, 2020

On Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Builder's Exchange Training Center in North Canton, Attorney Jeff Miller will be discussing guns and drugs in the workplace. Both are legal in Ohio, but what about the workplace? Jeff will discuss concealed carry and medical marijuana in the workplace, and employer options for addressing these emerging issues. In today's tight labor market, the correct policies and procedures on guns and drugs are crucial.