Hearing set for five-story building plan

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Grandview Heights City Council has scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. June 20 regarding an appeal of the planning commission’s denial of an application for a new five-story mixed-used commercial building on Goodale Boulevard.

jun8-2016newsThe commission voted 2-1 May 18 to approve the major site plan presented by Brexton LLC, a commercial real estate company. However, two of the five commission members were absent and a unanimous vote was required — so the application was denied.

Brexton is appealing the planning commission’s decision and asking council to approve the site plan.

The five-story building would include a ground-floor lobby and rental office, three floors for a self-storage facility and fifth-floor office space.

A ground-level garage would provide 70 parking spaces in addition to 17 surface spaces. The 87 total spaces would meet the parking requirements needed to accommodate the office use.

Brexton LLC would move its offices to the new building, said Tim Galvin, president and CEO of the company. The company’s offices are currently located just outside Grandview at 815 Grandview Ave.

The company has 32 employees and could add up to 10 more, which would result in a total payroll between $5.6 and $6 million, Galvin said.

As part of the application, the planning commission was asked to approve a variance to the city’s limits for building height, which is limited to 35 feet when located adjacent to residential development and 45 feet in other instances.

Brexton’s proposal sought a building that would be 60 feet tall.

The plan was revised to reduce the building to 56 feet at the front and also set it back five feet, “so there’s a nice space for employees to eat outside,” Galvin said.

Brexton must close on the deal to purchase the property by June 30, he said.

In general, the planning commission seemed to like Brexton’s plans for the site, said Steve Papineau, council’s liaison to the commission.

“The person who voted no said he just wanted more time to think about it,” he said.

The commission was concerned about whether it would be setting a precedent regarding the height of buildings in the Goodale corridor, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.