The Columbus Dispatch

Newark pursues zoning for 82 properties

- Kent Mallett

NEWARK – The downtown commercial zoning district, which last year expanded to include multi-use developmen­t venue Newark Station west of downtown, may add Hudson Avenue and Mount Vernon Road areas north of the city center.

The Newark City Council Service Committee approved on Tuesday rezoning 82 properties on Hudson and Elmwood avenues, and Mount Vernon Road between Ohio 16 and St. Clair and Hoover streets. The full council will consider the legislatio­n in March, following a public hearing.

Newark Developmen­t Partners-hudson LLC, the city of Newark and Gerald Depalmo each own seven properties in the area slated to be rezoned. The properties are currently in numerous zoning districts, including residentia­l, business, office and church-school institutio­nal.

Steve Layman, a NDP board member, told the council committee the rezoning will encourage investment and aid in the area’s redevelopm­ent.

“When a new ordinance was passed in 2008, and a map was drawn, there was an attempt to zone things as they were,” Layman said. “As a result, this is a classic case of spot zoning. It makes sense if nothing is happening, but when that area is open for redevelopm­ent and people are trying to do things to improve that area, the zoning stands in the way.

“The most reasonable solution to that was to zone it downtown commercial. That classifica­tion is the broadest classifica­tion in the city and it’s contiguous to that district.”

Several homes have been demolished in recent years on Mount Vernon Road near the highway. The Mount Vernon Road Bridge over Ohio 16 was widened and improved in 2017.

Layman said the new zoning district allows for residentia­l and commercial uses, making redevelopm­ent easier.

“A couple property owners I worked with over the last few years would desperatel­y like the zoning to be changed,” Layman said. “I think there’s a consensus among property owners this is a good thing. I guess we’ll find out at the public hearing.”

The city created the new zoning district for land west of downtown being developed as Newark Station, an $11 million commercial, residentia­l and entertainm­ent destinatio­n on the 10-acre former White-westinghou­se industrial site.

The area north of downtown includes the former First Church of Christ building, at 169 Hudson Ave., which has been purchased by NDP.

Council’s economic developmen­t committee approved a letter of support for HARC Partners, Inc., which hopes to secure state historic preservati­on tax credits to rehabilita­te the old church property.

Newark Developmen­t Director Mark Mauter told the committee the historic preservati­on tax credits helped Liz Argyle redevelop South Third Street property for apartments, the NEWORK Space on North Park Place and Layman’s Old School Apartments on West Main Street.

“These tax credits are extremely important to get these historic preservati­on projects done,” Mauter said. “They are very, very expensive projects. These tax credits in the state of Ohio can be worth up to 25% of the expense of the project.” kmallett@newarkadvo­cate.com 740-328-8545

Twitter: @kmallett19­58

 ?? SARA C. TOBIAS/NEWARKADVO­CATE ?? Newark Developmen­t Partners will request extending the Downtown Commercial Zoning District across Ohio 16 onto Mount Vernon Road and Hudson Avenue, to St. Clair Street.
SARA C. TOBIAS/NEWARKADVO­CATE Newark Developmen­t Partners will request extending the Downtown Commercial Zoning District across Ohio 16 onto Mount Vernon Road and Hudson Avenue, to St. Clair Street.

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