Neighbors say proposed project not a good fit
Citing the potential that the "Four Seasons" indoor soccer complex will inundate their neighborhood with increased traffic and overflow parking, a standing-room crowd comprised mostly of residents from the Windmiller Ponds subdivision filled City Hall Dec.
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#1 Dec 22, 2012
For the record, the residents are not against the facility--it's just not the right place for it. To put things in perspective, this facility is as big as Kroger Marketplace (or 3 .8 times as big as Rule 3) and is 50 feet tall. There is no structure that tall in the entire City. It is proposed to go in at the entrance of our subdivision on the same property as the water tower and the only access to it is off a city street. To top it off, there is a High Pressure Gas line on the property. Even though it is a c3 property, residents were told that besides the water tower, not much could be built there because of the gas line. We were told it was going to be dedicated as a park. You can imagine our surprise when we read it in the paper what was happening. No...we weren't informed, The proposed parking lot is literally in the backyard of 4 of the residents homes and no buffering can be constructed to shield them from the complex due to the gas line easement. The City actually owns the land and is selling the property to the developer for a crazy low price. They are doing everything in their power to get waivers passed thru Planning and Zoning to squeeze this property into the proposed space. You can't fault the Home Owners Association for fighting this. This massive complex does not belong on a City Street. PYAA empties onto 256 and everyone knows what kind of nightmare that is...... this is in a subdivision. If you are familiar with Rule 3, you know the parking issues there are with this facility. Imagine this.....Rule 3 on one end with not enough parking......Soccer Complex on the other with not enough parking. Need you be reminded there is no traffic light to access Diley from the Windmiller entrance? This just isn't the place for this......a building of this size needs direct access to a main road. It needs to be put in a place where it 'fits' and not crammed into a lot where 14 waivers need to be approved to make it happen. Every setback needs to be changed. Yes...Pickerington needs a facility like this, but once again Pickerington is not growing the city in a smart manner. Before you comment with a smart respond, come and take a look at the proposed site for yourself. A 112,000 sq foot complex with a proposed 219 car lot (which isn't even close to big enough) doesn't fit. Oh...did I fail to mention---it's pretty much a metal barn with a metal roof? It certainly doesn't meet the design standards. Don't let the newspaper article fool you.....there is minimal brick and a couple of windows thrown in. Not all you read is accurate.....the residents have cause for concern. We want what's best for Pickerington--it's just not best where they are building it!
#2 Mar 8, 2013
#3 Mar 10, 2013
I would much rather see more effort going into having our own police department. If our now "city" is big enough to attract these types of ventures we really need our own police department instead of a sheriffs office that's main station is 40miles away....
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