Regency Centers has proposed a Kingsdale redevelopment plan that is 100% retail, includes a big-box Target store, and would require 16 variances to UA's strategic Zoning Ordinances due to its lack of office, residential and civic space.
It wasn’t too long ago that the local Gahanna newspaper nicknamed city council meetings “the Tuesday night fights.” Because of dissention among council members and other factors, the community was fading fast. But a determined group of residents, elected officials and city administrators were able to find ways to cooperate and vitalize their city.
The result is the Creekside development, an innovative mix of commercial, retail and living spaces in downtown Olde Gahanna.
Why should Upper Arlington citizens care what happened on the other side of town? Because we have an opportunity to bring innovation to our own area by insisting that Kingsdale once again become a jewel in our city’s crown.
The Regency preliminary proposal is not forward thinking. It is not sensitive to the neighborhood. It requires 16 variances to accomplish. It will not increase city revenues, but will increase demand on city services.
Let’s make our voices heard
Gahanna’s path to being named one of the top 100 cities in the U.S. was not always smooth. But planners listened to public opinion (at one point holding 12 forums to hear what residents thought) and incorporated what they heard into their concepts for Creekside.