AutoZone has first reading at Sunbury Council
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
AutoZone Project Manager Jeff Berneburg attended last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting for the first reading of Ordinance 2012–15. The ordinance would approve the plan review and zoning certificate for AutoZone’s proposed store in Sunbury Mills Plaza.
Members of the Village of Sunbury Planning & Zoning Commission already approved the AutoZone proposal at the Monday, July 23, planning and zoning meeting.
Berneburg described a 6,815 square foot single story brick building with 39 parking spaces, a metal standing seam roof, a monument sign and a brick dumpster enclosure.
During the June zoning meeting commission member Joe Gochenour questioned how close the AutoZone entrance is to the plaza’s service road intersection with South Miller Drive. Gochenour said drivers entering the plaza and waiting to turn in to the AutoZone store could cause traffic to back up on to South Miller.
The plan AutoZone brought to the July zoning session flipped the site plan and made the entrance to the site farther to the east, easing potential traffic problems caused by drivers entering AutoZone from the west.
“This plan has been before your planning and zoning, and we came up with a site plan that meets all the zoning questions about this development,” Berneburg said.
Asked when AutoZone plans to open the new store, Berneburg said everything depends on plan approval.
“AutoZone has no solid date,” Berneburg said. “After your approval we will finalize the lease and put the project out to bid.”
Village Consulting Engineer Wes Hall, CT Consultants, said the village is waiting for final site plan and final grading and utilities before issuing approval to proceed with the project.
Ordinance 2012–15 has two more readings, and if approved, a 30-day statutory waiting period before it becomes effective and construction could begin.
In his report to council, village administrator Dave Martin said that Sunbury Nazarene Church on Ohio 61, adjacent to the Freedom Park entrance, plans to tear down the parsonage on the other side of the park entrance.
“They would like to partner with village on improving the driveway to Freedom Park,” Martin said. “They want to cut the bank down in front of house to improve the view and for safety, and widen the park driveway.”
Martin said the house would be burned by BST&G in September as a training exercise.
Martin also said he has met with representatives from Volunteer Energy and Border Energy about Public Utilities Commission of Ohio gas and electric aggregation certification.
“We have to make a determination if we’re going with these two companies,” Martin said. “This is a jumping off point; this is all part of going through the certification process.”
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Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor council chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly scheduled council sessions. All village council and council committee meetings are open to the public.