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Stormwater drainage delays apartment project

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A high water table and uncontrolled stormwater drainage have delayed a proposed luxury apartment development on Columbus’ westside.

As city officials wait a month for more information from apartment developers, indications are this proposal may become a test of how city officials will approach development requests on the city’s outskirts in the future, where agriculture uses in the county and near the city are colliding with commercial business interests.

If there were to be a test case, the parcel proposed for the Flats of Columbus, based on its current zoning and that of nearby neighbors, could be an example of the types of compromise and flexibility that will be needed.

The Flats of Columbus is aptly named — the proposed 130 one-story luxury apartments are planned for a flat parcel in the 100-year floodway fringe near Menard’s home-improvement center. The proposal from Ohio-based Redwood Acquisition will now be considered by the city plan commission in March. On Wednesday, nearby neighbors, including farmers, gave objections about the project for a variety of reasons — but it was a drainage and stormwater runoff issue that sealed the delay.

For more, see Wednesday's Republic.

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