Columbus Regional Hospital plans to sell home facility

Columbus Regional Hospital is looking to let go of a home it acquired in 2007 as part of a campus expansion project.

The Columbus Plan Commission has approved a request from Columbus Regional Health to revise a subdivision’s preliminary plat to create a new lot, along with a related request to rezone the lot from Public/Semi-Public to Residential: Single-Family 4.

Commission members Zack Ellison and Julie Abedian recused themselves from discussing and voting on both requests. Abedian is a CRH employee, and Ellison is on the CRH board of trustees.

The requested changes are intended to separate an existing home, which previously served a “hospital-related function,” from the CRH campus so that it can be sold for residential use. The property in question is located on the south side of 19th Street, west of Midway Street, in Columbus.

According to the county’s GIS system, CRH is the owner of a house at 2641 19th Street, which matches the area shown in staff reports.

CRH expanded its campus in 2007 to include homes purchased along 18th and 19th Streets, per the staff report on the rezoning. All of the homes were demolished except one, which was replatted and rezoned to serve as part of the campus. However, the property no longer serves a hospital-related function, so CRH officials are looking to sell it for residential use.

Planning Director Jeff Bergman said the commission’s vote on the rezoning request signifies a favorable recommendation to Columbus City Council, who will consider the request next.

Planning staff included in their recommendations that approval of the plat revision should be contingent on the rezoning request being approved by city council.