Buckeye House Painting on its way to Powell

Powell residents looking to repaint their home may soon consider a local option. The Powell Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting on Wednesday approved a combined preliminary and final development plan for Buckeye House Painting’s Powell site.

The applicant was previously in front of the commission with the preliminary development plan which was well received but the commission requested minor changes.

As suggested, Buckeye House Painting would build a new office building and garage at 204 S. Liberty St. The house currently on the property would be demolished to make way for the new business.

The office building would consist of two floors which would include a lounge at the front entrance, offices and a shop at the back of the first floor. The second floor would consist of upper management offices, a conference and break room, and an outside deck in the rear of the building. The renderings also show a covered terrace at the front of the building overlooking Liberty Street.

The garage would contain parking spaces for three work cars and one car. Several renderings of the garage with or without a dormer were discussed. Steve Reynolds of Shyft Collective, the project’s designers, said adding a dormer for the garage would depend on the total cost of the project and whether that money could be better spent on other parts of the project.

Design renderings show white board and slatted siding for the main building and black for the garage. As part of the landscaping, a horse chestnut tree will be planted in front of the building.

“This is a great two-story downtown building,” said Dave Betz, Powell’s director of development, of the development, adding that he was very pleased with the way the proposal fits into the historic downtown area.

“I really like this (design),” said Commissioner Ed Cooper. “It’s a cool building inside and out. I would like to work there. “

He added that he really would love to see the dormer in the garage as he understood that the decision was ultimately down to budget constraints.

“This will certainly be an upgrade for this property,” said Commissioner Joe Jester of the development.

“When you came in for the first time in the preliminary round, everyone must have enjoyed it very much and was on board with everything,” said Commissioner Trent Hartranft. “Some of the little changes you made tonight just solidified that. We love to have you here in Powell and we’d love to see you there. This is a great building that will be seen by those who come to town. Well done.”

The combined preliminary and final development plan is expected to be finalized by the city council at its June 18 meeting.

Contact Dillon Davis at 740-413-0904. Follow him on Twitter @ddavis_gazette.

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