City of Columbus: Zoning Committee to Hold Hearing on Council’s Zoning Process

Councilmember Rob Dorans
Shannon Pine, Building and Zoning Services
Lara Baker-Morrish, City Attorney’s Office
Kevin Wheeler, Economic Development Department
Glennon Sweeney, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Council Chambers
City Hall


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On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Council’s Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing to share updates to City Council’s zoning procedures under the leadership of new Zoning Committee Chair Rob Dorans and hear feedback from the community on the zoning process. Residents and neighborhood organizations are invited to share testimony and offer suggestions to improve to current zoning/variance process and future reforms.

“Council has wide discretion when considering a rezoning or variance,” said Dorans. “Every application is unique and we review applications that comes before us closely. In an effort to improve the zoning process, I’m eager to hear from residents, neighborhood groups and Building and Zoning Services about zoning issues and ways we can make it easier for folks to navigate.” 

Any resident seeking to submit written testimony should forward it to the office of Councilmember Dorans. Written testimony must be received by 4pm on the day of the hearing and emailed to Kevin McCain at

Residents who want to provide testimony via WebEx, or in person, during the hearing must email Kevin McCain at by noon on the day of the hearing to request a WebEx speaker link. Each speaker’s remarks are limited to three minutes or less.

280 E. Whittier (Old Giant Eagle Site)

October 10, 2021

The Pizzuti Development Seeking “Lost” City Council Testimony Submitted by Neighborhoods for Responsible Development  

Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) continues to support our neighbors’ appeal of City Council’s approval of Pizzuti’s planned development. The appeal is now in court before a judge. It has come to light that written testimony sent to Council, properly submitted following City guidelines, has not reached the judge hearing the appeal case. Indeed, the court has a total of only 18 written testimonies.

According to City guidelines, testimony would have to been emailed to using the subject line: “Written testimony re: Ordinance Number 0614-2021, Z20-061 and Ordinance Number 0615-2021, CV20-066”. Attached texts to emails were not acceptable. Written testimony could also have been mailed to Columbus City Council, “Attn: City Clerk Speaker testimony.” 

To aid the appeal, N4RD is seeking copies of testimony submitted to City Council following the City’s guidelines. There may also be copies of emailed confirmation of receipt from the City Clerk’s Office. For the many who wrote to Council members in good faith for their voice to be heard, sadly it seems not only did their testimony fall on deaf ears, but also may be inadmissible evidence in the case.

If you submitted testimony to City Council concerning 280 East Whittier Street that followed the guidelines, please send copies to to help in the appeal. Meanwhile, click here for the latest update on efforts to stop Pizzuti’s development.

** Please note Neighborhoods for Responsible Development is not associated with The German Village Society.  

September 23, 2021

As printed in N4RD because, Schumacher Place has never had private conversations with the Pizzuti Company:

And on a note of update from last month’s board meeting, we did pursue initiating a Memorandum of Understanding with The Pizzuti Company and had a preliminary meeting to discuss neighbor concerns regarding construction issues that would impact the surrounding streets and made recommendations as to communications / actions moving forward in order to create a draft agreement to be vetted with the three neighborhoods before being implemented. During that meeting, Pizzuti shared that utility work will begin in October with demolition to take place in November (anticipated to take about a week). They also shared that they would be creating a website to provide updates on construction progress. The goal was to get back together in early September with the draft agreement. At roughly the same time, neighbors of the Pizzuti property, aided financially by Neighborhoods for Responsible Development, appealed City Council’s votes in support of the development. Late last week in a follow up, Pizutti informed me that they were advised by their attorneys to not have any further discussions with the three neighborhoods while this litigation is pending.

September 15, 2021

Citizens Complain about Pizzuti Demolition By John Clark, Volunteer Editor  

The city’s 311 information line received numerous complaints last week from neighbors of the former Giant Eagle grocery at 280 East Whittier Street. Most were questions about irritating dust that was stirred up during the Pizzuti Companies’ demolition of the 66-year-old building. Some who live adjacent to the site also complained they were caught off guard by the demolition, as they had not received the required written notice from Pizzuti. The German Village Society had recently quoted Pizzuti officials as saying demolition would not occur before November.  
If you have health questions concerning work at the Pizzuti site, you are encouraged to contact the city’s 311 Service Center at 614-645-3111, weekdays between 8 and 5. Alternatively, you may call Ohio’s EPA district office at 614-728-3778.  

Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) would like to remind residents that the demolition does not necessarily mean Pizzuti has the final go-ahead for its planned, 262-unit, mixed-use apartment complex. N4RD, a group dedicated to promoting responsible commercial development, is supporting seven neighbors of the property who are appealing City Council’s approval of Pizzuti’s plans. Last week, these same citizens filed a stay, asking the courts to deny Pizzuti permission to continue with their work until a judge rules on their appeal.  

Click here for a complete update on N4RD’s continuing efforts to scale back the Pizzuti project. And visit our website often for updates:

Editor’s Note: John Clark is both volunteer editor of Neighbors4Neighbors and an officer in the non-profit group, Neighborhoods for Responsible Development.    

August 26, 2021

Neighbors Appeal Council’s Pizzuti Vote

Aided by Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) and their attorney, the seven neighboring residents of the former Giant Eagle grocery on East Whittier filed an appeal this week with Franklin County’s Common Pleas Court. Named as appellees were the City of Columbus City Council, the City of Columbus and Pizzuti GE, LLC, the owners of the property and would-be developers.   

The appellants argue that the decisions of City Council in granting variances and zoning changes needed for the development to go forward were “unconstitutional, illegal, unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious and unsupported by the preponderance of substantial, reliable and probative evidence.”   As it has done since Pizzuti announced plans for the site, N4RD continues to argue the proposed development is too tall (at 62 feet) to fit into the fabric of the surrounding, historic neighborhoods; that it would exacerbate an already-critical, on-street parking shortage in the area; and that unsafe conditions would be created along the 20-foot-wide Grant Avenue, which would serve as the entrance and exit point for all vehicles into and out of the apartment building.   N4RD has relied solely on donors’ contributions for its work opposing Pizzuti’s plans, and it asks for your continued support as we help neighbors pursue their appeal of Council’s actions. Please go to to learn how you can give. Thank you.

August 20, 2021

Message from the Meeting Haus
New Board Members & a Pizzuti Update by Chris Hune, GVS Board President
I am pleased to report that the Elections Committee headed by Jim Nichols provided the official results for the five incoming board seats for the German Village Society at our most recent board meeting. We are welcoming for another term, Anne McGee, the return of Mike Cornelis, a past board member and the following new members – Anthony Meyer, Kathleen Kaufman and Andrea Ford. Thanks to Jim and his team of Bill Curlis, Bonnie Mitchell and the assistance of Marie Logothetis who spearheaded our electronic voting system.

On another note, we had a preliminary meeting with a representative from Pizzuti and provided a list of concerns to include but not limited to parking, traffic, noise, hours/days of operations that we would like to have addressed in a Memorandum of Understanding prior to the beginning of the construction process that will begin with utility work in October and demolition in November. There will be a draft to be vetted with Schumacher Place and Merion Village before sign off. We will keep you updated on its progress.

JULY 30, 2021

Message from the Meeting Haus  
Update on Pizzuti by Chris Hune, GVS Board Chair
It has been a disappointing week for our neighborhood in regards to zoning. Again, we want to thank everyone for their diligence in expressing concerns over the Giant Eagle project. As has been seen, our voices were heard even if the outcome is not what we had hoped. Neighbors for Responsible Development (N4RD) is going to regroup and determine what if any next steps they want to take and will report back to the neighborhood. In the meantime we will work towards making sure that as construction does begin, German Village in conjunction with Schumacher Place and Merion Village draft a solid Good Neighbor Agreement to be in place with Corna Kokosing as the construction manager and Pizzuti to address site containment, working hours, noise, parking, etc to minimize the impact on the surrounding neighbors and subsequent agreement upon completion with Pizutti to address issues as they arise. Our next focus needs to be on the upcoming revamp of current zoning standards. As has been reported, the City of Columbus will be addressing zoning standards citywide which have not been updated in over 50 years. We do not know how this will impact our current German Village guidelines and we need to remain vigilant and proactive in retaining the standards that keep us one of the premier historical neighborhoods in the country.

JULY 26, 2021

Columbus City Council Meeting 280 East Whittier 6:30 PM 

July 15, 2021

UPDATE: Pizzuti Project on City Council Agenda  
The Pizzuti project proposed for the site of the former Giant Eagle on Whittier will be on the July 26th agenda for City Council at 6 pm in-person at City Hall. We will provide more information next week on how to participate.  

German Village Society Board Chair Chris Hune recently spoke to a representative from Councilwoman Tyson’s office. She said that the councilwoman had a follow up conversation with Pizzuti Development and did a walkthrough of the site Wednesday. The representative was not on site but said she knows that they did discuss the parking issue as well as the width, turn radius and dumpster placement along Grant. She personally did not have first-hand knowledge of the specific outcomes and referred Chris to Andrew Dyer, their policy advisor. 

JULY 8, 2021

Message from the Meeting Haus  
A Pizzuti Development Update by Chris Hune, GVS Board President
On a monthly basis, as President of the German Village Society, I have been providing updates at our board meetings on my typically bi-weekly conversations with Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson’s office on the status of the Giant Eagle project since it moved from the City of Columbus Development Commission to her office.   Tyson’s legislative aide, Nicole Harper, has consistently been responsive in giving us the most up to date status on where they are in the process. I have reported all updates during each board meeting and Historic Preservation meetings as well as sharing information with Brenda Gischel, President of Schumacher Place Civic Association and representatives of Neighbors for Responsible Development (N4RD).    If you are not aware, Councilwoman Tyson heads the zoning issues for City Council and is responsible for determining if and when a project will be put on Council’s agenda for their vote. During the course of our ongoing conversations, we discussed methods where she could engage with the collective neighborhoods on their concerns. Tyson’s team pointed out that the numerous emails/letters from our neighbors had made an impact and that her office was giving it their full attention.
Until last week there was nothing substantive to report beyond the fact that there was not an anticipated date that it would be placed on Council’s agenda. That may be changing very soon. On July 1st, Brenda Gischel and I were invited to meet with Councilwoman Tyson and her staff. Attached is a summary of the conversation that took place.     Subsequently, Nicole Harper has reached out to me to make me aware that she may have more updates soon, and perhaps yet this week. If you are curious as to why the attorney for Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) was not in attendance, Councilwoman Tyson acknowledged that when attorneys are involved, she has to engage city attorneys as well in the conversation so that might take place at another time.  A link to the discussion summary may be found here.   The German Village Society encourages you to continue to reach out to Tyson’s office as well as other City Council members to reinforce our position on the development – It’s too Big!

July 4, 2021

Doo-Dah Parade

June 28, 2021

March with us in the Doo Dah Parade

Many of you have asked what you can do to help….well here is a wonderful opportunity.

We have been invited into doing a WHALE WALK at this year’s Columbus Doo Dah Parade on Sunday, July 4th, Parade line-up at 12:00 PM on Park St. just west of Goodale Park.

We won’t be hard to find…look for a 6-foot inflatable whale on top of David Schooler’s golf cart. The parade promptly kicks off at 1:00 PM. It’s a first-come first-line up system, so the earlier our whales line up the better our position will be in the parade.

Thousands of people will line the streets for this unique and family-fun parade. But more than just fun, it will be an excellent opportunity to get the word out and to solicit emails to City Council and donations for the attorney and expert costs. We need as many of you possible to walk the parade. Bring as many friends and family as you want. With Doo Dah, the more the merrier.

If you have never been to the Columbus Doo Dah parade, it’s tons of fun! Here are some things to know :

  • Parking – get there early as parking can fill up. There are free meters by the park on Goodale Street, plenty of parking garages close by, pay attention to the permit parking areas so you don’t get a ticket.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and please DO NOT bring your pets, it’s too hot for them.
  • If you have one of our yard signs, please bring it will you to the parade. We will have flyers to hand out to the people/spectators who ask for them. 
  • If you have a whale hat, costume or T-shirt, feel free to wear them. More importantly than anything we need lots of walkers.  See photos of earlier Whale Walks on our website 

Phone numbers in case you need to reach one of us:

Regina Acosta Tobin: 614.507.7785

David Schooler:  614.313.0670

John Clark: 614.375.0343

Always Whale Behaved.

June 17, 2021

The Pizzuti Project
German Village Residents “Get It”
By Regina Tobin, Neighborhoods for Responsible Development
A member of the city’s Development Commission raised more than a few eyebrows at its February meeting. She complained that fellow commissioners were giving German Village, Schumacher Place and Merion Village residents too much attention in regard to the planned re-development of the old Giant Eagle grocery site on East Whittier Street.
According to this city official, “We have passed, unanimously, many dense developments without any significant pause for much lower-quality development in other areas of the city. I cannot help but feel that there is not equitable treatment across all neighborhoods in Columbus, and we are reserving scrutiny toward the most desirable neighborhoods in the city that have wealthy, well-connected and hyper-engaged residents… Many of the same demands that have been made by the neighbors of this development have been requested by other neighborhoods and we have not responded in the way that we did here.”
To put these comments in context, the Development Commission had told representatives of the Pizzuti Companies one month earlier to work with neighbors on changes to their planned 262-unit apartment complex – changes to make the 62-foot-tall building a better fit for the historic neighborhoods that surround it. Pizzuti chose to not seek a compromise with residents, and instead offered only cosmetic changes at the February meeting. With little comment on Pizzuti’s lack of action, the Commission voted three to two to approve the variances and send the matter on to City Council.
Now, take a moment to unpack what this Commission member said:
·    Concerns raised by neighborhoods are routinely ignored.
·    This special treatment is a departure from the rubber stamp given to other projects.
·    Not even “hyper engaged” residents should be given a fair hearing.
·    A development in a desirable neighborhood should be treated the same as a development in a less desirable neighborhood. In this case, a developer can capitalize on an existing, desirable area rather than have to revitalize another.
And remember: The “significant pause” in this case was for one month.
(Note: You may read commission members’ written comments here and view a video of the entire February Development Commission meeting here. Discussion of the Pizzuti project starts at 1:54:10.)
If the early German Village residents we call “urban pioneers” had not been “hyper engaged” 60 years ago, our neighborhood – along with Schumacher Place and Merion Village – might well be blighted residential blocks and parking lots today. Instead, we are one of the most desirable places in Central Ohio to live and work. To maintain that distinction, we must continue to advocate for responsible development.
Visit the Neighborhoods for Responsible Development website – – to learn more.
Editor’s Note: Neighborhoods for Responsible Development is not associated with the German Village Society. However, the two organizations share a number of concerns about the proposed East Whittier Street development. 

June 10, 2021

Development Opposition Continues
Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) reported on successful fundraising activities to the GVS Board Tuesday night. But N4RD trustee and representative Regina Tobin emphasized more is needed to counter the Pizzuti Companies’ efforts to build a 341,442-square-foot apartment complex on the old Giant Eagle grocery lot.

On behalf of the other members of N4RD, Regina thanked the GVS Board for their generous $1,000 donation to help cover legal and other professional fees.

This is a critical time in the building of a credible case against Pizzuti’s plan, which many fear would overwhelm the surrounding historic neighborhoods.

What can you do? If you’re opposed to the plan as it now stands, write every City Council member with your complaints. If you’ve already written, please write again. And donate to N4RD. Read more about the building controversy and find Council members’ contact information at Additional information can be found at

JUNE 3, 2021

Development Controversy Continues
The Pizzuti Companies has been installing color signs around its property at 280 East Whittier Street, showing what they hope to build on the site.

This has prompted some neighbors to ask if the development company has received a formal go-ahead to build the controversial, 262-unit apartment complex and retail space on the site of the old Giant Eagle grocery. The short answer is “no.” Pizzuti must still obtain permission from Columbus City Council, and that vote might still be weeks away. Meanwhile, opposition groups like Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) continue to advocate for what they call a more “reasonably sized” housing project at the site. The city normally would require 433 parking spaces for a project of the size Pizzuti wants to build. Instead, the development company has offered 262. Currently, new buildings in the area may not be higher than 35 feet. Pizzuti’s proposed complex would top out at just shy of 62 feet.

Residents of Ebner Street whose properties back up to the construction site have complained about plans for all traffic into and out of the building to go through garage doors facing the 20-foot-wide Grant Avenue. In addition, city officials say they have no plans to remove the residents’ shared, 300-gallon trash receptacles from the slender alley’s north lane.   N4RD has retained legal counsel on behalf of residents opposed to the current plan and continues to collect donations to pay for their fees, as well as the fees of various professionals whose reports will be presented to City Council in opposition to the current plan. You may read more about N4RD’s work here. Donations to continue N4RD’s work is appreciated.

Editor’s Note: Neighborhoods for Responsible Development is not associated with the German Village Society. However, the two organizations share a number of concerns about the proposed East Whittier Street development.

MAY 27, 2021

A Heartfelt “Thank You” to Supporters by Rosalie Goodsell, N4RD Trustee
Last week, Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) unveiled a new website and a new logo here in Neighbors4Neighbors. We accompanied them with a renewed plea for financial support. And our many supporters came through, just as we knew they would. It isn’t easy being a five-member, grassroots organization when you’re going up against one of the largest real estate development companies around. So, “Thank you” to the many who went to that website and clicked on “PayPal.” By doing so, we will be able to continue our legal work aimed at ensuring that any new development at 280 East Whittier Street will be a responsible one – one that will complement its surrounding, historic neighborhoods and that will not cause undue traffic or parking problems for area residents.   No date has been set for a City Council meeting to discuss Pizzuti’s variance requests. When it is announced, we want to be ready. So, if you haven’t donated to our legal fund, we ask that you do so now. Any amount is appreciated. You’ll find all you need to know at

MAY 20, 2021

Group Seeks Better Way Forward
Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) just made it easier for residents to follow its activities and engage with the advocacy group. N4RD, which seeks what it calls a more “responsible” approach to re-development of the old Giant Eagle property, has a new website and logo, both donated by supporters.

The Pizzuti Companies’ plans for a 262-unit apartment complex on the site may be just weeks away from a final, City Council vote. With that in mind, N4RD is seeking additional support to cover mounting legal expenses, as well as fees for industry experts who are examining existing traffic, parking, sewer and shadow studies.

As N4RD sees it, parking would be one of the more obvious problems created by the development. City ordinances call for one-and-a-half parking spaces for each new apartment built. Pizzuti wants only one space per unit. The retail portion of the 280 East Whittier Street plan would ordinarily need 33 spaces. Pizzuti has asked for none. In addition, the south side of East Whittier between Jaeger and Grant would lose spaces, to allow for a turn lane onto Grant.    Spaces previously reserved on the Giant Eagle lot for Barcelona restaurant employees, members of the nearby 4S Club and Schmidt’s Sausage Haus tour buses have already been eliminated. All this means putting up to 190 or more additional cars and buses on already-crowded German Village and Schumacher Place streets.   

Questions? Visit and please write all City Council members with your comments about this project.  

Editor’s Note: Neighborhoods for Responsible Development is not associated with the German Village Society. However, the two organizations share a number of concerns about the proposed East Whittier Street development.

May 13, 2021

Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) recently hired a zoning attorney to seek changes to the Pizzuti Companies’ proposed 262-unit apartment complex and retail space on the site of the old Giant Eagle grocery. Now, according to N4RD trustee and German Village resident Pat Bowers, “To continue the legal work, experts are needed to evaluate the city’s various site studies. And these experts aren’t free. Any amount of donation is appreciated.”   Click here to read N4RD’s position statement and learn how you can help.

Editor’s Note: Neighborhoods for Responsible Development is not associated with the German Village Society. However, the two organizations share a number of concerns about the proposed East Whittier Street development.

May 6, 2021

Attorneys Discuss Pizzuti Project  
Attorneys for Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD) and the Pizzuti Companies met this week, seeking common ground on the developer’s plans to redevelop the site of the old Giant Eagle grocery at 280 East Whittier Street.  

To refresh your memory, N4RD is a group of neighborhood residents who say the size of the mixed-use development, as planned, would be inappropriate in a community of historic, one- and two-story homes and businesses. Pizzuti wants to build a complex that would top out at 62 feet high and contain 262 apartments, along with 8,000 square feet of retail space.
N4RD continues to raise several other concerns about the building, as well. All traffic in and out of the apartments, as well as all deliveries and trash collection, would be along the 20-foot-wide Grant Avenue. Pizzuti has asked for a variance to allow for 131 fewer parking spaces than normally allowed by the city for a project of this scale. There would be no parking accommodations for the 8,000 square feet of retail space that would front East Whittier Street. And the height of the five-story building would limit sunshine for residents in surrounding blocks.   The project awaits final approval before Columbus City Council, which is not expected to hear the re-zoning requests before June.

Donations to N4RD have been used to hire a zoning attorney to support its goal of a smaller apartment complex. The group also needs money to produce independent traffic and parking studies. Any amount, no matter how small, is appreciated.

Information on donating can be found in the N4RD Position Statement and at Also, you may write to the organization at N4RD is in the process of establishing itself as a non-profit organization. As such, donations are not yet tax-deductible.   Editor’s Note: Neighborhoods for Responsible Development is not associated with the German Village Society. However, the two organizations share a number of concerns about the proposed East Whittier Street development.

May 5, 2021

Below is a link to a very important meeting/vote with the City of Columbus Development Commission regarding the Pizzuti Company project at 280 E Whitter.  Our time slot starts at 2:59 and ends at 3:22:37.

This is the second time the Development Commission considered the application.  The prior month, five of the Commissioners were opposed to the plan, and one was in support. The Pizzuti Company was told to get together with the community and make changes.  They met with three community members and said they were not making any changes.  And they didn’t, except for a few more trees and the commitment to include some public art.  But something happened in the month between meetings – because with none of the suggested changes made, the Development Commission, with one absent member, was suddenly in favor of the design.  The plan was approved with a vote of 3 in favor, 2 opposed and the 6th member, not present, could have created a tie with her vote.

It is important for you to understand the developer is requesting the 280 E Whittier site be designated a COMMERCIAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT. This newly designated district will not conform with the City of Columbus guidelines set out in the C2P2.  In simple terms, they want to create an “exemption island” so they can build what they want without being held to the height, density, or parking regulations that have been adopted by City Council.

Another point to look for in the developer’s power-point presentation: multiple times Pizzuti Company posted an additional 17 parking spots. When N4RD (Neighborhoods For Responsible Development) members met with the City to discuss parking they claimed they have NO knowledge about these additional 17 parking spots and have not approved. Parking and height are N4RD’s biggest concerns.  After watching the Zoom meeting, please call and/or write City Council and let them know you are opposed to 280 E Whittier be designated a Commercial Planned Development District, it is not appropriate for this venue.  Please see  for City Council contact information.

2.11.2021 City of Columbus Development Commission Zoom meeting:

BASIS FOR RECOMMENDATION from Columbus Development Commission

The Pizzuti Project…
Discussing Safety with City Officials
By John Clark, Volunteer Editor
Editor’s Note: I am a trustee of Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD), as well as the volunteer editor of the German Village Society’s weekly Neighbors4Neighbors electronic newsletter. N4RD and the Society are unrelated to each other.
Traffic safety was uppermost on the minds of several area residents Wednesday morning when they quizzed City of Columbus traffic division officials about the Pizzuti Companies’ proposed mixed-use project on East Whittier Street.
Neighbors used their smartphones to point out potential problem areas to the officials, who communicated by computer and the WebEx platform from their downtown offices.
In addition to concerns about height, massing and parking, some neighbors fear that the huge building’s only entrances and exits, along the 20-foot-wide Grant Avenue, would lead to a variety of hazardous conditions for drivers. There are also continuing questions about safe access to Grant from private driveways and garages.

A motorist’s view, driving north along 20-foot-wide Grant Avenue, adjacent to the old Giant Eagle building at 280 East Whittier Street.
The officials seemed to welcome the dialogue and agreed that some points were of concern to them. They defended the anticipated traffic of apartment residents and service trucks on the small alley, saying there were similarly designed developments in the Short North. The neighbors made it very clear that a Short North-like situation was what the community hopes to avoid. Officials said they would try to provide answers to the safety questions next week.
The alley meeting was coordinated by Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD), which recently hired a law firm to develop and coordinate a legal response to the proposed development.
Donations to cover attorney fees and other professional services are appreciated. Visit to learn how to contribute. Also, please note that while N4RD and the German Village Society share certain development-related concerns, the two organizations are not related to one another. Click here to read N4RD’s position statement. You may write the organization at
And in case you missed it, this Columbus Dispatch article from March 29 explains the grass-roots efforts to force a compromise on the apartment building’s height (almost 62 feet), mass, parking and other concerning aspects.
Neither the German Village Society nor Neighborhoods for Responsible Development opposes re-development of the Giant Eagle site. Both groups want to see a project that is respectful of the surrounding, historic neighborhoods.
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April 15, 2021

Giant Eagle Pharmacy Now Open in Merion Village
By John Clark, Volunteer Editor

The much-anticipated Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Merion Village opened last week, replacing the in-store pharmacy on East Whittier Street, which was forced to close when the grocery chain did not renew its lease on the property.

The new pharmacy at 1380 South 4th Street also has many of the same offerings as a typical convenience store. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 to 8; Saturdays, 9 to 5; and Sundays, 9 to 3.

April 8, 2021

An Introduction to Neighborhoods for Responsible Development
By John Clark, Volunteer Editor

Editor’s Note: I am a trustee of Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD), as well as the volunteer editor of the German Village Society’s weekly Neighbors4Neighbors electronic newsletter. N4RD and the Society are unrelated to each other.     Last week, the German Village Society issued a statement in support of the mission of the newly created Neighborhoods for Responsible Development, or N4RD. So, what is N4RD? And why does it exist? Neighborhoods for Responsible Development is an association of five local residents who recognized from the beginning the need for a legal component to area residents’ efforts in opposing the height, scale and other issues related to the proposed Pizzuti Companies’ mixed-use development at 280 East Whittier Street. We are Pat and Barbara Bowers, Rosalie Goodsell, Regina Tobin and John Clark.   Upon formation, N4RD raised money and hired a law firm to develop and guide our strategy against a building we see as completely beyond the scale of its surrounding, historic neighborhoods – Schumacher Place, German Village and Merion Village. We welcome the support of all area residents who feel their voices in opposition to thoughtless commercial development are being drowned out. N4RD is not anti-development. We firmly believe the Giant Eagle site should be developed, and we would welcome a reasonable plan for multiple private residences there. But any new construction must fit within the context of its surroundings – not to rise to almost twice the height or more of adjacent buildings … not to crowd the site’s borders with little or no setback … and not to create more traffic and parking problems in an already busy, urban area.   We ask you to read our position statement, which can be found here. We invite you to send questions and comments to our association at And we would appreciate your donations, as we pursue all legal avenues toward supporting responsible development in our historic communities.  

April 1, 2021

Message from the Meeting Haus  
What Didn’t Make it into The Dispatch by Chris Hune, GVS Board President
Any time we as an organization are approached by the media, we readily provide as much information as we can in hopes that the points we are emphasizing will be mentioned. This week another article on the Giant Eagle project made it into the press. What gets published is what grabs the most attention. That’s their business. What didn’t make it into the article was a response to a question posed – “This has been going on for more than a year – what more can you add to your argument – other neighborhoods are dealing with the same issues.”    What’s different is German Village is the only neighborhood in Central Ohio that has the historical designation from the National Historic Trust. We are the neighborhood that historical districts around the country use as their template for preservation efforts.  We are a destination for people coming into our City for its history, architecture and preservation efforts. These are points we will continue to drive home to Council and to all who will listen as we move forward and why we want to preserve the fabric of the conjoining neighborhoods and not diffuse the architectural integrity.    To that end we’re looking forward to all the visitors that are beginning to make their way onto our streets and supporting our businesses, the spring blooms that are beginning to burst full and our neighbors that are congregating again in small groups post vaccinations. We’re also targeting to have the visitors center reopen by June. We will continue to keep you updated on progress.    And finally on this holy holiday week wishing you Happy Passover and a Happy Easter.  
Special Statement from the German Village Society Board of Trustees The officers of the German Village Society met via Zoom last week with representatives of Neighborhoods for Responsible Development (N4RD), an association of concerned residents who oppose commercial developments in and near German Village that the majority of neighboring residents feel are inappropriate for their locations. N4RD has hired legal counsel and continues to solicit donations to assist in their efforts, focusing first on the proposed Pizzuti development at the former Giant Eagle site at 280 East Whittier Street. The Society joins these concerned citizens in their efforts and wishes to acknowledge this group of committed residents and reiterate our shared commitment to encouraging responsible development in our neighborhoods. The GVS is currently pursuing a strategy that emphasizes raising publicity and engaging with City Council, and it sees its own robust efforts as complementary to the path adopted by N4RD.   We are all in this together and a variety of approaches to this very important challenge offers the best opportunity to realize our shared goal of reasonable and responsible development in German Village and surrounding neighborhoods.  For those who are interested in working with N4RD, you may reach out to them at   Over the next few weeks, you will find updates by N4RD in our weekly N4N news, updating the community on their activities and strategies.

MARCH 24, 2021



MARCH 5, 2021

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January 14 Development Commission:

(Z20-061 begins approximately 3 hours and 19 minutes into the meeting)

 February 11 Development Commission:

(Z20-061 begins approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes into the meeting)

February 11, 2021

As President of Schumacher Place Civic Association, I am saddened to say the Development Commission voted in favor of the Pizzuti Project tonight. Next will be City Council to decide the outcome. Date to be provided when available.

Whittier Rendering

Jaeger Rendering

Boundaries Map


Ultimately Columbus City Council will decide. Here are their addresses:

Columbus City Council Member Shannon Hardin 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-7380

Columbus City Council Member Elizabeth Brown 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-7163

Columbus City Council Member Emmanuel Remy 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-3559

Columbus City Council Member Shayla Favor 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-5524

Columbus City Council Member Priscilla Tyson 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-7380

Columbus City Council Member Rob Dorans 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-8201

January 30, 2021

January 15, 2021 NBC4i article released this afternoon regarding Pizzuti project.…/another-round-of-revisions-for…/NBC4I.COMAnother round of revisions for Pizzuti project at Schumaacher Place

The next step for 280 E. Whittier is the Development Commission. Set for February 11, 2021 via Webex. They will hear the rezone for Z20-061.

URGENT: We Need Everyone to Send an Email by 2/3/2021. The Columbus Development Commission is tentatively scheduled to meet on 1/14/2021 to determine if the Pizzuti site at 280 E Whittier will be rezoned to allow for a building of unlimited height. Here’s what you can do to help influence their decision: send an email to ALL the City of Columbus staff listed below no later than Wednesday, January 6, 2021 A sample email for your use appears below:Your NameYour AddressTo: Columbus Development Commissioners and Columbus City Council membersTOPIC: Development of 280 E Whittier Street, 43206I oppose the proposal submitted by Pizzuti due to the size (61’ 10” height) and the scale (263 units on 2.34 acres) in the middle of three historic neighborhoods: German Village, Schumacher Place and Merion Village. I am not against development of this site. I would like to see a structure with a maximum height of 38’ to allow for a better fit into three neighborhoods made up of mostly two-story homes. PLEASE SEND AS IS OR FEEL FREE TO ADD YOUR PERSONAL COMMENTS ON HOW YOU WILL BE IMPACTED BY THIS DEVELOPMENT HERE. Send email at ALL below by 1/6/2021:Shannon Pine, City of Columbus Manager for Public Hearing – Rezoning & Council Variances, Council Member Elizabeth Brown ecbrown@columbus.govCouncil Member Emmanuel Remy evremy@columbus.govCouncil Member Shayla Favor sdfavor@columbus.govCouncil Member Priscilla Tyson prtyson@columbus.govCouncil Member Rob Dorans Council Member Mitchell Brown mjbrown@columbus.govCouncil Member Shannon Hardin sghardin@columbus.govThank You.

All opposition correspondence, files, and materials should be sent to me by 1/6/21 so that I can forward one complete file to the Development Commission members. This is preferred over individual email messages to the DC Members. That way, all of the opposition materials are in one place for them to review, and will be sent to them when I send the Staff Report. Per this request, send all information to

SADLY , TONIGHT THE CSSAC DID NOT SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS’ VOTE. The Z20-061 was voted 6-5 in favor. CV20-066 was supported for all variances. Next this will be heard at the DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION IN JANUARY. IT IS NOT OVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE A NICE HOLIDAY.

DECEMBER 8, 2020 6:30 PM

Front of Dispatch Metro section December 4, 2020.

Pizzuti apartment project near German Village clears another hurdle

Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus DispatchAn updated renderings for Schumacher Place, an apartment building project proposed for the site at 280 E. Whittier St. that is now occupied by a Giant Eagle grocery store.The controversial apartment building project proposed for a Giant Eagle site near German Village has cleared another hurdle as the South Side Area Commission’s zoning committee sent it to a full commission vote next week.The proposed project at 280 E. Whittier St., will ultimately go before the city Development Commission and Columbus City Council. It now includes 263 apartment units. That’s scaled back from an originally proposed 330 units, as developer Pizzuti Companies tries to alleviate neighborhood objections about density and traffic.But many still aren’t happy, including German Village resident Cheryl Hacker, the former chairwoman of the German Village Commission.”The developer wants to build a large structure, which is still plainly inappropriate for our neighborhood,” Hacker said during the virtual zoning committee meeting on Tuesday. “Much is at stake.”German Village has been fortunate to have sensible zoning restrictions. One of the things that makes German Village distinct is there aren’t massive structures on the other side of its borders,” she said.Updated renderings for the proposed Schumacher Place apartment and retail complex on the site occupied by a the Giant Eagle grocery store call for a 263-unit building.The 2.3-acre site sits in the Schumacher Place neighborhood adjacent to German Village, outside of the German Village Commission’s authority.The zoning variances allow for first-floor residential units, zero building setbacks, and would reduce the number of required parking spaces from 428 to 263. It would have 8,250-square-feet of retail space. Pizzuti also needs the site itself rezoned to proceed.The project’s height varies, from 49 feet (four-and-a-half stories) on the south side along Whittier Street to 38 feet (three-and-a-half stories) on the north side of the site. Eleven fifth-floor units in the proposed project are at 62 feet tall.This is another view of the updated renderings for the proposed Schumacher Place apartment and retail complex on the site occupied by a the Giant Eagle grocery store at 280 E. Whittier.Brenda Gischel, who leads the Schumacher Place Civic Association, said that even with fewer units, the project still does not fit the neighborhood’s fabric.”That has no place in the middle of three neighborhoods,” Gischel said, referring to Schumacher Place, German Village and Merion Village. Gischel fears that a 62-foot height would set a precedent that would lead to similar projects in the area.”We don’t want to be the Short North,” she said. A 35-foot-height would be acceptable, Gischel said, wondering why Pizzuti couldn’t remove those top 11 units.Jon Riewald, Pizzuti’s vice president of development, told the zoning committee that the project will contribute to the vibrancy of small businesses in the area and create a better neighborhood. Pizzuti spokeswoman Laurie Marquart said in an email that the company typically does not disclose project costs.Bob Leighty, a zoning committee member and executive director of the Parsons Avenue Merchants Association, said an increase in residents should be a boost for neighborhood businesses.Schumacher Place resident Will Roth said the project will help increase the supply of housing in an area where demand is forcing up prices.Curtis Davis, chairman of the South Side Area Commission Zoning Committee, said the full area commission will take up the issue on Tuesday.Davis said Giant Eagle plans to close the store in January.”I think the project is a valid project,” Davis said. “You have to understand we’re a growing city.”Regina Acosta Tobin, broker and owner of Metro Village Realty, said she showed a couple from Charlotte, North Carolina, a home on East Whittier across from the site this past Saturday.The couple asked to see the Pizzuti plans, she said, and afterwards told her: “That’s like an entire mountain in front of our house.” The couple is now not interested in the home.Tobin called the zoning committee decision one small battle.

UPDATES FOR 11/25/2020 Z-20-061 and CV20-066



UPDATE Z20-061

Revised Proposal October 31, 2020

Summary of revised Pizzuti proposal. New Pizzuti proposal: 279 units- reduced from 331. This is made up of 50% one bedroom, 35% studio and 15% two bedrooms. 228 structured stalls (which means parking spots) 180 below level and 58 at grade level. 17 additional on street parking spaces due to allowing parking on the east side of Jaeger. 9,462 sf of retail space – increased from 8,000 sf. This is not confirmed and is subject to reduction. 38 feet tall on Kossuth and 49 feet tall on Whittier and 62 feet tall inside the corridor at Jaeger and Lansing. Prior to this change the entire project was 62 feet tall. On Kossuth the height will be 3.5 stories and on Whittier will be 4.5 stories. There “might be” trees on the streets, flowers, planters, brick sidewalks, bike storage and a bike shop. Parking and traffic studies completed by the city and awaiting review by city staff. No commitment to affordable housing.

This is the Schumacher Place Civic Association letter to CSSAC 10/25/2020

If you oppose the plan, please email the CSSAC members and express your concerns: View Post,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Ultimately Columbus City Council will decide. Here are their addresses:

Columbus City Council Member Mitchell Brown 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-7380

Columbus City Council Member Shannon Hardin 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-7380

Columbus City Council Member Elizabeth Brown 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-7163

Columbus City Council Member Emmanuel Remy 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-3559

Columbus City Council Member Shayla Favor 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-5524

Columbus City Council Member Priscilla Tyson 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-7380

Columbus City Council Member Rob Dorans 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 645-8201

(Z20-061 AND CV20-066)



1) VOTE: The proposed Rezoning Application, Z20-061
FOR: 15 (3.7%) AGAINST: 390 (96.3%)

2) VOTE: The proposed Council Variance Application, CV20-066
FOR: 17 (4.2%) AGAINST: 385 (95.8%)


(I have just been updated from Zoning Chairperson of CSSAC and I want to be transparent with the community.)

For the 280 Project, I will be calling a Special Meeting to discuss and see if the applicant has a better solution to the proposal at hand, they came with Different Drawings at your Civic Meeting, and have shown a desire to work more of a compromise on the project. Addendum B of the By Laws of the Commission gives me that option in Section 5, with 7 day notice, we are trying to schedule this for October 31, I am waiting on Confirmation from the applicant’s counsel. And Beth will provide the proper notice at that time per the City Charter and we will push it over via social media platforms.
After consulting with City Staff, and Jim and Erin, at that time, the Zoning Committee along with all Commissioners, and a representative from Schumacher, and City Staff will meet and try to come to a balanced fair solution for all parties. The meeting will be open for public viewing, but chat will be shut off and there will be no public comments taken for this meeting. I will also have Tony from the City online to explain to the Commissioners and Committee folks what should and should not be considered, he will also review City Staff Report and by that time the traffic and parking study should be ready for review and to get feedback from City staff on that matter which is one of the two big issues on the project. 
As to the question if this will go back to the Civic, under same section, Number 6 States that the applicant shall not appear before the Civic more than once, and they have done that 3 times, at which at that time you took an Electronic Vote for the Disapproval, as Reported by you, so at this time, that part of the process has been recorded and noted, and we are to the Commission Process of the application in which will trying to resolve the matter fairly and balanced for ALL Parties.

You may Listen to the meeting 10/10/2020

CSSAC Zoning Committee Mtg Recording. This meeting was held on Saturday October 10. The discussion regarding 280 E Whittier begins approximately at the 45 minute mark. 

The passcode is


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Presentation and Vote on 459 E. Livingston Ave. Project

Zoom Meeting:

Time: Feb 8th, 2022 06:30 PM EST

Meeting ID: 878 6187 7058
Passcode: 132587

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Meeting ID: 878 6187 7058
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6:30 PM: Call to Order

  1. New  Business     
    • Connect 2 Protect (Jeff Breeckner)
      • CRASE Training-Cancelled
      • Report All Crime! Non-Emergency: 614-645-4545
    • SPCA Committees (e.g., Garden, Zoning, Membership, Fundraising, Safety, etc.)
      • Email if interested in getting involved!
    • CSSAC District 1 Representative: Nomination for Gary Stuhlfauth submitted
  2. Old Business
    • Minutes Approval
    • Financial Report (Brian Lanoue)
    • 2022 Executive Board Appointments
      • SPCA Vice President: Kyle Laughlin
    • CV21-130; 462 E. Beck St. (Dave Perry):
      • Vote tally posted on website
  3. Next Social: February 17th @ 6:30pm; location TBD (third Thursday)
  4. Next SPCA Meeting: 3/1/22 @ 6:30pm (first Tuesday)
  5. Adjournment

Zoning Informational Meeting: 459 E. Livingston Ave. (Shane’s Corner)

Schumacher Place

Join the Civic Association at any time. Beginning in 2023, membership period runs from January 1-December 31

You must be a member to serve on the board and vote for civic issues

You do not have to be a paid member of SPCA to vote for zoning issues; however, you must be a resident or business owner and have proof of residency to vote. (examples: utility bill, tax bill, bank statement, NOT a drivers license)

As of March 2020, all meetings are being held virtually.

Zoom meeting link provided on Nextdoor and Schumacher Place Civic Association page on Facebook.

Parsons Avenue Merchants Association Gateway Sculpture