PAC rebuffs special exception for adult day-care facility

An attempt to obtain a special exception that would have allowed an adult day-care facility at 600 2nd Ave. received a cold shoulder at Wednesday's Columbus Planning Advisory Commission meeting. The zoning and land-use panel voted 5-0 to not recommend approval to Columbus Council property owner Andrew Bussey's request for a "day care center III" designation. His prospective tenant, America Works, was seeking a home for the center, which helps people develop work and personal skills.

The property, which has about 5,600-square-feet of structures on it, is located at the corner of Second Avenue and Sixth Street, on the edge of the Columbus Historic District.

America Works' plans call for a facility capable of handling up to 50 adults, some with mental health and substance abuse problems. The center would have eight staffers, including a licensed psychiatrist.

Several residents of the historic district, as well as the area's preservation and foundation groups, turned out to ask that the special exception not be approved. They cited concerns over property values, safety issues and the possibility that it would hurt progress in reviving the district.

PAC's decision is non-binding, so Bussey can still take his case to Columbus Council at a later date.