Proposals for Bellville, I-71 area to appear before planning commission

By Louise Swartzwalder -

The future relationship of the village of Bellville, a Love’s station and a possible Avita doctor’s office may be determined May 23 at the next meeting of the Bellville Planning Commission, Mayor Darrell Banks said last week.

“I’m as close to being positive without being positive,” Banks said.

The Love’s Real Estate project has been given preliminary approval, and a recent decision to split a lot off State Route 97 will make it more likely Avita will go ahead with its plans, Banks said.

A lot where Kochheiser Road meets 97 will be split, which makes it a “great deal” because the people who own it can now sell or give part of it away, said Banks. That is the location being considered by Avita, according to Banks.

The planning commission requires that commercial site plan documents be presented 10 days before the meeting, Banks said. If that is done, Banks said he hopes there will be a vote that night.

Banks is on the planning commission as is Larry Weirich, who serves as zoning inspector, plus Jim DeSanto, Jim Beal and Brad Smith.

The station put in by Love’s will have 24-hour service and a parking lot which will hold 85 trucks. The plan calls for two restaurants, one of them a Subway. There had been information that an International House of Pancakes IHOP Express would also be there. But Banks said he doesn’t think that will happen.

These developments will be on the west side of the Wendy’s near Interstate 71 and State Route 97.

Officials of Avita have said in the past that it is interested in putting in a 5,000 square foot doctors office facility, which will focus on primary care and select specialties. Avita is headquartered in Galion and has 29 medical facilities including three in Bucyrus and one in Crestline.

Expansion of the area Love’s and Avita are considering has been made possible by the $2.8 million construction project that has made possible a new turn lane off 97, Banks said. That area previously was rated low on safety.

By Louise Swartzwalder

Reach Swartzwalder at 419-886-2291

Reach Swartzwalder at 419-886-2291