Proposed land donation rezoned

The proposed donation of just over 1.5 acres of land to Columbus Parks and Recreation is a step closer to happening.

The Columbus City Council gave final approval Tuesday night to rezone the site at the west end of 26th Street near the Hawcreek People Trail. The property was zoned for commercial use, but has since been changed to “Residential: Single Family 2.”

Jeff Bergman, city-county planning director, explained the land is being donated by Discount Tire, which purchased the property for a new location next to Burger King. He explained that this 1.5 acres is in a 100-year flood plain that was severely impacted by the 2008 flood. Company officials decided to not risk building in that particular area.

Parks officials say the site has the potential for a new trailhead, but no final decision has been made.