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File #: 0658-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/5/2020 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 3/16/2020 Final action: 3/19/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Public Service to execute those documents necessary to release the utility easement requested by Gravity Project 2, LLC, for a portion of right-of-way known as a north-south alley between West Broad Street and Rush Alley; to allow encroachment easements as needed and approved by the Department of Public Service for this development; and to declare an emergency.
Attachments: 1. Exhibit A
Explanation
1. Background
In 1947, pursuant to Ordinance 432-47, the City of Columbus vacated a portion of right-of-way known as a north-south alley between West Broad Street and Rush Alley and reserved a utility easement for existing utilities. The Department of Public Service recently received a request from the property owner, Gravity Project 2, LLC, c/o Kaufman Development, asking that the City release the reserved easement over this area to clear title for this site and to allow encroachment easements. Releasing the utility easement will allow the development of adjoining property to proceed. This development consists of a twelve-story mixed use building and a five-story apartment building. The encroachments will consist of balconies, canopies, and foundations to complete this phase of development in the area. After receipt of this request the Department of Public Service, Division of Infrastructure Management, verified with all the public and private utility companies that there are no public utilities or need for this easement located within the requested area and that they have no objections to this portion of the easement being released. The following legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Public Service to execute those documents necessary to release the portions of easement as described below and attached exhibit to allow the area to clear title for this site and to grant requested encroachment easements.

2. FISCAL IMPACT
The City will receive a total of $500.00 to be deposited in Fund 7748, project P537650, for granting the request to release the utility easement and allow encroachment easements. There is no cost to the CIty to do this.

3. EMERGENCY JUSTIFICATION
Emergency action is requested to allow this release to occur as soon as possible, thereby allowing the development to complete title resolution and to proceed with construction without delay.

Title
To authorize the Director of the Department of Public Service to...

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