Possible College Being Built in North Columbus

Residents of a subdivision in north Columbus are worried their scenic backyards are in jeopardy.

People who live in Sonoma Pointe were told the property behind their homes, and across from Blackmon Road Middle School, could possibly be rezoned to commercial property for the purpose of a college.

The Allen Development Group has submitted a request to the city of Columbus.  Right now, the land is zoned residential.

Sonoma Pointe resident, Nitesh Mohanlal, said, "Initially I thought it might be a good idea. The letter said it was going to be a military college, so I thought maybe it would be good for the neighborhood."

But, Mohanlal said the more he thought about it, the more concerned he got. He worries once it is zoned commercial, other things besides a college could be built.

Some fear that could lead to diminished property values and increased traffic in their neighborhood.

"I know my kids can play in the back yard now. But, I might worry if a college came about someone jumping around the fence and security," said Mohanlal.

The Columbus Planning Advisory Commission is reviewing the request for rezoning. They want to hear from residents and have invited them to a meeting at 9 am on January 4th at the Government Center.

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