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February 10, 2016 THE OAKWOOD REGISTER Vol. 25, No. 6 February 10, 2016 www.oakwoodregister.com With Planning Commission vote, Oakwood Starbucks one step closer to beer, wine sales The Starbucks location in Oakwood is one step closer to add- ing beer and wine to its menu after the city Planning Commission on Feb. 3 approved a special use request by the coffeehouse fran- chise to sell alcohol. The Starbucks at 2424 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood is one of 27 franchise sites in Ohio targeted by the corporation for expanded menu offerings and alcohol sales. Application for a permit to allow alcohol sales at the Oakwood loca- tion was filed with the state last fall and is still pending approval. In addition to the state liquor per- mit, Oakwood zoning regulations also require the franchise to obtain a special use permit from the city to sell alcohol. "Starbucks is switching some locations in Ohio to begin selling beer and wine," said Marc Myers, the Columbus-area attorney repre- senting the coffeehouse chain in its application process. "The deci- sion on which locations will sell beer and wine is based on demo- graphics and market analysis." Myers said the franchise intends to tailor alcohol selections at each location to locally produced wine and craft beers. "Starbucks has no interest in selling a bottle of Budweiser," Myers told the city commission. If approved by both the city and state, Myers said alco- hol sales would begin at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. weekdays – depending on a final decision at corporate See Starbucks on page 4u See Shroyer on page 7u Jacks, Jills win SWBL Photo by Leon Chuck Oakwood senior Cassidy Fry anchored the last leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay for first-place time of 3:49.90 - 37.72 seconds ahead of second-place Waynesville – at the SWBL Swimming and Diving Championship meet. Joining Cassidy of the relay team were freshman Samantha Auditore, sophomore Anna McCarty and junior Mira Rhodes. Both the Oakwood boys and girls claimed first-place trophies at the Championship. See the story on Page 16. Planning Commission okays added condos at Pointe Oakwood Despite the objections of more than 40 neighboring residents opposed to the construction of a second condominium complex at Pointe Oakwood, the city Planning Commission on Feb. 3 approved an application by Cincinnati-based Hills Developers, Inc., to build an additional 84 condominiums in two four-story buildings overlook- ing the soccer fields and proposed athletic stadium at Old River. The application to expand the scope of development at Pointe Oakwood comes one month after the city commission okayed the latest in a series of architectural and structural changes to a pro- posed 32-unit, two-building con- dominium development, also being built by Hills, at the corner of Far Hills and Schantz Avenues at Pointe Oakwood. Although the latest Hills devel- opment approved by the Planning Commission, named the Trails of Oakwood, are being presented as individually deeded condomini- um units, a spokesman for Hills said the developer intends to lease, rather than sell, all proposed 84 units outright. Both projects have drawn repeated objections from neighbor- ing residents who fear an influx of rental units will negatively impact home values in the area and lead to an increase in the number of col- lege students renting in the north Oakwood neighborhoods. Countering those claims, Hills spokesman Michael Copfer said the latest development proposal targets "empty nesters, seniors and young, millennial professionals." Opponents of the Pointe Oakwood condominium plan had previously sought restrictions on the 32-unit development at the corner of Schantz and Far Hills that would have prohibited owners from renting or leasing those units. At a Jan. 6 Planning Commission hearing considering that project, city officials informed neighbors that the municipality could not restrict owners from renting or See Pointe on page 7u City weighs changes to Shroyer traffic flow after accident, petition Oakwood residents living along Shroyer Road took their safe- ty concerns to the city last year after an elementary student was struck while crossing the street. That petition prompted the city to review the Shroyer Road cor- ridor between Dorothy Lane and Dellwood Avenue. The section of Shroyer Road is roughly one mile in length and runs along the eastern edge of Oakwood, near the shared corporation line with the city of Kettering. The purpose of the study, con- ducted over the previous months, was to investigate possible countermeasures to improve safety on Shroyer Road, say city officials. The city is considering reducing the number of lanes on Shroyer from 4 to 3 lanes. The 3-lane section being considered would

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