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Hilliard residents hope to block park from becoming commercial property

Dozens of Hilliard residents are hoping to stop the potential rezoning of a neighborhood park.

On Monday, the Hilliard City Council’s Economic and Entrepreneurial Development Committee voted in favor of allowing the full council to decide whether to authorize the Hilliard Development Corporation to evaluate the possible rezoning of the Cross Creek Park, for commercial use.

The park is located along Hilliard Rome Road, near Gillette Avenue.

The committee’s vote came before the council’s meeting, where many concerned residents voiced their opposition to the potential changes.

“This is something that I would rearrange my schedule for,” said Jeff Brady, one of those in attendance. “The park is something I really care about.”

The Cross Creek Park is also home to the Graceland Cricket Club.

Many of the club’s 60 members said they invested up to 10-thousand dollars of their own money, to make the park their home ground.

“We are assuming the city council and the residents of Hilliard are going to fight for us, and keep the ground for us,” said Phradeesh Puthiyattilo. “We are going to fight too.”

The council is scheduled to vote on the next measure regarding the park on October 22, while council member Andy Teater said he plans to meet with the concerned neighbors, next month.

“It’s something that can’t be undone,” Brady said. “If you take away one of the few green spaces we have, you never add green space. It just doesn’t happen in the area. It’s something where you add businesses, you add housing and you add apartments. Losing the green space would be forever.”


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