PDT Staff Writer
Thursday night Portsmouth City Council is scheduled to give first reading to an ordinance authorizing the vacation of an alleyway located between the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Argonne Road and the west side of U.S. 23 (Scioto Trail) and a portion of Argonne Road and Spring Lane, as requested by KDMC Ohio, with the city reserving all easements to that property.
That move was recommended by the City Planning Commission at their May 14 meeting. At that meeting, the request was reviewed, discussed, voted on and recommended that it be sent to City Council.
According to the ordinance, the alleyway and portion of Argonne Road are west of Scioto Trail, from Spring Lane on the south, to terminate as far north as property KDMC Ohio owns on both sides of the alley and Argonne Road.
The ordinance says it is the intent of KDMC Ohio to close, relocate and vacate Spring Lane from U.S. 23 to the Norfolk Southern rail crossing. Spring Lane is to be rebuilt approximately 350 feet to the north with a new intersection created with Argonne Road and extend a dedicated right of way back south to reconnect to the old Spring Lane at the railroad crossing.
The ordinance goes on to say the City Clerk would be authorized and directed to provide KDMC with a certified copy of the ordinance so that it can be presented to the Scioto County Auditor and the Scioto County Recorder.
At a Portsmouth City Council meeting in October, Mayor David Malone asked the Council to bring forward an ordinance to appropriate $3,450 for a traffic study at the corner of Argonne Road and U.S. 23, a study requested by King’s Daughters Medical Center. During the course of the discussion, Malone made mention of possible plans by KDMC to move the current location of Spring Lane several blocks north. That action evolved into the ordinance being considered Thursday.
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