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69-Unit Dennison Avenue Project Gets Conditional Approval

Brent Warren Brent Warren 69-Unit Dennison Avenue Project Gets Conditional ApprovalAll renderings provided by Berardi + Partners.
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Borror Properties has cleared another hurdle in their efforts to develop a 1.2-acre parking lot on Dennison Avenue, receiving conditional approval for a 69-unit project at the July meeting of the Victorian Village Commission.

The latest design is similar to one presented to the commission in May; 53 apartments in a four-and-a-half-story building at the corner of Dennison and Starr, with 12 townhomes and four carriage houses on the southern portion of the site, which extends to West Second Avenue. The townhomes and carriage houses would be for-sale products.

Jeff Baur of Borror Properties expressed excitement at the conditional approval, but stressed there is still plenty of work to be done before any ground is broken.

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“This is definitely a good step, which will allow us to start with the pre-development activities, the civil engineering,” he said. “But there are still some architectural details to be worked out; the commission had some tweaks and ideas so we’re going to go back and work on those.”

Borror Properties received final approval at the same meeting for another of their projects – a new 16-unit apartment building next to a 100-year-old building at 40 West Third Avenue. Baur said they hope to start renovation of the historic house and demolition of a one-story office addition within the next 45 days, depending on how quickly they can get the necessary permits.

Construction of the new building on Third could begin as soon as September 1st, which is also the potential start date of another Borror Properties project – the Prescott and Pearl apartment building in Italian Village. Baur said that the plan is to work on both developments simultaneously.

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All renderings provided by Berardi + Partners.

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  • Mercurius

    I think Borror Properties just needs to get a new architect. I like the density of all his projects but they all just look bad. It’s like a mish-mash of suburban styles with zero setback.

    • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker Evans

      What’s suburban about the style? Victorian Village homes typically don’t have a very large setback.

      I think it looks like a great fit for that corner, which already has a mix of styles in place.

      • Mercurius

        Faux balconies? 25 different kinds of windows? Random mansard roofs? There is just no cohesion. It’s like berardi shit out 25 different styles and is seeing what sticks. You can’t just keep adding pointless details and multiple styles and hope it comes out. Compare this to anything from Jonathan Barnes Architecture, DesignGroup, Meyers + Associates, Schooley Caldwell and/or GRAD and tell me it doesn’t look like shit.

        • http://www.victorianvillageguesthouse.com Lisa Craig Morton

          Exactly!

          • http://www.victorianvillageguesthouse.com Lisa Craig Morton

            Also have seen some good infill projects designed by Lincoln Street Studios, Urban Order and Baker-Henning in Italian and Victorian Village. The problem is when you have a developer who is used to building crap in the suburbs and they don’t seem to get it. I think you either have to go completely out of the box like some of the stuff that Lincoln Street Studios has done for Connie Klema in Italian Village or you have to do an authentic historic approximation like the townhouses that Baker-Henning designed at 104-119 Buttles Avenue on Goodale Park just west of Park Street.

    • http://www.victorianvillageguesthouse.com Lisa Craig Morton

      I agree with Mercurius. The architecture is horrible. Looks like some really bad suburban condo development in Naples, FL or something. I do like that they finally got a nice mix of “for sale” its (which have the potential to be owner-occupied) and “for rent” units. And I do appreciate that Borror has been willing to work through the process, listen to neighborhood input and make the project better. I just hope that the recommendations of the Victorian Village Commission and the “final tweaks” that Borror has alluded to will get rid of the super-tacky, completely irrelevant to Columbus’ historic Victorian Village neo-Mediterranean style architecture.

      • http://www.victorianvillageguesthouse.com Lisa Craig Morton

        oops! meant “for sale” units.

      • heresthecasey

        +1

        I also like the inclusion of for-sale units alongside rentals, and the general progression of the design. I agree that some of the details look out of place (Cocoa Manor-esque) and will hopefully be tweaked before final approval.

  • WJT

    I think it is going to depend on the materials-cheap materials and shoddy workmanship will make this look awful-but on the other hand, quality materials and workmanship will make it look great. JMHO. I wonder what the siding material is?

    As for the size and design of it, it fits in well I think. There is only one brick house that faces this anyway. It appears that the rest is side/back yards, non-residential buildings, parking lots. I am surprised somebody has not stuck a house on that corner lot just southeast of this project.

  • jldeenstein

    It seems as though Mercurius is an architect or a developer, judging from pasts CU posts. And one who may be afraid of a bit of competition!

    • drew

      I assure you he’s not – just someone who appreciates good design.

      I’m less than completely enthusiastic about the design of the building myself, but otherwise feel as though it’s a good fit for the location (as was the nearby Aston Place before it).

      Quality exterior materials may make it better in reality than the renderings suggest.

    • Mercurius

      I’m trying to help the developer. A better architect will make it easier for them to market and sell these things and in 50 years they won’t be remembered for shit.

  • Jason Powell

    Much, much better.

  • mbeaumont

    I agree, the materials used will make a big difference on this one. Very excited about this in general though. That’s a mighty big parking lot that will be going away. Win!

    • Mercurius

      It is better than a surface parking lot.

  • jldeenstein

    Ditto my brother. And all I heard previously was brick, brick and brick.

    • http://www.victorianvillageguesthouse.com Lisa Craig Morton

      Well brick, brick, brick is better than cheap stucco, stucco, stucco with faux stone, which is what this looks like. As several others have pointed out, this could be really tacky if the right quality building materials are not used. And as the Aston Place and Aston Row project shows, brick doesn’t always have to mean traditional red brick.

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