There were rumblings of redevelopment of the old Fireproof Building that first surfaced back in November, but the first draft was an incomplete picture. Originally, Elford Development proposed the adaptation of the historic building for a 47-unit apartment project with a one-story 5,000-square foot retail space added on the surface parking lot next door.
“The project has since evolved based on input from the Italian Village Commission, the Italian Village Society, the City of Columbus, and our design team,” explains Mike Fitzpatrick, President of Elford Development.
The new plans for The Fireproof Building call for a total of 58 rental units with the inclusion a much larger five story addition that will face High Street just north of Second Avenue. The development will also contain a total of 15,000 square feet of retail space with a mix of restaurant, retail and office tenants envisioned in the new plan.
“The switch to a multi-story building for Second & High was definitely encouraged be the area commission,” says Fitzpatrick. “The interaction between the Italian Village Commission and our development team has been instrumental in improving our project and our development plans for what we all hope will be a great project.”
The surface lot being removed will be shifted to the back of the building, which will provide the development with the required parking guidelines for the neighborhood.
The team at Elford is still working to finalize the Fireproof redevelopment plans, which will be presented to the Italian Village Commission in May for approval. Fitzpatrick says that he hopes to break ground on the project in late summer or early fall 2012.