Lucas Lofts Development Approved in Franklinton
In February, a new 69-unit residential building known as Lucas Lofts was proposed for East Franklinton, next door to 400 West Rich Street, and this afternoon the project got the greenlight from the East Franklinton Review Board. Over the past three months, the project has seen minor updates from developer Urban Smart Growth, mostly with regards to parking allocations on Lucas Street and the addition of more details on material use for both public spaces and building facades.
The project contained a unique parking variance, as it provides a total of 138 parking spaces that would collectively service Lucas Lofts, 400 West Rich and Strongwater Food & Spirits. The review board approved the variance, noting that if the currently vacant building at 435 West Town Street were to be redeveloped, it would trigger a parking review in the future.
Construction on Lucas Lofts is expected to break ground this fall at the earliest, according to Chris Sherman, Director of 400 West Rich Director, which is also owned by Urban Smart Growth. He added that he expects construction to take approximately 12 months to complete.
A second, future phase of development was mentioned during the meeting, which would fill in the current 50-space parking lot just north of Lucas Lofts Phase One. Sherman confirmed that the second phase would be a mirrored version of phase one, while the long term plan for 435 West Town Street was for more commercial restaurant and event space.
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All renderings via Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design and IMPLIMENT.