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New Grandview Mercantile Proposal Has Expanded Footprint, Shorter Buildings

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What started as a 12-story proposal for the Grandview Mercantile site in the Short North – and was subsequently reduced to ten stories – now stands at four, although the footprint of the project is being expanded significantly.

The latest proposal from the Pizzuti Companies, which will be presented to the Victorian Village Commission this evening, calls for two buildings – a four-story office and retail building at the corner of West First Avenue and High Street, and a six-story residential building next door.

The office building would replace the existing Grandview Mercantile building, while the proposed residential building would require the demolition of the one-story ImproveIt! office complex at 40 West First Avenue. Both of the new buildings would top out at just over 70 feet tall.


Parking would be provided in a 122-space parking garage located in the basement of the residential structure, which would hold approximately 100 units.

Also undergoing revisions is a proposal from Kaufman Development to build on the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers site just to the north of the Pizzuti project. The Victorian Village Commission held a special meeting to discuss the latest iteration of the development on January 5th, and the project is back on the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

City staff said they were unsure whether or not Kaufman would be presenting to the commission again tonight or would wait to return next month with revisions based on feedback received at last week’s meeting.

Renderings by Lupton Rausch.

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    • Don

      Jay, you seem upset. I hope your day gets better. It was sunny for a little while today.


  • They seemed to have right-sized the office space based on interest and then left that building as office only, and then added the residential separately. I like the idea of the larger footprint overall, but there is no reason they couldn’t concentrate more height on High Street and make that a truly mixed-use building, instead of office with first floor retail…

  • JRemy

    I have mixed feelings. 1. I love the new design and think it is to perfect scale and it takes its design aesthetic from the building it is replacing. 2. Again, the height issue. Why are we so apposed to height? I liked the 10 story design as well.

  • Don

    100 units and 122 parking spaces, something smells fishy!


  • traviscols

    I can’t stand how every proposal ends up having height reductions before it actually gets approved…
    I’m scared to even see what’s going to happen to Millennial Tower before it ends up getting final approval. It will probably end up being a six story building too… Sigh :(

    • dalias

      You do recognize that the Short North and downtown have different development guidelines? Can you name a single project downtown that has ever been asked to reduce its height?

      • You’re correct. The Downtown Commission generally advocates for more height, not less.

        • Pete

          It’s useful to know that the Downtown Commission advocates for height. Why are no developers wanting to build high-rises in Columbus? I still don’t understand why developers in other cities build high-rises but developers here do not.

          • robottea

            Economics. There’s so much available land that it’s not valuable enough to warrant building a high rise, the cost per sq ft rises dramatically once you start to get in mid and high rise territory.

          • Pete

            That’s useful info. Thanks. It does help to ease some of my frustration to understand.

          • robottea

            It also makes seeing a lot of low-rise developments easier to tolerate, as they use up land and increase the value of the remaining land. If the region keeps growing as projected, we’ll eventually get to the point where 8-12 story proposals become the norm, instead of the 4ish we’re seeing now.

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  • LegalEagle89

    12 to 10 to 4.

    Not sure if we’re talking about the height of this proposal or my level of confidence in this city going vertical.

    4 STORIES? Why even redevelop the site?

    • dalias

      Because the aim overall is development, not height for height’s sake. This will still add a significantly denser component with 100+ additional residential units than what is currently there.

  • Steve Szuter

    We might as well start just building below ground. Maybe this should be a -12 story building. Why even build above ground anymore?

    • I think going 12 stories down might be a fire hazard.


  • Bret Drive

    That’s a big difference from the original proposal. Too late to review new proposals?

    • The commission can only review what the private developer presents. This is not a publicaly-owned site with a open-bid RFP process.

  • B

    Yet more boring architecture to add to all the other basic architecture being constructed in this city. Ugh. Would someone please be innovative and stop designing everything to look the same???

  • jman

    This is such a mistake. I now have serious doubts about anything over 12 stories ever being built downtown. We are squandering our chances here for generations to come. And why?

    • There are two buildings proposed for Downtown right now that are over 20 stories, which have received favorable feedback on the height. While some of the neighborhood Commissions have pushed shorter, that’s not been an issue in Downtown proper.

      • chupicabraz

        Except for the dispatch editorial board who would prefer to see something smaller: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2017/01/02/be-careful-with-north-market.html

        • No one is beholden to the Dispatch editorial board though. They can share their opinions, but their approval is not a part of the process. I spoke to someone who is a part of the process shortly after that piece ran, and they rolled their eyes.

          Ever since the 2015 sale of the paper to Gatehouse, The Dispatch has scaled back their community involvement and corporate sponsorships. If I had to make a guess, I’d say that their editorials and opinions are going to continue to weigh less and less.

  • jman

    I’m afraid we are a soft, weak market… guided by a bunch of selfish, narrow minded, conservative old biddies.

    • mjb

      Don’t follow Pizzuti Companies much do you honey?

  • Ghulam Lone

    Another box…

  • Chris

    Like many others who have commented here, I’m also for taller new buildings… something at least 6-10 stories. However, as proposed, the redevelopment of the ImproveIt! office complex is a good thing no matter how tall the new building will be. That existing building and parcel layout doesn’t at all fit the neighborhood.

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