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New LC Apartment Community Approved for Downtown

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Lifestyle Communities received necessary approvals yesterday from the Columbus Downtown Commission to move forward with their new seven-story apartment community at the northwest corner of High Street and Rich Street. The mixed-use development (which we announced last Wednesday) includes approximately 100 one and two bedroom flats, an underground parking garage, a fitness facility for residents, a second-story courtyard and 23,000 square feet of retail space that fronts High Street. The building may also include a “The Goat” bar, a full service bar and restaurant concept that is currently featured at several other Lifestyle Communities residential developments.

“We’re excited to have the Commission’s approval and to be a continued part of the growth of the River South neighborhood,” said Brent Miller, President of Lifestyle Communities.

The development requires a demolition permit for two existing buildings, which sparked some debate over the structures at yesterday’s Downtown Commission meeting. Several Commission members and several public speakers expressed a strong desire to preserve the historic Trautman Building. Representatives from the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, who currently own the building, stressed that it was already damaged beyond repair, filled with asbestos and not well suited for a change from an office layout to residential layout. Representatives from Lifestyle Communities stated that they had no interest in the existing structure for a redevelopment project.

After the discussion, the demolition permit was approved by the Downtown Commission, along with the Certificate of Appropriateness for the new building, which was designed by Meleca Architecture. The new building is located in between the 300-unit Columbus Commons Apartments currently under construction, and the existing 206-unit Annex at River South, which The LC completed in 2010 and has continued to maintain with a 100% occupancy rate.

“With The Annex performing well and the growing attention that River South has received, we feel that there is an opportunity to bring more housing options to the area and continue to build the neighborhood,” said Miller. “We have a design that is consistent with the progressive look and feel of the Downtown cityscape.”

The Downtown Lifestyle Communities development is expected to break ground some time in 2013 with a two year completion timeline.

Ongoing discussion of this development can be found on our messageboard.

More information can be found online at www.LifestyleCommunities.com.

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  • columbusmike

    Nicely done project. Meleca does it right when it comes to design. Although, the raised base as it goes down Rich Street is really weird.

  • Cbusbill

    Collectively, this project, along with the Columbus Commons apts and existing River South residences, are forever changing the fabric of downtown. I grew up with that area looking/feeling like the aftermath of a nuclear accident. Surface parking lots and zero street traffic. I am thrilled to see this blighted area reborn into such a dynamic place. Keep it going…there are still some parking lots left to claim!!

  • @Cbusbill – Agreed. These three developments (Annex, Commons and this new LC development) with 600 units should add around 750-900 more full time residents to this three-block area once all are complete. That kind of uptick in population is exactly what is needed to support additional retail, events and entertainment along High Street and through the rest of Downtown.

  • dodson

    I’m literally in the middle of a class project where we’re proposing a pedestrian promenade for Wall St – one of the reasons was to continue to create more of a neighborhood feel for the area. This is awesome news and I think there will be a lot more to come… I do hate the raised courtyard for a lot of reasons, but as long as it’s not a completely blank wall it shouldn’t be too horrible. I just wish it was more of a pocket park than a private space.

  • Stephen43215

    Love the design but what is going on where the street slopes at the Westside building? Stairs or patio?

  • columbusmike

    @Stephen43215: I would assume it’s just a blank facade since it’s the alley. Probably back of house stuff (dumpsters, garage entrance, etc).

  • @Stephen43215 & @columbusmike – That’s the southern elevation that slopes down towards Front St…
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