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April Fools: New Mixed-Use Development Proposed for White Castle Site in Short North

Brent Warren Brent Warren April Fools: New Mixed-Use Development Proposed for White Castle Site in Short North
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A new six-story development proposed for the corner of North High Street and West Second Avenue calls for ground-level retail and five floors of apartments above it. It will be presented for conceptual review to the Victorian Village Commission on April 10th.

The proposed building would replace the White Castle restaurant that currently occupies the corner. Much like the View on High development in the University District (which replaced a stand-alone Wendy’s restaurant), White Castle would remain a tenant on the first floor of the building.

The project, which is tentatively being called The Residences at Crave Castle, will feature 102 luxury apartment units, a parking garage with room for 64 cars, and a unique architectural style.

Supporting materials from the application give some clues to the thinking behind the unusual design.

“The building features a subtle nod to the heritage of the site,” the materials state, adding that the continued presence of the White Castle is considered key to the project. “The aroma of delicious White Castle burgers wafting up into the upper floors of the building… we think it’s a great amenity, something that will really set this project apart from the many other offerings in the neighborhood.”

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  • stephentszuter

    You guys are really going all out with these April Fool’s Day articles… :)

  • columbusmike

    As funny as this is, I think it actually could be a very successful project if it happened!!

  • MBT

    “The aroma of delicious White Castle burgers wafting up into the upper floors of the building”

    If only all the other new developments could claim this amenity.

  • MichaelC

    I would actually support this if it were a redesign of its headquarters on Goodale. :)

  • lattethunder

    I am so gullible I almost believed this until “The aroma of delicious White Castle burgers wafting up into the upper floors of the building… ”

    I paused at “The Residences at Crave Castle” but honestly we need a little more of that type of quirkiness!

  • gramarye

    For the name of the building, I prefer The Slider on High.

    • Heathercat42

      Love that name even more!

  • jOHnH

    Got me, forgot today’s date.

  • geoyui

    Seriously, the lengths CU writers will go to get a free crave case.

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

      Crave case? We’re trying to get a free year’s lease in one of those penthouse units! ;)

  • http://www.columbusfoodandbeer.com valmor88

    Ah yes, a “subtle” nod to the origins of the building! This was my favorite April Fools article.

  • DexRider

    Three words: Pneumatic Slider delivery

  • thomasjs4

    Man, if only this were a donut shop! Who wouldn’t want to wake up to that smell everyday!

    • http://www.handcrafteddelights.com Anne Evans

      Come live on the Near East Side and your dream will come true! :)

  • http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus Brian Ball

    This is hilarious, especially since the concept is TRUE.

    Brian Ball

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/10/23/short-north-s-white-castle-site-targeted-for.html

    • mikeonabike

      Nice, Brian! I came here just to check if someone had posted that article yet.

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