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New Plan Unveiled for Five-Story Building at Fifth and Summit

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Borror Properties is bringing a new proposal for the southwest corner of Summit Street and East Fifth Avenue to the Italian Village Commission next week.

Borror bought the 0.6-acre site from developer Brad Howe last fall, paying a little over a million dollars for it, according to the Franklin County Auditor’s website. The new proposal calls for a five-story building with 86 apartments over first-floor commercial, including space for a 4,000 square foot restaurant on the corner.

Howe’s Burwell Court building, located immediately to the south of the new proposed development, has already been built, with five of the eight townhome units sold. That was to be the first phase in a larger project encompassing the entire corner — a five-story, 74-unit mixed-use building that Howe brought before the commission multiple times, starting in 2015.

Howe said that he will continue to be involved in the larger project, but will focus most of his energies on the lot he owns across the street — the northwest corner of the intersection — where he has received approval from the University Area Commission to build two three-story buildings containing a mix of apartments, townhomes, and retail. He said that demolition and site cleanup will likely start soon on that site.

The redesign of the five-story building was first taken to the commission in December. Jeff Baur, Executive Vice President of Borror Properties, said that they hope to get more feedback from the commission after making changes meant to improve the building’s presence along Fifth.

The Italian Village Commission meeting is March 21st at 6 p.m.

Renderings via M+A Architects.


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  • Stephen Francis

    Wow… Can’t Borror just copy Howe’s plans? The Burwell’s original plan was so well thought through with contributing character and transition for a large building to the surrounding residential IMO. This is a downgrade it seems. So bland. I was hoping we were starting to see a turn toward character with some of the other proposals we’ve been seeing come through but this is a let down. I hope the commission gives some push back to have an end result more like what was previously proposed to be there.

  • Gus

    What was wrong with the original plan? This is so ugly. Reminds me of The Hub.

    • dalias

      Hub’n 2; Electric Boringloo

  • gregcols

    I agree with the other 2 comments. The original plan was so much more interesting. Hopefully the Italian Village Commision will push back toward the original rendering.

  • Mike Beaumont

    Totally agree with everyone else here. Very disappointing. Really hope the IVC hold their feet to the fire on this one to improve the design. The Burwell Heights design was much much better.

  • WJT

    Also agree with everyone else-this has gotten progressively worse since the first design put forth. Why when someone actually puts forth a cool and interesting design does it always ends up being just another bland yuppie box in the end?

  • Grant

    The street level black façade with curved windows is nice. Other than that it looks boring on the upper floors.

  • Seems like a nod toward the simple classical Italianate architecture represented in commercial buildings. While its not super cool and exciting, and the solid grey building is pretty boring (the garage?), I like it, works just fine for me. Not every building needs to be a superstar standout.

    • Jon

      Yes, not every building needs to be a standout, but how about just ONE standout? This progression from decent/cool/interesting to boring/bland/lame happens in 99% of the projects proposed around the central city.

    • Stephen Francis

      I agree that not every building needs to be a standout, but this corner is EXACTLY the kind of location that begs for a stand out building and design. A gateway to some of our most iconic neighborhoods, definitely not a place to miss an opportunity in the name of “not every building needs to be stellar”

      This really looks lazy compared to previous proposals and more like a copy and paste of the High Street projects more than a nod to Italian Village. When you compare it to proposals like the LC downtown, the Mattan, IBEW, Mercantile, Hubbard Place, Budd Dairy, and the increasing number of more detailed projects, this becomes more glaring.

  • Jon

    The original was immensely better. Why do so many proposals end up significantly watered-down and made 10x more bland and boxy?

  • traviscols

    I feel like this proposal and the original proposal both have positive and negative aspects.
    I don’t have a problem with the new proposal… It’s still much better than what was there.

  • 4N6science

    I noticed that Borror put up a sign with the beeker rendering on it and also a phone number for restaurant inquiries for the new building. Did this project get approved already?

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