The redevelopment of the “UCT Block” in the Short North was originally announced back in February 2008, and after some recent updates and expansions, the proposal may be moving closer to reality tonight.
The Victorian and Italian Village Commissions will have a joint special meeting tonight at 6pm to review the latest version of the mixed-use proposal from The Pizzuti Companies. The development is primarily situated on land currently occupied by two surface parking lots along High Street between Russell Street and Poplar Avenue.
The development includes a 130-room 10-story boutique hotel located east of High Street, a 46,000 square-foot 6-story office building and 500-space 9-story parking garage, both located west of High Street, and ground-floor retail in both buildings facing High Street and Millay Alley.
A portion of the historic United Commercial Travelers (UCT) building will need to be demolished to make room for the parking garage required to accommodate on-site parking. The rest of the UCT Building will be preserved and will house a portion of the Pizzuti family art collection, which may be open to display to the public as a cultural asset to the neighborhood.
Additional renderings of the proposed development can be found below.