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The View on Pavey Square Development Approved at Five Stories

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After nine months of public discussion and architectural revision, The View on Pavey Square was finally met with approval by the University Area Review Board on Thursday night.

What was originally proposed as an 11-story mixed-use development for the entire High Street block between Northwood and Oakland Avenues has been reduced to a five-story structure primarily situated to the back of the property along the alleyway. The original plan called for the demolition of 10 of the 12 buildings on the block, which was met with a lot of pushback from the Review Board and area residents who voiced their concerns during public meetings.

The approved plan will preserve six of the eight buildings on the block that face High Street, only demolishing the southern two buildings, one of which currently houses popular restaurant Cazuela’s Grill. The four smaller buildings on the back end of the property will be demolished to make room for the new five-story structure.

In its approved form, Pavey will include 132 apartments — containing a mix of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom units — plus 6,587 square feet of retail and office space. A total of 253 parking spaces will also be accommodated with structured parking in the new building.

“We are generally pleased with outcome at last weeks UARB hearing to finally receive our conceptual design approval so that we can move forward with this project,” stated Mike Balakrishnan, founder of project developer Celmark Development Group. “We are responding to the market demand from the current generation of students for better facilities closer to campus in a walkable community. This has been a tough fight but in the end we feel that the neighborhood will benefit from a high quality development and at the same time restore and preserve the streetscape along High Street.”

The View on Pavey Square is being developed by Celmark Development Group and Solove Real Estate.

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  • Mike Beaumont

    Wow, way to suck the soul out of this one. I wasn’t in favor of the demolition, but the last version was much better than this iteration. Referring to this: http://www.columbusunderground.com/pavey-square-project-gets-major-design-update

    • Joe Motil

      At the most recent UARB meeting I suggested that the white colored EFIS on the west elevation (alley) be replaced with a colored brick similar to a color of brick on the High Street elevation. The white will be too reflective and bright on the west side. They agreed to darken the white instead. I also suggested adding either horizontal and vertical window mullions or wood bulkhead at the bottom of the full glass storefronts where the ATM and retail spaces are located on the south elevation near the alley. There might bye some kind of change there as well. The horizontal metal panels are completely inappropriate in keeping with the architectural character of the neighborhood and there should be a much more detail like cornice on the west elevation also. There needs to be more detail to this project. I am hoping that the UARB members look at things a little more closely prior to the next meeting.

      • Mike Beaumont

        Thanks, Joe!

    • Agreed. They should 100% just return to this design. It had the same height. But all of the architectural elements were so much better. More timeless, more detailed. Better fit with the stature of the historic homes on site.

  • Chas Chandler

    You just wonder if it’s a game developers play with all of the various commissions around town. No matter what is proposed, the commissions always send it back to the drawing board, usually for a reduction in size. The developers know this so they submit something they know won’t get approved, but the end result is probably what they wanted anyway.

    • I’m just speculating like you are, but I have to imagine that no developer wants nine months of approval processes (and angry backlash from residents) to delay their project. They probably also don’t want all of the additional costs of paying an architect to revamp and revamp and revamp a design with every round of revisions.

      Just a guess.

    • Joe Motil

      You are correct about your assumptions regarding the “game” developers play. Those who have been involved in this charade are well aware of it and the developers and their attorneys know we aware of it. Yet they continue to work this way.

  • I hope they’re still doing the sub-grade alley condition?
    With every floor it was reduced the architectural detail was scaled back. Disappointing. I wonder how Cazuelas will deal with being closed during construction, too…?

    • I’ve heard they’re already planning on relocating nearby, and recently launched a food truck which has (to our office’s pleasure) made its way Downtown a couple of times. ;)

  • Jason Powell

    Really disappointed that they took out the arched windows on the corner building. It gave the building a more classic look and really made it pop.

  • cucbus

    Walker, do we know the current status of this project? Will it be breaking ground soon?

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