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Updates on Italian Village Projects Going Before Commission for Review

Brent Warren Brent Warren Updates on Italian Village Projects Going Before Commission for ReviewThe Brunner Building - Rendering via Wood Companies / Schooley Caldwell Associates.
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The Wood Companies is going back to the Italian Village Commission this week with a new, taller proposal for their Brunner Building at 930 North High Street.

“We are proposing a floor of offices to take advantage of parking being developed that would otherwise sit empty during weekday business hours,” said Wood Companies President Mark Wood, adding that “we think bringing daytime workers to the neighborhood is good for the district.”

The trend of adding office space to mixed-use developments in the Short North and downtown definitely seems to be picking up. Another Woods proposal, Hubbard Park Place, calls for significant office space, as does Borror Properties’ White Castle proposal at the corner of High and West Second Avenue.

As the office market heats up and demand for parking increases, new downtown developments – like 250 High and Two25 – are also introducing significant office components to go along with residential units and ground-floor retail.

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Also on the Italian Village Commission agenda for this week is an update to the Budd Dairy proposal on North Fourth Street. The new iteration calls for restoring a number of the existing buildings behind the main building at 1086 North Fourth Street, an apparent response to concerns raised by the commission about demolishing them.

A proposal to tear down the building containing the Exile night club at 901 North Fourth Street will also be heard by the commission. Mulberry Homes (who recently got approved to build 25 townhomes on the other side of Fourth) is proposing two four-story apartment buildings for the site. The proposal is very preliminary, with no detailed renderings or plans presented.

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