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Seven-Story Apartment Building Proposed at Italian Village Park

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The Wood Companies and Schiff Capital Group have proposed a seven-story apartment building at the corner of East Hubbard Avenue and Pearl Alley, adjacent to Italian Village Park. The concept was presented to the Italian Village Commission this week. Mark Wood, President of The Wood Companies, said he was pleased with the reaction of the commission and is looking forward to the project coming together.

“We think it is a wonderful opportunity with the positioning on the park,” said Wood. “Italian Village park has been lost historically and we think this project will do it justice and provide an attractive background to the park and highlight it. The back of the building is designed to have a lot of glass to provide a reflective quality back on the park.”

The proposal calls for 40 to 50 apartments, two stories of parking garage space, and one floor of potential office space with the idea of fully utilizing the parking garage by having a mix of office users and residents (who would be less likely to use the garage during the day). The parking will be partially sunken below grade, with two separate entrances providing access to each floor of the garage. Because of this, the building as proposed would only be about 70 feet tall; about five feet taller than The Hubbard, which is five stories and currently under construction at the corner of Hubbard and High Street.

The park side of the building would be fronted with residential town homes, which Wood says will mask the parking garage and provide a nice complement to the park.

Wood had nothing but praise for Jonathan Barnes, the architect for the project; “The site seems kind of unique as there’s no immediate neighbor on this parcel. It’s surrounded by alleys and streets on three sides and the park on the fourth side. We met with Jon and we liked his initial response and the way he progressed the design conversation. He’s a talented architect and does contemporary very well.”

The Wood Companies and Schiff Capital Group first acquired the property in a package with the four-story building at the corner of Buttles Avenue and High Street, which they plan on remodeling. Their goal with the seven story apartment building is to break ground by the end of this year.

More information about The Wood Companies can be found at www.woodcompanies.com. More information about Schiff Capital Group can be found at www.schiffcapital.com.

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  • jpizzow

    So wait, on a previous thread, it seemed that the commission had an issue with the height, which I thought was because it was 2 floor higher than “The Hub” (about 20 feet). This is only about 5 feet higher because of the unique nature of the parking garage. So my question is, what is the big deal with 5 feet? It would not even be noticed. Or, is the issue about height related to the one story buildings in front (Haiku, La Fogata)?

    Nice to finally see the modern look gaining some traction in the city.

  • bucki12

    I think the commission’s issue is that the building isn’t on High St and for them that dictates height restraints.

  • columbusmike

    Visually, I think the building will feel as if it’s part of High Street. I don’t really see any issue with a tall building in this location, especially with a decent size park providing buffer.

  • I hope this garners some interest in developing the haiku and la fogata sites.

  • surber17

    This is truly a beautiful looking building and I hope it gets approved exactly how it currently looks. And I 100% agree with jpizzow, there is no reason 5 feet should make a difference.

  • heresthecasey

    I think the height is fine for the location, which might as well be considered ‘on High St.’

    Along with the residential units facing the park, it would be nice to have townhomes or retail space along Hubbard also. Having the garage face the alley isn’t a problem IMO.

    ETA: Any chance Walker, or Brent, could ask Wood Cos to share a rendering or two of the proposed apartments over the Hubbard Grill/Columbus Eyeworks building that is currently working its way through the VVC? Great to see so much activity in the neighborhood.

  • stephentszuter

    This is awesome.

  • mbeaumont

    I agree, I would love to see this project move forward as is. The building is gorgeous and I don’t think the height is anything at all to be concerned about. It’ll look great clustered with The Hub and the new parking garage.

  • Mercurius

    I really love what Wood Companies is doing in terms of new builds.

  • geoyui

    ^I wish there was a way they could do a hostile takeover of the Highpoint development.

  • Gil Ligg

    Yep. Just what this city needs. More apartment buildings. I would never call that building gorgeous, maybe slick or modern, but not gorgeous. Gorgeous architecture is something of the past.

  • anillo

    @Gil Ligg, agreed, but it isn’t ugly either. And since there is very little modern architecture in Columbus, it’ll be a nice addition/juxtaposition, especially in this part of town. It’d be very happy if it gets built as-is.

  • Mod-dude

    Ya know, I really do like it too. I hope it gets built.
    I do want to say though, I am ready for a building that is totally different. I am ready for a building design that makes my jaw drop and is ultra creative! This is the Shorth North Arts district after all, so perhaps one can think outside the “Box.” (Pun intended!)
    I know that the VV and IV commissions tend to dumb down the designs of architects, so I hope maybe somewhere downtown we can see a twisty, tall, modern, glass, concrete, steel, shiny, beautiful structure that puts us on the map. (BTW, what is going on with that sculpture proposed for the river front?)

  • MichaelC

    Slick or modern will suffice.

    Gorgeous architecture is not something of the past.

    Functional, cost-effective, neighborhood friendly architecture that will host more central city residents is welcome as far as I’m concerned.

    I agree that our city could use more distinctive architecture. But not every project is meant for that.

  • @heresthecasey – I think we’ll have something on the Hubbard Park Place development as soon as we can. Mark wants to wait until the plans are a little more refined/finalized before going to the press. ;)

    As for this building in Italian Village, I’m a big fan of Jon Barnes’ design. A nice mix of new modern architecture to accent the existing historic architecture will continue to add more character to The Short North. Good stuff!

  • InnerCore

    To say that good architecture is a thing of the past is just ridiculous and displays a very pompous view ones own personal taste. A hundred years from now people will be saying the same thing.

    The large windows should provide units with lots of natural light and good views.

  • IAmCMH

    The article mentions residential town homes facing the park. I do not see them in the (second) rendering above. The one that shows the view from the park. What I see instead is a parking garage ramp. Am I missing something?

  • urbanshmurban

    Take another look at the ground floor that faces the park. It’s one thing to look into a parking garage from an alley. It’s another to see that while you’re in a park. And don’t tell me seeing the parking garage is better than the vacant lot. The neighborhood doesn’t have to settle.

  • InnerCore

    @urbanshmurban

    I agree and disagree. Most codes would require you to line at least the primary frontage. Now in this case Hubbard would be the primary frontage with the park and Pearl being the secondary frontage.

    Given the site dimensions it would be a struggle to get both Hubbard and the Park lined without allowing more height.

    So getting Hubbard lined would be more appropriate from a function standpoint as that is the street that will see the most activity.

    As for the view from the park there are a multitied of things you could do like cover that side of the garage with plants or line that side of the park with trees.

  • David

    “The park side of the building would be fronted with residential town homes, which Wood says will mask the parking garage and provide a nice complement to the park.”

  • urbanshmurban

    Oops! Too busy looking at the pictures to read every bit of the article. Looking forward to seeing what those townhomes will look like. It can give this park the intimacy that it’s been lacking.

  • kelly boso

    I would love to see this project approved. I would enjoy living in the Short North/Italian Village area, provided the rent isn’t ridiculous.

  • jpizzow

    Did anybody go to the IV Commission meeting tonight? I was just wandering what was said about the homes in Jeffrey Park facing the park, the proposed 7 story apt building next to IV park and Pizzuti’s hotel status.

  • I posted this on another discussion (http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/seven-story-wood-companies-apartment-building-in-italian-village)

    Typically don’t enter discussions on my own projects, but I certainly read them. As the architect for the Hubbard and Pearl project, I appreciate the support for the project (especially from those who are comfortable with density and height in urban neighborhoods) and I appreciate the concerns as well. The development process in the Short North is a public process and everyone has the ability to help shape it. I encourage everyone to participate and be vocal. Show up at the next Italian Village Commission meeting (109 N Front St) next Tues at 6ish and speak up.

    One comment about the height – in this project it has alot to do with the fact that we’re providing all the necessary parking within the building, without relying on off-site parking structures, on-street parking in the neighborhood or city funding for our parking structure – a rarity in the Short North.

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