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12-Story Building Part of New Franklinton Proposal

Brent Warren Brent Warren 12-Story Building Part of New Franklinton ProposalThe second phase of River & Rich would include a 12-story tower. Renderings by Dimit Architects.
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The developers behind the River & Rich project are bringing a plan for its second phase to the East Franklinton Review Board this afternoon.

The first phase of the development, which opened last spring, consists of 230 apartments, a 300-space public parking garage and approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space.

The proposed second phase calls for an additional 304 residential units, 48,000 square feet of office space and 397 parking spaces. The most distinctive feature of the proposal, though, is a 12-story tower that would sit at the end of McDowell Street, providing views across the Scioto River to Downtown.

Materials submitted to the City of Columbus indicate that 20 percent of the apartments would be affordable, although the level of affordability is not defined. It is listed on the agenda for today’s meeting as a conceptual review, meaning that no vote will be taken.

The proposed development consists of three parts – the 12-story mixed-use building, which would hold the office space and 180 apartments, a four-story apartment building along Rich Street, and a three-story parking garage.

The development team behind the first phase of the development included CASTO, Robert Weiler Company, Kelley Companies, and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA). CASTO is listed as the applicant for the second phase.

The new phase of the project will sit on land that once held Sunshine Terrace, an 11-story public housing tower. The Riverside Bradley public housing complex was torn down in 2012 to make way for the first phase of the development.

Editor’s Note (9/17/19, 3:33 p.m.): this article has been corrected to indicate that the proposal calls for 20 percent of the apartment units to be affordable, not 20 units.

More information on the East Franklinton Review Board is available at www.columbus.gov.

A four-story apartment building is proposed for Rich Street.
A site plan submitted to the city shows the three proposed buildings – a parking garage, a four-story apartment building (Building B) and a 12-story mixed-use building (Building A).
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