163 Units Planned For Parking Lot off of Parsons and Livingston
City Council is set to vote on Monday on a 163-unit apartment project that would fill in a three-acre lot currently used for parking by Nationwide Children’s Hospital employees. That lot is situated behind a group of businesses at the corner of Parsons and Livingston avenues, just to the west of the Village Pointe development, home of the Fitness Loft and the Crest restaurant.
The project, which has already received votes of approval from both the Schumacher Place Civic Association and the South Side Area Commission, is being developed by Jeff May, who has had a hand in all of the development that has taken place on the prominent corner since the Bobb Chevrolet dealership moved to the west side in 2008.
May partnered with Skilken to develop the CVS that sits right on that corner, owns the Scrambler Marie’s restaurant next door on Livingston, and developed Village Pointe. Counting his time as owner – and before that, salesman – at Bobb Chevrolet, May has been coming to work at the corner for over 30 years.
“If you spend that long anywhere, you’ll see the good and the bad,” said May. “And right now the area is reinventing itself…it’s a rebirth, with younger folks moving back in, new businesses coming in, people wanting to live in the central city, and of course the investment from Children’s.”
May hopes that, with units ranging from 550 to 1,200 square feet, the apartments appeal to a wide range of potential tenants.
“We’re aware of pricing in downtown and the surrounding urban area with new construction, and we feel very confident we’ll be under that level of pricing, with nice amenities, and covered parking.”
The development would feature a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments over a parking garage that would sit partially below-grade. Parking in the garage and two small surface lots would accommodate 245 cars. Part of the project would be four stories, with a two-story section located closer to the neighboring homes to the west.
An amenity deck with a pool would sit on top of the garage, with another green roof on top of the two-story portion of the development. Individual garden plots would be available for tenants on that roof, and lots of trees are planned for the grounds (hence the project’s name, “The Arbor”).
Assuming the project is approved by council and all building permits secured, May said that the goal is to break ground in July, with a 12-18 month timeframe for construction.
All renderings by New Avenue Architects & Engineers.