Proposal at 16th & High Calls for New Six Story Building, Eight Demolitions
The first of what will likely be many proposals for nine acres of land surrounding the intersection of 15th Avenue and North High Street has been submitted to the University Area Review Board. Edwards Communities has proposed a six-story, 170-unit, mixed-use building that would fill the entire east side of High Street between 16th and 17th avenues.
To make room, eight buildings would be demolished, including the Huntington Bank branch at the corner of 17th, the Wellington building at the corner of 16th, and a four-story brick building at the corner of 16th and Pearl Alley. The Wellington, built in 1929, held upper-level apartments and various retail establishments that have all recently closed, including Bernies Bagels and Deli.
The new proposal calls for below-grade parking that would accommodate 171 cars and ground-floor retail spanning the whole building, with entrances from all four sides. The mix of units would include five studio apartments, 20 one-bedroom apartments, 50 two-bedrooms, 60 three-bedrooms and 35 four-bedrooms for a total of 445 beds.
The UARB will get their first chance to weigh in on the proposal at their next meeting on Thursday, January 21st. The underlying zoning for the entire 15th and High Plan was approved by the University Area Commission, the UARB and City Council last year, although any specific development proposals are required to go before the UARB for architectural review.
Renderings via Acock Associates Architects.