Apartments Proposed for East Broad Street
A new proposal calls for a four-story, 67-unit apartment building at 750 E. Broad St., just east of Downtown.
The Near East Side Area Commission will get its first chance to weigh in on the project on September 17, when it is scheduled to be presented to the group’s zoning committee.
Local firm Arch City Development is behind the proposed building, which would replace a three-story building on the site that has mostly held medical offices since it was built in 1987.
Brian Higgins, Principal at Arch City, said that the existing building was about 20% occupied when he purchased it earlier this year, and that the sole remaining tenant is scheduled to move out by the end of September.
A zoning application filed with the City of Columbus outlines several required variances, including one for a reduction in the number of parking spaces (from 105 to 68), and another that would allow the building to sit closer to the street.
A first-floor parking garage in the building would hold 36 cars, while an existing parking lot to the north – on the other side of Avon Place – would be preserved under the plan, providing an additional 32 parking spaces for the project.
Higgins said that the first floor would also contain four residential units, community space and a fitness center. An outdoor amenity deck is planned for the second floor.
He added that the working name for the complex is “The Frisbie,” after the ornate home that stood on the site from 1888 to 1961. Originally occupied by Mary L. Frisbie, the home later became known as the Schumacher Mansion.