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Development Roundup: June 2019 Edition

Brent Warren Brent Warren Development Roundup: June 2019 EditionThe latest proposal for the redevelopment of the Golden Bear shopping center. Rendering by M+A Architects.
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The latest installment of our ongoing Development Roundup series features news from the South Side, the West Side, Downtown and more. Read on for an assortment of project updates, new proposals, and other nuggets from the world of Columbus development:

The Marble Cliff Village Council voted on May 20 to approve the rezoning for a closely-watched development at 2015 W. Fifth Ave. The project, which initially called for the demolition of a historic Frank Packard-designed mansion, was later changed to incorporate the existing building. The approved plan calls for a total of 37 apartments on the 1.25-acre site.

A small infill project is taking shape in Merion Village. Urban Land Co., the firm behind a recent King Lincoln District proposal, is building a five-unit development at 34 E. Moler St. called Bonner’s Mill Townhouses. The project is scheduled for completion by July. The developer says that three of the units — priced in the mid to upper $400s — are already spoken for.

Also in Merion Village, a 60-unit affordable housing development at 27 W. Jenkins Ave. was awarded Housing Tax Credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. The project is a partnership between Woda Cooper Companies and Community Development for All People. Also receiving credits were projects on Cleveland Avenue and Nelson Road. For a complete list of developments that were awarded the tax credits, see www.ohiohome.org.

A revised plan to redevelop the Golden Bear shopping center in Upper Arlington will be heard by the city’s Board of Zoning and Planning in June. According to city officials, the proposal now calls for a five-story building (instead of six), with fewer residential units and less office and retail space.

A new office for local development firm Kreais Companies is taking shape in Southern Orchards. The renovation of a long-vacant commercial building at 752 Forest St. is on track for completion this fall, according to Aaron Kreais.

Kreais also said that his proposal for Schumacher Place will be moving forward, after making some changes to the plan based on neighborhood feedback. Pending City Council approval, construction could start on that project in late summer or early fall.

Two large proposals on the western edge of metropolitan Columbus recently received votes of approval. The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission voted earlier this month to send the Alton Place development on to City Council, while the Columbus Development Commission voted to approve the 1,100-unit project known as Sugar Farms, which will now go before Columbus City Council for a final vote.

A third proposal in that area was also recently approved by the Development Commission. Named Blauser Farm, the 126-acre development is located at 6145 W. Broad St. The project will feature separate sections of single family homes and apartments, with commercial uses clustered closer to Broad Street. Like the other two projects, this one is located within the boundaries of the Big Darby Accord.

Site work has begun at the corner of Third and Long Downtown. Some updates have been made to the plan for the site that was presented to the Downtown Commission in late 2017, but the overall footprint is the same and will include a mix of new and renovated buildings. The Budget Rental Car building that sits directly on the corner will remain for now, but that parcel could be incorporated into the project in the future, according to a representative of the project’s developer, Schottenstein Property Group.

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