Edwards Submits Plans for Seven-Acre South Campus Development
Edwards Communities has submitted plans for the first phase of a seven-acre mixed-use development just south of the existing South Campus Gateway. Renderings and a site plan submitted to the University Area Review Board in December show four stories of apartments and a four-level parking garage filling the block between East Eighth and Ninth avenues east of Pearl Street, as well as three stories of apartments on the south side of Eighth Avenue.
Further east on Ninth – adjacent to Indianola Park – the plans show a new Community Housing Network building meant to replace the current facility at 1494 North High Street, which houses the formerly-homeless. That building would be demolished to make way for the second phase of the Edwards project – student housing above retail and parking covering the block of High between Eighth and Ninth, west of Pearl.
Campus Partners, the OSU-affiliated nonprofit organization that assembled the land, worked to get it re-zoned, and picked Edwards as the developer, had previously indicated that the High Street portion of the project would complement the scale and architecture of the existing Gateway buildings to the north.
Erin Prosser, Director of Community Development at Campus Partners, said that they are pleased with the designs presented so far.
Edwards Communities was selected to develop a proposal for this site because of their reputation for delivering high-quality, urban multifamily developments. Additionally, the plans they put forward are in line with the requirements that were developed in conjunction with the neighborhood residents during the rezoning process that we went through with the community last summer.
Prosser added that Campus Partners will continue to fulfill the role of liaison between the developer and the project’s immediate neighbors in Weinland Park, as well as the greater University District community.
“We are looking forward to getting feedback and input as the plan goes through the process,” she said.
Ryan Szymanski, Senior Vice President of Development at Edwards Communities, added that they hope to break ground on the project this summer, with the first phase containing approximately 250 units.
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