Eight-Story Building Proposed for Long Street Downtown
The Downtown Commission will review a preliminary proposal next week to build an eight-story apartment building at 55 E. Long St.
The 95-unit building would sit on what is now a narrow surface parking lot, and would back up to an existing eight-level parking garage. It’s a strategy similar to the one utilized at 250 High, a 12-story building on a skinny site that takes advantage of an existing parking structure next door.
Solove Real Estate is the developer behind the proposal, and Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design (JBAD) is the architect.
Application materials and renderings submitted to the city show a portion of the first floor of the proposed building being utilized for access to the parking garage behind it. The rest of the first floor would hold apartments. The overall unit mix calls for 20 studios, 48 one-bedrooms, and 27 larger one-bedroom units that would each include a small den.
Solove Real Estate has partnered with Celmark Development Group on a series of urban projects in Columbus, such as the View on High, the View on Fifth, the View on Grant and the View on Pavey Square. The Long Street proposal, which is being called the View on Long, is being developed by Solove Real Estate alone.
“Keep in mind that this is being presented conceptually,” said Daniel Thomas, the city’s Urban Design Manager who administers the Downtown Commission, meaning that the proposal will likely change — based on feedback from the commission — before being brought back to the board for final approval.
Thomas added that JBAD is still working to refine the design, and that a landscape architect has been engaged to work on plans for what will be a significant amount of green space in front of the building.
The proposal will be reviewed at the April 25th meeting of the Downtown Commission.
Visuals via Jonathan Barnes Architecture & Design.