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Second Avenue Project Tops Italian Village Commission Agenda

Brent Warren Brent Warren Second Avenue Project Tops Italian Village Commission AgendaApartments proposed for East First Avenue. Rendering by JBAD.
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The Italian Village Commission was scheduled to vote on a proposed 155-unit mixed-use development on East Second Avenue earlier this week, but a discussion of the project was delayed due to the large number of cases on the agenda.

Many of the city’s review boards and historic commissions are dealing with similar challenges, having to hold meetings virtually for the first time as they work their way through a backlog of cases. The city cancelled all public meetings in March, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

JDS Companies is the developer behind the proposal, which calls for a five-story, L-shaped building at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and Sixth Street. The site is currently a large surface parking lot.

Representatives of the architect, JBAD, brought the project before the board in February to receive initial feedback on its design.

Another significant proposal on the agenda for this month’s meeting calls for the demolition of an existing historic duplex to make way for a 26-unit apartment building.

The duplex, located at 42-44 E. Prescott St., sits on a quarter-acre lot. A portion of the lot behind it would also be included in the project. The proposed building is three stories, with an entrance lobby facing Prescott and a parking garage on the first floor.

It is scheduled for a conceptual review, meaning that no vote will be taken on the proposal.

The First Avenue proposal, along with the others that the commission didn’t get to, will likely be heard later this month in a special meeting.

See www.columbus.gov for the latest information on upcoming meetings.

The proposed building at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and Sixth Street. Rendering by JBAD.
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