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Five-Story Building Approved for Fifth and Summit

Brent Warren Brent Warren Five-Story Building Approved for Fifth and SummitRenderings by Shremshock Architects.
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A plan to build a five-story mixed-use development at the corner of East Fifth Avenue and Summit Street in Weinland Park is moving forward.

The building, which will sit on the northwest corner of the busy intersection, will contain 108 apartments over ground floor parking and a 2,000-square-foot restaurant space.

Several zoning variances for the building were approved by the Board of Zoning Adjustment earlier this week, including one for height (an increase from 45 feet to 60 feet) and one for a small reduction in the width of the parking spaces (although the garage will hold 74 spaces, one more than required by code).

The project, which is being developed by Wilcox Communities, was approved by the University Area Commission in July after it had been presented several times to both the commission’s zoning committee and to the Weinland Park Community Civic Association.

At a zoning committee meeting in April, Wilcox Communities Partner Jamie Wilcox said that his company is excited about the project and plans to maintain ownership of the building after it is built.

He cited several other urban projects the company has been involved with over the course of about two decades of work in Columbus, including the Parkview Condominiums in Victorian Village and the Brunson Building Downtown (both projects were completed under the name Wilcox and Long).

Several neighbors from Weinland Park spoke in favor of the project at that meeting.

Developer Brad Howe proposed a three-story building for the corner in 2015, but did not pursue those plans and ended up selling the property.

Directly across the street from the new project, on the south side of Fifth Avenue, work is currently wrapping up on the the five-story Beeker Building.

View of the building at the corner of Francis Alley and Fifth Avenue.
The Summit Street side of the building.


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