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I looked into this a little for a wasted space article:
Nancy Burton of the Ohio Department of Transportation said that the Federal Highway Administration would have to grant permission before any development could occur on the parcels. MKSK Principal Chris Hermann, who worked on plans for the area during the I-670 construction, said that even if a developer were to be granted permission, there’s a limit to what could be built on them.
“The triangle caps were built for moving vehicles, not for any substantial static load,” he said, which would preclude a building or even a traditional park since soil and grass get quite heavy when wet.
Meant to reply to this last week, but didn’t have a chance.. Columbus does not have parking minimums downtown, and hasn’t, I don’t think, since 1997. From the city’s website;
The Downtown Commission was formed in 1997 with the adoption of the Downtown District chapter (CC 3359) of the Columbus Zoning Code. Adoption of the code resulted in all of Downtown’s 4,000 plus parcels being combined into a single zoning district where most uses are permitted pending design review. A major update to the district and a set of companion Design Guidelines were adopted by City Council in July 2013. – See more at: http://columbus.gov/planning/downtowncommission/#sthash.bQI45xoH.dpuf
So a developer could build a zero-parking building right now, without a variance, it would just have to go through the Downtown Commission. As many have pointed out, the pressure to include parking with these projects is coming from the private sector side..
Posted this in the news comments as well.. Some clarification from Schooley-Caldwell on the retail question – as Dave Bush from the city said, there are no plans for retail, but the corner windows shown in the renderings are for a 3,000 square feet amenity space, which is currently programmed as a bike hub but could support office use in the future.
Yay Bikes has monthly group rides that are great for new riders;August 27, 2014 1:54 pm at 1:54 pm in reply to: New Three-Story Building Proposed for Prescott at Pearl in Italian Village #1037216
Yes, it was approved and last I checked they were planning on starting construction in September.
The 1131 Dublin Rd project is not the landfill site – it’s a much smaller site across from Barley’s Smokehouse. I checked in with Wayne Garland about it, they don’t have any definite plans for it.
The Chambers parcel is also pretty small – by rezoning to AR-1 they could do around 11 units, if my math is right..
there are plans to improve the sidewalk and path on Third, but not sure where those stand now..
NerosNeptune – when I spoke with Bill Lewis at the city, he said that’s actually the plan, to direct cyclists heading south on Summit over to High on First Ave..
fyi, from the downtown zoning district update; “There are no requirements for off-street parking within the downtown district.”
Checked in with Gregg Dodd, director of marketing for CML, on the Oak Street apartments; “At this time, there is no demolition of existing structures in the plan. We intend to keep the apartments.”
have any of you planted cover crops before? any recommendations for specific plants that will work?
I thought it might be nice to plant some in our front terraces where we have our veggies. I read that some cover crops can add nitrogen through their roots even if you don’t turn them into the soil in the spring (which realistically I probably wouldn’t do, I would just cut them and add it to the compost pile)
Homewood Suites at Lane Ave opened last week.
Also, via email from Crawford Hoying;
“The Lane multi-use next door is moving right along. We continue to pre-lease, and the building is on track for an early November open.”August 21, 2013 3:51 pm at 3:51 pm in reply to: New Three-Story Mixed-Use Development at First and Summit in Italian Village #548570
Apparently the commission last night expressed some issues with this and requested that it be scaled back. Brad Howe tells me that they will come back next month with something smaller – 3,000 sqft of retail and 6 units, like The Burwell. He said the residential units would be LEED for Homes and have a price point of under $500,000.
Hey – have people put out their tomatoes yet? I know this is the usual time, but the forecast says low of 41 on Sunday..