Four Story Apartment Building Proposed for Lane Avenue
An Edwards Communities proposal to build a four-story apartment building on Lane Avenue was recently given the green light from the University Area Commission zoning committee, clearing the way for the developer to bring the project before the full commission at its December 17th meeting.
The plan calls for demolishing the two existing apartment buildings – which hold a total of 36 beds and sit just east of Tommy’s Pizza at the corner of Neil Avenue – and replacing them with a four-story building covering nearly the entire footprint of the site. The new building would have parking for 68 cars on the ground level, as well as a leasing office to be used by Edwards. The upper three floors would hold 45 apartments with 125 beds.
Ryan Szymanski of Edwards said he is hopeful that this project fares better than one the company proposed in 2012, which ran into opposition from the neighborhood and did not get approved by the University Area Commission.
“Having received a positive recommendation from the zoning committee, we hope to receive a positive vote from the full commission,” he said. “We think it is a great project for the site and will be a great addition to the area.”
Although concerns were raised about parking at the December 1st zoning committee meeting, it was noted that the draft University District Plan proposes a ratio of 0.375 parking spaces per bed for this section of Lane Avenue. The proposed development would provide more parking than this – about .5 spaces per bed, or 1.5 spaces per unit.
Also discussed at the meeting were the two relief sculptures which adorn the exterior walls of each of the existing buildings. Edwards agreed to make every effort to preserve the sculptures, with the intent of either utilizing them in the new building or donating them to Columbus Landmarks or a similar organization.
This project would mark the third student-housing development for Edwards Communities along the Lane Avenue corridor; Norwich Flats opened earlier this year, and Fisher Commons, at the corner of Lane and Kenny Road, opened in 2006.
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