Gravity 2.0 Project Moving Forward
The second phase of Kaufman Development’s Gravity project is moving forward. The East Franklinton Review Board yesterday voted to approve the overall plan, just a month after the five-acre development was first proposed.
Some changes to the design of the four new buildings proposed for the site were made: a new outdoor area was added to the upper floors of the 12-story building at the northeast corner of the parcel, and the office building proposed for 455 W. Broad St. was expanded and modified.
Another change was the removal of a planned “art walk” that would’ve led pedestrians through the ground floor of the five-story parking garage that sits in the middle of the development.
Approved by the board were two zoning variances necessary for the project to move forward – one for parking and the other for height. The garage in the middle of the development, which will feature a green roof, will have room for 750 cars.
Remaining from the original proposal is a plan to preserve a majority of the warehouse building on McDowell Street as well as the existing building at the corner of McDowell and State Street.
The look of a proposed five-story residential building on State – which would offer co-living units fearing shared bathrooms or communal living spaces – was not significantly altered either.
A row of townhouses on McDowell that would sit in front of the parking garage was not reviewed by the board and will need to return to the board for approval in the future.
The design team for the project includes NBBJ, Hollwich Kushner and Acock Associates Architects.