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Hundreds of New Units Approved at Busy Commission Meeting

Brent Warren Brent Warren Hundreds of New Units Approved at Busy Commission MeetingThis development at 222 W. Lane Ave. was among several approved by the Development Commission. Rendering by M + A Architects.
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The Pizzuti Companies’ proposal for the Schumacher Place Giant Eagle site wasn’t the only significant project approved by the Development Commission earlier this week.

During a five-hour virtual meeting on February 11, the commission signed off on several high-profile developments, sending them on to City Council for final approval.

Although the actual start of construction for any of the projects is still likely months off – permits will need to be obtained, and in some cases final design details like lighting and landscaping have still not been completed – the slew of approvals is a sign that the pace of new construction in Columbus is likely to pick up in 2021.

Here’s a rundown of projects that received a vote of approval at the meeting:

222 W. Lane Ave. – An 11-story, 361-unit mixed-used development with 22,000 square feet of office space and a 426-car parking garage. Located just north of the Ohio State University campus, the multi-building development will require the demolition of the 12-story Harrison Apartments, as well as three other smaller building. The design of the project is unchanged from when it was first unveiled late last year, and since then it has received a vote of approval from the University Area Commission. Attorney Dave Perry told commissioners that the developer (Arcadia Development) hopes to start work on the project in June, and that it would be a three-year process, with full occupancy not likely until September 2024.

88 E. Ninth Ave. – Also in the University District, this 143-unit apartment building will replace six houses located just east of the Gateway parking garage.

915 W. Fifth Ave. – This two-building project will bring 196 apartments to two acres of land owned by White Castle. A five-story building will front West Fifth Avenue and connect to a 334-space parking garage with apartments screening its east and west sides.

840 Michigan Ave. – A new plan from a new developer (JDS Companies) was approved for this project in Harrison West. Although construction initially started at the site in 2017, it quickly stalled due to financial issues and no work has happened there in years.

1550 Kenny Rd. – This project from Preferred Living will replace a medical office building with a five-story apartment complex. The site is located in Fifth by Northwest, just south of King Avenue.

5055 Sinclair Rd. – The former site of the Alrosa Villa nightclub will be redeveloped with affordable housing. The NRP Properties project will bring 180 units to the 7.5-acre site.

Easton – The commission approved updates to the zoning text for three of the last remaining large, undeveloped tracts in the Easton area. The applications lacked any visuals or details committing the developer to a specific site plan for the parcels, but they did establish a 200-foot height district for all three parcels. The zoning changes, which will be applied to over 166 acres of land, are designed to give Easton’s developers the flexibility to add significant density to the area in the future.

For more information on the Development Commission, see www.columbus.gov.

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