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King and High Project Approved After Two-Year Process

Brent Warren Brent Warren King and High Project Approved After Two-Year ProcessThe approved design of the King and High development, which is now called Verve Columbus. All renderings by Bass Studio Architects.
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A plan to redevelop the southwest corner of King Avenue and North High Street was approved last night by the University Impact Review Board (UIDRB).

The approval comes after a long and at times contentious process in which the development team floated many different concepts and design iterations for the prominent corner.

Subtext, the St. Louis-based developer leading the project, brought its initial ideas for the one-acre site to the zoning committee of the University Area Commission in the spring of 2019 (at the time, the company was called Collegiate Development Group).

Early and persistent opposition to the project from nearby residents led to a series of meetings with the Dennison Place Neighborhood Association. Eventually, those meetings produced some meaningful compromises and agreed-upon solutions to the neighbors’ concerns, resulting in the signing of a memorandum of understanding and the group voicing its support for the needed zoning variances.

The project, though, still could not move forward without obtaining a certificate of appropriateness from the UIDRB, and it took many more meetings with the board before it finally gained approval.

The approved plan calls for a seven-story building that will hold 153 apartments. A multi-level parking garage will have space for 176 cars, and ground level storefronts will offer about 7,000 square feet of commercial space.

The facade of the existing building at the corner will be preserved and incorporated into the new building. The other buildings on the site will be demolished, with the possible exception of the small former service station that sits on the southern edge of the parcel – Subtext committed to paying for the relocation of the building to a “nearby site,” a process that is being facilitated by Columbus Landmarks.

Columbus-based Bass Studio Architects is the design architect for the project, while Georgia-based Dynamik Design is the architect of record.

Looking north up High Street, the historic townhomes on Clark Place are not part of the project.
The alley side of the development.
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