Proposal Calls for Apartments, Retail on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington
A new plan has been submitted to the city of Upper Arlington for 1515 West Lane Avenue, the site of a previous proposal for a new Northstar restaurant and corporate office that was subsequently shelved.
The new proposal, from MGJ Ventures, calls for eight high-end apartments above 5,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space. It will be reviewed by the city’s Board of Zoning and Planning today, with a final hearing scheduled for the 19th. The building would be three stories, with space for a restaurant patio in front, facing Lane, and a 50-slot parking lot wrapped around the side and rear of the building.
Justin Milam, Planning Officer for Upper Arlington, said that the proposal appears to conform with the city’s master plan, which calls for multi-story, mixed-use buildings built close to Lane.
“The goal is to create an outstanding and walkable pedestrian-oriented environment,” he said, adding that while the land-locked municipality is always pursuing more revenue-generating office space, “we understand the desire for more restaurants and the demand for apartments in the region.”
Currently on the site is a vacant two-story office building surrounded by parking. The parcel sits just east of Whole Foods, the Shops on Lane Ave, and The Lane, a recent mixed-use project that includes apartments and a hotel.
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