11-Story Development Proposed for Lane Avenue
A new proposal calls for demolishing the 12-story Harrison Apartments building at 222 W. Lane Ave. and replacing it with a new mixed-use building of a similar height but with a much larger footprint.
The proposed building would fill in the existing building’s large surface parking lot – which extends to Norwich Avenue to the north – and would be complemented by two smaller buildings on adjacent parcels, one five stories and the other six.
A two-story apartment building (at 240 W. Lane Ave.) and two single family homes (at 227 and 233 W. Norwich Ave.) would also be demolished to make way for the project.
Overall, the development would hold 361 apartment units and over 22,000 square feet of office space, in addition to ground floor retail and restaurant space. A four-story internal parking garage would have room for 426 cars.
The proposal received an initial review from the zoning committee of the University Area Commission earlier this month, but no action was taken. A rezoning of the site is being requested, and a zoning variance is being sought to permit ground level residential units (most of the site was rezoned to allow for a 120-foot tall building in 1966, when the Harrison Apartments were built).
Arcadia Development is partnering on the $138 million project with InnTown Homes & Apartments and land owner Robert Talbott.
“Arcadia is honored to be working with InnTown, which has a more than 30 year track record of success in the OSU campus rental business,” said Scott Patton, Managing Partner of Arcadia Development, who added that he is “excited about the project…it’s a great site.”
Other companies attached to the development include M + A Architects, E.P. Ferris and Associates, and Ruscilli Construction Company.
Patton said that he hopes to see construction on the site start by the end of next summer.