New Plan Calls for Preserving Marble Cliff Mansion
The developers behind a controversial proposal for a prominent site in Marble Cliff have changed course and now plan to preserve the historic mansion at the heart of the property.
F2 Companies and Elford Development presented the updated proposal to the Marble Cliff Village Council Monday night, and plan to return to the council on August 20 with a more detailed presentation. Village residents and other interested citizens will have a chance to weigh in on the new plan at that meeting.
“We believe that by incorporating the mansion in the development, we are creating a site that fits better within the Village, and better serves the wants and needs of the residents in the future,” said Ted Foster, of F2 Companies. “By retaining the historically significant mansion, we hope that we are preserving one of Frank Packard’s most well-known buildings.”
The new plan calls for two buildings along the West Fifth Avenue frontage that would contain eight two-bedroom townhomes. A driveway in between those two buildings would provide a view from the street of the restored mansion, which would either hold more residential units, an amenity space, or a commercial use.
A new, three-story residential building with ground level parking would occupy the southern half of the site.
An additional access point to the development would be added off of Arlington Avenue, made possible by the demolition of a small two-story apartment building. A rear addition to the mansion would also be demolished.
The Columbus Landmarks Foundation, which had raised concerns about the initial proposal, praised the new plan online and in an email sent to supporters shortly after the meeting.