New Plan for Grandview Mercantile Calls for Ten Stories, Office Space, and More Parking
The Pizzuti Companies have revised their plan for the Grandview Mercantile site in the Short North. The new proposal, which will be reviewed by the Victorian Village Commission at its August 11th meeting, is two stories shorter than the initial design. It would feature over 80,000 square feet of office space, a 164-car parking garage, and about 12,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
The previous proposal, conceptually reviewed by the commission in June, called for 41 upscale condos, a 102-space parking garage, and 11,185 square feet of retail space on the first floor.
A news release from the Pizzuti Companies indicted that the changes to the proposal were made in response to feedback received from both the commission meeting and an additional neighborhood meeting held to gather opinions on the development.
“We listened to the community and responded to their concerns about height and density,” said Joel Pizzuti, president of the Pizzuti Companies. “Additionally, we considered the positive impact that additional office space in the Short North will have on the City and local businesses.”
“We believe the inclusion of the office component makes for an outstanding project,” Pizzuti added. “The scale of the development will complement the surrounding area while serving to further activate one of the City’s most vibrant, attractive neighborhoods.”
Office space has become an increasingly common element in recent mixed-use proposals for the neighborhood.
The release also included a quote from Sharon O’Brien, owner and operator of Grandview Mercantile (Pizzuti has indicated that the long-time retailer would be offered space in the new development).
“I’m pleased to be a part of this exciting development,” O’Brien said. “I believe the development will draw visitors further into the business district while providing much-needed parking relief.”