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Offices, Not Condos Now Planned for Pearl Street in Italian Village

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Borror Properties will be back in front of the Italian Village Commission tonight with new plans for 848 Pearl Street. The development, which was conceptually approved by the commission last summer as a 14-unit condominium project, is now being modified to accommodate 24,000 square feet of office space.

Taking up about 10,000 square feet of that space on the 4th and 5th floors will be Borror Properties’ new corporate headquarters. That represents a significant change of plans for the Dublin-based developer, which had previously announced plans to move into space being developed — in partnership with Ruscilli Construction — at the western edge of Nationwide Boulevard in the Arena District.

Representatives from Borror declined to give specific reasons for the change, but confirmed that the company will no longer be involved with the Pen West project.

“Borror is currently focused on developing a signature new office building at 848 North Pearl Street in the Short North that will become our corporate headquarters in 2018,” said Borror Properties President Lori Steiner. “While we are no longer involved with the Arena West mixed-use project, we are very excited to see the project moving forward… both developments are great for our city.”

“We own this piece of ground in the Short North, and we decided to go in a different direction,” said Executive Vice President Jeff Baur, adding that “we’re really excited to be able to put our office in middle of this neighborhood, where we have so many projects.”

Baur said that the changes to the design of the building are minimal — it is still five stories with parking on the first level, and features lots of glass as well as balconies on every floor. The plan to incorporate a piece of art into the the first floor facade also remains as part of the new proposal.

For more information, visit www.borrorproperties.com.

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