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New Plan Submitted for Lane Avenue Hotel Project in Upper Arlington

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Plan Submitted for Lane Avenue Hotel Project in Upper ArlingtonRendering via M+A Architects.
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A proposal to build a hotel and restaurant at 1650 W. Lane Ave. in Upper Arlington is getting some significant revisions. The new plan calls for a five-story TownePlace Suites hotel, a rear surface parking lot, and two residential buildings fronting Westmont Boulevard.

The J. Liu restaurant that was previously slated for the first floor of the hotel will now be included in a second phase of the project, which calls for a five-story mixed-use building with structured parking on the west side of Westmont Boulevard.

A new developer, Dublin-based Crawford Hoying, is now attached to the project.

Much like the recently-updated Arlington Gateway proposal, the hotel project had already been approved by the city to move forward. Unlike the Gateway project, though, this plan faced significant opposition from nearby residents, who led a petition drive that triggered a rezoning referendum.

The referendum is scheduled to take place in November and would still apply to the new proposal, according to Emma Speight, Community Affairs Director for the City of Upper Arlington. That’s because the new plan for the site calls for rezoning the same five residential parcels on Westmont Boulevard.

“For this new proposal to proceed, the residents who placed the rezoning referendum on the ballot challenging council’s favorable rezoning vote would either need to withdraw the referendum, or the vote in November would need to be in favor of the rezoning,” she explained in an email. “The developers are working with these residents and are close to finalizing the former scenario through an agreement.”

The first phase of the new proposal is scheduled to be heard by the city’s Board of Zoning and Planning on May 21st. For more information see www.uaoh.net.

A rendering of the proposed residential buildings along Westmont Boulevard.

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