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Redesign of Short North Building Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Redesign of Short North Building Moving ForwardA view of the proposed redesign of 700 N. High St. All renderings by GRAD Architects.
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A familiar building in the heart of the Short North will be getting a complete redesign. Much of the existing roof and large portions of two exterior walls will be removed as part of the project, which will transform the look of 700 N. High St., at the south corner of E. Lincoln St.

The new plan calls for a more contemporary design, with a second floor space featuring an outdoor patio overlooking High Street and a large vaulted skylight.

The redevelopment proposal was approved by the Italian Village Commission at its February meeting.

Monarch Cocktail Lounge occupied the two-story building for about two years before closing last March.

Mark Wood, president of the Wood Companies, told commissioners that the decision to make such substantial changes to the building, although “very expensive,” is rooted in the firm’s commitment to the neighborhood.

“We really think that this corner deserves a building that is more appropriate for the neighborhood in terms of its vibrancy,” he said. “The existing building makes it difficult to attract the type of tenant that we want, the type of business that we think is good for the neighborhood.”

Wood Companies has not yet announced a new tenant for the building, but did provide renderings showing what the restaurant’s interior could look like after renovations are complete.

The building pre-renovation. Photo by Susan Post.
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