Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East
Plans have been presented to the Near East Area Commission to build a two-story, mixed-use building on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Oak Street and Wilson Avenue. Before beginning the new construction, though, the developer plans to renovate the dilapidated building next door.
Joel Simmons, CEO of the Gordon James Company, said that their initial meeting with the commission went well. Pending the necessary approvals from the commission and the city, they hope to start renovating the existing building at 178 Wilson this June, with the goal of completing the project by summer of 2016.
“The structure currently is in poor shape and will need extensive restoration,” he said. “The first floor will be a restaurant/bar concept along the same lines of what’s existing at Oak and 18th… quality food and drinks, patio, etc.”
Simmons added that the second floor would be used as office space for his company, which he described as a family owned and operated business established in 2009. Up to this point the company has focussed primarily on renovating and leasing a series of apartment buildings on East Long Street.
As for the new-build, which would sit at 1277 Oak Street, submitted renderings show a traditional two-story building with first-floor storefronts and a corner entrance. Simmons said that the plan is to put apartments on the second floor, with some type of retail – likely another restaurant – on the first floor. The completion of phase two is planned for 2019.
These plans follow the recent announcement that Olde Towne Tavern owners Brad Hobbs and Krista Sparks plan to renovate a large vacant building just down the street, at the northwest corner of Oak Street and Ohio Avenue.
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