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Renovation Plan Floated for Short North Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation Plan Floated for Short North BuildingThe proposed redesign of 608 N. High St. Renderings by the Columbus Architectural Studio.
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A new proposal for a prominent Short North building will be heard by the Italian Village Commission next week.

The building, at 608 N. High St., was once home to Callandar Cleaners and several other businesses stretching along the pedestrian-only East Poplar Avenue.

The plan calls for a new glass structure on the roof of the building, adding a third floor office and meeting space that would open onto a new rooftop patio. The modern addition would extend down into the second floor, replacing a section of the building’s existing brick exterior wall.

The new proposal is scheduled to be reviewed conceptually by the board – meaning no vote will be taken – at its June 8 meeting, which will be held virtually.

In addition to office space on the second and third floors, a submitted site plan shows a restaurant taking up the entire first floor of the building.

There have been several proposals to renovate the building since Callander Cleaners closed, including one in 2017 that called for Tex-Mex restaurant on the first floor and another in 2014 that mentioned a french-style bistro would be coming soon.

Also being heard by the commission this month is another portion of the Lusso development – which has been working its way through the approval process over the last several months – and an updated proposal for an apartment building at the corner of North Fourth Street and East Third Avenue.

For more information on the Italian Village Commission, see www.columbus.gov.

A rendering of the third floor patio and addition.
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