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Retail Project at North Broadway and High Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Retail Project at North Broadway and High Moving ForwardRendering courtesy of Black Gate Partners.
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Work could start as soon as this month on a one-story retail building at the southwest corner of North Broadway and High Street in Clintonville.

The multi-storefront building will go up on the vacant lot where the Clinton Theater once stood; a historic, two-story building that had been vacant for years before being demolished in 2010.

Local firm Black Gate Partners bought the lot late last year, as well as a smaller, paved lot at the corner of High and Brighton Road.

“We just received our final permit to begin construction,” said Micha Bitton, Principal at Black Gate Partners, who added that he hopes to see the project completed by August.

Two tenants have been secured for the building, Orangetheory Fitness and Great Clips, and negotiations are ongoing with a restaurant interested in occupying the southernmost storefront, which will have access to a patio, according to Bitton.

The new project will not affect the three existing buildings that sit closest to North Broadway (and that hold Greenleaf Job Training Services and the Curiosity Shop).

Also not part of the Black Gate purchase is the last remaining portion of the old Clintonville Electric complex; a one-story brick building that is still standing and that sits in between the soon-to-be-built retail building and the small parking lot at the corner of Brighton. Representatives of Black Gate declined to comment on plans for the building, which is vacant.

Although it’s not clear what will happen with that building, the small lot to the south of it will used for parking. A total of 36 parking spaces will be available for customers of the new retail businesses, spread between that lot and a new rear lot that will be accessible from the alley.

A proposal to redevelop the whole corner with a five story mixed-use building was abandoned shortly after it was presented to the neighborhood in 2015.

Because the new project did not require any zoning variances, it did not need to go before the Clintonville Area Commission (CAC) for a vote.

A second proposal for the prominent intersection, though, will be going before the CAC soon. The commission’s zoning committee is scheduled to hear a preliminary proposal this week for 3400 N. High St., the four-story, white brick building that sits on the east side of High, just south of North Broadway.

Architect Timothy Kaskewsky, of Fasten Design, said that he has been working with the building’s owner on some concepts that would “improve the first floor of the building by potentially converting it to a neighborhood-scale restaurant and patio.”

“At this stage, everything is still preliminary and our goal is to hear the commission’s thoughts on the idea so that our team may better consider them as we work to finalize the details of the space,” he added.

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