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Six-Story Addition Proposed for Brewery District Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Six-Story Addition Proposed for Brewery District BuildingThe new building would replace a rear parking lot. All renderings by The Columbus Architectural Studio.
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A new proposal from Schiff Capital Group would bring 55 new apartments to the South High Street corridor in the Brewery District.

The new units would be located in a six-story addition, to be built behind the two-story, brick building at 514-518 S. High St.

A small portion of the existing building – which held the Copious restaurant and jazz club for several years – would be demolished to make room for the rear addition, which would be primarily built on the historic building’s parking lot.

Michael Schiff, President and CEO of Schiff Capital Group, said that he’s excited about the project and what he views as its prime location – on High Street, just south of Downtown, and just west of German Village.

“As we all know, German Village is one of the highlights of our city and one of the best areas to live and has been for many years,” he said. “Despite that, there have not been a lot of new development options, so we are happy to provide this option with great amenities…a few town houses on the back to fit in with the neighborhood, and hopefully some beautiful views to the north of our downtown skyline.”

A plan to build a boutique hotel nearby, on the other side of Pearl Street and north of Blenkner Street, was met by some resistance from neighbors and was not approved by the German Village Commission.

This proposal will get an initial review from the Brewery District Commission at its meeting on March 4 (Pearl Street serves as the boundary between the two neighborhoods).

The plan calls for apartments to occupy floors two through six of the new addition, with two levels of parking underneath providing space for 69 cars. The High Street and Blenkner Street facades of the existing building would be preserved, and the building would be renovated to offer about 5,000 square feet of retail space.

“We appreciate that the Brewery District Commission seems receptive to the project,” said Schiff, who added that his team is already seeing “very strong interest in the retail in the front…which will remain pretty much as it is now so we maintain the historic nature and importance of that building.”

For more information, see www.columbus.gov.

The project as seen from the corner of Pearl Street and Blenkner Street.
The Pearl Street side of the building, with pedestrian access to three townhouses and vehicular access to the interior parking garage.
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