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Proposed Mixed-Use Development Would Replace Historic Houses on High Street

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A proposal to redevelop the entire west side of High Street between Northwood and Oakland avenues has been submitted to the University Area Review Board and will be conceptually reviewed at their December 17th meeting.

The block is currently home to 12 buildings, including Cazuela’s Grill at the south end and Japanese Oriental Restaurant towards the middle. The plan — known as The View on Pavey Square — calls for saving two structures at 2259 and 2265 North High Street while replacing the rest with a multi-story, 250,000 square foot building featuring student housing, a parking garage, and two spots for restaurants along High, at the corners of Oakland and Northwood.

Nearly all the buildings to be torn down are over a hundred years old. They are controlled by Eventide Rentals, a family-owned company that has bought and restored many buildings in the immediate vicinity over the past fifty years.

The two buildings being preserved were chosen because they are “of most significance to the property owners as well as the history of the site,” according to a letter submitted along with a site plan to the UARB. The letter also states that “all the green space and landscaping along High Street,” would be preserved, “including the mature trees that are existing.”

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The project has not gone before the University Area Commission, and may not be required to since the developer (in the submitted letter) stated a desire to conform with the current zoning and not to seek any variances for the project. Although a count of the total number of units and parking spaces provided was not included, the letter does reference “below-grade, mechanized parking,” that would serve the residents of the building.

Solove Real Estate and Celmark Development Group are the developers, the same team behind the View on High and the View on Fifth developments. Neither company replied to requests for comment on the project in time for the publishing of this article. BBCO Design is serving as project’s architect.

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