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Two Proposals Would Bring More Apartments to Clintonville

Brent Warren Brent Warren Two Proposals Would Bring More Apartments to ClintonvilleApartments are proposed for this lot at 3021 N. High St. Photo by Brent Warren.
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The zoning committee of the Clintonville Area Commission will hear two proposals this week that would bring new apartments to the neighborhood.

A five-story, 43-unit apartment building has been proposed for the used car lot at 3021 N. High St., near Weber Road. The lot was purchased last year by Brian Higgins, of Arch City Development.

Higgins is pursuing a council variance to allow a taller building on the .45-acre site (58 feet tall in a 35-foot height district), fewer parking spaces (34 spaces instead of 49), and three ground-floor residential units.

The zoning application describes the project as an “affordable market rate” building that would “benefit and add value to the existing character of the neighborhood.”

Submitted plans show a rear parking lot that would be partially covered by the building; cars would enter from High Street, along the northern edge of the site. In addition to the three ground floor units, the first floor would also contain a lobby, bike parking, and a small fitness facility.

The project would require the demolition of a small existing building on the site.

The second case on the zoning committee agenda is essentially an amendment to a previously-approved project.

The Ave, a 301-unit apartment complex built on the site of the former Dixie International warehouse at 3632 Indianola Ave., opened in 2019. The plan for the project has always been to fill in the front of the site – the portion that sits closer to Indianola – with a three-story, mixed-use building and a one-story, stand-alone restaurant.

Plans for the three-story building, calling for 20 apartments over ground floor commercial space, were approved in May of 2020.

Now, the developer of the project is asking for permission to put up to ten apartment units on the first floor, instead of office or retail.

The request will allow “flexibility of use,” according to the zoning application, “given the fact that many people have begun working from home and given the fact that many offices and retail businesses are leaving brick & mortar locations and becoming internet driven.”

Vision Communities, the developer of the project, is also the company behind Makley Place on West Fifth Avenue and the District at Linworth, near Worthington.

Both proposals will be heard by the zoning committee at its meeting on June 23, before moving on to the full area commission. For more information, see www.clintonvilleareacommission.org.

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