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Westminster-Thurber Planning New Tower on Neil Avenue

Brent Warren Brent Warren Westminster-Thurber Planning New Tower on Neil AvenueExisting one-story buildings along Neil Avenue would be replaced with an 11-story tower. Photos by Brent Warren.
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Westminster-Thurber is looking to add a fourth tower to its ten-acre campus at the corner of Neil Avenue and West Goodale Street.

Ohio Living, the nonprofit organization that operates the senior living community, has submitted a zoning application to the City of Columbus for the project.

Site plans show an 11-story building that would face Neil Avenue and sit in between the campus’ two original structures; Thurber Tower and Westminster Terraces. The existing one-story connector between the two buildings would be demolished to make way for the new tower.

The building would hold 56 residential units over two levels of parking (one underground). It would be 134 feet tall, about 15 feet taller than Thurber Tower to the south. Variances are required for parking, height, and to reduce the setback from Neil Avenue.

Melissa Dardinger, Corporate Manager of Public Relations for Ohio Living, said that the goal is to break ground on the new building late next summer, although that could change “as plans evolve.”

“We welcome city and neighborhood feedback as we move through the approvals process,” she added.

Tim Price, President of the Harrison West Society, told CU that representatives of Ohio Living had already met with the neighborhood group. The design of the new building, they were told, would be similar to that of Goodale Landing, the eight-story tower that opened in the summer of 2016.

The architect for the project is JMM Architects, the Columbus-based firm that designed Goodale Landing.

Goodale Landing, the third tower to be constructed on the campus, was completed in 2016.
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