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Whittier Peninsula Development Proposal Heading Back to Commission

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A proposal to bring nearly 1,000 new apartments to the Whittier Peninsula will be heard by the Brewery District Commission this week.

The project, from the North Carolina-based Zimmer Development Company, calls for a total of five buildings – all roughly the same size and shape – to eventually be built on a 17-acre slice of land wedged between the the Scioto Audubon Metro Park and the railroad tracks.

Each building would be five stories tall and contain 195 apartments over a 165-space parking garage. The project would be broken up into four phases – the first phase would consist of two of the apartment buildings, plus an amenity building.

All together, the proposal calls for a total of 975 units, 825 garage parking spots (plus 175 surface spots), and 8,258 square feet of retail space.

In addition to butting up against the metro park and the railroad tracks, the proposed development site is adjacent to a former warehouse building that was redeveloped into offices in 2016.

It will be the second time Zimmer has come before the board with a proposal for the site. In December of 2019 the company presented a plan for two buildings – seven and 12 stories tall – that would hold between 350 to 400 units. The submission packet for that proposal also referenced a four phase process, and showed a tower to be built during a later phase that appeared to be about 30 stories tall.

The previous proposal was only reviewed conceptually – meaning no vote was taken – and the new one is also listed on the meeting agenda as a conceptual review.

The Scioto Audubon Metro Park opened in 2008 on about 120 acres of land on the Whittier Peninsula, a former industrial site that was home to the city’s impound lot for decades.

The Brewery District Commission meets at 4 p.m. on July 1, at 111 N. Front St. (the city announced earlier this month that starting in July, all commission, board, and panel hearings would shift from online-only to in-person, although the meetings will continue to be streamed to the city’s YouTube page).

An overview of the site, looking north toward Downtown.
A close-up view of one of the buildings.
A site plan showing the layout of the five buildings.
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