Work Set to Begin on High-End Townhomes Near German Village
Construction is set to begin in January on a 10-unit condominium development in Schumacher Place, just east of German Village.
The project, which consists of two five-unit buildings, will require the demolition of a small house at 601 S. Ninth St. The land to the south of the house is vacant.
Columbus City Council approved a variance for the project in April, after a series of neighborhood meetings that culminated in votes of approval last February from both the Schumacher Place Civic Association and the South Side Area Commission.
Although some neighbors expressed opposition to the demolition, more voiced concerns about the overall density of the project and the traffic or parking problems it could generate. Each unit will have a two-car garage accessed from an alley off of South Lane.
Jay DeVore, who is developing the project through his company DEV, said that the 100-plus-year-old house had “fallen out of structural soundness,” and that although his team looked at salvaging some of its parts, the bricks were too soft to survive a reuse.
The fact that the project ended up earning the support of the neighborhood groups, despite some early opposition, “speaks to design team’s vision and the need to fill in some of these holes in the neighborhood,” he added.
That team was led by Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design. SHYFT Collective will manage the construction, which is scheduled to start in January and last about 10 months.
Although pricing for the two- and three-bedroom townhomes has not been released, the overall design and finishes are aimed squarely at the high-end luxury market.
“The goal of this project was not to ‘shoot down the middle’ and create something that appeals to the average household,” said DeVore. “The design team swung for the fences and created an extremely beautiful set of townhouses that honored the scale, the proportion, and the texture of the neighborhood…these will be unique homes unlike anything else in the Columbus market.”
For more information, see TheTownhaus.com.