17-story building proposed for Lane and High

The latest proposal for the northeast corner of High Street and Lane Avenue calls for a 17-storey building at its highest point.

The concept will be conceptually reviewed — meaning no votes will be taken — by the College Impact District Review Committee at its February 24 meeting.

This will be the third time in recent months that the board has discussed a plan to redevelop the site, which currently has five buildings – a one-story CVS pharmacy, two matching brick apartment buildings that face each other across a center courtyard and two apartment buildings on Norwich Avenue.

In October, Georgia-based Landmark Properties presented the board with a plan to demolish all five buildings and replace them with a 143-unit, six-story building with first-floor retail and 344-unit parking. squares. CVS would continue to occupy the corner spot on the first floor of the new development.

Some council members expressed concern over the demolition of the court buildings, and others criticized the number of parking spaces provided, pointing out that many recent projects in the area have been approved with less parking.

“I think a project here that people would support would be one that takes this backyard building and reuses it in some way,” board member Frank Petruziello said at the meeting. of October, suggesting that a taller building at the corner of Lane Avenue might make sense. for the construction site. “I would support a 12-story tower on the CVS site…I think it’s a unique location on campus for a building that’s tall.”

He also cited the View on Pavey Square – a development one block north – as a precedent for building a major new apartment complex in the area while preserving some of the historic fabric of the High Street. . This project was controversial and required numerous board meetings before a final design was approved. The original proposal called for demolishing most of the historic homes along High Street between Northwood and Oakland avenues, but the approved plan spared six.

BBCO Design was the architect for the view in Pavey Square and also represents Landmark Properties on the Lane and High development.

A second proposal for Lane and High was presented to council in December; he retained part of the two courtyard buildings (known as the Alhambra courtyard) and called for a 12-storey building with 349 parking spaces. However, council members still had issues with the concept, expressing concerns about the overall size of the proposed building and its size in relation to adjacent buildings to the north and east, according to meeting minutes provided. by city staff.

The latter concept preserves more of the courtyard buildings – about half of each – and calls for the new building to decrease in height as it moves towards the residential part of the neighborhood. He is also asking for an L-shaped corner tower that would be 17 stories high on the Lane Avenue side and 15 on the High Street side. Overall, the proposed project would be 443,000 square feet in size and contain 214 parking spaces (this is down from the previous proposal, which was 595,000 square feet, with 330 parking spaces).

Renderings submitted to the city before the meeting show the outline of the new buildings but no architectural details, and the total number of units was not included in the package. Some additional details are provided on the proposed changes to the courtyard between the buildings of the Alhambra courtyard.

A 2018 proposal from Chicago-based CA Ventures called for a six-story, 154-unit development on the same block that would have required the demolition of five buildings, but that proposal did not include the CVS plot.

For more information about the University Impact District Review Board, see www.columbus.gov.

The outline of the proposed building at the corner of Lane Avenue and High Street.
A view of the proposed modifications to the courtyard between the buildings of the Alhambra courtyard, which would be partially preserved as part of the plan.
The block looking south from E. Norwich Ave. The building on the corner is not part of the proposed development – photo by Brent Warren.

Bonny J. Streater