New Development Proposal Submitted for Clintonville Site

A new proposal to redevelop a used car lot on High Street will be heard by the Clintonville Area Commission’s Zoning and Variance Committee this week.

The latest plan for the half-acre lot near the Weber Road intersection calls for a five-story, 45-unit apartment building on the site. The first floor of the building would contain 2,000 square feet of commercial space and a partially covered parking lot that could accommodate 28 cars.

This is the third time Brian Higgins of Arch City Development has presented the development to the commission for discussion.

The pandemic and rising costs have both impacted the project, Higgins said, explaining that concern for retail viability led his team to initially offer residential units on the first floor. This first proposal, submitted last summer, called for a five-storey building with 43 apartments.

“We then received feedback from the commission, which ended up making the project a bit smaller,” Higgins said. “However, our new post-Covid reality has reared its head, and like everyone else, we are experiencing cost increases in materials, labor and challenges with the supply chain.”

With the latest proposal, “we tried to create more economy of scale with the project and added a fifth floor,” he said, adding that “it’s smaller and set back so that when you stand on the High Street in front of the building, you won’t be able to see it…we thought that was a reasonable compromise.”

New renderings also show a name for the project – the Loop – which Higgins says is an homage to the “Loop the Loop” ride, a star attraction at Olentangy Park for several years in the early 20th century. The amusement park, which closed in 1937, was located at the end of the North High Street tram line, where the village of Olentangy now stands.

The Zoning and Variance Committee meets on Wednesday August 24th. For more information, see clintonvilleareacommission.org.

A view of the building from Weber Road – rendered by Berardi Partners.
Looking north on High Street.

Bonny J. Streater