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Downtown Commission: Pizzuti Apartment Project, Plan for One-Stop Building Heard

The Downtown Commission this morning weighed in on a unique proposal for a postage stamp-sized lot in the Arena district. The project calls for a six-unit, seven-story apartment building at 116 Spruce St., a vacant lot that sits on the corner of a dead-end ally called Armstrong Street.

The lot is located next to the rear parking lot of the AC Hotel by Marriott. At 0.06 acres, building options on the small parcel seem limited, but that hasn’t stopped property owner Darryl Tanner from dreaming big.

“It was a dream of mine to do a custom build in this area,” Tanner told the commission. “I’m so in love with the Short North and the Arena area, I’ve lived here on and off for a while, [and] owned this property since 2016…and it was always a dream to develop it.”

The draft was due for concept review, which means it will have to come back at a future meeting for a vote, and Tanner explained that he was simply seeking comments and suggestions from the commission on the initial concept. .

Commission Chairman Steve Wittmann said it was a “very interesting proposal, good use of a 25ft pitch…in terms of scale I don’t think it’s crazy “.

“I think it’s quirky and interesting,” added curator Bob Loversidge.

Other comments focused on the ground floor parking garage – which in plan is open to the street and would require a continuous curb along Armstrong Street – and the back wall of the building , which the curators believe could be adorned with some type of mural or other design. The curators also pointed out that a different material could be used to make the building’s elevator shaft more visually interesting and that it might be advantageous to place the balconies on the downtown side of the building.

The initial design for 112 Spruce Street – rendered by Brown and Bills Architects.

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Pizzuti Companies was back before the board to talk about its proposal to build a 117-unit apartment complex on the northwest corner of Oak and South Ninth streets. The developer has presented a more fleshed-out design for the new building than it did when the project was first presented to the commission in April, and has asked for a vote to authorize the building’s demolition. existing two-storey apartments on the site.

However, the new building – although welcomed by the commission – could only be reviewed conceptually, as the detailed drawings needed for council to consider and vote to approve a certificate of suitability for the project have yet to be completed. been prepared.

In return for demolition approval, Pizzuti representatives offered to build a temporary surface car park on the land and pledged to return within two years for approval of the new apartments.

Several commissioners said they were hesitant to set a new precedent, as the group’s guidelines discourage approving any demolition without first approving a certificate of suitability for the replacement building, and the demolition proposal was withdrawn.

Jon Riewald, vice president of development for Pizzuti, said they would try to come back with more detailed plans for approval before the end of the year.

Other projects heard by the Commission

After receiving an initial round of comments from the commission in December, a parking transformation plan for the 11-story, 223-unit Jaycee Arms building was back for further review. The plan, which calls for three new five-story buildings on the site, would bring a mix of market-priced and labor-saving housing, retail and a new culinary training center to the block bounded by East Rich Street to the north, Franklin University to the east, South Fifth Street to the west, and East Main Street to the south.

The commissioners requested changes to the landscaping and additions to the facade of two of the buildings, and the requestor – the North Columbus Jaycee Housing and Development Foundation – agreed to make these changes and return at a future meeting with more detailed plans.

A plan by Orange Barrel Media to erect a large digital sign on the side of the AC Hotel by Marriott at 517 Park St. was also presented to the commission this month. Questions have been raised about the impact of the proposed sign – which will also need to be approved by the Historic Resources Commission and will require approval from the Ohio Department of Transportation – on drivers passing by on the I- 670, residents who live within sight, and visitors to Goodale Park, which is across the freeway from the building.

For more information on the Downtown Commission, see www.columbus.gov.

A rendering showing one of the proposed designs for the hotel’s digital sign – by Orange Barrel Media.