Dublin Villager

Bridge Street Corridor

First step for Tuller Flats apartments is approved

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A plan for 386 apartments on the south side of Tuller Road passed the first step of review last week.

Despite a few reservations, Dublin's Planning and Zoning Commission members last week approved a basic development plan and basic site plan for one of the first residential developments in the Bridge Street District.

The proposal, called Tuller Flats will sit on 21 acres and include 25 three-story buildings, streets and a clubhouse.

The proposal for land within the Bridge Street Corridor's residential district has previously gone before the zoning commission and council for informal review.

The latest plan for Tuller Flats included an additional 3.5 acres of land currently owned by Dublin that runs east from Tuller Ridge Drive with an extra three acres of land for a dog park on the southern side of the development.

The plan was also "significantly revised to take into account the greenway and grid of streets," planned by the city, said Jennifer Rauch, a Dublin planner.

The density of the proposed Tuller Flats is 18.2 dwelling units per acre, but the plan also includes 4.7 acres of green space with a North Village Green and South Village Green developers said could be used as a dog park, per suggestions from the city.

The new plan also included changes to architecture, which previously got a bad reception from council and commission members.

The new buildings use multiple designs in "geometric forms" with "shifting rhythms along the length of the buildings and the building entries occur at different points in that rhythm," the plan from developer Casto said.

Not all the changes, however, received positive feedback.

Commission member Richard Taylor voiced worries no one would use the north and south village greens; retail space that would serve the residents would be preferred.

"Village Green North is really a problem for me," Commission member John Hardt agreed. "If we want a dense, walkable neighborhood three acres of open space is not what we need."

Commission members also disliked five buildings added to the new 3.5 acres of land on the southwest side of the development.

"I don't like the stuff to the south of John Shields Parkway," Commission member Amy Kramb said.

Commission President Chris Amorose Groomes said the 386 apartments planned are too many and she didn't believe it would promote the environment the Bridge Street District is going for.

"I don't feel that it's walkable," she said. "I don't feel that it's very urban, but it is dense."

Casto representative Aaron Underhill said some changes can be made, but asked commission members to allow them to move forward because a lot of time and money has already been invested in the project.

"The process in Bridge Street is so arduous," Underhill said.

Casto agreed to move buildings around in the southern edge of the development and designate the South Village Green as future commercial space, per suggestions from commission members.

Commission members approved the development plan and basic site review, which sets the street network for the development.

Commission members also agreed the Tuller Flats proposal would have to return to them for future plan approvals.

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