Dublin Villager

Proposed four-story apartment buildings raising concerns

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A proposed 120-unit apartment development could bring four-story buildings to undeveloped land north of Scioto High School.

A plan for three, four-story buildings on about 13 acres of undeveloped land west of Wyandot Woods Boulevard went before the commission last week for an informal review.

The proposal from Homewood Corp. went before the commission in May for another informal review and returned last week for more comments before submitting a development plan for approval.

Dublin Senior Planner Jennifer Rauch said commission members would have to decide if the four-story buildings in the proposal and less parking than required would be OK.

Jason Kambitsis, of A.R. Building Co., said the four-story buildings and fewer parking spaces leave more room for greenspace and trees that are already on the land that sits north of the Scioto High School stadium and south of single-family homes in the Wyandotte Woods subdivision.

"There are a lot of added benefits with going to four stories," he said, adding the footprint would be smaller and the building facade would be better.

"The reason we want to do four stories is to provide more open space," architect Geoff Campbell said.

Multi-family housing in Dublin is largely made of two- and three-story buildings, however, and development text limits building height to 35 feet.

The proposed multi-family housing stands at almost 48 feet.

The height of the buildings remained a major contention with neighboring residents.

"In my opinion the buildings are too tall, too commercial and don't fit in with the neighborhood," Wyandotte Woods resident Jerry Kosicki said. "Tall buildings are not the norm in our neighborhood."

Commission members agreed, but said four stories might be acceptable if a smaller footprint on the land is made and more trees are saved.

The developer also had sketches for four, three-story buildings that could fit the same number of apartments on the land, but would take up more space.

"I prefer not to have four-story buildings ... but I remain open to it and continue to remain open to it," commission member John Hardt said, adding the architecture had greatly improved since the last viewing.

"I'm in favor of four-story buildings, but I agree with residents that I don't see it as a minor issue."

Commission member Amy Kramb said she disliked four-story buildings, but could accept it over the plan for four, three-story buildings.

"Height is my biggest issue," she said.

With comments from commission members on the proposed development, the Homewood Corp. can choose to make changes and get another informal review or submit an official plan to the city for approval.

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