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Upscale condos get rezoning approval

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This artist's rendering shows what London Court will look like when construction is completed. Upper Arlington City Council approved a rezoning change last week to allow Fairway Realty to build the upscale condo community at the corner of Tremont Road and London Drive. Construction is expected to start in May.

A project to bring luxury condominiums to the corner of London Drive and Tremont Road appears set to proceed after receiving rezoning approvals from Upper Arlington City Council.

Council voted unanimously March 25 to approve the rezoning of 1.7 acres at the southeast corner of Tremont Road and London Drive from a one-family residential district to a community development district.

Barring any protests during a mandatory 30-day referendum period which follows the approval, Fairway Realty will be able to construct a six-building, 11-unit condo complex targeting empty-nesters.

London Court, as proposed, will feature six attached and five detached two-story units, said Mark Catalano, Fairway Realty president.

"We plan to start construction in May and deliver the first units toward the end of the year," Catalano said. "Final pricing is yet to be determined, but we expect prices to be in the $500,000s."

Each condo will be approximately 2,600 square feet and will include three bedrooms and a basement.

"London Court, UA's newest luxury condominium community, will consist of 11 units," Catalano said. "Each unit will be approximately 2,600 square feet, plus an additional 950-plus square feet in the basement, with three bedrooms (and) two and one-half baths.

"The first floor will contain nearly 1,900 square feet, including a master suite and open living space. Each unit will have a privately landscaped courtyard with patio."

The architect for the project is Stock and Stone.

Plans for London Court received unanimous support in February from the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning.

Council approved the rezoning without comment.

However, during a March 7 conference session, Councilman Erik Yassenoff said the proposed development would improve local housing options while also buffering neighboring residential areas from "commercial creep."

"I commend (Catalano) on really helping the city improve its housing stock, and I really commend you on helping the city (address) this corner," Yassenoff said.

Prior to council's vote March 25, Upper Arlington City Attorney Jeanine Amid Hummer said city staff had reviewed the rezoning request and believed "it meets those standards for approval."