The developers of Grandview Crossing have revamped their plan after acquiring and adding about 10 acres to the site on the city's south side.
Representatives of Wagenbrenner Development and Gallas Zedeh Development, which are partnering for the project, presented an informal preliminary review Dec. 20 to the Grandview Heights Planning Commission.
The original plan for the project -- approved last year by both Grandview and Columbus -- included one-story office, retail and restaurant uses on 43 acres. The site straddles city lines; about 30 acres was located in Columbus and 13 acres in Grandview.
Since then, additional land in Grandview was made available for purchase by the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, said Dave Perry, who is serving as a consultant for the project.
The project site is now about 53 acres.
"The 2016 project was all commercial. The additional land purchase has allowed the developers to add residential use," Perry said. "It's now a mixed-use project with commercial, office and residential and a four-story parking garage."
The Grandview portion of the project, located west of Avondale Avenue, would include a four-story, 240-unit senior-housing complex.
It also would include three one-story retail or commercial buildings totaling about 27,300 square feet.
A fourth building in the Grandview section would be three stories tall and about 39,000 square feet, featuring 26 residential units above ground-floor retail and commercial uses.
A 120-bed hotel also is possible for the Grandview section of the project, said Eric Wagenbrenner, vice president of Wagenbrenner Development.
"The hotel is a placeholder," he said, adding developers want to see how the rest of the project comes together before making a final decision about the hotel.
In total, the project would encompass about 248,000 square feet of office space, about 128,000 square feet of retail space and 1,178 residential units, all of which would be rentals, likely similar in scope and price range to units in the nearby Grandview Yard area, Wagenbrenner President Mark Wagenbrenner said.
Summit Chase's view
A large number of Summit Chase residents attended the meeting to show their concern about how the project may impact the quality of their life in their homes.
Pam Conrad spoke on their behalf.
Conrad said Eric Wagenbrenner met with residents of the prominent, 23-story condo building on Urlin Avenue to give them a preview of the revised informal plan for Grandview Crossing.
"The new concept is a vast improvement over the last one," she said. But the inclusion of multistory buildings, including the parking garage, threatens the view many Summit Chase residents now enjoy of downtown Columbus, she said.
Many residents who live on upper floors of Summit Chase would have a "top-down" view of the Grandview Crossing projects.
"Why do we care so much?" Conrad asked. By way of answering, she showed a picture taken from Summit Chase before the Grandview Crossing project became a brownfield. It showed a view of a lush, green vista leading to the Columbus skyline "that looked like (New York's) Central Park," she said.
Condo residents are asking for a number of assurances before the city gives its approval of the project, which also requires the approval of Columbus, Conrad said.
* Confirmation from the developer that no buildings will be taller than what is currently proposed
* Assurance that greenery is added to soften the view of rooftops, pavement and utilities from Summit Chase and that rooftop mechanics will be camouflaged
* Small signs that avoid "garish" elements
* "Down-turned" lighting that contributes minimally to light pollution
"We appeal to your sense of aesthetics," Conrad said. "Please look out for our view as you would think of the view from your window."
The Grandview section of the project area is zoned light industrial and commercial. Developers will need to apply for Planned Unit Development zoning to allow the senior-housing component.