A five-story hotel planned for German Village might be the first such lodging facility to be built in the historic district.

John Clark, a local historian and author, said he could not recall a hotel being built in what is now German Village. The boundaries for the neighborhood called German Village were formed in 1960.

The German Village Commission, an architectural-review board, was founded the same year and the German Village Society also was formed in 1960.

A proposal under review calls for the construction of a 129-room, 58,750-square-foot hotel with 33 parking spaces at 31 E. Livingston Ave.

Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design has submitted plans to the German Village Commission, which was expected to have given the matter a conceptual review March 6.

A conceptual review involves a cursory look at the proposal and presentation by the property's representatives, but no action is expected.

The hotel would have a roof-deck patio and adjacent lounge, plus hotel rooms, on the top floor, according to the plans.

An 8,200-square-foot office building construction in 1940 sits on the 0.27-acre site of the proposed hotel. Franklin County property records show the land was transferred May 8, 2017, to CBF Investments LLC. CBF company officials could not be reached for comment.

A call seeking comments from Jonathan Barnes was not returned.

Bill Curlis, who has served on the German Village Society Board of Trustees, said a hotel is located within the boundaries of the nearby Brewery District but not in German Village proper.

"I can't really think of a hotel at any time" operating in the historic district, he said.

Nancy Kotting, historic preservation advocate for the German Village Society, said there are other types of lodging in the village, such as the the German Village Guest House and Airbnb facilities.

Kotting said she was unaware which hotel brand was seeking to build on the property.

She also said she was unsure if the property would need to be rezoned or if it would require a variance.

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