Even with little available land on which to build, German Village is finding itself as a very attractive place for developers.
There are at least three high-density developments proposed for the historic district. They include:
* A 129-unit five-story boutique hotel at 33 E. Livingston Ave.
* A 67-unit multifamily project on East Livingston between South Sixth Street and Dixon Alley.
* A 33-unit apartment complex at the southeast corner of Thurman Avenue and East Fourth Street.
Among the most unusual is the hotel on the village's west side, bordering Columbus' Brewery District.
Architect Jonathan Barnes, who spoke about the project March 6 at the German Village Commission meeting, said the developers don't have a specific brand as of yet.
"This use admittedly is new to German Village," said Barnes, citing the fact no hotels have been built in German Village since 1960, when the German Village Society and the German Village Commission architectural review board were formed.
The 129-room, 58,750-square-foot hotel would have 33 parking spaces.
The 8,200-square-foot office building on the site would be demolished.
Because the plan still is in its initial phases, the commission took no action on the matter. As with all conceptual designs, it could change over the coming months.
An unnamed group purchased 489 City Park Ave., directly east of the proposed hotel, for $910,000 at an auction March 8. The 3,900-square-foot building, which once was a restaurant, is adjacent to the east of the proposed hotel property.
Built in 1920, the vacant two-story building sits on less than an acre.
It is unclear whether development of the two properties will be connected. A property transfer was not posted as of March 9 on the Franklin County Auditor's Office website.
Architect Joe Berardi of Berardi and Partners has proposed building two new residential units and converting an office building into multi-family housing between South Sixth Street and Dixon Alley.
The plan would require demolishing a two-story brick building at 247-257 E. Livingston Ave.
Berardi told commissioners it would be replaced by a new 26,443-square-foot, four-story residential building -- with three stories facing Livingston. It would have 27 units.
Further east on Livingston, on a vacant lot, Berardi has proposed building an 18,215-square-foot, four-story building with 28 units. Three stories would front Livingston.
Berardi said plans involve converting an existing office building into a condo complex with 11 units.
Another residential unit would be above a restaurant under construction at the site of the former Happy Dragon restaurant, which is part of the overall redevelopment of the block, according to the plans.
The project likely will need several variances, including parking, Berardi said.
Because it, also, is in the design phase, additional changes can be expected, Berardi told the commission.
Meanwhile, Lykens Cos. is looking to develop a three-story apartment complex with 33 microunits -- between 532 to 624 square feet each -- on a site that is mostly a surface-level parking lot at the southeast corner of Thurman Avenue and South Fourth Street. The development, which is still in the planning stages, calls for 91 parking spaces.