A revised concept for a proposed apartment complex project was rejected April 16 by Marble Cliff Village Council.
Although no formal vote was held on the plan presented by representatives of F2 Cos. and Elford Development, all six council members indicated they could not support it – even though it reduced from 67 to 55 the number of apartments for the proposed three-story building at 2015 W. Fifth Ave.
The revision would not have reduced the size of the building; it was an attempt to address the concerns that many village residents had raised about the project’s density and accompanying traffic, Mike Fitzpatrick, a partner with F2, told the council.
The project still would include one- and two-bedroom apartments, but some of the two-bedroom units would be larger and would add an office or den, Fitzpatrick said.
“This is as small of a project we feel we could do that would meet the needs of the community and also be economically feasible for us,” he said.
But a major concern for residents was that the developer planned to demolish the 110-year-old mansion on the site. Now a mostly vacant office building, it was designed by renowned architect Frank Packard.
But Fitzpatrick said it couldn’t be saved and used as part of the apartment project, Fitzpatrick said. Certain elements would be incorporated into the new building to maintain some of the historic character of the mansion, he said.
“It’s still big. The size of the building has not declined,” Councilwoman Kendy Troiano said. “I’m less concerned about the traffic congestion and more about the aesthetics of it. It just doesn’t fit in with the rest of our village.”