Already slated to be the city's tallest building, developers behind the Arlington Gateway now plan to add 52,000 square feet of office space to the project.

In November, the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning gave the green light to Arcadia Development of Ohio's plans to construct a nine-story building housing 66 luxury condominiums, 12,500 square feet of retail space and 80,000 square feet of professional offices at 1325-59 W. Lane Ave.

Now, Kingsdale Center owners, Continental Real Estate Cos., and Roy Boy LLC have joined Arcadia in proposing to expand the approved project by stretching it to the corner of Lane Avenue and North Star Road.

If approved, the new plan would increase Arlington Gateway's office space to 133,000 square feet, up from the 20,000 square feet the developer originally proposed more than two years ago.

The new plans also call for bumping the amount of retail space up to approximately 14,350 square feet.

The condominium proposal has been scrapped; the developers now seek to build 218 "luxury apartments."

Scott Patton, Arcadia's managing partner, said the total development costs for the project would be "north of $100 million." He said the project would generate more than $13 million in tax revenue for the city over its first 10 years.

"From the get-go, the city expressed interest that these two sites be developed together," Patton said. "It's been a two-and-a-half-year process.

"From the very beginning, the city of Upper Arlington has, as written in the master plan and in our conversations, always expressed that office is a component of the project which the city desires."

Officials from the city's Planning Division did not respond to a request for comment about the new proposal as of ThisWeek's press deadline.

Typically, the Planning Division staff doesn't comment on proposed projects until it offers a formal staff report on the Friday before an applicant is scheduled to take its plans to BZAP.

The new Arlington Gateway proposal is expected to be reviewed by BZAP on June 4.

"The new design reflects our commitment to expand the office component as much as possible," Patton said. "We have an increase of office, we have an increase of retail and we've taken the condos out and added 218 luxury apartments."

Patton said the developers have an agreement in place for a "Big Five, publicly traded financial company that includes an investment arm along with retail banking" to anchor the project and take up 63,500 square feet of the office space. He declined to name the firm.

He said a lease agreement is in place with Spavia, a "high-end" treatment spa, to occupy a portion of the retail space, and that Half Price Books, currently at 1375 W. Lane Ave., will stay as a tenant.

The proposal now calls for the height of a portion of the development to be 11 stories, which will include five stories of apartments.

The developers want to build a seven-story parking garage with 843 spaces, which would be topped by four stories of professional offices.

Combined, the ground-floor retail and office spaces would encompass 160,500 square feet.

"The Arlington Gateway project is in a retail/commercial area on Lane Avenue with no single-family residential properties directly adjacent to the Arlington Gateway project," the development plan application stated. "The number of stories and elevation of the building will step down toward North Star Road, where the only single-family residential homes are located.

"There are off-site infrastructure improvements proposed that will improve the current utility conditions for this property and the adjacent properties for future development."

According to the application, the primary goal for the development "is to create an economic area for the city of Upper Arlington with a landmark development at the city's east entrance from Lane Avenue."

"I think this project is what the city has envisioned for this site," Patton said.

Should Arlington Gateway's new proposal be approved, it's expected to be completed by "early 2021," he said.

"We have a lot that needs to be done, but we've got a great development," he said.

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