A concept for development at what is one of the most prominent locations in Clintonville is no longer scheduled to come before members of the area commission at their meeting Thursday, June 7.
An agenda released May 30 by Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt indicated that attorney Jackson B. Reynolds III of Smith and Hale LLC was to appear representing Black Gate Partners regarding a proposal for the former Clintonville Electric site at southwest corner of the intersection of North High Street and West North Broadway.
The session will begin at 7 p.m. at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.
On June 5, Wetherholt sent out a revised agenda that no longer included the concept for the development of the prized site.
Black Gate Partners is a real-estate development firm that was founded earlier this year, according to LinkedIn.
Micha Bitton of Black Gate Partners and Mark Ford of Ford and Associates, an architectural firm, also were listed on the agenda for the presentation, tentatively set for 8:30 p.m.
Wetherholt said June 5 she was uncertain why the would-be developer opted to have the item removed from Thursday’s agenda.
“It wasn’t really clear,” she said.
The request to remove the item came from Reynolds.
“He just said they are kind of rethinking it,” Wetherholt said. “That’s all I got from him. He was a little chagrined to have to say that.”
Last week, the chairwoman said she had been offered little information regarding what was being proposed for the site.
“It’s, from what I understand, got three floors, but beyond that I don’t have any details,” she said. “I’d love to see something happen there, but the problem is just getting people to agree to it.”
The last proposal for the long-vacant site, once also home to the Clinton Theater, was Northstar Realty’s plan announced in spring 2015 for a five-story project that would have included restaurant and retail space on the ground floor, parking on the second floor and apartments on the top three floors.
That plan was scuttled later that year after neighbors spoke out about its height and potential traffic and parking issues.
Farewell to a pair
The June 7 meeting will be the final one for two members of the advisory panel.
Jason Meek, who was elected to the District 7 post in May 2012, opted not to seek another term, as did District 5 representative Matthew Cull.
"I'll definitely miss being involved in, for good or bad, the growth of the community and staying apprised of what's going on," said Cull, who was elected in 2015.
"It dawned on me probably a year and a half ago that my personal situation and work situation were such that something had to give," Cull said. "I didn't feel like I had the time to give to the area commission. If you want to do it well ... and be responsible to your neighbors, it's a large time commitment.
"I would have liked to stay had it not been for having young children at home and a job that became increasingly hectic."
Meek said his six years on the CAC have been rewarding.
"Going in, I had no expectations other than making myself available to help others in keeping this community great," he said in an email. "I have had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful residents and business leaders that make this area the amazing place that it is. I have also been stretched in my ability to lead and collaborate. "There are exciting things happening in Clintonville and Columbus. I can't wait to see how it all takes shape."