Cedar Square, a residential project proposed for East Livingston Avenue in German Village, has been put on hold as the developer prepares to rework the proposal.
The 52-unit complex planned between 247-281 E. Livingston Ave. apparently did not have the support of neighbors in the historic district, who said they preferred a commercial development.
"We'll continue to work on the site," said attorney Don Plank, who's representing Toula Management and other limited-liability corporations that own the properties.
Toula's desire was to combine several parcels from Dixon Alley to South Sixth Street along East Livingston.
The company's plan called for razing one building, constructing two new buildings and reusing an existing structure to accommodate the request.
The former Happy Dragon restaurant, which is being converted to a Philco Bar + Diner, on the eastern edge of the site, as well as existing buildings to the west, would remain, Plank said.
The German Village Commission heard a request for nine variances for the property Sept. 5 and consented to one: allowing for residential on the first floor of properties originally built for residential in a district zoned for commercial district.
"We purposely didn't do commercial because we didn't think the residents and commission would have an appetite for commercial because of the parking variances needed," Plank said, adding Columbus city staff members had recommended approval of the project.
Developers have taken an acute interest in East Livingston Avenue as of late.
The German Village Society, which generally has not offered positions on developments, has become more aggressive about such issues in recent months, taking aim at Cedar Square as well as a boutique hotel proposed for 31 E. Livingston Ave.
A proposed mixed-use development for 447-485 E. Livingston Ave. is technically outside of German Village and, therefore, not subject to an architectural review by the German Village Commission.
Heidi Drake, president of the Society's Board of Trustees, said the society is trying to get developers to build within the guidelines of the historic district.
Drake said the Society is not against development, but "trying to support the neighbors and how they can best present their position to the commission."
"It's an example of when the society and neighborhood work together for the good of the neighborhood," she said.
"I feel like what we have been standing for is our historic character and for not granting variances in getting around that."