Developers for a mixed-use proposal expected to exceed $30 million in construction and yield commercial businesses, professional offices, luxury condominiums and rooftop swimming on West Lane Avenue will ask city officials next week if they may add two stories the project.
Since December 2015, Arcadia Development of Ohio and Upper Arlington city officials have worked to strike the right mix of development for a major addition to the cityscape near North Star Road and Lane Avenue.
As previously proposed, the Arlington Gateway, 1325-59 W. Lane Ave., would include a ground-floor restaurant and retail businesses, offices, luxury condominiums above and a rooftop swimming pool.
Now Arcadia officials plan to ask the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning on Aug. 28 for permission to raise the height of the project – which already would be the city's tallest building – from seven stories to nine.
Scott Patton, Arcadia's managing partner, said the bid to build higher is in line with the city's ongoing request for the project to include a substantial office component.
He was unable last week to name a possible tenant that would anchor the project, citing ongoing negotiations. But Patton said the prospective firm would help provide a balance between the residential aspect that's in part driving his project with the professional office volume the city desires.
"We've been working with (the city) to increase the office programming," Patton said. "In March of this year, that opportunity came about.
"Since March, we've been working with the city and this potential tenant, and that is what's driving these changes."
Patton said a higher structure would allow the Gateway project to increase its professional office space from approximately 20,000 square feet to about 80,000 square feet.
According to an amended development plan filed with the city in June, the revised proposal would include a nine-story mixed-use building with a six-story, 338-space parking garage.
The proposal includes 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail or restaurant space. The office space would be floors two through four, with 82 condominiums on floors five through nine.
The proposed building would be "122 feet tall and 129 feet tall to a corner element," according to information on the city's website.
Previously, the mixed-use building was proposed at 95 feet, 4 inches high.
The Aug. 28 BZAP meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.
However, Upper Arlington planning officer Justin Milam said the nature of ongoing discussions surrounding the project could result in postponing a review of the amended development plan.
Should the application go forward Aug. 28, Arcadia is expected to request variances to allow for the new height, density and minimum parking spaces.
Milam said last week the Community Development Department was waiting to receive updated site drawings and a traffic study from the developer. The city's planning staff hadn't issued a staff report about the project to BZAP, he said.
In March 2016, the city's planning staff indicated "significant issues" with the Gateway proposal and cited 18 areas of concern about the project.
By August last year, however, senior planning officer Chad Gibson said the developer had addressed many questions the city had about such a large building replacing traditional parcel tenants Darron's Contemporary Furniture, Easy Living Deli, Learning Express Toys, Angel's Touch Asian Massage and Dibela Hair & Nails.
"There is a key focus for us to do a more urban-style of development there," Gibson said in August 2016. "We think this could be a redevelopment catalyst in this area of Upper Arlington.
"The views from this site will be spectacular. We think this will be a signature mixed-use project for the city."
Patton said he'll continue to work with the city to address any new concerns staff or BZAP members have about the project.
He said the estimated annual income tax revenue from the project would be approximately $750,000, or $7.5 million over 10 years.