A planned presentation during the Feb. 1 meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission on a major project at the edge of the neighborhood failed to materialize, but that didn't stop CAC members from discussing the development.
A representative of developer Borror was set to talk about the proposal for the former White Castle and Patrick J's site that straddles the border between Clintonville and the University District on High Street, but the CAC announced Jan. 30 the presentation had been postponed to March 1. In addition, a variance application scheduled to be heard by the CAC's zoning and variance committee also may be delayed, leaders said.
The proposed building would include 3,907 square feet of restaurant space, 2,226 square feet for retail and 11,200 square feet of offices.
A four-story section at the back of the site would have 53 apartments with 62 total bedrooms.
Initially, because the structure on the site was entirely within the University District, CAC members thought they would have no role in making a recommendation on variances needed for the project.
But Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt said last week the CAC will have a say after all in any variances needed to pave the way for the development, of which all but 20 percent is within the University District.
Wetherholt said Katarina Karac, an assistant city attorney, has issued an opinion that both the CAC and University Area Commission would get a say.
According to the application received by zoning and variance committee Chairman Stephen Hardwick from Sean Mentel, attorney for Borror, requested variances include a reduction in parking spaces from the required 77 to 72 and an increase in the height limit of 45 feet to 53 feet.
"The variances requested in this application allow the applicant to yield a reasonable return while improving the corners of High and North and Arcadia streets, while adding jobs and additional retail, restaurant and residential to the area," Mentel wrote. "The variances would not be substantial nor would they alter the character of the neighborhood."
Wetherholt also said Feb. 1 that David Vottero, the District 1 representative on the Clintonville Area Commission, would recuse himself from any votes relating to the Borror project. Vottero works for Schooley Caldwell Architects and designed the building.
"I can't vote on my own project," he said during the meeting.
In noting that the Feb. 27 zoning and variance hearing may be delayed, Vottero said the developer faces a somewhat daunting task in meeting the guidelines of not only both area commissions but also the University Impact District Review Board.
"It gets complex," he said.