Schumacher Place residents, already weary with concerns about traffic and lack of on-street parking, are facing yet another multiunit development proposal in the area.
The McCabe Cos. of Plain City has proposed creating six residential units at 408 E. Sycamore St.
A 3,200-square-foot brick building on the site houses a mixed-use development with retail space on the first floor and apartments on the second floor.
McCabe, according to documents filed with the city of Columbus, would refurbish the structure, built in 1920, and create two two-bedroom apartments.
Immediately to the west would be a new 2,700-square-foot single-family house with three bedrooms.
To the north of the renovated building would be a 1,000-square-foot flat, with parking underneath it.
Along the alley, which runs parallel with East Sycamore, would be two 700-square-foot flats, side by side, also with parking underneath.
Anthony Celebrezze, spokesman for building and zoning services with the city, said the total development would spread across two parcels, which the developer likely would have combined. Nevertheless, a rezoning would be needed for both parcels because code allows only for single-family properties, Celebrezze said.
In addition, officials with the city's traffic management division expressed concern about the reduction of vision triangles at the northeast corner of the property at South Ninth Street and the alley, Celebrezze said.
Brenda Gischel, president of the Schumacher Place Civic Association, said she was reserving judgment because no rezoning or variances have been presented to the group.
"We need to look at a whole picture," Gischel said.
The developer did present preliminary plans at a recent civic association meeting and residents expressed some general concern about the possible need for additional curb cuts on the site, parking and more rental units.
"You have to put cars somewhere," Gischel said.