A developer has presented a scaled-down multiunit apartment project on East Livingston Avenue.

Cedar Square LLC's new proposal, presented Feb. 5 to the German Village Commission, calls for the construction of three new buildings with a total of 43 units -- eight fewer than previously requested -- increasing the number of parking spaces from one to 1.2 per unit and moving 13 parking spaces from a surface lot into one of the buildings.

"The project was scaled back in direct response to feedback from the commission and its neighbors," said Jonathan Leonard, an architect for Berardi + Partners, which is representing the developer. "We were asked to consider reducing the density of the development and consequently the potential parking load."

The project, first introduced a year ago, calls for new construction and renovation of existing properties from 247-281 E. Livingston Ave. An existing structure, built in 1981, would be razed to clear the way for the project.

Also, the developer has added four curb cuts for a total of six to East Blenkner Street for parking lot and garage access, plus a 5-foot opaque fence along Blenkner to screen the parking.

Two three-story structures, buildings A and E, each with a fourth-story element, would have 15 units each. A third structure, Building J, also would be three stories and have three units total.

Cedar Square plans also call for renovating existing structures along East Livingston to create 10 housing units. The revised design of proposed buildings A and E, which includes more narrow building footprints, increased setback of the fourth-story elements from East Livingston and increased green space between new and existing buildings.

The developers are expected to continue to work on the design and present it again to the commission.

Still considering it a conceptual review, commission members took no action on the matter, said Cynthia Rickman, spokeswoman for the Columbus Department of Development.

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