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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #181 on: October 04, 2017, 03:06:45 PM »
Report last week about a settlement reached between the German Village Society and Columbus Gas:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170929/columbia-gas-and-german-village-reach-settlement-over-meter-relocation


According to the Dispatch article:  "The German Village Society and Columbia Gas of Ohio have reached a settlement that allows the utility to continue to relocate gas meters to building exteriors, but customers will be involved in deciding where they will go."

"The Public Utility Commission of Ohio must approve the settlement, which resolves a dispute that began in May when the German Village Society, which represents property owners in the historic neighborhood, filed a complaint with PUCO to stop Columbia Gas from moving inside meters to the exterior of homes in the historic district, arguing that the moves would hurt the neighborhood’s aesthetic and historic appeal."

"With the agreement, customers can consult with the society for historic preservation guidance.  If the society and Columbia Gas agree that the rear of the building is the safest exterior location for the meter, and the property owner approves, that will be the first option.  Columbia Gas also will paint all meters and provide landscaping to help camouflage them.  In addition, Columbia Gas will pay the society to replace brick sidewalks during the work."
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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #182 on: October 04, 2017, 04:42:41 PM »
Developer buys Giant Eagle near German Village

The Giant Eagle near German Village has been acquired by a local developer.

Pizzuti Cos. bought three parcels covering roughly 2.5 acres for $5.35 million in a sale that closed Monday, according to information from the Franklin County Auditor.

Giant Eagle operates a 30,000-square-foot store at 280 E. Whittier St. in the Schumacher Place neighborhood and has leased the property through an LLC.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/10/04/exclusivedeveloper-buys-giant-eagle-near-german.html
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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #183 on: October 09, 2017, 02:26:43 PM »
^ Here's the Dispatch report on that Pizzuti Cos. purchase of the Giant Eagle property in German Village:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171004/developer-pizzuti-buys-german-village-area-giant-eagle-site-but-store-to-remain-open
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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #184 on: October 09, 2017, 02:27:00 PM »
Although the Dispatch is reporting that the Giant Eagle is not going to close and "has multiple years remaining with several options for (lease) extension", its natural to see this as a future large-scale development site rather than it staying as is.  The existing supermarket was previously a Big Bear store built in 1950 and later acquired by Giant Eagle.  At 30,000 square-feet, it's small compared with most Giant Eagle locations.  And it doesn't include a GetGo gas station that is frequently paired with the chain’s supermarkets.

Below are a couple of aerial views of this Giant Eagle location.  Note its proximity to Schmidt's and other restaurant destinations like Barcelona.  A Short North type of parking garage with offices and/or residential townhouses lining the surrounding streets would seem to make sense for any redevelopment of this Giant Eagle site.  But, of course, this isn't the Short North, its German Village.  Such a redevelopment might have difficulty gaining approval, since German Village residents are highly protective of the neighborhood's historic character and often express concern and resistance toward large-scale commercial development:



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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #185 on: October 09, 2017, 03:42:39 PM »
^I believe the GE site is just outside the German Village Commission limits - its within the boundaries of the Schumacher Place Civic Association which is part of the Columbus Southside Area Commission. Is this commission as strict as German Village?

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« Reply #186 on: October 09, 2017, 04:15:22 PM »
^I believe the GE site is just outside the German Village Commission limits - its within the boundaries of the Schumacher Place Civic Association which is part of the Columbus Southside Area Commission. Is this commission as strict as German Village?

You're right.  Thanks for catching that!  Apparently Jaeger Street is one of the streets that forms the eastern boundary of the German Village Historic District.  And this Giant Eagle site is immediately east of that boundary.

As for is the Southside Area Commission as strict as German Village?  No commission is as strict as the German Village Commission(!)  But there's still likely to be a bunch of zoning variances for setback, height, etc for a large-scale mixed-use redevelopment anyway.  So all the GV and GV-area residents could still show up and express their concern/resistance toward it.  But not needing to obtain a formal German Village approval would likely be better for any larger-scale redevelopment of this site.
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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #187 on: October 09, 2017, 05:09:02 PM »
Another important distinction is that the Southside Area Commission does not encompass architectural review. They can vote on recommendations to City Council for approving/denying zoning variances (similar to the Clintonville Area Commission, Near East Commission, etc), but they don't have the wider and more formal design review authority like the VVC, IVC, GVC, DTC, UARB, etc all do.
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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #188 on: October 10, 2017, 02:25:36 PM »
Report last week about a settlement reached between the German Village Society and Columbus Gas:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170929/columbia-gas-and-german-village-reach-settlement-over-meter-relocation


According to the Dispatch article:  "The German Village Society and Columbia Gas of Ohio have reached a settlement that allows the utility to continue to relocate gas meters to building exteriors, but customers will be involved in deciding where they will go."

"The Public Utility Commission of Ohio must approve the settlement, which resolves a dispute that began in May when the German Village Society, which represents property owners in the historic neighborhood, filed a complaint with PUCO to stop Columbia Gas from moving inside meters to the exterior of homes in the historic district, arguing that the moves would hurt the neighborhood’s aesthetic and historic appeal."

"With the agreement, customers can consult with the society for historic preservation guidance.  If the society and Columbia Gas agree that the rear of the building is the safest exterior location for the meter, and the property owner approves, that will be the first option.  Columbia Gas also will paint all meters and provide landscaping to help camouflage them.  In addition, Columbia Gas will pay the society to replace brick sidewalks during the work."

https://germanvillage.com/event/celebrate-grassroots-advocacy-columbia-gas-preservation-partnership/

It is quite hilarious the GVS is claiming victory when the meters will still be placed outside.  I'm not sure if at the rear of the homes is any "safer" - what if there's an actual issue and personnel need to get to the meter?  Do they have to scale fences and gates?
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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #189 on: December 11, 2017, 10:43:11 PM »
In a recent article about Columbus City Schools selling its excess properties, the Maennerchor Building at 966 S. High Street was mentioned.  The Maennerchor Building was acquired during the renovation of the neighboring Stewart Elementary School, which was completed in 2015 -- previous post about that at https://www.urbanohio.com/forum/index.php/topic,7048.msg740104.html#msg740104.

According to the Dispatch article at http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171128/nationwide-childrens-buys-former-africentric-school-site-for-15-million:

"Also selling was the Maennerchor Building, 966 S. High Street in German Village, which was bid up to $460,000, or 42 percent over its minimum-bid price of $325,000.  Galbreath Properties bought the 6,500-square-foot building, which dates to 1930."
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« Reply #190 on: December 23, 2017, 07:42:23 PM »
Apparently the Maennerchor building, which was mentioned previously in this German Village thread, is actually part of the Brewery District.  Both sides of South High Street are governed by the Brewery District Commission - even though the east side of the street is generally considered to be part of "German Village".  However, the German Village Commission jurisdiction doesn't officially start until you cross the alley that separates the Maennerchor property from the Stewart Elementary School property that was previously discussed here:

Redevelopment would add apartments to Brewery District's Maennerchor Building



A redevelopment project on the Maennerchor site on South High Street is in the works.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/12/22/redevelopment-would-add-apartments-to-brewery.html

That above article was posted in the Brewery District thread.  Here is some more about the Maennerchor proposal presented to the Brewery District Commission from that posted article:

"Developers discussed a plan for the historic site at 966 S. High St. that calls for a significant building addition for more space to serve the Columbus Maennerchor club as well as a connected three-story development that would have 18 flats facing Stewart Avenue.  In an informal presentation to Brewery District Commission, developers said they're still gathering feedback on the plan."

"The new residential building would be arrayed as six stacked flats per floor, 15 two-bed units and 3 one-bed units from 900 to 1,200 square feet.  It would abut land that serves Stewart Alternative Elementary School and feature below-grade parking accessible from the side of the building."

"The building was sold at auction in November for $460,000.  Before that, the building, which sits on about one-third of an acre, was purchased by the school district in 2011 and had been the home of Columbus Maennerchor, a German-American singing organization that now meets next door at Valter’s at The Maennerchor bistro and bar."

"The developer is in contract with a to-be-determined parcel of land from the school and will continue to develop a project and site layout ... and will return with more concrete plans to future meetings.  But the project as it is would give additional practice space for the Maennerchor, which has wanted for years to regain control of the historic building."
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Re: Columbus: German Village Developments and News
« Reply #191 on: December 28, 2017, 03:08:24 PM »
Work Set to Begin on High-End Townhomes Near German Village

Construction is set to begin in January on a 10-unit condominium development in Schumacher Place, just east of German Village.

The project, which consists of two five-unit buildings, will require the demolition of a small house at 601 S. Ninth St. The land to the south of the house is vacant.

Columbus City Council approved a variance for the project in April, after a series of neighborhood meetings that culminated in votes of approval last February from both the Schumacher Place Civic Association and the South Side Area Commission.

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http://www.columbusunderground.com/work-set-to-begin-on-high-end-townhomes-near-german-village-bw1





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Re: Columbus: German Village / Schumacher Place Developments and News
« Reply #192 on: March 11, 2018, 03:56:03 PM »
This sounds like a good project. And it will be even better once this part of the freeway gets rebuilt and capped

Five-Story Hotel Proposed in German Village

https://www.columbusunderground.com/five-story-hotel-proposed-in-german-village-we1

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Re: Columbus: German Village / Schumacher Place Developments and News
« Reply #193 on: March 11, 2018, 09:24:54 PM »
This sounds like a good project. And it will be even better once this part of the freeway gets rebuilt and capped

Five-Story Hotel Proposed in German Village

https://www.columbusunderground.com/five-story-hotel-proposed-in-german-village-we1

Highly anticipating the renderings on this one, I think we could see something very unique considering the location.

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Re: Columbus: German Village / Schumacher Place Developments and News
« Reply #194 on: March 13, 2018, 12:48:00 AM »
129-room hotel proposed in German Village



A rare commercial parcel could become home to a new hotel in German Village.

Last week, the German Village Commission heard first ideas for a plan to demolish the one-story stucco building at 33 E. Livingston Ave., about a block from High Street. The office building, parking lot and vacant parcel next to it is owned by Carl Fry, city documents show.

On that land, a five-story, 129-room hotel would be built, at 58,750 square foot, according to plans submitted to the commission. Jonathan Barnes is listed as architect on the project, which would need to be approved by German Village Commission to proceed.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/03/12/129-room-hotel-proposed-in-german-village.html
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Re: Columbus: German Village / Schumacher Place Developments and News
« Reply #195 on: March 19, 2018, 01:25:06 PM »
New 55-Unit Residential Development Planned in German Village

A two-building development plan known as “Cedar Square” has been in front of the German Village Commission twice for review at the February and March commission meetings. The project, submitted by local architectural firm Berardi + Partners, calls for the construction of two new four-story buildings located between 247 and 281 East Livingston Avenue.

The first proposal submitted in February called for 74 residential units and 54 parking spaces. before being reduced to 55 units for the second presentation in March.

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/new-55-unit-residential-development-planned-in-german-village-we1

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« Reply #196 on: March 19, 2018, 09:34:01 PM »
^^ They really need more of this especially along the edges of German Village(like High/Brewery District) where it is out of the clutches of the German Village Commission. It is a neighborhood, it is not a museum. A little change is not always a bad idea.

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« Reply #197 on: May 02, 2018, 01:22:12 PM »
German Village Hotel Proposal Grows to Six Stories

"A proposal to build a hotel on the northern edge of German Village has grown in size. When the project was brought before the German Village Commission in March, plans called for a five-story building with 129 guest rooms. The latest concept, which was heard by the commission last night, calls for a six-story building with 156 rooms and an underground garage with space for 148 cars.

Located at 31 E. Livingston Ave., the hotel would be built on the site of a surface parking lot and a one-story office building, which would be demolished. Two existing buildings are included within the scope of the project and would be renovated; one at 489 City Park Ave. and the other at 46 E. Blenkner St."





https://www.columbusunderground.com/german-village-hotel-bw1

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Re: Columbus: German Village / Schumacher Place Developments and News
« Reply #198 on: May 02, 2018, 03:09:01 PM »
Ya know...I actually like it.
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Re: Columbus: German Village / Schumacher Place Developments and News
« Reply #199 on: May 02, 2018, 03:41:21 PM »
51 units now proposed for German Village development



A proposed Livingston Avenue residential development in German Village looks to have been downsized again after feedback from the neighborhood. "We're at the point where we can’t go any further with reducing the number of units," says John Leonard, project leader at Berardi + Partners.

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Re: Columbus: German Village / Schumacher Place Developments and News
« Reply #200 on: May 07, 2018, 05:20:25 PM »
^ Larger version of the rendering for that 51-unit proposal along the 200 block of East Livingston Avenue:

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« Reply #201 on: May 07, 2018, 05:29:41 PM »
Any word on if anyone is going to take over the old Max & Erma's location?  They had people write in suggestions on stickers this winter for ideas but as far as I can tell nothing materialized.
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« Reply #202 on: July 09, 2018, 12:29:57 AM »
Developer's third go at proposed German Village hotel fails to impress commission, residents

The third iteration of a planned hotel in German Village continues to face resistance from officials and residents.

Developers downsized their plan for the hotel at 31-35 E. Livingston Ave. on the north edge of the village from six stories to a smaller 124-room version with a three-story wing, a four-story wing, and a fifth-floor rooftop lounge.

But during a meeting Thursday night, members of the German Village Commission told developer Luxe Hotel that the project was still too tall for the neighborhood.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/07/06/developers-third-go-at-proposed-german-village.html
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Re: Columbus: German Village / Schumacher Place Developments and News
« Reply #203 on: July 09, 2018, 12:47:17 AM »
Isn't German Village an historic neighborhood? That hotel looks like a cheap motel found at a highway interchange--and doesn't fit in at all.

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« Reply #204 on: July 09, 2018, 09:49:32 AM »
Livingston is currently essentially just a pockmarked feeder road for I 70/71 and the children's hospital. This hotel, which presumably will be clad in reasonably high-quality brick, will be at least as good (actually, significantly better) as the suburban Chase Bank and parking lots that currently line much of that street.
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« Reply #205 on: July 09, 2018, 10:08:01 AM »
Developer's third go at proposed German Village hotel fails to impress commission, residents

The third iteration of a planned hotel in German Village continues to face resistance from officials and residents.

Developers downsized their plan for the hotel at 31-35 E. Livingston Ave. on the north edge of the village from six stories to a smaller 124-room version with a three-story wing, a four-story wing, and a fifth-floor rooftop lounge.

But during a meeting Thursday night, members of the German Village Commission told developer Luxe Hotel that the project was still too tall for the neighborhood.

More below:
https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/07/06/developers-third-go-at-proposed-german-village.html

As a German Village resident, I have no problem with the height or massing but the design is really bad. It just looks like a shoddy Red Roof Inn: Brick Edition. Yeah If I wish it was the design and not the massing/height they were fighting. It's next to a freeway and downtown, I think it a larger development is absolutely acceptable but the design needs to be strong.

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« Reply #206 on: July 23, 2018, 01:05:30 PM »
Work Set to Begin on High-End Townhomes Near German Village

Construction is set to begin in January on a 10-unit condominium development in Schumacher Place, just east of German Village.

The project, which consists of two five-unit buildings, will require the demolition of a small house at 601 S. Ninth St.  The land to the south of the house is vacant.

Columbus City Council approved a variance for the project in April, after a series of neighborhood meetings that culminated in votes of approval last February from both the Schumacher Place Civic Association and the South Side Area Commission.

More below:
http://www.columbusunderground.com/work-set-to-begin-on-high-end-townhomes-near-german-village-bw1





Construction has begun on the Townhaus 10-unit condo development in Schumacher Place.  Early July construction photo from CU showing the project from the corner of 9th Street and South Lane.  The view looking north up 9th Street shows the nine-story Children's Hospital Behavioral Health Pavilion being built on the other side of Livingston Avenue:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-july-2018-edition-we1

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« Reply #207 on: September 15, 2018, 01:02:06 AM »



Townhouse looking good. This went up very quickly.

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« Reply #208 on: September 16, 2018, 07:49:28 PM »
German Village updates - we got em:

Any word on if anyone is going to take over the old Max & Erma's location?  They had people write in suggestions on stickers this winter for ideas but as far as I can tell nothing materialized.

Former Max & Erma's in German Village becoming coworking space (with a bar)

The old German Village Max & Erma’s will again be a gathering place — albeit of a somewhat different sort.  A new coworking space called Kollektiv is setting up shop at the space at 739 S. 3rd St., with plans to convert to a neighborhood bar in the evenings.

Kollektiv said the new space will have tables, booths, offices and conference rooms for both short- and long-term tenants.  Communal tables and booths will be on the first floor with leasable office space on upper levels.  The workspace will be available for flexible month-to-month rates or longer-term agreements. ... No other details were released on the planned bar.

MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/07/12/former-max-ermas-in-german-village-becoming.html


Coworking Website:  http://kollektivco.com/

Couple of exterior photos of the original Max & Erma's at 739 S. 3rd Street:



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« Reply #209 on: September 16, 2018, 07:50:10 PM »
Another German Village update:

New 55-Unit Residential Development Planned in German Village

A two-building development plan known as “Cedar Square” has been in front of the German Village Commission twice for review at the February and March commission meetings.  The project, submitted by local architectural firm Berardi + Partners, calls for the construction of two new four-story buildings located between 247 and 281 East Livingston Avenue.

The first proposal submitted in February called for 74 residential units and 54 parking spaces before being reduced to 55 units for the second presentation in March.

More below:
https://www.columbusunderground.com/new-55-unit-residential-development-planned-in-german-village-we1

Cedar Square: Developer to rework proposal

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 Avenue 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.

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.

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20180911/cedar-square-developer-to-rework-proposal
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