Developers plan to build a 6.5-story, $24 million building with apartments and hotel units on the site of the former Patrick J. at 2711 N. High St., another project that would transform the fabric of the North High Street corridor in Columbus University District near Clintonville.
Manav Singh, chairman of owner Stark Capital Ventures LLC and Sintel Hotels, said the 65 one- and two-bedroom apartments would accommodate young professionals and graduate medical students at Ohio State University, with caps of 10 1/ 2-footers and built-in appliances, while the 15 upscale hotel rooms would be for visitors to Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center.
“No shortcuts,” he said.
Singh said the building would have 7,000 square feet of retail space that could accommodate a restaurant.
And with a site of just 1.2 acres, “You have to go up,” he said.
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The proposal will be presented to the University’s Impact District Review Committee at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Michael B. Coleman Government Center, 111 N. Front St., Room 204.
Stark Capital Ventures paid $1.95 million earlier this year for the site and an adjacent property that housed a white castle. Singh’s company also owns and operates the Holiday Inn and Suites and Staybridge Suites hotels on Olentangy River Road near campus.
Sam Rosenthal, director and CEO of Columbus-based Schooley Caldwell, which designed the building, said the site is close to campus and Clintonville, a chance to create what he called “an opportunity that is missing in the piece”.
“It’s not student housing. Not single family homes. Something in between,” he said.
“We want to make sure we get support,” Rosenthal said. “We have to get approvals. Obviously the sooner the better.”
John Raphael, the former twice-convicted Columbus lobbyist, once owned the property at 2711 N. High St. He owned and operated Patrick J’s before closing the bar and restaurant in 2016 and selling it to Borror Properties, based in Dublin, for $600,000. Raphaël bought the property in 1996 for $275,000.
Borror was never able to develop the site when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Singh said.
The development is not the only skyscraper planned for the North High Street corridor in the University Quarter, a stretch which has seen many new projects in recent years.
One of the last: a 15-story apartment building at 2160 and 2180-2194 N. High St., located on the northeast corner of High and East Lane Avenue near Ohio State University. The University Area Commission’s zoning committee will review the plan on September 6.
The developer, Landmark Properties of Athens, Georgia, is seeking a zoning waiver from the Columbus City Council to build the 168-foot-maximum structure, which would replace the CVS Pharmacy on the corner.
Jill Tangeman, the local zoning lawyer representing the developer, said the building would drop 35ft to East Norwich Avenue.
Tangeman said she did not know how much the project would cost or the number of apartments and beds.
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“We know that we’re going to need a height variance at the corner for what we’ve come up with to work,” she said. The University District plan sets a maximum height of 72 feet – about seven stories – at this corner.
Joe Motil, a local activist, said he planned to be at the September 6 meeting; the full committee is expected to address it at its September 21 meeting.
Motil is a Clintonville resident and a regional commissioner, but years ago he lived on East Oakland Avenue in the University District. For Motil, High Street north of Lane Avenue has always been a transition point between the campus and the Old North Columbus neighborhood.
“It’s important to retain that tram-era feel,” he said. “You are entering a neighborhood with more homeownership.”
Motil said he thought the density on North High Street was important.
“But to what extent? “I think there’s a lot of housing in the neighborhood for students.”
Motil wants buildings along North High Street to stay shorter despite upward pressure. He thinks seven stories is too big.
“I think the people of Clintonville, the college district, don’t want to see six- or five-story buildings being built along the High Street,” he said.
“I love the quirky, smaller-scale buildings in this part of Clintonville.”