This project has been in the public eye since 2016, with a series of revised development plans reviewed and approved by the Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP). The developer team now includes Continental Real Estate. The project will sit on a majority of the land annexed into the City to the east of North Star in 2005 as part of the City’s efforts to set the stage for economic-development focused reinvestment within the Lane Avenue Planned Mixed-Use District. Existing properties include the Darron’s Furniture building, the two-story shopping center to the east, Half Priced Books, Pizza Hut and an apartment building along North Star Road.
A revised Final Development Plan was reviewed and approved by BZAP in May and June of 2018. Since that time, the developers have annexed the apartment building into Upper Arlington from Clinton Township, and the City of Columbus has indicated a willingness to dedicate the portion of Lane Avenue in front of the project to Upper Arlington. City Council approved a Development Agreement in August of 2018 that encompasses both financial considerations and the level of City participation for public infrastructure improvements and will be mutually beneficial to all parties. Worth approximately $22.4 million over 30 years, the agreement will be financed through Tax Increment Financing and a revenue sharing agreement.
In the summer of 2019, the developer submitted an update to the Final Development Plan. The Acting Community Development Director shared the details of this update to BZAP at its August 5 Work Session. This latest version of the project includes:
- Ground floor retail and restaurant uses totaling 27,000 square feet
- 225 apartments on the 2nd-6th floors that wrap around a seven-story parking garage with 866 spaces (this represents a slight increase in both the number of apartments and parking spaces)
- To the east of the apartments, an additional five stories are designated, with 139,000 square feet of office space (this represents a shifting of the office component from the center of the project to the easternmost side)
A tentative construction schedule for this project is pending.
- August 27 City Council Meeting – Second Reading, Public Hearing, Vote on Ordinance # 61-2018. Ordinance approved.
- August 20 Council Conference Session – Review of Ordinance # 61-2018, the proposed Development Agreement between the City and the project development team, followed by a First Reading and Public Hearing.
- July 9 Special City Council Meeting – Motion to Dismiss Appeal Approved
Mr. Paul Kreitler of Doone Road filed an Appeal to BZAP’s approval of the Final Development Plan with City Council. The project team of Rondar Investment Partners, LLP, Arcadia Development of Ohio, LLC, and Continental Real Estate Companies subsequently filed a Motion to Dismiss the Appeal. Council voted in support of the Motion to Dismiss the Appeal, for lack of standing based on Ohio law.
- June 4 Special Board of Zoning and Planning Meeting – Final Development Plan approved, with six variances and 23 conditions.
- May 7 Board of Zoning & Planning Work Session – revised Final Development Plan introduced.
To view documents associated with the Final Development Plans and BZAP Staff Reports, search our Archives Portal – Development Projects using the following Project Names:
- Arlington Gateway*
- Arlington Gateway 2
July-October/November 2017 – an amended Final Development Plan was submitted and approved by BZAP. The project was situated on the same footprint, but had been expanded to nine stories, to include 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail/restaurant, 80,000 square feet of office space on the 2nd-5th floors (expanded for a prospective financial institution tenant), and 66 condominiums on the 6th-9th floors. BZAP’s approved included five variances (two revised, three new) and 22 conditions.
February-July 2016 – a Final Development Plan was reviewed and approved by BZAP for the properties currently in use by Darron’s Furniture and a two-story mixed-use building. The project included: seven stories, with 14,000 square feet of retail/restaurant, 18,670 square feet of 2nd floor office space, and apartments and condominiums on the 3rd-7th floors., with a 271 space structured parking garage. BZAP’s approval included two variances and 18 conditions.