In August of 2019, the Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP) approved a Final Development Plan for a proposed redevelopment of the Golden Bear Shopping Center. Led by attorney Don Plank—a member of the original development team for Arlington Gateway on Lane Avenue—the Golden Bear Redevelopment project would replace the existing shopping center and FC Bank building on the site, with a six-story, mixed-use project. The existing McDonald’s and cell tower would remain.
This included conditional uses for multi-family residential and structured parking that would expire after six months if construction or the activity/use has not begun. Early in 2020, the applicant applied for a conditional use extension for an additional six months. This was approved by BZAP in February.
On April 20, the applicant submitted an amended Final Development Plan. It is tentatively scheduled to be reviewed at the June 1 BZAP Work Session, with a hearing and vote at the June 15 BZAP Meeting.
The Amended Final Development Plan proposal for the Golden Bear Redevelopment Project is for a five-story mixed-use building that would be comprised of:
- 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space
- 102 residential condominiums on floors two through five
- A 176-space parking garage at the rear of the building (reduced from 298), with 90 surface parking spaces
- Traffic and site access in coordination with future ODOT and UA improvements to Riverside Drive and Fishinger Road
- NOTE: The previous plan was for 79 residential units, and the second floor was designated for 24,000 square feet of office space.
For additional details on this project, including renderings and staff reports click here.