A revised proposal to build luxury condominiums on the northeast corner of Fairlington Drive and Fishinger Road will return to the Upper Arlington City Council after receiving initial rezoning approval Aug. 17 from the City Zoning and Planning Board. the city.
Moment Development reduced its plan from 22 units to 15 and changed the name of Fairlington Heights to Scioto Villas after the Upper Arlington City Council unanimously rejected its previous request for rezoning June 27.
“I believe the applicant made significant changes to the plan that were part of the board’s application,” said BZAP member Bill Westbrook. “Staff provided a multi-page list of concerns about the process, all of which were addressed.
“I think the community (of Moment Development) will be a good addition. I think it’s a good transition from a retail business to a busy street. I think this project will significantly improve your financial values for anything that surrounds him.”
Moment Development founder Ohm Patel sought to rezone the 1.92 acre site from R-1b for a single-family residential neighborhood to RCD, a Residential Community Development Neighborhood.
By denying the previous rezoning, which had been approved by the BZAPcouncil members widely said they thought the project was too dense, too large, and did not fit the character of the surrounding neighborhood, which consists mostly of single-family, single-story ranch homes.
Patel’s new proposal calls for the demolition of three single-family homes at 2750, 2770 and 2790 Fishinger Road, and the construction of 15 two-story condos with “owners’ suites” on the first floor ranging in size from 2,150 square feet to 2 835 square feet.
Plans call for each unit to have an attached two-car garage as well as 14 on-site parking spaces for a total of 44 parking spaces.
Access to the development would be from a full-service driveway from Fairlington and a walk-through driveway from Fisher. These buildings would be 33 feet tall, which is down from a maximum height of 44 feet for some of the condos previously offered. Plans for terraces on the roof of the north building of the site have been abandoned.
If the council supports the latest rezoning request, Patel intends to market the condos for an average price of $975,000.
In asking BZAP to support the rezoning, Patel said he listened to the concerns of site neighbors by reducing the number of condos by an original proposal of 29to the current model of 15.
“There were significant changes between what was denied by the board and what you see today,” Patel said. “I think we’ve definitely shown this council, the city staff and the community that we want to work towards a project that makes sense for this corner.”
Patel said he felt Upper Arlington was running out of housing for empty nests who wanted to stay in the community but needed to move from multi-story homes to housing where they could primarily live on the first floor.
“We’re very confident in terms of getting a product out into the community that the community needs,” he said. “We reduced the height and reduced the density.
“As a result, we’ve lightened the traffic. So we’ve really solved a lot of the issues.”
Kevin Carpenter was the only BZAP member to vote against the recommendation that council support the latest rezoning request.
He said the project failed to meet five of the seven standards that the BZAP is responsible for reviewing in order to approve rezoning, including that it would be necessary for public health or general well-being because the project would improve the proper functioning of the surrounding area in its basic community function or in providing an essential service to the community or region.
“I don’t know if rezoning is necessary for public health and welfare,” Carpenter said.
He also said he’s concerned the project will hurt property values in the area, fail to meet the city’s master plan’s call to protect single-family neighborhoods, and fall in line. not to the surrounding neighborhood.
“I think we’ve heard testimony over the last year and a half about how it’s not in tune with the neighborhood,” Carpenter said.
Before voting in favor of the rezoning, BZAP members also heard from eight residents who remain opposed to the project. No one from the community has come out in favor of the plans.
“I look at the site plan and I look at these elevations, and it looks to me like this developer is looking to put a pound of development in a quarter pound bag,” said Richard Sorenson, a Haviland Road resident. “This is the first step in converting Fishinger Road into a multi-family development to Kenny Road.
“The single-family designation that exists now is exactly what it should be.”
Beth Hathaway, who said she lives on Donna Drive in a house that would adjoin the proposed development, said Patel’s latest plans are closer to acceptable but still fall short.
“Put simply, it’s still too high and it’s still too dense,” Hathaway said. “It’s taller than the average three-story building.”
Upper Arlington City Council Clerk Krystal Gonchar said council is tentatively scheduled to hear the rezoning application in meetings at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, Sept. 6 and Sept. 12.
Each meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Upper Arlington Municipal Service Center, 3600 Tremont Road. The Board’s vote is not expected before the September 12 meeting.