The Upper Arlington City Council has voted to move forward with plans to build a proposed mixed-use development along Lane Avenue, near North Star Road.
The development, also dubbed the Arlington Gateway project, will extend from where the current Darron’s Furniture building sits to where the Pizza Hut is now located.
The 11-story building will include 27,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
A seven-story parking garage is also included in the design, along with space for offices and more than 200 apartments.
Opponents voiced their concerns with the project at Monday’s city council meeting.
Many said they are worried about the development’s impact on traffic, pedestrian safety and the impact it could have on the overall character of Upper Arlington.
“It’s a great looking building,” said Jeff Loudon, an Upper Arlington resident. “It would look great in downtown Columbus, but it just doesn’t fit in Upper Arlington.”
In a presentation, city leaders said the development could bring millions of dollars in tax revenue to the city.
The developer cites that as one reason why the new building will benefit the community.
“I think that all communities that take care of their safety, their community growth and their infrastructure, need to have income coming in to pay for the improvements that will be necessary going forward in the years to come,” said Frank Kass, chairman of the Continental Real Estate Groups.
A traffic study must be approved before construction on the project can begin.
During Monday’s meeting, Kass said he hopes tenants can move into the building in 2021.