The Victorian Village Commission will consider a proposal to build a 14 story building on Price Avenue when it meets Thursday evening.
The project was initially proposed as a nine-story building but was revised to include several elevations. The tallest part of the project at about 180 feet would be closest to High St. It would be the tallest building in the Short North so far.
Some homeowners who live nearby are not sold on the idea.
Bill and Lisa Wood bought their house in the Short North before it was cool.
They say friends wouldn’t come to visit them because the area was considered dangerous.
That changed about 20 years ago.
But now, they say, its the congestion, the construction, and the shortage of parking that keeps friends away.
Homeowner Richard Jacob, who moved here in 1994, is among those who feel their neighborhood slipping away from them. “It doesn’t make sense to us that this neighborhood that we paid for, that we developed, we made it happen, is being taken away from us,” Jacob said.
Bill Wood says the proposed new development would tower of his home.
“If that project gets approved as it is we will not see the sun until early afternoon,” Wood said.
The project would include 200 apartments, as well as office, retail and restaurant space.
Wood and Jacob say they are not opposed to reasonable development but believe this project is too big and does not fit in to the neighborhood.
Jacob says he’s frustrated that the city doesn’t seem to listen to residents concerns. He says he is starting to think about moving out. “There’s a point at which when I loose control of my property and the neighborhood that I live in and how it should be – why be here anymore,” Jacob said.
Bill Wood is more optimistic. “I’m devoted to this neighborhood and I’m going to make it work and my neighbors are going to help me make it work,” Wood said.
“But we’re going to fight tooth and nail to make sure this development fits in with the neighborhood.”
The Commission meeting is set for 6pm at 77 N. Front St.
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