Victorian Village residents still fighting proposed development

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – For the eighth time since December, the Victorian Village Commission will consider a proposal to build a high rise development on Price Avenue Wednesday evening.

Kaufman Development asked for a special meeting after a commission meeting May 10 during which homeowners complained the proposed project was too big and not in keeping with the architectural and historical nature of Victorian Village.

The project was initially proposed as a nine-story building but was revised to include several elevations.

The proposal offered at the May 10 meeting was for a 14-story tower. In the company’s latest revision, the tallest part of the project would be 12 stories.

Victorian Village resident Keith Rhinehart likened the developers revisions to the toy line of Transformers. “They take a LEGO from over here and put a LEGO over there,” Rhinehart said. “Another month and they take a LEGO from over here and put it over there and they transform it into something that still looks like a block of LEGOs.  We’re in Victorian Village and there aren’t any Victorian LEGO sets available.”

Homeowner Bill Wood said the revisions don’t address the concerns of residents.

He said drawings of the most recent proposal show the midsection of the development, which is closer to homes, actually going up one story to nine.

“He’s made it worse as far as the neighborhood’s concerned because it’s higher and therefore there’s more of a contrast between the height of our houses and the height of the building,” Wood said.

The project would include 200 apartments, as well as office, retail and restaurant space.

Neighbors opposed to the project say short of a dramatic reduction in size, they will keep fighting.

The special meeting of the Victorian Village Commission is scheduled for Wed. May 23 at 6pm at 111 N. Front Street.

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