July 18, 2018
At its July 16, 2018 Council meeting, a new concept plan for development of 2015 W. Fifth Ave. was presented by F2 Companies to Village Council. The new plan calls for saving and utilizing the existing manor house and developing the property with townhouses and flats, the total number not to exceed 40 units. The plan will continue to be reviewed by Council, with its next regular meeting being on August 20, 2018. Public input is welcome during the review process. Link to a rendering of the proposal and site plan.
The Columbus Landmarks Foundation responded favorably to the new proposal, as noted in a release (below) they offered publicly following the Council meeting and information posted on their website.
The Columbus Landmarks Foundation communication stated:
“Hope for Marble Cliff Packard Mansion”
“At this evening’s Marble Cliff Village Council meeting, the developer that proposed demolition of the 1907 Gateway Mansion to build a new apartment building presented an alternative concept that now includes reuse of this architecturally and historically significant building. Designed by renowned Ohio architect Frank Packard, the Tudor-style mansion has graced 2015 West Fifth Avenue for more than a century. The building is currently featured on Columbus Landmarks’ 2018 Most Endangered List. Columbus Landmarks applauds the building owner, the developer (F2 Companies), and the architecture firm (Sullivan Bruck Architects) on this new approach. By incorporating the mansion in the redevelopment of the site, the important character and identity of Marble Cliff Village will be retained while serving as a catalyst for future prosperity and economic growth.
The new proposal calls for eight carriage houses at the front of the site bordering West Fifth Avenue including a gateway entrance drive that retains a view of the mansion from the street; removal of a non-contributing addition at the rear of the building; removal of an apartment on Roxbury Road to create a second, traffic-calming entrance/exit to the development; and construction of a new-build, three-story structure behind the mansion with 34 units and a connector walkway to the original mansion. A portion of the existing mansion may be used as a yet to be determined amenity area for residents, with the remainder to be potentially used for 4-6 additional residential units or a commercial tenant.
Marble Cliff Village is distinguished by the gracious residences designed by Frank Packard, arguably the most historically significant Ohio architect. Packard’s portfolio includes Hayes and Orton Halls at The Ohio State University; the Atlas Building; the former Governor’s Mansion (now The Columbus Foundation); the Seneca; North High School; Memorial Hall; the T&O Railroad Building; the Sells Mansion; and other prominent courthouses, schools, and university buildings throughout the state.
Columbus Landmarks commends Mayor Kent Studebaker and the members of Marble Cliff Village Council for their careful consideration of this matter and for maintaining an open dialogue with stakeholders and members of the public. We also applaud the active engagement of many Village residents throughout this process. Columbus Landmarks wishes to reiterate our commitment to providing our expertise and resources to help move this proposal forward.”