Mar­ble Cliff re­jects pro­posal for com­plex

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Alan Fro­man afro­man@thisweeknews.com @ThisWeekAfro­man

to ad­dress the con­cerns that many vil­lage res­i­dents had raised about the project’s den­sity and ac­com­pa­ny­ing traf­fic, Mike Fitz­patrick, a part­ner with F2, told the coun­cil.

The project would still in­clude one- and twobed­room apart­ments, but some of the two-bed­room units would be larger and would add an of­fice or den, Fitz­patrick said.

“This is as small of a project we feel we could do that would meet the needs of the com­mu­nity and also be eco­nom­i­cally fea­si­ble for us,” he said.

But a ma­jor con­cern for res­i­dents was that the de­vel­oper planned to de­mol­ish the 110- yearold man­sion that now fills the site. Now a mostly va­cant of­fice build­ing, it was de­signed by renowned ar­chi­tect Frank Packard.

But Fitz­patrick said it couldn’t be saved and used as part of the apart­ment project, Fitz­patrick said. Cer­tain el­e­ments would be in­cor­po­rated into the new build­ing to main­tain some of the his­toric char­ac­ter of the man­sion, he said.

“It’s still big. The size of the build­ing has not de­clined,” Coun­cil­woman Kendy Troiano said. “I’m less con­cerned about the traf­fic con­ges­tion and more about the aes­thet­ics of it. It just doesn’t fit in with the rest of our vil­lage.”

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