Two apartment buildings proposed for the Dodge Park neighborhood in Franklinton

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FRANKLINTON, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) — The Dodge Park area of ​​Franklinton could see two new apartment buildings go up this year.

Brian Higgins of Arch City Development proposed a five-story, 47-unit building on the site of a former gas station and a three-story building with six studios where a single-family home now stands.

He said he hopes to innovate in the fall.

Higgins originally proposed a four-story apartment building at 640 W. Town St with a 20-space surface parking lot in the rear.

The new proposal shows 31 spaces, with parking on the ground floor inside the building.

East Franklinton’s review board reviewed the project on a concept basis in January. Higgins said he plans to submit more details at his March meeting.

In January, commissioners were concerned about the demolition of the single-family home for surface parking. Some have suggested underground parking or shaped the building to hide street parking.

Higgins said he took a closer look at the home, which suffered extensive water damage inside and has been vacant for about two years. He said the current owner planned to tear it down. An inspector appraised the house, saying it would be expensive to save.

Higgins’ latest plans show a three-story building where the single-family home now stands. The building would house six studios, each approximately 400 square feet.

The tallest apartment building would face Town Street. The majority of units would be one bedroom apartments. There would be eight two-bedroom units on the third, fourth and fifth floors. Higgins said he hopes the taller building will shield the neighborhood from noise coming from Rt. 315.

There will be a fifth-floor amenity terrace with downtown views, according to the new plans. There would also be a gym and common area on the fifth floor of the building.

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