Student Housing: OSU-area apartment plan idled

BY JIM WEIKER for THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

A controversial proposal for a large student housing complex next to Ohio State University has been shelved as the developer weighs options for the site.

The Edwards Cos. withdrew its zoning application for the complex, called the Province, before a city panel was scheduled to vote on the project last night.

Ryan Syzmanski, a vice president of the company, declined to say whether that means the project is being abandoned.

“At this point, I don’t want to say much,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out a few things, what our next steps might be.”

The $25 million project was to include 445 bedrooms in 141 apartments housed in three buildings stretched along 15th and 16th avenues just east of High Street. The complex would have required the demolition of a dozen structures, most of them old apartment buildings and rooming houses.

Space in the Province was to have been rented by the bedroom, which is common around other campuses but a rarity around OSU.

The city’s zoning staff recommended that the project be approved, but the University Area Review Board and the University Area Commission both voted against the project, citing concerns about the size of the project and a lack of parking.

[dispatch.com]

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