Major Development Proposed For Whittier Peninsula

A North Carolina developer is proposing a multi-building complex including up to a 30-story tower on the Whittier Peninsula in the Brewery District.

Zimmer Development Co. of Wilmington, North Carolina, submitted plans to the city for the multi-phase project, which would be built on 17.3 acres north of W. Whittier Street between the Scioto Audubon Metro Park and railroad tracks.

Plans call for the project to be built in three phases. The first phase would include an estimated 373 apartments, 79,000 square feet of offices, some retail/restaurant space and a 593-unit parking garage.

Renderings submitted to the city show three buildings in the first phase: a 13-story building consisting of a lobby/retail floor, three office floors and nine floors of apartments; an eight-story building consisting of a ground floor topped by three office floors and four floors of apartments; and a parking garage.

Second and third phases would include the same uses, with more offices and less retail.

Renderings of the fully built complex show up to five more buildings including a 30-story office and residential tower. In all, the proposal calls for more than 1.9 million square feet of building development.

Zimmer and the project’s designer, NBBJ, are scheduled to present the plan Thursday during a meeting of the Brewery District Commission. Zimmer has filed a request to rezone the land from manufacturing to commercial planned development.

The land is now owned by CSX Transportation.

The city’s planning staff said it is “generally supportive of the proposal” and said it is “generally consistent” with the Brewery District Plan for the site, which calls for housing and recreational use. The review noted that a traffic impact study would be required.

The proposal shows access to the property on a street running north from Whittier along the railroad tracks, and suggests a new street running under Interstate 70 connecting the site to W. Mound Street.