A Lane Avenue apartment complex will be demolished later this year to make room for a new luxury apartment complex.
Edwards Communities Development Company LLC, a Columbus-based company that also owns apartment complex Norwich Flats on Norwich Avenue, plans to begin construction in August, the company’s president, Ryan Szymanski said.
Szymanski said he was “not ready to release information” about how much the proposed building would cost.
The new apartment building will be located at 144-162 W. Lane Ave. next to Tommy’s Pizza, Szymanski said, but a permanent address hasn’t yet been decided on for the building.
Szymanski added that the company still needs to get permission to build from the Columbus city council, but received permission from the University Area Commission in December and the Development Commission on Jan. 8.
The apartment complex that will be demolished has two buildings with 36 apartments. The new complex, which doesn’t yet have a name, would have 45 units.
Rent for the new apartments will be similar to Norwich Flats. Norwich Flats apartments range from $820 for a one-bedroom apartment to $1,175 for a three-bedroom apartment, Syzmanski said.
The new apartments will be fully furnished with a private patio for residents, Szymanski said. There will be one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, he said, but the details are still being worked out about other amenities, such as a pool and workout room.
“We think the apartments will be attractive to a wide range of students,” Szymanski said. “It’s close to the business and engineering schools, and I think it’ll be attractive to international students as well.”
Szymanski said that the apartments are furnished and the building is managed through an online maintenance request service, which he thinks might appeal specifically to international students.
The proposed complex fits with the increased number of luxury apartments being built around Ohio State’s campus.
Other luxury apartments include The View On High, which is currently under construction on High Street between Woodruff and 18th avenues, and East Village apartments, built on Chittenden Avenue in 2010.
Norwich Flats was completed in August of 2014, Szymanski said.
Norwich Flats is currently full for the year. He said, as of last week, Norwich Flats was 90 percent booked for the 2015-16 season.
Amanda Deevers, a third-year in engineering, said she chose to live in a luxury apartment building on Lane Avenue this year because it was close to campus but was still off-campus.
“I think it’s worth it to live off-campus,” she said. “I don’t think i’s really that much more expensive (than living on-campus).”
Edwards Co. approached Tommy’s Pizza to work with it during construction because the company was initially interested in developing the Tommy’s Pizza space as well, Szymanski said. He said Tommy’s Pizza is no longer involved with construction on the project.
The owner of Tommy’s Pizza did not respond to a request for comment.