Columbus Boulevard could be seeing some huge development if a zoning ordinance is approved. K4 developers presented to the Pennsport Civic Association last week, sharing the high volume plan to bring 10-story residential high rises and as many as 100 townhomes to a location on Columbus Boulevard.
Last year K4 purchased the 18-acre property on Columbus between Washington Avenue and Reed Street from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19. The developers are also hoping to acquire another 8-acre property from the union.
The proposal calls for 10 residential high-rises and about 100 townhouses encompassing up to 2,000 units around a broad throughway that originates on Columbus Boulevard, across the street from an I-95 ramp. Two narrower east-west throughways to the north would provide more links for the public between Columbus Boulevard and the river. Shops and restaurants are planned for the ground floor of each residential tower, with several decks of parking on the floors immediately over that retail space.
The first phase of construction, which K4 said may begin as soon as the spring, involves a 22-story, 264-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail and a 23-story, 200- to 220-guest-room hotel, said Seth Shapiro, a principal with Barton Partners architects, which is designing the project.
This potential development isn’t the only big project in the works for Columbus Boulevard. Bart Blatstein has plans to build a commercial and residential complex between Reed and Tasker Streets.