More apartments on offer for West Fifth Avenue

Local developer Preferred Living is looking to add another apartment complex to its growing portfolio of projects in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood.

The latest proposal is for 1010-1064 W. Fifth Ave., a block currently occupied by several single-story commercial buildings and parking lots.

Zoning documents submitted to the city show two proposed buildings – a five-story building facing Fifth Avenue and a four-story structure to the north, located between an existing alley and Sixth Avenue.

The two buildings would be separated by the alley. Together, they would contain 208 apartments, approximately 5,000 square feet of retail space, and two internal parking garages that can accommodate 362 cars.

Although the proposal was originally listed on the Columbus Development Commission’s October agenda, the application was filed by the plaintiff, according to the city.

The project has yet to be presented to the full Fifth by the North West Region Commission and was not on the agenda for this month’s Development Commission meeting. .

In August, the commission approved a separate Preferred Living plan for a five-story, 180-unit mixed-use development on Chambers Road, and the company has two other projects nearby. The Essex apartment building, also on Chambers, was recently completed and is now let; while the Fairfax, at 1550 Kenny Road, is now open, according to the company’s website.

Preferred Living did not respond to a request for comment.

Other developers have also been active in the region. A plan by Elford Development to build a Aldi grocery store and 250-unit building at Fifth Avenue and Edgehill Road won commission approval in September.

For more information on the Development Commission, see

Additional Reading (as of 2018) – Fast Forward: Fifth by Northwest

The proposed project site is approximately 2.5 acres in size and is currently divided into 11 separate parcels. The white buildings shown would be demolished to make way for development – Photo by Brent Warren.
A view from the northeast shows the proposed Fifth Avenue building with the smaller building behind it that would face Sixth Avenue – Rendered by Sullivan Bruck Architects.