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Pizzuti ‘Whale’ Development Shows Just How Complicated Growth Can Be

Pizzuti ‘Whale’ Development Shows Just How Complicated Growth Can Be

In the scheme of recent protests, the ones over the proposed redevelopment of a former Giant Eagle site near German Village earlier this year were almost comical: One resident carried an inflatable killer whale in protest of the “whale” of a development. People wore whale masks and whale hats. A woman dressed in a onesie designed to make her look like a killer whale.

Their cause: blocking, or at least substantially changing, plans for a new apartment complex on the 2.3 acre site of the now-vacant grocery store on East Whittier Street in Schumacher Place. The developer is the well-respected Pizzuti Cos. It’s built some of the city’s most prestigious high-rises, including the Miranova office and condo complex near the Scioto Mile and Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph in the Short North— gleaming buildings that city leaders say have added value to the surrounding neighborhoods. If Pizzuti couldn’t develop the site appropriately, who could?

https://www.columbusmonthly.com/story/lifestyle/features/2022/01/24/pizzuti-german-village-development-whale-sign-columbus-population-growth-housing-rental-prices/9198996002/