Construction should soon be under way on a
new creative arts center being built by art
gallery owner Kee Hee Lee on Far Hills Avenue
The two-story, 5,850-square-foot colonial-style
brick building was originally scheduled to
be done by now, but the plans, approved last
November, stalled over building code issues.
In the meantime, the owner changed builders
and the exterior design, said Ryan Shrimplin,
assistant Centerville city planner.
Shrimplin said this meant that the site plan
had to come back before the Centerville Planning
Commission for a minor amendment to the special
approval originally granted in November.
The center, which will serve as an art gallery
and studio for teaching art as well as language
arts and math, is to be constructed on a half-acre
lot just south of Kee Hee's existing gallery,
the Wind Fine Art Gallery and School of Fine
Art, 7266 Far Hills Ave.
Jeff Vaughan, of J&E Custom Homes who
contracted to build the new structure, represented
Kee Hee at the April 24 planning commission
Vaughan said he's sure his client would be
willing to go along with the commission's
conditions that the building's large front
windows be divided in two so they will have
a more vertical appearance.
Even though Kee Hee wanted the large windows,
she is anxious to get started with construction,
A large window opening over the entrance is
also to be split into three sections to give
the window a more vertical look, he said.
The commission members said they wanted the
windows to have a more vertical look so they
would be compatible with windows in other
The new design also calls for a pediment-style
design rather than the original widow's walk
over the front entrance and gets rid of the
two sets of columns on either side of the
entrance, Shrimplin said.
The roof pitch also was increased, making
the height of the building the maximum height
allowed in the office-service zoning district,
35 feet. This is about a five-foot increase
from the original plans, Shrimplin said.
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