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« Reply #1015 on: November 17, 2012, 11:08:20 AM »
Capitol Square Streetscape Improvements Planned for Spring 2013
By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Published on November 14, 2012 - 6:00 am


This winter, the sidewalks surrounding Capitol Square will undergo a transformation as new planters and signage pops up along the streets that surround the Ohio Statehouse.  The project is one of several new Downtown initiatives being launched by the team at the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District.
 
“We’ve heard comments from Downtown property owners that they really wanted some landscaping on Capitol Square,” said Cleve Ricksecker, executive director of Capital Crossroads.  ”A lot of people realize that it’s a really important space, but there’s been no attempt to do anything on the sidewalks opposite of the Statehouse that ties the square together.”
 
The poles anchored in the sidewalks that hold street signage will all be replaced by black posts with an emblematic design adorning the top.  Approximately 70 planters planters of various heights will also be installed on the square in the same black color and design.  The area targeted in this effort includes portions of High Street, Broad Street, State Street and Third Street.

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/capitol-square-streetscape-improvements-planned-for-spring-2013#comments

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« Reply #1016 on: November 19, 2012, 11:07:15 PM »
In 2010, a new plan for Downtown development was put together by the City of Columbus and its downtown development agency, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation.  There was a separate thread about the 2010 Plan here at Urban Ohio.  To execute some of these initiatives, a working document known as the “Downtown Action Plan” has been assembled to guide public infrastructure projects that fall under the helm of the Columbus Department of Public Service. 

Columbus Underground recently had an in-depth, three-part interview with the City Administrator tasked to implement these projects through the Downtown Action Plan.  Below are links to the three parts of this interview at Columbus Underground:

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 1

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 2

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 3
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« Reply #1017 on: November 19, 2012, 11:21:11 PM »
One of projects in the Downtown Action Plan was to install new parking meters and to return on-street parking along High Street in the downtown.  Decades ago on-street parking on High Street in downtown was removed to accommodate COTA buses.  Now a total of 120 parking meters will be installed on High Street between Goodale Street and Mound Street by the summer of 2013.

Today, the first set of 30 new Downtown parking meters has been installed and has become operational.  These new High Street spaces will not allow parking during weekday rush hours of 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm.  These parking restrictions are designed to allow buses to more easily commute along the High Street corridor during these peak hours.  More about this from Columbus Underground and Columbus Dispatch:

Columbus Underground: Downtown High Street Parking Meters Installed

Columbus Dispatch: High Street parking meters going live today
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« Reply #1018 on: November 20, 2012, 05:06:18 PM »
Business First published an update on the Westminster-Thurber 7 story addition that's been quiet for a while. Good news is that it's still moving forward despite some tougher economic times for the community's owner, possible groundbreaking in the spring as long as 10 more Seniors put deposits down... still wish that the original 14 story version was moving ahead for the sake of our skyline but 7 is better than a parking lot!

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/11/20/westminster-thurber-on-track-for.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2012-11-20




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« Reply #1019 on: November 28, 2012, 10:34:39 AM »
Business First ran a feature on the Benchmark Apartments that are opening at the corner of Kenny & Henderson Roads in northwest Columbus.  Benchmark is a nine-building 108-unit apartment complex on 4 acres at this corner site.  This site was previously a retail shopping center known as the Benchmark Center.  Below is a link to the Business First (unfortunatly subscription only for the full article):

Building goodwill via infill – Benchmark apartments designed with environment in mind

Below are some photos from the Benchmark Apartments website, Benchmark facebook page and a MetroRentals leasing page of the project.  The first photo showing a distant panorama of all the nine buildings at Kenny & Henderson is a summer construction photo from an earlier update.  The rest of the close-up photos are more recent:






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« Reply #1020 on: December 04, 2012, 12:35:29 PM »
I wonder if anybody is going to move in here specifically to be able to walk to Kahoot's.

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« Reply #1021 on: December 04, 2012, 05:51:14 PM »
I wonder if anybody is going to move in here specifically to be able to walk to Kahoot's.
Haha! Anytime I hear kahoots I think of a guy I used to work with, who was a surfer dude type character. Every friday before we'd leave he'd corner me and say" Hey brah, wanna go to kahooots?" I never did. Lots of family emergencies. :)

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« Reply #1022 on: December 11, 2012, 02:50:03 PM »
^That sounds like the Kahoot's demographic all right!  Not so much the Benchmark demographic though.
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« Reply #1023 on: December 12, 2012, 03:09:11 PM »


The above two buildings at 620 E. Broad Street and 630 E. Broad Street received an Historic Preservation Tax Credit Award from the state.  The two buildings are located on the north side of Broad Street and are immediately west of I-71.  Just barely within the downtown district and across I-71 from the Olde Towne East neighborhood.  Below is the press release from the Ohio Department of Development:

From the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards press release:

620-30 East Broad (Columbus, Franklin County)
 · Total Project Cost: $2,203,539
 · Total Tax Credit: $313,145
 · Address: 620-30 East Broad Street, 43215
Originally constructed as private mansions, 620-30 East Broad was converted to office space in the 1920's to house the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation which later spawned Nationwide Insurance.  Now largely vacant, the buildings will be rehabilitated to address deferred maintenance needs and install necessary upgrades to support new commercial office tenants.  The project is expected to create 25 permanent jobs.
One of the two mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street that received state historic tax credits is being occupied.  Below is an article from Business First about the 630 E. Broad Street gaining an office tenant.  According to the article, the renovations to the 620 E. Broad Street property will continue into 2013.

Business First: Vending company takes up residence in historic Rodgers mansion on East Broad
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« Reply #1024 on: December 21, 2012, 11:14:13 AM »
Another big box renovation might be coming to the Morse Road corridor.  The former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road might become the new headquarters for the Franklin County Board of Elections.  According to the ThisWeekNews article linked below, County officials would like to consolidate their operations at the Morse Road location.  Office space would be moved from a downtown location shared with other county departments - and stored voting machines would be moved from rented warehouse space.

This location is east of the international grocery going into a renovated Toys R Us store and directly across the street from Northland Village, the redeveloped former Northland Mall site.  The location also has a history with County Broad of Elections.  The former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road served as the county's 2012 early voting center in the weeks leading up to Nov. 6.

ThisWeekNews: Move to Morse Road depends on commissioners
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« Reply #1025 on: December 27, 2012, 01:22:09 PM »
An excellent look back from Columbus Underground at urban development projects and construction in Columbus and central Ohio that took place in 2012.  The projects were broken down into four categories: Development Projects Completed in 2012, Development Under Construction in 2012, Development Projects Announced in 2012 and Urban Planning for 2015 and Beyond.  The full list with addition project information at the CU link below:

CU: 2012 Year in Review: Urban Development

Development Projects Completed in 2012:  Lots of big projects wrapped up construction in 2012 - like the $800 million expansion of the Nationwide Children's Hospital, the $400 million Columbus Hollywood Casino and the $140 million Downtown Hilton Hotel.  Noteable smaller projects were the recently finished Nationwide Office Building, FBI Building and McConnell Parking Garage in the Arena District, The Charles mixed-use building on East Long Street in the King-Lincoln District and the Rich Street Bridge in the downtown Scioto Mile.

Development Under Construction in 2012:  Tons of apartment projects broke ground in 2012 - like a new phase of the Neighborhood Launch development and 600 Goodale downtown, the Flats II in the Arena District, the HighPoint at Columbus Commons, a second phase of Liberty Place and the 570 Lofts in the Brewery District, a second phase of Lennox Flats, a new four-story apartment building in Harrison West, and three new apartment buildings in Grandview Yard.  As well as projects in the red-hot neighborhoods next to the Short North - like the Hubbard, Wonderbread Lofts, Wood Companies building, Yankee Trader building, Astor Place and Leafydale.

Projects breaking ground on the non-residential side were the new Columbia Gas Headquarters in the Arena District, the massive Joseph hotel/office/parking garage development in the Short North, the even more massive OSU Medical Center Tower, a mixed-use redevelopment of the LeVeque Tower, a new Giant Eagle at Grandview Yard and a new mixed-use development on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington.  Major public works projects include the continuing I-71/I-670 reconstruction and the removal of the Fifth Avenue Dam that will reshape the Olentangy River.

Development Projects Announced in 2012:  Some projects announced but not yet begun in 2012 were the massive Jeffrey Park residential project in Italian Village, redevelopment of the Fireproof Building in the Short North, new Art Lofts and headquarters for Orange Barrel Media in Franklinton, and a new seven-story mixed-use building next to Columbus Commons downtown. 

Urban Planning for 2015 and Beyond:  Columbus undertook several master planning efforts like the East Franklinton Plan, the Scioto Peninsula Plan and the PACT Plan for the Near East Side.  Dublin finished its radical revisioning of itself called the Bridge Street Corridor.  Ohio State University announced its North Campus Residential Plan that would rework the dorms for over 3,000 existing students and create new space for an additional 3,000 students.  Columbus College of Art and Design announced a master plan to add new dormitories and classroom buildings to their Downtown campus.
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« Reply #1026 on: December 30, 2012, 04:29:24 PM »
The State of Ohio's Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program announced their latest round tax credit awards earlier this month.  The city of Columbus came out pretty well, getting four projects awarded.  The smallest of the four projects awarded was the renovation a Second Empire mansion at 380 E. Town Street into three apartment units.  Below is the text of the announcement from the Ohio Development Services Agency press release and a 2010 photo of the building from the Franklin County Auditor's GIS website:


Lazarus House Apartments (Columbus, Franklin County)

Total Project Cost: $265,860
Total Tax Credit: $46,195
Address: 380 East Town Street, 43215


A Second Empire mansion dating to the 1880’s, the Lazarus House Apartments was once the home of Fred Lazarus, one of the partners in the F&R Lazarus Company, which operated the famous Lazarus Department Store.  Now severely deteriorated, the property will be renovated into three market-rate apartment units.

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« Reply #1027 on: December 31, 2012, 11:06:50 AM »


The above two buildings at 620 E. Broad Street and 630 E. Broad Street received an Historic Preservation Tax Credit Award from the state.  The two buildings are located on the north side of Broad Street and are immediately west of I-71.  Just barely within the downtown district and across I-71 from the Olde Towne East neighborhood.  Below is the press release from the Ohio Department of Development:

From the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards press release:

620-30 East Broad (Columbus, Franklin County)
 · Total Project Cost: $2,203,539
 · Total Tax Credit: $313,145
 · Address: 620-30 East Broad Street, 43215
Originally constructed as private mansions, 620-30 East Broad was converted to office space in the 1920's to house the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation which later spawned Nationwide Insurance.  Now largely vacant, the buildings will be rehabilitated to address deferred maintenance needs and install necessary upgrades to support new commercial office tenants.  The project is expected to create 25 permanent jobs.
One of the two mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street that received state historic tax credits is being occupied.  Below is an article from Business First about the 630 E. Broad Street gaining an office tenant.  According to the article, the renovations to the 620 E. Broad Street property will continue into 2013.

Business First: Vending company takes up residence in historic Rodgers mansion on East Broad
More about the vending machine company that bought and restored the two historic mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street at the eastern edge of downtown next to I-71 in last Sunday's Dispatch:

Columbus Dispatch: 19th century mansion restored for company’s local offices
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« Reply #1028 on: January 09, 2013, 10:58:00 AM »
SWACO signs Florida recycler to develop 340-acre industrial park
Business First by Carrie Ghose, Staff reporter
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 1:47pm EST


The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is to vote Tuesday on land leases that would bring a $300 million investment and 300 jobs from a Florida company that intends to build a trash-to-cash industrial park across from the Franklin County landfill.
 
Team Gemini LLC, a developer based in Orlando, announced it will build a receiving center at a new landfill entry off London Groveport Road to sort reusable and recyclable material from incoming loads of garbage and become the anchor tenant in a 340-acre industrial park across the road, to be named Gemini Synergy Center.
 
Team Gemini plans to become the anchor tenant in the industrial park and has assembled a consortium of companies that will locate there to make recycled products and benefit from energy created from the waste stream.  The four years’ worth of construction are expected to require 500 workers.

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/01/08/swaco-signs-florida-recycler-to.html

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« Reply #1029 on: January 09, 2013, 11:07:30 AM »
More about this development from Columbus Underground:

SWACO Announces Renewable Energy Industrial Park
By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Published on January 8, 2013 - 9:50 pm


The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) Board of Trustees voted today to approve a transformational new initiative that would shift the duties of the organization away from landfill management operations toward recycling efforts and the creation of renewable energy.  SWACO entered into agreements today with Team Gemini, an Orlando-based sustainable project design firm, to develop a new receiving facility, recycling center and industrial park on 365 acres of land adjacent to the Franklin County Landfill south of Grove City.

Gemini will be required to build and operate a new Material Recovery Facility that will recycle a minimum of 1,000 tons of waste per day that would otherwise be headed to the landfill.  SWACO will be paid $4.81/ton for the material in addition to existing tipping fees paid by material haulers at the gate.  The new recycling facility is expected to be operational sometime in 2014.

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/swaco-announces-renewable-energy-industrial-park

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« Reply #1030 on: February 03, 2013, 12:24:51 PM »
Two recent articles about plans to modify two expensive sewer tunnels mandated by the EPA to fix combined sewer overflow problems in the city.  The city is looking at propsals to lessen rainwater drainage into these combined sewers as an alternative to the sewer tunnels.  Below is an excerpt from a Dispatch article and a link to a ThisWeekNews article about this.  The Dispatch article also has a map of where the two proposed tunnels would go and where an tunnel is currently being constructed underneath the downtown area.

Sewer-tunnels plan might get streamlined
New techniques to handle heavy rain could change plans for two
By Jeb Phillips, The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 5:02 AM

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is allowing Columbus to delay construction of the second of three huge tunnels while the city looks for ways to make a mandated, 40-year plan to stop sewage overflows a little greener.  A total of 18 engineering proposals for pilot projects in Clintonville and the South Side were submitted to the city by last week’s deadline.  If those and other projects go well, Columbus could reduce the scale of the two tunnels or eliminate them altogether.
 
The city announced plans in 2005 to fix sewer overflows after two settlements with the state.  Water from heavy rainstorms seeps into old sanitary sewer lines, overwhelming them and forcing sewage into the Scioto River and other waterways.  Together with sewage-plant upgrades and other work, the tunnels make up the largest public-works project in the city’s history. 

The city’s $2.5 billion proposal included building three deep tunnels.  One, from the Jackson Pike wastewater-treatment plant to near the Arena District, already is under construction to carry rainwater and sewage.  The two other tunnels designed to carry sewage only — a 14-mile-long one along Alum Creek and an 11-mile-long one along the Olentangy River — could be changed.  Construction on the Alum Creek tunnel was set to begin in 2014.  The Olentangy tunnel project would follow.  The Ohio EPA is giving the city until 2015 to present a plan for improvements.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/01/18/sewer-tunnels-plan-might-get-streamlined.html


ThisWeekNews:  Costly tunnel for sewage? Alternative sought here -- Clintonville's old system fills river during heavy rains; EPA looking for creative, less-expensive solutions
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« Reply #1031 on: February 08, 2013, 02:43:48 PM »
Driftwood finishes Sheraton renovations, readies DoubleTree improvements
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - Jan 18, 2013, 2:58pm EST


Driftwood Hospitality Management LLC has completed renovations at its Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square as it plans for $6.5 million in upgrades to the DoubleTree Suites it bought in November.
 
Florida-based Driftwood purchased the former Hyatt on Capitol Square in September 2011 and rebranded it a Sheraton, pumping $9.5 million of improvements into the hotel.

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/01/driftwood-finishes-sheraton.html
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« Reply #1032 on: February 08, 2013, 02:52:03 PM »
Two reports about the City's Development Director being appointed by Mayor Coleman to serve as the Executive Director of the Columbus Next Generation Development Corporation.  This would be a private, non-profit redevelopment agency charged with promoting housing, economic and commercial development projects within the city:

Columbus Underground: Boyce Safford to Lead New Urban Development Effort

Business First: Safford to head city’s Next Generation urban development agency
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« Reply #1033 on: February 09, 2013, 11:52:31 AM »
Northwest Career Center bought in redevelopment bid
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - Feb 1, 2013, 6:00am EST


Former Klingbeil Capital Management executive Jim Schrim plans to redevelop the shuttered Northwest Career Center off Sawmill Road in Columbus.  Schrim’s Wills Creek Capital Management LLC put the 93,000-square-foot, 16-acre vocational school property into contract late last year with Columbus City Schools for $3.03 million.  The classroom space, he said, already has drawn interest from private schools and churches, and the former construction and automotive repair vocational training space could be redeveloped as commercial space.
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Schrim worked for 10 years at various Klingbeil divisions before launching Wills Creek in October.  Perhaps his highest-profile project in Columbus was the environmental remediation of the former Walker National Inc. magnet plant on Kinnear Road.  Klingbeil has since built apartments on the site, which is near Lennox Town Center.  “I’m very focused working on infill projects that have an environmental, conservation, remediation or education component in the redevelopment effort,” Schrim said.
 
He hopes to ask in early February for a rezoning of the 5.8 acres closest to Sawmill Road to commercial planned development.  The entire school site is zoned apartment residential allowing up to 12 apartments per acre, or more than 180 combined. “I don’t think (multifamily residential) is the highest and best use,” Schrim said, “and there are so many apartments under construction.”  Apartment construction, he said, could become a “backup plan.”

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2013/02/01/schrim-to-redevelop-career-center.html?page=all
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« Reply #1034 on: February 10, 2013, 12:34:18 AM »
Wow, I have been out of the loop for far too long!  Nice to see how things are progressing lately!  Love it all.
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« Reply #1035 on: August 28, 2013, 02:11:11 PM »
Reposting some Capitol Square development news that was wiped out during the 2013 server crash.  Lots of good stuff happening in the heart of downtown Columbus, but first a project that is a mixed blessing...

Capitol Square corner to shine anew under Arshot redevelopment plan
Arshot signs Heartland Bank to give life to corner of State & High
By Rick Rouan, Staff reporter
Business First - Feb 8, 2013, 6:00am EST


Heartland Bank is joining Arshot Investment Corp. in an effort to transform the southwest corner of Capitol Square in Columbus into a gateway to South High Street.  The Gahanna-based community bank will do its part by moving its downtown office from 65 E. State Street, a block east to the corner of State and High, where it is buying space on the first floor of the former Cord Camera Centers Inc. building at 101 S. High Street.  Arshot affiliate Town Square Ltd. acquired the building for $465,000 in December and the developer will convert the top three floors into office space.
 
Heartland and Arshot hope to enliven that corner much like Columbus-based Casto has done with its redevelopment a block north at Broad and High streets, including large video boards.  The project has won approval from the city’s Downtown Commission to add tickers and a video mesh that would wrap around the top three stories of the building’s northeast corner.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2013/02/08/project-will-give-life-to-corner-site.html

Below is a before and after view of the Heartland Bank project at State & High.  If only they would nix that huge sign over the upper stories, then it would be perfect.
 
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« Reply #1036 on: August 28, 2013, 02:11:46 PM »
Now for something more unequivocally positive going into the Capitol Square area of downtown.  New streetscape improvements were finished earlier this year on the four blocks opposite of the state-owned Capitol Square.  These streetscape improvements were done jointly by the City of Columbus and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District.  Below are two reports from the Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Underground and two graphics showing the scope of the project:

Columbus Dispatch: Planters to add color to streets around Statehouse

Columbus Underground: New Planters Installed Around Capitol Square


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« Reply #1037 on: August 28, 2013, 02:12:04 PM »
And finally, a somewhat controversial Holocaust memorial project that was eventually overwhelmingly approved for the Statehouse Grounds...

Statehouse site chosen for Holocaust memorial
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:21 AM


A Holocaust memorial will be built just where Gov. John Kasich wanted — at the southwestern corner of the Statehouse grounds.  The only holdout in Tuesday’s 13-1 vote by a special panel of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board was former state Sen. Richard H. Finan, who opposed the idea of a Holocaust memorial from the beginning.
 
The selected site is an open area of the Statehouse grounds across State Street from the Ohio Theatre and above the underground parking garage. ... The $2 million project, to be paid for by private donations, will be the first Holocaust memorial at any Statehouse in the nation. ... Ground breaking for the project is expected to be next spring, with completion slated for 2014.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/08/16/statehouse-site-chosen-for-holocaust-memorial.html

 
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« Reply #1038 on: August 29, 2013, 12:55:36 PM »
A random residential project from April that got lost in the server crash.  Not a bad looking project too, especially considering its Tuttle Mall adjacent location.

Upper Arlington-based Vision Development, which is currently completing its 32-unit Chesapeake Park Apartments near Northwest Boulevard, has recently broken ground on a new 228-unit apartment complex near Tuttle Mall.  The $23 million project, to be called The District Apartments, will offer a mix of apartments, carriage houses and townhouses ranging from 720 to 1,700 sq. ft., with the goal of completing construction by summer of 2014.

More information can be found online at www.thedistrictapartments.com.  Business First and Columbus Underground also has some more about this at the links below:

Business First: First Look: More apartments near Tuttle Mall by Vision Development

Columbus Underground: 228-Unit Apartment Complex Planned Near Tuttle Mall
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« Reply #1039 on: August 30, 2013, 03:12:15 PM »
If you watch tomorrow's OSU football game, you may notice a change in the Olentangy River that flows next to Ohio Stadium.  Since last season, the 5th Avenue Dam upstream in the river has been removed.  That's lowered the water level and exposed alot of flood plain area that was previously covered.  The river looks a little ragged while the exposed banks are reshaped and reworked.  What isn't landscaped by man will be reclaimed by nature and should leave the Olentangy looked much better in future years.  But for now, it's a work in progress.

The Olentangy River narrowing project has been posted previously here in this thread.  Below are some more recent reports about the project from local media this year:

WOSU: Olentangy River Restoration A Year From Completion

Columbus Underground: Project Update: Fifth Avenue Dam Removal

Columbus Dispatch: Rebuilding the banks of the Olentangy full of challenges
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« Reply #1040 on: September 13, 2013, 01:08:38 PM »
Last posted here in November 2012 in this thread - the 7-story Westminster-Thurber Tower (aka Goodale Landing) moves closer to construction at its slow pace.

Goodale Landing apartments at Westminster-Thurber move closer to construction
By Carrie Ghose, Staff reporter
Business First - July 29, 2013, 4:37pm EDT


Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services plans to go to market with a $50 million to $75 million tax-exempt bond issue this fall for construction projects statewide, including a seven-story luxury senior apartment complex at its Westminster-Thurber Community in Columbus.
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Board members authorized construction of Goodale Landing, a proposed midrise building at Westminster-Thurber, after deposits were placed on 58 of its planned 67 apartments.  The $17 million project has been in the works for three years but scaled back from the earliest discussions.  A construction start hasn't been set, but the organization hopes to open the building by late 2015.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/07/goodale-landing-apartments-at.html
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« Reply #1041 on: September 16, 2013, 10:50:29 AM »
Walker at Columbus Underground has a Q & A with Angela Meleca who opened an art gallery at 144 E. State Street in downtown Columbus.  The building also houses her husband's highly regarded architecture firm, Meleca Architecture.  Below is a link to the Q & A at CU.  Also below are a couple of photos showing the building's exterior.  The inaugural exhibition includes a sculptural head on a pedestal outside the building.  Passersby can rotate the stone head on its base:

CU: Angela Meleca Opens Contemporary Art Gallery Downtown



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« Reply #1042 on: September 25, 2013, 12:22:13 PM »
Former Kmart site at Olentangy and Bethel to host 325 apartments
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - Sept. 24, 2013, 4:32pm EDT


The site of a former Kmart along Olentangy River Road is being targeted for redevelopment into – what else? – an apartment complex.
 
Taylor House LLC, an affiliate of Westerville-based apartment developer Preferred Living, bought the 11-acre site at 5005 Olentangy River Road in the back corner of the Olentangy Square Shopping Center nearly two weeks ago as part of a deal involving a Wendy’s and Tim Hortons out front along Bethel Road.  Preferred Living partner Nick King in an email confirmed plans for a 325-unit project called Taylor House that should be completed in mid-2014.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/09/24/former-kmart-site-at-olentangy-and.html

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« Reply #1043 on: September 28, 2013, 11:07:04 AM »
The roughly mile long portion of High Street through downtown is getting resurfaced.  Last month the project started on the north end at Nationwide Boulevard and will work its way south to the Franklin County Government Center on South High and Fulton Street.  At each intersection, ADA ramps will be replaced with updated versions and the existing brick crosswalks will be repaired.

Below is a photo of some the work being done at High and Chestnut near the Nationwide Insurance HQ.  Columbus Underground has been updating the project's progress at http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/downtown-high-street-resurfacing-project

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« Reply #1044 on: October 07, 2013, 02:30:18 PM »
Former Kmart site at Olentangy and Bethel to host 325 apartments
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - Sept. 24, 2013, 4:32pm EDT


The site of a former Kmart along Olentangy River Road is being targeted for redevelopment into – what else? – an apartment complex.
 
Taylor House LLC, an affiliate of Westerville-based apartment developer Preferred Living, bought the 11-acre site at 5005 Olentangy River Road in the back corner of the Olentangy Square Shopping Center nearly two weeks ago as part of a deal involving a Wendy’s and Tim Hortons out front along Bethel Road.  Preferred Living partner Nick King in an email confirmed plans for a 325-unit project called Taylor House that should be completed in mid-2014.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/09/24/former-kmart-site-at-olentangy-and.html



Columbus Underground had a photo of the Taylor House 325-unit apartment project at the former Kmart site at Olentangy and Bethel.  It is obviously pre-demolition of the vacant Kmart at the project site.  Late September 2013 - http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-september-2013-part-2
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« Reply #1045 on: October 16, 2013, 11:06:35 AM »
Despite the 'Worthington' in the below headline and the proposed developments proximity to the City of Worthington - the two apartment developments mentioned in this article are actually located within the City of Columbus.  Which is why it's posted in this thread and not the Worthington thread:

More apartments coming to Worthington area under Vision Development plans
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - June 26, 2013, 3:08pm EDT


Vision Development Inc. has two more Columbus apartment projects lined up for construction this fall on opposite sides of Worthington.
 
Columbus City Council this week gave final approval to Vision CEO Brent Wrightsel’s plans for 326 townhouse-style and garden flats on 21 acres along Route 161, a quarter-mile west of Linworth Road.  The Upper Arlington-based developer also is preparing a final development plan for 256 apartments off Route 23, north of Lazelle Road.
 
The Route 161 spot “is an infill site that’s one of the last residential tracts in the Worthington school district,” Wrightsel said. “(Nearby apartments are) a little older, so we’ll be able to serve some pent-up demand for new, high-end apartments.”

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/06/more-apartments-coming-to-worthington.html

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« Reply #1046 on: October 17, 2013, 12:44:28 PM »
Another big box renovation might be coming to the Morse Road corridor.  The former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road might become the new headquarters for the Franklin County Board of Elections.  According to the ThisWeekNews article linked below, County officials would like to consolidate their operations at the Morse Road location.  Office space would be moved from a downtown location shared with other county departments - and stored voting machines would be moved from rented warehouse space.

This location is east of the international grocery going into a renovated Toys R Us store and directly across the street from Northland Village, the redeveloped former Northland Mall site.  The location also has a history with County Board of Elections.  The former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road served as the county's 2012 early voting center in the weeks leading up to Nov. 6.

ThisWeekNews: Move to Morse Road depends on commissioners

It looks like Franklin County is moving forward with using the former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road as a new County Board of Elections center.  More from ThisWeekNews below:

Elections board move - Northland leaders happy with pending relocation
By KEVIN PARKS, ThisWeek Community News
Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 12:51 PM


Northland community leaders pronounced themselves pleased last week at the announcement that the Franklin County Board of Elections likely will relocate to a former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road.  The store, which was closed in February 2011, served as the county's early voting center for the 2012 general election.  Now, it's poised to be all things election, with the likely consolidation of two locations and operations into one.  The deal should be done shortly, according to Dana Walch, deputy director of the board of elections.
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One impetus is that board currently operates two facilities, the main office in Memorial Hall and a warehouse on Alum Creek Drive where voting machines and tabulation equipment are stored.  "For quite a while, the board has sought out a location where we could house both operations together," Walch said.  "The Morse Road location allows us to do just that. Operationally, it will help us a tremendous amount just having our staff together under one roof." ... "the success we had there with the early voting center in 2012 led us to believe it was a good location for us."
 
The timing of the relocation is delicate, according to Walch.  In order not to disrupt the primary election next May, but to be up and running well in advance of November's general elections, the move is scheduled to take place in June 2014.  Prior to that, the building will be renovated, which will dramatically change its appearance from an abandoned Kohl's, he added.

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/northland/news/2013/10/07/elections-board-move-northland-leaders-happy-with-pending-relocation.html
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« Reply #1047 on: October 19, 2013, 10:26:59 AM »
Pilot Program Will Turn Vacant Homes Into Afforable Housing In Driving Park Community
Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 12:08 AM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Community organizers have made an effort to rehabilitate vacant properties in one Columbus neighborhood.  Government agencies joined forces with a community & faith-based organization to provide affordable housing for families on Saturday.

The partnership of the City of Columbus Land Development Office, the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (County Land Bank), Chase, Bethany Baptist Church and the Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF) broke ground on the "One Street @ a Time" pilot project geared toward reducing the number of vacant and abandoned houses in the community.

The first home is located at 876 Ellsworth Avenue and it's neglect and dilapidated condition is evident of the need for change. ... Organizers say there are 66 vacant properties along Ellsworth and Miller Avenues between Livingston Avenue and Whittier Street.  Organizers are hoping to rehabilitate 30 of those home in 3 years with the goal of increasing affordable housing for families in need.

MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/10/12/Columbus-Pilot-Program-Will-Turn-Vacant-Homes-into-Afforable-Housing-In-Driving-Park-Community.html
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« Reply #1048 on: October 23, 2013, 02:48:09 PM »
Report from Business First about a bank branch moving into the ground floor of a six-story circa-1917 building located 1/2 block north of the Statehouse.  Below the article except are two photos of the 33 N. Third Street building and a link to the property owner's website for the building.

WesBanco taking ‘huge new step’ with 1st downtown branch
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - Oct. 16, 2013, 3:34pm EDT


WesBanco Bank expects to move into a historic property just off Capitol Square next month as the Wheeling, W.Va.-based bank begins to build up its branch network.  “This is our first move into the downtown, so we’re excited.” WesBanco Regional President Lisa Robinson told me.  The bank expects to open the branch at the former Central Union Telephone building at 33 N. Third St. on Oct. 28.
 
Robinson said the downtown project and a Clintonville branch set to open along Henderson Road in December mark the first time WesBanco is building new branches rather than expanding through acquisition – “a huge new step for WesBanco in this area,” Robinson said.  (They) first started working on the project within the E.V. Bishoff Co.-owned property in May.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/10/wesbanco-taking-huge-new-step-with.html

 

E.V. Bishoff Co: Central Telephone Building - 33 N. Third Street
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« Reply #1049 on: November 08, 2013, 01:28:41 PM »
Statehouse site chosen for Holocaust memorial
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:21 AM


A Holocaust memorial will be built just where Gov. John Kasich wanted — at the southwestern corner of the Statehouse grounds.  The only holdout in Tuesday’s 13-1 vote by a special panel of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board was former state Sen. Richard H. Finan, who opposed the idea of a Holocaust memorial from the beginning.
 
The selected site is an open area of the Statehouse grounds across State Street from the Ohio Theatre and above the underground parking garage. ... The $2 million project, to be paid for by private donations, will be the first Holocaust memorial at any Statehouse in the nation. ... Ground breaking for the project is expected to be next spring, with completion slated for 2014.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/08/16/statehouse-site-chosen-for-holocaust-memorial.html

 

An update on the Statehouse Holocaust Memorial project.  The ceremonial groundbreaking occurred yesterday.  In the below report from the Dispatch, they are saying the memorial is now scheduled to be open in April 2014.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/11/06/Holocaust-memorial-groundbreaking.html
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