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« Reply #1085 on: December 27, 2012, 01:08:21 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 #1086 on: December 30, 2012, 04:15:36 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 #1087 on: December 31, 2012, 10:53:02 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 #1088 on: January 09, 2013, 10:44:12 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 #1089 on: January 09, 2013, 10:53:42 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 #1090 on: February 03, 2013, 12:11:03 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 #1091 on: February 08, 2013, 02:30:00 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 #1092 on: February 08, 2013, 02:38:15 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 #1093 on: February 09, 2013, 11:38:43 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 #1094 on: February 10, 2013, 12:20:30 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 #1095 on: August 28, 2013, 01:57:23 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 #1096 on: August 28, 2013, 01:57:58 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 #1097 on: August 28, 2013, 01:58:16 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 #1098 on: August 29, 2013, 12:41:48 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 #1099 on: August 30, 2013, 02:58:27 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 #1100 on: September 13, 2013, 12:54:50 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 #1101 on: September 16, 2013, 10:36:41 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 #1102 on: September 25, 2013, 12:08:25 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 #1103 on: September 26, 2013, 12:01:51 PM »
The site of one of the first Cameron Mitchell restaurants in Central Ohio - Cap City Diner at 1299 Olentangy River Road - has been sold to a hotel developer.  The new owner says he intends to build a new hotel development on the property.  However, the fate of the existing Cap City Diner is unclear.  According to the Business First article linked below, Cap City Diner has a lease through 2020.  Cameron Mittchell said he hopes Cap City will remain as part of the redevelopment either in a new building or staying in the existing building with the new hotel built next to it.

Business First: Cap City Diner site sold to hotel developer
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« Reply #1104 on: September 28, 2013, 10:53:16 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 #1105 on: October 07, 2013, 02:16:30 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 #1106 on: October 16, 2013, 10:52:47 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 #1107 on: October 17, 2013, 12:30:40 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.

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Pilot Program Will Turn Vacant Homes Into Afforable Housing In Driving Park Community
Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 12:08 AM
WBNS 10TV News


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 #1109 on: October 23, 2013, 02:34:21 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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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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« Reply #1111 on: November 11, 2013, 09:48:24 AM »
Occassionally a big project comes along that flies under the radar.  The Boulevard luxury apartment project is one of those.  I first learned about it when it was listed at the top of a Current Commercial Projects list in a recent Business First publication.  Now Business First has a follow-up report about this project with an 8-rendering image slideshow at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/11/06/first-look-54m-boulevard-luxury.html

The Boulevard is a $54 million, 528-unit luxury apartment project located just west of New Albany within Columbus.  Although it is within the Columbus city limits, the location is as "New Albany" as one can get without actually being in the New Albany.  So its a very suburban location.  But its price tag and one of the architects involved in the project is noteworthy.  Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design is designing a "modern half" of the project.  JBAD is known locally for a number of very fine neo-modernist projects in and around downtown.  Columbus Underground did a recent profile about the firm at http://www.columbusunderground.com/design-digest-jonathan-barnes-architecture-and-design-bw1
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« Reply #1112 on: November 21, 2013, 12:49:13 PM »
Business First produces some outstanding lists throughout the year - at least one per issue.  Subscribers get access to the full lists, while non-subscribers can access a smaller version of these lists on-line.  One of the recent list was the top 25 commercial construction projects based on estimated project cost in the Central Ohio region.  Below are the top five projects on that list and a link to the on-line slideshow that has additional information:

No. 1: Boulevard luxury apartments
Cost: $53.9 million
S/F: 544,584
Address: 5474 Thompson Road, Columbus
Site owner: Preferred Living
General contractor/construction manager: Preferred Living

No. 2: Fairfield Medial Center Project Bright inpatient expansion
Cost: $37.8 million
S/F: 124,200
Address: 401 N. Ewing St., Lancaster
Site owner: Fairfield Medical Center
General contractor/construction manager: Elford Inc

No. 3: Columbus Museum of Art expansion and renovation
Cost: $34 million
S/F: 88,000
Address: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus
Site owner: Columbus Museum of Art
General contractor/construction manager: Corna Kokosing

No. 4: Scioto Greenways park project
Cost: $30.7 million
S/F: NA
Address: Downtown Columbus
Site owner: Columbus Downtown Development Corp.
General contractor/construction manager: Messer Construction Co.

No. 5: Kipp Journey Academy
Cost: $30 million
S/F: 144,000
Address: Agler Road, Columbus
Site owner: Kipp Academy
General contractor/construction manager: Daimler Group

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/11/06/top-of-the-list-commercial.html
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« Reply #1113 on: November 25, 2013, 01:33:58 PM »
The Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Columbus) recently held their annual awards for projects designed by local firms.  This year five projects received an award.  Four of the projects were built in Columbus (one of which was an interior-only award) and one was built in Bethlehem, PA.  The Bethlehem project was a new broadcast center designed by URS Corp. for WLVT PBS 39 within the former Bethlehem Steel manufacturing complex outside Pittsburgh.  More about that project at the below links:

Columbus Underground: AIA Columbus Names 2013 Design Award Winners

Business First: AIA Columbus design winners – slideshow



The awarded projects located in Columbus (and which are also included in the above links) were the following:

Ohio State University South High Rise Addition – Designed by Schooley Caldwell Associates
- More about this project posted here and here in OSU/University District thread in this section:


The Jack – Designed by WSA Studio
- More about this project posted here in the Brewery District thread in this section:


Livingston Park Pavilion – Designed by Meyers + Associates.  This project was part of the exterior work done during the recent expansion of the nearby Children's Hospital. - More about this project was posted here and here in the Children's Hospital Projects thread in this section:


And the interior project was an upscale restaurant - Edamame Sushi + Grill - located in Easton Town Center – Designed by Bass Studio Architects
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« Reply #1114 on: December 03, 2013, 10:41:38 AM »
Another Business First list of the random variety.  Top 10 tallest buildings in Columbus.  Brief article with slideshow of the list at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/11/columbus-tallest-buildings---countdown.html

1. Rhodes State Office Tower (50 E. Broad Street)
Floors: 41
Height: 629 feet
Year built: 1973

2. LeVeque Tower (N. Front & W. Broad)
Floors: 47
Height: 556 feet
Year built: 1927

3. William Green Building (N. High & Spring)
Floors: 33
Height: 530 feet
Year built: 1990

4. Huntington Center (41 S. High Street)
Floors: 37
Height: 512 feet
Year built: 1984

5. Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts (State Office Tower - S. High & State)
Floors: 32
Height: 504 feet
Year built: 1988

6. One Nationwide Plaza (Nationwide Insurance HQ - Nationwide & N. High)
Floors: 40
Height: 485 feet
Year built: 1978

7. Franklin County Courthouse Tower (373 S. High Street)
Floors: 27
Height: 464 feet
Year built: 1991

8. AEP Building (American Electric Power HQ - Marconi & Long)
Floors: 31
Height: 456 feet
Year built: 1983

9. Continental Plaza (previous Borden Building - 180 E. Broad Street)
Floors: 34
Height: 438 feet
Year built: 1974

10. Three Nationwide Plaza (N. High & Chestnut)
Floors: 27
Height: 408 feet
Year built: 1988

Slideshow of the list at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/11/columbus-tallest-buildings---countdown.html
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« Reply #1115 on: December 05, 2013, 12:00:55 PM »
Articles below are why I use Columbus Underground as my go-to source for Columbus urban development news.  All of the 12 mixed-use/residential developments have been noted individually in their appropriate project threads here in this Urban Ohio section.  But Walker's regular compilations of these projects really bring together the impact of this wave of urban development.  And the convenient format that has project information, to go along with renderings, to go along with links to additional information is a real plus.

The List: 12 More New Apartment Developments Around Columbus
By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Published on November 23, 2013 - 10:45 am


If you read Columbus Underground with any amount of regularity, then you’re likely already aware that Columbus has had an explosion of new apartment development over the past two years.  It seems there’s a new project or a development update every week that we’re covering, which is exciting news for the future of the city as the added residential density adds more people, more amenities and more vibrancy to the urban core of Columbus (where the majority of the development is happening).
 
But who will live in all of these new apartments?  Over the past few decades, the Columbus MSA has continued to grow at a rate of around 1% per year, which means nearly 20,000 new residents are added every year.  The region is expected to eclipse a population of 2 million sometime in 2015, so the continued additions to the housing market are necessary to keep up with growing demand.
 
Every few months we’ve been recapping these developments, just to put in perspective how much is actually happening, and where it’s all happening.  We listed 12 new developments in Nov 2011, followed by 11 more new projects in April 2012, followed by another 10 announcements in May 2013.
 
Below you’ll find 12 more of the latest announcements (this list mostly includes larger-scale development, but there’s quite a bit more being done on a smaller scale) for new mixed-use, residential buildings coming soon to Central Ohio.

Full list at http://www.columbusunderground.com/the-list-12-more-new-apartment-developments-around-columbus
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« Reply #1116 on: December 05, 2013, 12:01:19 PM »
Here is one of those smaller residential projects that didn't make the above listing of "12 More New Apartment Developments Around Columbus".  It's a small project, but it's pretty nice.  And it will be replacing a surface parking lot that's on the edge of a nicely preserved older residential enclave in downtown.  It's actually part of an Olde Towne East neighborhood that was split up by I-71 many years ago.  This residential enclave is on the downtown side of that larger neighborhood and visually holds together quite well.  This Rich Street project should only strengthen this area.

Hawthorn Grove Apartments on Rich Street Moving Forward
By: Brent Warren, Columbus Underground
Published on November 26, 2013 - 8:00 am

 
The Community Housing Network (CHN) is moving forward with plans to build a 40-unit apartment building on an empty lot at 546-558 East Rich Street Downtown.  The $6 million project, called Hawthorn Grove, was given the go-ahead last week by the Historic Resources Commission.
 
CHN Development Manager Ryan Cassell said that they plan to take it to the December Downtown Commission meeting for final approval.  The next step, he said, is to finalize financing, then hopefully start construction in the spring with the goal of completion by spring of 2015.  CHN will also manage the property once it is completed.

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« Reply #1117 on: December 09, 2013, 10:27:13 AM »
Previously announced here in November 2012 and updated here in September 2013 within this thread -- the 7-story Goodale Landing apartment building has broken ground at the Westminster-Thurber Retirement Community located just north of downtown:

DISPATCH: Third Westminster-Thurber tower to offer 68 apartments for seniors

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« Reply #1118 on: December 13, 2013, 12:46:19 PM »
The Dispatch had an article about a group looking to do a community development project in the Driving Park neighborhood southeast of downtown.  Not sure if this is the same group that 10TV reported on back in October - and posted here in this thread - that set a goal to rehabilitate 30 houses in the Driving Park neighborhood over the next 3 years.  This sounds like a different effort that is focused around a group that bought the former Kent Elementary School building.  But they also mention adding 30 lease-to-own houses in the neighborhood - although this goal seems to be for new construction and not rehab of existing houses, as per the October report.  Anyway, here's an excerpt, with the full article available at the link below:


Foundation hopes to help uplift Driving Park
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 7:09 AM


When a nonprofit group bought the vacant Kent Elementary building this year, its leaders acknowledged that creating a successful new school without rejuvenating the surrounding Driving Park neighborhood would be difficult. ... David Petroni, a consultant working for Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, a Columbus-based group that sponsors charter schools and develops low-income housing said that the foundation plans to build at least 30 lease-to-own houses in the neighborhood. 

The project will cost about $6.1 million, or $200,000 a house, Petroni said.  That’s in a neighborhood where vacant foreclosed homes are selling for as little as $11,000. ... The project is not a sure thing.  The Buckeye Community Hope Foundation plans to apply in February for low-income-housing tax credits to finance it.  The foundation already is working to secure sites for the houses.  It has applied to buy 11 houses from Columbus’ land bank and plans to buy 11 more.  The city intends to acquire additional properties in the area through tax foreclosure, said John Turner, Columbus’ land-development administrator.
 
The foundation has the backing of the Livingston Avenue Area Commission.  The commission sent a letter to Mayor Coleman asking him to back the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation’s tax-credit proposal.  Coleman will forward three high-priority projects to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, which awards the credits. ... The area commission called the housing plan a catalyst that builds on other projects in the area, such as the new Driving Park library branch that is under construction and streetscape improvements along Livingston Avenue.  Buckeye Hope Community Foundation bought Kent Elementary this year for $300,000.  Columbus City Schools closed the school in 2005.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/12/13/foundation-hopes-to-help-uplift-driving-park.html
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« Reply #1119 on: December 23, 2013, 11:04:34 AM »
Just getting around to posting this.  The downtown tax abatement legislation described in the below report got passed by Columbus City Council.  This is an expansion of previous tax incentive programs for downtown development that were less generous and were only for certain target areas:

City hopes to encourage downtown projects with more generous tax incentives
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - Nov 18, 2013, 4:27pm EST


Developers of residential and commercial projects downtown will get full tax abatement benefits under the city’s community reinvestment area under legislation Columbus City Council will consider Monday night.
 
The legislation extends a full 15-year, 100 percent tax abatement on all real property improvements downtown and any requirement for payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) contributions.  It also seeks to eliminate “target areas” that, as in the case of residential projects during the last 10 years, had limited property tax abatements to 10 years or 75 percent depending on where downtown the project or adaptive re-use projects took place.
 
“This simplifies it across the downtown community reinvestment area,” Steve Schoeny, Columbus Department of Development director said.

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