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Re: Columbus: OSU / University Area Developments and News
« Reply #690 on: February 16, 2017, 09:55:53 AM »
It's not about missing Mean Mr. Mustard's.

High St. from Lane to 11th used to cater to students at OSU. Some of these new developments will not. The fact that we're comparing the off campus area to Worthington is somewhat making my point.

It's great there's still "shitty" off campus housing. I'm sure as this gentrification progresses of off High St. those areas will go too. BTW that housing is there because not all students have access to a trust fund.
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« Reply #691 on: February 16, 2017, 11:48:40 PM »
It's not about missing Mean Mr. Mustard's.

High St. from Lane to 11th used to cater to students at OSU. Some of these new developments will not. The fact that we're comparing the off campus area to Worthington is somewhat making my point.

It's great there's still "shitty" off campus housing. I'm sure as this gentrification progresses of off High St. those areas will go too. BTW that housing is there because not all students have access to a trust fund.

Just an FYI, there has always been few housing ON High Street (it's been commercial forever).  You are incorrect regarding the type of businesses moving onto High Street as new bars, restaurants, and yes, even Target caters towards students.  They may not be Larry's or even No.1 Chinese (ugh), but they are still student-driven.  The reason Lennox exists is due to high student demand, which is being met 20ish years later along High Street.  If the store/bar/restaurant "doesn't make it" on High Street, it'll shut down and eventually turn into Gumby's Pizza or Larry's 2.0.  The retail/restaurant market will eventually correct itself.  My main concern with the "gentrification" of OSU's High Street is the loss of historic, unique buildings being replaced by generic brick yuppie boxes. 

Hell, I WISH there was a Waffle House on High Street when I went to OSU.
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« Reply #692 on: February 17, 2017, 09:54:34 AM »
The biggest problem with the new development on High Street is that it's all the same. Consolidate a full block or more of real estate; justify the real-estate expense with something large and monolithic; build a boxy, 4-6 story mixed-use building with some bricks and some shiny stuff; charge rents and retail leases that are large enough to justify the cost of a big building, and too large for the average student on any mom-and-pop business.

Campus Partners should do what it has done with many residential parcels in Weinland Park: Issue an RFP for individual parcels and sell them to individuals or small-scale developers. Focus the whole thing on investment in the community, rather than merely invest in the real estate.
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« Reply #693 on: February 17, 2017, 10:13:44 AM »
My main concern with the "gentrification" of OSU's High Street is the loss of historic, unique buildings being replaced by generic brick yuppie boxes.

This. I wish Edwards had restored the Wellington and incorporated it into the 16th and High project. I like seeing older buildings mixed in with new. I can certainly understand why some call this the "Eastonification" of High St. - a mono culture of block sized projects that all look about the same.

Demolition has begun on the block between 16th and 15th. The old Kinkos has been torn down along with apartments along 16th.

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« Reply #694 on: February 17, 2017, 10:38:51 AM »
Campus Partners should do what it has done with many residential parcels in Weinland Park: Issue an RFP for individual parcels and sell them to individuals or mall-scale developers. Focus the whole thing on investment in the community, rather than merely invest in the real estate.

100% agreed.
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« Reply #695 on: February 17, 2017, 01:55:57 PM »
This. I wish Edwards had restored the Wellington and incorporated it into the 16th and High project. I like seeing older buildings mixed in with new. I can certainly understand why some call this the "Eastonification" of High St. - a mono culture of block sized projects that all look about the same.

The Wellington was kind of a quintessential campus-strip building. I think it is the single greatest loss on High Street. My understanding is that the owners of the Wellington and the four-story former frat house behind it had been sitting on the buildings for years, letting them rot while while waiting for values to rise to the point they could make a killing. They got away with it because of anything-goes code-enforcement? Edwards did not buy the properties, but leased them for decades at an exorbitant rate. In a way, Edwards was victimized by unscrupulous landlords. Then again, they seemed willing to be victimized. and while Edwards has done some wonderful stuff downtown, the company's campus stuff is crap.

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« Reply #696 on: February 28, 2017, 12:39:04 AM »
Ohio State updates developers on proposed 450-unit apartment complex (no Buckeye fandom required)

Good news for Ohio State University students interested in a proposed below-market-rate apartment complex: You don’t have to actually like the Buckeyes to reside there.

The university last month said it wants to hear from developers interested in building and operating 450 units on west campus. The deal would require rents be at least 25 percent below the going market rate for apartment complexes within 10 miles of the Columbus campus.

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« Reply #697 on: March 03, 2017, 02:21:16 PM »
I took a walk yesterday in the 3 block construction zone between 7th and 9th. Lots to see:

7th and High - this huge excavation looks deep enough for 3 levels of underground parking.




The library is nearing completion.


Brick veneer is underway at Highline at 9th.


The Taco Bell site is now underconstruction - crews were preparing to work on foundations. Construction seen in the background is off of W 9th.


Recent renovations and new build off of High on W 9th.



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« Reply #698 on: March 03, 2017, 02:23:27 PM »
Further north the elevated slab is being poured at Edwards' Wellington project


Excavation is underway at the "L" shaped building site at Lane and High

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« Reply #699 on: March 03, 2017, 04:28:38 PM »
Pablo, you're awesome! Thanks for the great pics. I wonder if every project in the area is getting some sort of a deal with OSU to contribute their soil for the Cannon Drive project? Between the COSI parking garage and this massive hole, there's a considerable amount of dirt.

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« Reply #700 on: March 03, 2017, 05:36:31 PM »
Great updates! Glad to see Taco Bell finally get underway

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« Reply #701 on: March 05, 2017, 04:42:41 PM »
Further north the elevated slab is being poured at Edwards' Wellington project


Greatly appreciate these updates Pablo.  I noticed that your Wellington project construction photo (above) was almost exactly one month after CU's Walker posted this nearly the same angle photo at http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-february-2017.  Walker's photo shows the underground parking level before it was covered.  Pablo's photo shows it being covered over by the ground floor slab:

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« Reply #702 on: March 06, 2017, 09:18:11 AM »
^That's funny - what a coincidence!

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« Reply #703 on: March 10, 2017, 10:54:33 AM »
15th and High Update: More Demolitions, Utility Work on High Street Starting Soon

It’s been a little over two years since OSU first unveiled its 15th and High plan, calling for a transformation of the area that would include multiple new mixed-use buildings, a boutique hotel, a parking garage, a redesigned Pearl Alley, and a new public square.

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« Reply #704 on: March 11, 2017, 12:52:48 PM »
^ WOW!  This is gonna be a ton of work in High Street between 13th and 17th.  But at least its being timed for March to August, when OSU gets less busy during Summer Semester.

Map of infrastructure and construction work from http://www.columbusunderground.com/15th-and-high-update-bw1

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« Reply #705 on: March 12, 2017, 08:20:39 PM »
Joining Target, Huntington, and Starbucks in The Wellington:

Chick-Fil-A Opening High Street Location Near OSU

http://www.columbusunderground.com/chick-fil-a-opening-high-street-location-near-osu
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« Reply #706 on: March 16, 2017, 11:32:17 AM »
More retail announcements for new High Street development under construction across from the OSU campus.  Updated rendering view from Lane & High below:



Chipotle, Starbucks and CoreLife Eatery coming to Lane and High by Ohio State
By Evan Weese, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First
Updated: March 15, 2017, 4:21pm EDT


Chipotle Mexican Grill, Starbucks and CoreLife Eatery will be among the merchants taking space in a new apartment complex being built at a main gateway to Ohio State University.  Schiff Properties LLC has signed the trio of tenants for the ground floor of its Wilson Place project at the southeast corner of Lane Avenue and High Street.
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The project, on a former gas station site, is underway and expected to be completed by early 2018. ... Wilson Place will have 65 rental units and 142 beds, each with its own bathroom.  There will be a garage with about 150 parking spaces, supporting the residences and 10,000 square feet of street-level retail.  Schiff said one 1,839-square-foot storefront has yet to be claimed.

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« Reply #707 on: March 20, 2017, 02:27:20 PM »
The second Chipotle will be great to relieve the mile-long lines that plague the other one, and the same could be said for Starbucks... But this will also mark the third Starbucks along the campus stretch of High, which seems excessive. I like the addition of the CorePower which is a healthy-eating option and not a huge national chain yet. But with all of these storefronts getting eaten up by national chains so rapidly there are going to be so few spots left for the local businesses and demolished campus haunts to return, which is really unfortunate (but also completely as expected)

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« Reply #708 on: March 20, 2017, 03:23:14 PM »
Will the existing Chipotle stay? I assumed the one at 13th would be replaced by this one.

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« Reply #709 on: March 20, 2017, 03:52:37 PM »
Will the existing Chipotle stay? I assumed the one at 13th would be replaced by this one.

It is staying.

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« Reply #710 on: April 03, 2017, 06:23:04 PM »
Update on this 7-story apartment project proposed for Lane & Tuttle Park, from the Dispatch:


Apartment building planned near Ohio State has critics
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 6:17 AM


A controversial seven-story apartment project planned just north of the Ohio State University campus has raised a question in some minds: “What do you want Lane Avenue to look like?”

A developer wants to build the 54-unit apartment building with stores on the first floor at the northeast corner of Lane and Tuttle Park Place, across the street from the Varsity Club.  ...  The University Area Commission’s zoning committee already has voted against zoning variances that developer 4 Points A$$et Management sought.  The developer wants to increase the allowable height in the area from 35 feet to 72 feet as well as reduce the number of parking spaces from 90 to 53.  ...  The full University Area Commission was scheduled to take up the proposal on Oct. 21, but the developer asked to table it so it could continue to address neighborhood concerns.

With the recently adopted University District Plan allowing taller buildings along Lane, neighborhood leaders realize the 4 Points project is just the beginning, said Susan Keeny, chairwoman of the commission’s zoning committee.  ...  The new University District Plan allows buildings along Lane as tall as 45 feet east of Neil Avenue and as tall as 72 feet west of Neil - that includes the 4 Points site.

The Columbus City Council approved the University District Plan on Feb. 2.  City code, however, has not been changed to reflect that yet.  ...  Lane Avenue already has its share of tall buildings, including the 11-story Riverwatch Tower and the 11-story former Holiday Inn, which has been converted into an Ohio State University dormitory.  Across Lane at N. High Street, the university is spending $370 million to build dormitories, a dining hall and recreation center — the North Residential District — including seven- and eight-story buildings.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/10/27/apartment-building-near-osu-has-critics.html

This building = another tower crane in Columbus.  Hard to keep track of how many there are now!  It looked this weekend like they were about to put one up at the Taco Bell site as well.

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« Reply #711 on: April 04, 2017, 01:29:47 PM »
Ohio State sophomore dorm rule boosting housing and dining revenue by 34%



The rule requiring sophomores to live on campus – and the new residence halls housing them – is giving a financial boost to Ohio State University.

Revenue increased $25 million to $99 million for the Office of Student Life in the first seven months of the fiscal year compared with the same period a year ago.

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« Reply #712 on: April 04, 2017, 08:18:10 PM »
Update on this 7-story apartment project proposed for Lane & Tuttle Park, from the Dispatch:


Apartment building planned near Ohio State has critics
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 6:17 AM


A controversial seven-story apartment project planned just north of the Ohio State University campus has raised a question in some minds: “What do you want Lane Avenue to look like?”

A developer wants to build the 54-unit apartment building with stores on the first floor at the northeast corner of Lane and Tuttle Park Place, across the street from the Varsity Club.  ...  The University Area Commission’s zoning committee already has voted against zoning variances that developer 4 Points A$$et Management sought.  The developer wants to increase the allowable height in the area from 35 feet to 72 feet as well as reduce the number of parking spaces from 90 to 53.  ...  The full University Area Commission was scheduled to take up the proposal on Oct. 21, but the developer asked to table it so it could continue to address neighborhood concerns.

With the recently adopted University District Plan allowing taller buildings along Lane, neighborhood leaders realize the 4 Points project is just the beginning, said Susan Keeny, chairwoman of the commission’s zoning committee.  ...  The new University District Plan allows buildings along Lane as tall as 45 feet east of Neil Avenue and as tall as 72 feet west of Neil - that includes the 4 Points site.

The Columbus City Council approved the University District Plan on Feb. 2.  City code, however, has not been changed to reflect that yet.  ...  Lane Avenue already has its share of tall buildings, including the 11-story Riverwatch Tower and the 11-story former Holiday Inn, which has been converted into an Ohio State University dormitory.  Across Lane at N. High Street, the university is spending $370 million to build dormitories, a dining hall and recreation center — the North Residential District — including seven- and eight-story buildings.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/10/27/apartment-building-near-osu-has-critics.html

This building = another tower crane in Columbus.  Hard to keep track of how many there are now!  It looked this weekend like they were about to put one up at the Taco Bell site as well.

From my roof in Italian Village there are more than you can count bc you can't tell if some things are tower crane's or cell towers, exposed building systems, etc.

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« Reply #713 on: April 06, 2017, 05:17:56 PM »
Ohio State trustees excited for '50-year decisions' to change physical campus



“It’s very expensive, it’s very exciting and it’s very important,” trustee Bob Schottenstein said Thursday.

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« Reply #714 on: April 07, 2017, 09:40:39 AM »
Hopefully it's unoccupied.


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« Reply #715 on: April 12, 2017, 09:29:58 AM »
I've noticed smaller renovation projects away from the High St. construction zone. One of the things I loved about campus was the eclectic mix of retail - a lot of local mixed in with a few chains. Since High is becoming the home of national chains, where do the local retailers go? There's a nice node at Summit and Hudson and there are opportunities along both Summit and 4th. I noticed this rehab on 4th between 11th and Chittenden. Perhaps the former Sugar Shack location to the south will be renovated next?


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« Reply #716 on: April 12, 2017, 10:12:22 AM »
^^ That is the cool little stretch of abandoned retail that people have wondered about for years. Good to see it getting spruced up and renovated. Do you know about the building directly south of it-is it being fixed up to? This stretch is perfect for neighborhood retail.

It would be perfect if not for the gas station across the street, but you can't have everything lol.

Are they going to put something in at the southwest corner of 11th and 4th?
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« Reply #717 on: April 12, 2017, 11:08:23 AM »
Are they going to put something in at the southwest corner of 11th and 4th?

That southwest corner of 11th & 4th is one of two "problem properties" that Campus Partners bought in 2014 as part of the Weinland Park neighborhood rehab effort.  The former convenience store/gas station at 11th & 4th was demolished after it was purchased.  The initial report in the Weinland Park thread - https://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,3770.msg711335.html#msg711335 - showed a rendering of the type of redevelopment planned for 11th & 4th.

The latest news from 2016 - https://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,3770.msg814138.html#msg814138 - said:

"The larger property at 1521 N. Fourth Street (corner of 11th & 4th) will be redeveloped by Campus Partners.  Redevelopment efforts here are on hold until state funding comes through to remove five underground fuel tanks at the former convenience store/gas station site.  The State has introduced a new program that funds the removal and cleanup of abandoned gas stations.  Campus Partners expects to receive funding later this year to remove the underground fuel tanks."

However, the 11th & 4th site did not receive those state funds last year.
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« Reply #718 on: April 12, 2017, 11:15:24 AM »
The outfit that renovated the building in the picture is interested the the building to the south (at the NW corner of 11th & 4th), but there's no activity yet. The pictured building has some activity -- something is going in there, but as of a few days ago there are no signs indicating what.

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« Reply #719 on: April 12, 2017, 12:09:07 PM »
Yes, I agree that some of the smaller-scale charm from High St is being wiped out with the new development there, but the corollary effect on these secondary neighborhood retail nodes has been very positive. This location, the cluster on Chittenden, Summit around Oakland and Hudson, etc are all seeing investment and activity they haven't had for years.