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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #120 on: December 15, 2016, 03:09:45 PM »
First Nationwide, and now Motorists. I'd love to see State Auto get in on this game next ;)

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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #121 on: December 15, 2016, 03:49:59 PM »
^Hahaha, my thoughts exactly!

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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #122 on: December 15, 2016, 07:04:59 PM »
I bet Safe Auto won't.

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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #123 on: March 29, 2017, 10:20:24 AM »
The former NAPA Auto Parts Store at 162 N. Sixth Street is being renovated by the artists group, Tacocat Cooperative, which is relocating from its Grandview Yard location, and being renamed 'Blockfort':  http://www.columbusunderground.com/blockfort-art-studio-and-gallery

In addition to galleries and studios, 'Blockfort' will also contain co-working space:  http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/blockfort-coworking/

The Blockfort renovation of the former NAPA store at 162 N. Sixth Street is finished:

http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/blockfort-adds-artist-studio-and-gallery-space-to-downtown/

http://www.columbusunderground.com/photos-new-art-studio-blockfort-opens-downtown

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An update on this project from a CU article about an another building this developer is currently renovating downtown:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/residential-conversion-of-downtown-building-almost-complete-bw1

Developer Eli Adahan also provided an update on his other downtown project, a proposed mixed-use building at the southwest corner of East Town Street and Washington Avenue, across from the Topiary Park.

“We’re still in the planning stages on that,” he said.  “We want to build a luxurious building on the park, with retail on the first floor.  In that part of Downtown, there’s hardly anything, apart from the Starbucks in the hospital.”

“We need to be innovative,” he added, “it’s a beautiful, historic street, so we don’t want to propose something that will stand out too much.  We hope to come back to the (downtown) commission with a proposal by the end of year.”
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An update on this project from a CU article about an another building this developer is currently renovating downtown:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/residential-conversion-of-downtown-building-almost-complete-bw1

Developer Eli Adahan also provided an update on his other downtown project, a proposed mixed-use building at the southwest corner of East Town Street and Washington Avenue, across from the Topiary Park.

“We’re still in the planning stages on that,” he said.  “We want to build a luxurious building on the park, with retail on the first floor.  In that part of Downtown, there’s hardly anything, apart from the Starbucks in the hospital.”

“We need to be innovative,” he added, “it’s a beautiful, historic street, so we don’t want to propose something that will stand out too much.  We hope to come back to the (downtown) commission with a proposal by the end of year.”


Actually this is the purple box development from my map above.

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^ Thanks, you're right.  I got the wrong corner overlooking Topiary Park.

Well, even better news!
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #128 on: June 09, 2017, 11:34:44 PM »
Commercial tenant named for Long & Sixth apartment project in Discovery District

An anchor commercial tenant has been identified for an apartment development on Long Street in downtown’s Discovery District.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/09/commercial-tenant-named-for-long-sixth-apartment.html
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #129 on: June 09, 2017, 11:36:21 PM »
How a developer is converting old Faith Mission complex into trendy downtown apartments

The latest addition to the growing list of residential options in downtown’s Discovery District is an adaptive reuse project involving a former men’s homeless shelter and a neighboring auto dealership.

DeVere LLC is renovating the attached Faith Mission and Oscar Lear buildings, both three stories, with 26 second- and third-floor residential units atop 2,000 square feet of retail in the Lear portion facing Long Street. The buildings form an L-shaped structure at the northwest corner of Long and Sixth streets, next to Roosevelt Coffeehouse and Beyond Limits Training.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/09/first-look-how-a-developer-is-converting-old-faith.html
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #130 on: June 27, 2017, 09:29:07 PM »
Motorists unveils plans for New York-style brownstone along Topiary Park

A five-story apartment complex is planned along downtown’s Topiary Park as part of a broader residential makeover being put forward by Motorists Insurance Group.

The Columbus-based insurance company on Tuesday detailed the first phase of a redevelopment proposal for a sea of surface parking lots it owns near its East Broad Street tower.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/27/first-look-motorists-unveils-plans-for-new-york.html


Dispatch wrote an article as well:
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170627/motorists-topiary-park-apartment-project-moving-ahead

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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #131 on: June 28, 2017, 09:06:12 AM »
I said earlier in this thread that I liked the Motorists concept with this building but didn't think much of the initial renderings.

Now the renderings have caught up with the concept.  Hope this happens.
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #132 on: June 29, 2017, 11:04:11 AM »
First Phase of Motorists’ Plan Calls for Five-Story Building Overlooking Topiary Park

Motorists Insurance Group revealed more details of its plan for a one-acre parking lot abutting the Topiary Park Downtown.  The latest proposal, which was presented to the Downtown Commission at its meeting on Tuesday, also shed some light on the company’s plans for future phases of the development.

The overall plan calls for a total of 256 units, parking for 778 cars, and another 10,000 square feet of retail space.  Those future phases would fill in the additional surface parking lots that Motorists owns east of South Washington Avenue.

The building facing the park would hold 68 units; a mix of townhomes, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and studios.  A parking garage accessed from Oak Street would hold 114 cars, and a 4,000 square foot retail storefront would occupy the first floor of the building at the corner of Oak and Washington. ... Another topic of discussion was the plans for Library Park Drive, which would be converted into a pedestrian-only pathway under the proposal.

http://www.columbusunderground.com/first-phase-of-motorists-plan-calls-for-five-story-building-overlooking-topiary-park

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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #133 on: June 29, 2017, 07:59:46 PM »
I love that they are going to make Library Park a pedestrian walkway rather than a road. I hope the standard is of the Neighborhood Launch quality. I would think that with the roadway turned into a pathway and with the views of the park, these would be highly sought after.

Hell I would push a nun down stairs to live there.
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #134 on: July 06, 2017, 10:11:30 AM »
New Culinary School Facility Planned at Columbus State



The culinary program at Columbus State Community College has been ranked as one of the Top 20 culinary schools in the United States. So it only makes sense that the expansion of the program would serve as a first step toward implementing the college’s large-scale master plan.

More below:
http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-culinary-school-facility-planned-at-columbus-state

More about this from Business First:

Columbus State finds home for new $33.6M culinary school
By Tom Knox, Reporter - Columbus Business First
July 3, 2017, 1:02pm EDT


Columbus State Community College has found a home for its new 80,000 square-foot Hospitality and Culinary Arts School.

The $33.6 million institute likely will be located at the southeast corner of Cleveland and Mt. Vernon avenues, the site of a surface parking lot. ... Construction is scheduled to begin in November and wrap up in May 2019.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/07/03/columbus-state-finds-home-for-new-33-6m-culinary.html
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #135 on: July 06, 2017, 12:02:20 PM »
Not sure if this was already known or not, but a sign outside the View on Grant project indicates that the ground floor retail tenant will be Stauf's Coffee.

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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #136 on: August 21, 2017, 11:52:29 AM »
Construction update on the View on Grant apartment project - https://www.theviewongrant.com/.

A July 31 photo from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-downtown-columbus-july-2017 of the rooftop addition beginning to be framed atop the existing warehouse building that is being renovated:
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #137 on: August 21, 2017, 11:53:12 AM »
A new project announcement that answers a question that RabbitAngstrom posed a year ago about the northwest corner of Broad & Grant:

A four-story building, long up for sale, has been acquired at the corner of Broad and Grant Streets.

Any one know who gobbled it up and what might be planned?

The existing building at the NW corner of Broad & Grant, which apparently dates back to 1950, changed ownership in 2016.  Now we know why the new owners acquired the property.  CU posted this report that the Downtown Commission is scheduled to review a proposal tomorrow that calls for the demolition of that office building and the construction of a new six-story residential building in its place:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-six-story-residential-building-proposed-on-east-broad-street
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #138 on: August 21, 2017, 11:53:23 AM »
^ The application submitted by the Behal Sampson Dietz architectural firm on behalf of property owner EB 2016, calls for five stories of residential units above a one-and-a-half story parking structure that would be partially under ground:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-six-story-residential-building-proposed-on-east-broad-street

Here is a streetview of the existing office building at the NW corner of Broad & Grant:



Here is a rendering of the new building proposed for the NW corner of Broad & Grant:
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #139 on: August 21, 2017, 12:15:36 PM »
^ That ground floor is the epitome of bad design.

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« Reply #140 on: August 21, 2017, 06:05:37 PM »
^ That ground floor is the epitome of bad design.

Agreed.  But it shouldn't take much tweaking to integrate the ground floor with the rest of the building (which looks pretty good).  That's why we have a Downtown Commission with design review authority.
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #141 on: August 21, 2017, 08:33:39 PM »
^ That ground floor is the epitome of bad design.

Agreed.  But it shouldn't take much tweaking to integrate the ground floor with the rest of the building (which looks pretty good).  That's why we have a Downtown Commission with design review authority.

I agree about the rest of the building being pretty good. I wish they would add some ground floor retail. It's much needed, especially on a street like Broad with the number of huge office buildings.

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« Reply #142 on: August 23, 2017, 11:21:52 AM »
CU article detailing yesterday's Downtown Commission review of the six-story residential building proposed for the NW corner of Broad & Grant (350 E. Broad Street).  During the conceptual review, project representatives said that the current building height and design would hold between 55 and 65 apartment units:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/plans-reviewed-for-new-six-story-residential-building-on-broad-street
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Re: Columbus: Downtown: Discovery District and Columbus State developments
« Reply #143 on: September 26, 2017, 10:39:12 PM »
Discovery District: Planners eye $2M facelift as downtown sees increasing development

A nonprofit company is raising funds for a neighborhood facelift in a part of downtown burgeoning with development.

The Discovery District, which covers a good portion of eastern downtown and is home to the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus State Community College and other cultural hubs, has seen significant development since property owners set up a Special Improvement District to support it a decade ago.

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« Reply #144 on: September 27, 2017, 10:41:44 AM »
Downtown Commission Hears Ideas for Discovery District

A new “Placemaking Plan” for the Discovery District was presented to the Downtown Commission on Tuesday.

Cleve Ricksecker, Executive Director of the Discovery District Special Improvement District, updated the commission on some of the highlights of the plan, including a Discovery Trail meant to connect destinations like the Main Library, the Columbus Museum of Art, Thurber House, and the Topiary Park.

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Re: Columbus: Discovery District / Columbus State Developments and News
« Reply #145 on: November 14, 2017, 02:33:15 PM »
Nothing special but not the worst looking project either. And in an area that could certainly use more density and activity.

Borror plans 220-unit mixed-use property in Discovery District

Borror is submitting plans for a six-story, mixed-use development site in its first foray into the Discovery District in downtown Columbus.

The plan calls for 220 boutique apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space from 229 to 275 E. State St., and would be the largest multifamily project to date for the Columbus developer.

The planned development would feature two parking levels for occupants with frontage along State Street and garage entrances in the alley behind it.


https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/11/14/borror-plans-220-unit-mixed-use-property-in.html


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Re: Columbus: Discovery District / Columbus State Developments and News
« Reply #146 on: November 14, 2017, 02:38:07 PM »
^ I thought the district as a "cultural hub" would call for something a lot more adventurous. But there's nothing really wrong with that imho.

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« Reply #147 on: November 15, 2017, 09:46:12 AM »
Nothing special but not the worst looking project either. And in an area that could certainly use more density and activity.

Borror plans 220-unit mixed-use property in Discovery District

Borror is submitting plans for a six-story, mixed-use development site in its first foray into the Discovery District in downtown Columbus.

The plan calls for 220 boutique apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space from 229 to 275 E. State St., and would be the largest multifamily project to date for the Columbus developer.

The planned development would feature two parking levels for occupants with frontage along State Street and garage entrances in the alley behind it.


https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/11/14/borror-plans-220-unit-mixed-use-property-in.html



It is not so bad, it will add about 300 residents, have ground floor commercial facing State instead of parking, and will fill in a midblock site leaving more prominent sites for(hopefully)more ambitious proposals.