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Re: Columbus: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #1410 on: March 10, 2018, 12:48:05 PM »
Ha is it really chain-link fencing? At least there aren't a million dogs running up to it and raging out in your face as you walk by. With one or two more tied up to a stake in the middle of a dirt circle.

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« Reply #1411 on: March 11, 2018, 01:24:54 PM »
I don't mind the buildings but the streetscape is awful. No street trees and those concrete block planters at the corners are amateurish. Those south facing porches and terraces could've been more habitable with trees - something similar to Neighborhood Launch.

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« Reply #1412 on: March 11, 2018, 02:26:17 PM »
Damn that looks awful. They couldn't even use some cheap black metal fencing? That chain link(and that much chain link)should never have been allowed for this.

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« Reply #1413 on: March 11, 2018, 08:37:22 PM »
#1 it's not chain link fencing, it's a metal railing

#2 in physical appearance it is much better than what was there and adds some vibrancy to the neighborhood

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« Reply #1414 on: March 12, 2018, 04:45:17 PM »
# 3 It is still extremely ugly no matter what it is and they could have done it better.

* this post was not mean't to be taken seriously...it is not that big of a deal.  ;)
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« Reply #1415 on: March 18, 2018, 09:37:35 PM »
Social Justice Park Planned for East Broad Street

Columbus may bring to life the country’s first ever Social Justice Park. The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Columbus submitted a Request for Conceptual Review to the Downtown Commission to construct the park at 404 East Broad Street in the Discovery District.

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http://www.columbusunderground.com/social-justice-park-planned-for-east-broad-street-ls1



I still don't really "get" this project, and would much rather see a building here, but I guess this is happening...

Vacant lot envisioned as focal point of social justice movement

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180318/vacant-lot-envisioned-as-focal-point-of-social-justice-movement


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« Reply #1416 on: March 28, 2018, 11:45:55 AM »
Very interesting article about how Downtown Columbus parking prices compare with the 40 biggest cities in the U.S.:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/03/27/how-downtown-parking-prices-compare-with-the-40.html


Data from Chicago-based parking app Parkopedia and Atlanta consultant Parking Property Advisors show that Downtown Columbus parking rates are at the lower end of the price range for hourly rates, daily rates, monthly rates and reserved parking spot rates.  Below are graphs showing these price range for many regional and peer cities to Columbus (plus NYC & Chicago which were at the top of the price ranges).  It should be noted that the Columbus data is for the traditional central business district and does not include places like the Short North (the hottest developing area in C-BUS with parking scarcity) or the University District (the most densely packed neighborhood in the state):


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« Reply #1417 on: April 02, 2018, 09:43:55 AM »
A decent aerial of downtown from Instagram.


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« Reply #1418 on: April 02, 2018, 10:45:00 AM »
My goodness I hate those surface lots between 670 and Nationwide Arena. I wish we could get something built on those ASAP. We also need to do something about those surface lots across the street from Huntington Park.

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« Reply #1419 on: April 02, 2018, 11:44:22 AM »
My goodness I hate those surface lots between 670 and Nationwide Arena. I wish we could get something built on those ASAP. We also need to do something about those surface lots across the street from Huntington Park.

Slowly but surely they will start to disappear.  The very small triangle shaped lot along 670 is a staging area for the Short North streetscape project but will also probably act as that when the Park Street hotel project gets underway.  Also the light colored one between Vine and Spruce would've been taken up by a Market District had it not been for the Grandview Yard project and the recession.

*Edit to say that we see a reboot of the Grand Central development, that area infilled would make downtown really pop from 670.  People seem to complain a ton about how we're not moving like Nashville, Austin, etc but IMO Columbus is growing smart and sustainable.  We have a ton of land area as you sort of pointed out in your initial post and infill on those doesn't happen overnight.  If we keep the population growth and current pace of development in the next decade downtown will be infilled properly with a mix of midsized and large towers.
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« Reply #1420 on: April 06, 2018, 11:08:47 AM »
I'm not sure where to put this, but I was sitting at my office, which overlooks this area, which isn't necessarily "Short North", but it's also not quite Arena District.  Technically being south of 670 it is "Downtown" but I sorta just consider this area the Convention District?  Anyways, I got to thinking about the projects that are all about to break ground in the next 4-6 months, and the amount of construction/congestion that is about to happen within a 2-3 block area.  It's quite impressive IMO but some decent headaches for my commute temporarily haha  An updated map I pieced together......

Side note, Google Maps is quite outdated, the new parking garage and convention center expansion etc has not been updated in this pic....

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« Reply #1421 on: April 06, 2018, 11:39:07 AM »
^ It looks like you have the 3D setting turned on. If you turn that off, the map is much more up-to-date.

In 7-8 years, this area is going to look so different. It's really going to extend our skyline further north with the addition of a 35-story tower and a 23+ story tower. I think the awkward lot next to the Goodale garage is a good spot for another 15-20 story tower as well. It will be exciting to see all of the progress in the coming years.

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« Reply #1422 on: April 06, 2018, 12:45:40 PM »
YESSSS!!! to a Goodale apartment/condo/mixed use tower of at least 20 floors!!!!!!!

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« Reply #1423 on: April 06, 2018, 02:26:55 PM »
Looking at this map, I got to thinking that with Market Tower going up near by, and assuming momentum continues in the future based on projections, the surface parking lot at Vine Street where Front St and Park St merge would be a potentially good site for another condo/apartment tower. (Across the street from Brothers and next to Arena Crossing Apts) I could only imagine how all that would look from 670.

Just a thought though.

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« Reply #1424 on: April 06, 2018, 03:38:21 PM »
Looking at this map, I got to thinking that with Market Tower going up near by, and assuming momentum continues in the future based on projections, the surface parking lot at Vine Street where Front St and Park St merge would be a potentially good site for another condo/apartment tower. (Across the street from Brothers and next to Arena Crossing Apts) I could only imagine how all that would look from 670.

Just a thought though.

Never thought of that before but that could be a very cool spot for an 8-10 story building.

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« Reply #1425 on: April 06, 2018, 04:45:40 PM »
Brothers is also a good site for an 8-10 story building...

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« Reply #1426 on: April 06, 2018, 05:26:55 PM »
^^ put together those sites would make for a good 16-20 story building. We need to go taller to accommodate the rapidly growing population of the city lol you know, being that we should be near 880,000 when the city estimates are released in May (screw the trolls who got my thread closed).

In fact, every thing between Vine and Spruce west of Park all the way to Neil should be a  minimum of six floor tall, preferably higher. Parking can go on that block bounded by School, Vine, and Convention Center Drive where that nasty loking electrical place or whatever it is sits. Looks like they could get a long narrow parking deck along the south end of that block, just like the one immediately across the tracks. Something on the west side of that block too.

With the city growing so fast, we have to think big. :)
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« Reply #1427 on: April 16, 2018, 07:53:39 PM »
Business First report on Columbus' $1 billion capital improvements budget.  Water and sewer improvements make up more than half ($557 million) of the capital budget, and $39 million is set aside for street repaving:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/04/04/columbus-1b-capital-budget-focuses-on-water-sewer.html
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« Reply #1428 on: April 21, 2018, 11:37:35 AM »
Neighbors wary of Ohio State plan to sell 58 acres of Northwest Side farmland
By Jennifer Smola, The Columbus Dispatch
Posted: April 18, 2018 at 5:18 PM


Nearly 60 acres of Ohio State University land near its airport on the Northwest Side are poised to change hands soon.  The question is, who will own the property next?

Though Ohio State trustees approved selling its sheep farm in June 2016, the details of what will become of it are still being decided.  The 57.7 acres of land on West Case Road were previously used by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental sciences but are being sold as part of the college’s consolidation and reorganization efforts.

Because the property, near Ohio State’s Don Scott Field, is titled to the state of Ohio, the sale required approval from the state legislature.  Legislation passed in March states that the city of Columbus may enter into a real estate purchase agreement with Ohio State until July 31.  If the university and the city don’t make a deal by then, the property can then be sold to another purchaser or purchasers, as determined by the Ohio State Board of Trustees.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180418/neighbors-wary-of-ohio-state-plan-to-sell-58-acres-of-northwest-side-farmland



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« Reply #1429 on: April 23, 2018, 11:28:46 AM »
Located among the skyscrapers in Downtown Columbus is the six-story Columbus Athletic Club, which opened in 1912 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/the-athletic-club-of-columbus-added-to-national-register-of-historic-places



Business First has a video and slideshow of a $2.8 million renovation the Columbus Athletic Club just completed:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/04/20/first-look-columbus-athletic-club-renovates-its.html



The renovation redid the dining and lounge areas on the first floor of the historic building.  A previous renovation redid a basement bowling alley and fourth floor swimming pool in the building:

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« Reply #1430 on: April 23, 2018, 12:28:49 PM »
Located among the skyscrapers in Downtown Columbus is the six-story Columbus Athletic Club, which opened in 1912 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/the-athletic-club-of-columbus-added-to-national-register-of-historic-places



Business First has a video and slideshow of a $2.8 million renovation the Columbus Athletic Club just completed:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/04/20/first-look-columbus-athletic-club-renovates-its.html



The renovation redid the dining and lounge areas on the first floor of the historic building.  A previous renovation redid a basement bowling alley and fourth floor swimming pool in the building:



They did an AMAZING job!

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« Reply #1431 on: May 05, 2018, 02:00:43 PM »
Columbus' warehouse frenzy showing little sign of letting up
By Tristan Navera  – Staff Reporter, Columbus Business First
Posted:  May 3, 2018, 3:10pm


Industrial real estate has been roaring in Columbus, with the steady pace of new construction not taking a bite out of substantial demand.  In separate reports, commercial real estate firms JLL and Lee & Associates painted a strongly optimistic view of the Columbus market for the first few months of the year, as big deals have continued to secure users for the millions of square feet of new warehouse space in development around Central Ohio.
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JLL data show 60 percent of the leasing activity in the first quarter was to bulk warehouses over half a million square feet.  In some cases, when a company moves out, a building is almost immediately backfilled.  For example, Stonecrop Technologies taking 527,000 square feet at 3500 Southwest Blvd. just a few months after Pier One moved out.

Big space is being taken as quickly as it can be completed, JLL noted, including Crane Logistics filling the last 324,000 square feet of the Groveport Park 2 building.  In total, there's about 4.12 million square feet of warehouse space under construction, about 2.85 million of it speculative, or without an end user in mind.  Still, the local vacancy rate has gone down to 3.6 percent, even as the market absorbed 2.49 million square feet, according to Lee & Associates data.
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JLL noted a concern about the scarcity of easy-to-develop land.  That, in turn, could make more sites attractive, like the 70-acre Columbus Castings site, where a developer has been looking to land warehouse users.

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« Reply #1432 on: May 07, 2018, 12:57:29 PM »
Mount Carmel East is in the midst of a $310 million renovation project that started in 2015.  A remodeled lobby at the hospital opened May 4 and a 5-story tower with 128 rooms and a surgical suite with 13 operating rooms is scheduled to open in June.

The work on the facility at 6001 E. Broad Street is part of a $700 million project to expand and modernize three hospitals in the Mount Carmel Health System – Mount Carmel East, Mount Carmel Grove City and Mount Carmel West:

http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20180503/mount-carmel-east-new-lobby-ready-tower-opens-in-june
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« Reply #1433 on: May 14, 2018, 01:51:16 PM »
Franklin County, Columbus consider merging sewer systems
By Kimball Perry, The Columbus Dispatch
Posted: May 13, 2018 - 6:46 PM


Franklin County officials definitely want it, as do — probably — Columbus officials.  They’re talking about water and sewer services and the possibility of an agreement to have the city of Columbus, with 275,000 customers, take over Franklin County’s system and its 6,400 customers spread across the county in small, unconnected pockets.  Franklin County and Columbus officially agreed last week to split the $1 million cost of a yearlong study to determine whether the city should take over the county’s systems.

Issues will have to be worked out, though.  Chief among them from some townships’ perspective is the city’s current policy of requiring areas receiving water and sewer services directly from Columbus to be annexed into the city. ... Although some parts of the county, such as Prairie Township, do receive water and sewer services provided by Columbus but are billed a surcharge of up to 80 percent through Franklin County.  That surcharge is used to maintain and repair the county’s systems.
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However, a 2014 report indicated $100 million in capital improvements are needed to the current county system, many dictated by federal laws aimed at improving the environment.  That whopping number is a major reason Franklin County asked Columbus to consider assuming its water and sewer systems.  Neither the county nor its customers could afford the rate hikes required to pay for those improvements.

It would be far easier for that $100 million to be paid by the city’s 275,000 customers than the county’s 6,400 customers.  Columbus could benefit from such a consolidation by making the region more attractive for new residents and businesses by providing water and sewer services to areas currently without it.

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« Reply #1434 on: May 30, 2018, 03:48:58 PM »


A view of the High Street corridor from South Campus to Downtown. From an airplane photo from Instagram.

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« Reply #1435 on: June 10, 2018, 02:48:24 PM »
Google maps has updated their satellite imagery for Columbus. It's now very recent, and many more projects are visible/underway/complete. Pretty neat to pan around!

https://www.google.com/maps/?force=canvas

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« Reply #1436 on: June 13, 2018, 07:53:31 AM »
Google maps has updated their satellite imagery for Columbus. It's now very recent, and many more projects are visible/underway/complete. Pretty neat to pan around!

https://www.google.com/maps/?force=canvas

Unfortunately they haven't updated their 3D imagery for downtown, the Short North, or the campus area yet.

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« Reply #1437 on: June 15, 2018, 04:11:15 PM »
City Developing New Process for Neighborhood Plans



The City of Columbus is developing a new approach to how it works with residents and community groups to update neighborhood plans. As part of that process, it will be adopting a new set of standardized policies meant to guide development citywide.

The new initiative – called the Columbus Citywide Planning Policies (or C2P2 for short) – marks the first major change in the city’s planning process since 1992, when the city adopted a Comprehensive Plan and subsequently established a pattern of crafting distinct plans for individual neighborhoods.

Those plans document the priorities of a community and are used to guide future decisions on rezoning or variance requests (if a developer wants to build a commercial building on a lot that is zoned for residential, for example, the plan will be consulted before a recommendation is made or the rezoning is granted).

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« Reply #1438 on: June 17, 2018, 02:00:06 PM »
This photo of the Marconi Garage demo was posted in this reddit thread:  https://www.reddit.com/r/Columbus/comments/7fwqa9/marconi_garage_coming_down/

This might take a while!



Looks like it took about six months for the condemned Marconi Parking Garage to be demo'd.  Hopefully, NRI's redevelopment plans for the site don't linger.  It would be nice to cover up those parking garage backs that were previously covered up - as seen in this late May photo from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-may-2018-we1

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« Reply #1439 on: July 04, 2018, 02:03:27 PM »

Came across this video of the 'State of Downtown Columbus forum' held by the Columbus Metropolitan Club on 2/21/18:


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