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    Columbus is seeing a lot of development that I think OKC Talk would be curious about. "Cbus" as locals universally call it, is growing at a similar rate as OKC, it's just a good bit bigger with a metro of 2 million (in 2014, Metro Cbus added 25,000 while OKC added 17,000). Cbus flies under the radar as an extremely busy city for urban development because it's overshadowed by being about two hours from Cincy, Cleve, Indy, and Pitt. It's also the largest city in the nation without rail. I'll just start with a few developments around the new Columbus Commons, and a few announced this last week.

    Two25 is a 17-story mixed-use tower with 20,000 sf Commons-facing retail, 5 floors of office, and 12 stories of residential with a mix of rental and condo penthouses.

    250 S. High, is a similar 12-story mixed-use development on the other side of the Columbus Commons, with 5 floors of office, 6 floors of residential, and street level retail. This is mostly complete right now.

    Lifestyle Communities' Phase 2 of Riversouth has two buildings, a 10-story apartment tower with retail and 140 units, and an 8-story apartment tower with 100 units.

    Across the street, LC's Phase 1 of Riversouth with two smaller apartment buildings

    The complete LC Riversouth project, which has all broken ground at this point

    Redevelopment of the Budd Dairy site in the Italian Village

    Jeffrey Park is a huge project underway right now in the Italian Village, with a third complete, a third nearing completion, and a third about to break ground. 1300 residential units total, and lots of retail space.

    The Joseph development which features a Le Meridien hotel, a gallery (a la 21C), and some office space

    2nd phase of The Joseph across the street, which has an Anthropologie and apartments

    South Campus Taco Bell to be redeveloped but retain Taco Bell location

    Burwell Village development at 5th and Summit in the Italian Village

    Food District project is searching for a new site after an economic development deal took the site it was to go on.

    Small-scale infill between the Short North and Italian Village

    This apartment building broke ground on a gas station site across from campus.

    The View on High across from campus

    Convention Center rehab underway.

    Campus Partners, which is Ohio State's development arm that built the mixed-use Campus Gateway, is redeveloping several blocks centered at 15th and High, which is the university's "front door"

    69 lofts in Franklinton

    31 new apartments on Detroit Avenue in Italian Village

    New hotel located on the Nationwide HQ side of the convention center

    Phase 2 of Campus Gateway, which includes 4 blocks of retail, parking, high-end housing, and affordable housing.

    Ibel Building with apartments in the Short North

    The Hub is a large redevelopment in the Short North that includes this bldg and a huge public parking garage that is wrapped with skinny townhomes

    The Fireproof is a combo historic rehab and infill project in the Short North that is nearly complete

    Grandview Yard is the largest development underway in metro Columbus, which includes thousands of residential units, a Giant Eagle grocery store, 4,000 jobs that Nationwide is moving from a suburban campus back into the city, and a hotel/restaurant/retail core.

    Columbus Museum of Art's new expansion, two blocks from my apartment. Notice the 8 lanes of traffic in front...grrr

    The second largest development in metro Columbus is Bridge Street in Dublin, which is a suburban infill retrofit of an area like Memorial Road. Only problem is Dublin is 15 miles NW of downtown Columbus, just inside the NW bend in the Outerbelt.

    For more developments, here's a very good rundown of 2014 development activity:

    I will update this again a little later.. the Short North is the context for most of Columbus' urban development boom:

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    Another week, several new developments. Something is happening in Columbus where the development boom has shifted into overdrive, and either it will absolutely be a Charlotte-style over-building, or Columbus will easily be the next Great American City.

    11-story building anchored by White Castle, which is headquartered nearby. The 11-story apartments are setback behind the first 5 floors, because High Street's design overlay requires the immediate impact to be around 4-5 stories. The market, however, is pushing development above that.

    This is proposed in Clintonville, which is a high-income historic streetcar suburb 6-8 miles north of downtown that is Columbus proper but has its own fiercely-independent political system that tends to be extremely NIMBY. It's interesting how this project is playing out under that level of scrutiny.

    This bldg downtown, a few blocks from me, is being torn down for a 7-story apartment project by a suburban developer.

    Grant Commons, by Wagenbrenner Development, is a market rate historic tax credit project in a remarkably mixed-income area called Weinland Park. This rehab project involves every structure for two extremely long blocks.

    Wendy's, also headquartered in Columbus, is about to open their urban prototype across High Street from OSU.

    Ohio State is building 11 new dorm towers, one of the nation's largest ever student housing projects.

    Elford Development has approached the Italian Village Commission to begin discussions of what kind of development will go on an extremely narrow parking lot site in the Short North. This will go vertical.

    The Columbus Streetcar plan is back, with the outgoing mayor (of 16 years) building a coalition behind the streetcar as the mayoral baton is getting passed.

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    Thanks for posting! Columbus is another one of those "once great," Midwestern cities that clearly has a lot to offer today and for many years to come. Good to see! Some really great looking projects.

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    I should update this. Still can't get it caught up with development in other city neighborhoods, but here's what has happened since:

    930 N. High, a previously submitted proposal, has been updated with an extra floor to take advantage of parking that's mostly used in the evening for restaurants

    8 buildings in Dublin's Bridge Street corridor are breaking ground:

    12-story hotel proposal on Nationwide Blvd by the CC is facing opposition:

    This apartment project by the library downtown is moving forward:

    Pen West is a new mixed-use project west of the Arena District with 300ish apartments, 50,000 sf office space, and street retail on the site of the old Ohio State Penitentiary. Across the street a historic power station will be converted into apartments:

    25 for-sale condos are breaking ground in Jeffrey Park, which is a 1200-unit neighborhood on the site of the Italian Village's former industrial park.

    New 3-story condo proposal in Clintonville, far North High Street

    Shipping container park coming to Franklinton, west of downtown:

    3-block market-rate housing project in Franklinton being developed by CMHA. The housing authority is getting into market-rate to support its affordable housing.

    Across Rich Street, the Lucas Lofts have been approved in the last month:

    1st phase of a mixed-use project at 5th and Summit is breaking ground:

    City is building a 700-car parking garage on its municipal campus:

    The Olympic, a redevelopment of an old pool in Clintonville that has faced opposition, is moving forward with new plans showing reduced density and height

    This Ohio Ave and Oak Street bldg in Old Town East collapsed during renovation, so it will no longer be redeveloped. The site will see new construction instead.

    2nd phase of Aston Row townhomes (the 1st phase was modern) at Starr and Denison avenues

    Grand Event Center in the Grandview Yard redevelopment on Grandview Avenue in Grandview Heights, OH

    Grandview Yard also adding a second hotel

    Phase 1 of 3 of Nationwide Insurance's new HQ in Grandview Yard, well-underway:

    Designs finally announced for the new library being built at the northern end of the Short North:

    One of High Street's last strip malls between downtown and OSU is set to be replaced with condos:

    The smart car-only Ibel Building Condos in the Short North are approved and beginning demo of a dollar store now:

    Updated renderings for the White Castle + Apartments being built on High Street in the Short North:

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    I think I like the style of OSU's new student housing better than Ohio State's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunty View Post
    I think I like the style of OSU's new student housing better than Ohio State's.
    Do you have any pictures of OSU's new student housing?

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    I think this is it:
    University Commons | OSU Residential Life

    And the plan is still to replace Kerr-Drummond with something similar as well?

    Of course, that wouldn't work at The Ohio State University just due to sheer logistics of housing 60,000 students, as opposed to 20,000, on a smaller campus, in the middle of a city.

    But even though Ohio State's North Residential District looks like an intimidating mess:

    The goal is to "humanize" it somewhat at the street level with walkable scale wherever possible"

    And possibly "untangle" the mess of neighborhoods across High Street (that are out of room to expand):

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    It's been a busy summer for development in Columbus. High-rise development is starting to get hot, even in the Short North where height limits are supposed to be keeping everything at 4-5 storey scale. The city has a huge dilemma in figuring out what to do with the Short North's 5 proposals between 8 and 12 storeys. Downtown on the other hand has a garage parking shortage that economically caps most everything at 6 storeys. In the last decade downtown living has grown from 2,000 residents to 8,000, with most parking in the existing garages. They know that parking has to be addressed for downtown to keep growing, as Columbus is the nation's largest city without rail.

    Sandy Wood, who rehabilitated more Short North bldgs than anyone (and gave artists free rent in the beginning), wants to build this 11-story office and retail building on a city-controlled parking lot. Historic preservationists are going nuts to save the parking lot rather than have taller buildings allowed.

    This is the 244-space parking garage for the above mid-rise.

    New extended stay hotel/motel at East Main and Grant. Intended for downtown construction workers and families/residents/interns staying at Grant Hospital.

    5-story neotraditional apartments proposed to replace junky 70s-era 2-story office buildings. 84 units in a 5-story bldg with a 4-story parking garage.

    New library to replace an ugly neo-traditional library built 15 years ago at High/McMillan. While modern, the neighborhood has objected to it only being 1 storey (with a "reading nook" above) and yet 23,000 square feet.

    5-storey apartment building to replace a 1-story gay nightclub building.

    The city owns a whole block that is up for redevelopment at 4th between Spring and Long. It's being freed up by the Area Commission on Aging (or something like that) moving to the old Bob Evans HQ and the city issuing an RFP for a high-rise development with parking on this site.

    The former Ballet Met storage warehouse is set to be renovated into 70 apartments, with land proceeds benefiting the ballet.

    A series of four interconnected six-story buildings is set to be constructed on a full-block parking lot bounded by High, Gay, Front, and Long. Most everyone wanted taller on this prime site, but the public sector isn't involved in any way and the developer is citing severe parking pressures as limiting the feasible height here.

    Cool old victorian building getting an office rehab, located at 4th and Main.

    The above two dually-submitted renderings for an Elford Development project at Hubbard and High. The Italian Village Commission can just pick which one they like. There's a placeholder rendering for this project above.

    New rendering for the Taco Bell project in the Southern Campus Gateway area, High & 9th.

    New 14-unit condo building on Pearl Alley on the Italian Village side of High Street. With public art integrated on the "street" level.

    The Food District in Weinland Park is finally moving forward with the company, Luna Burger, behind it.

    Battelle is partnering with the city to issue an RFQ for a master developer for its parking lots that they tore down numerous Harrison West historic homes to build in the 70s.

    The three storefronts on High Street (to the right) are being restored with historic tax credits.

    Madison's Department Store also getting restored in roughly the same tax credit project.

    Another apartment building in Grandview Yard

    Lifestyle Communities is proposing a massive mixed-use project in Worthington, which is a suburb much like Nichols Hills and The Village combined. The density has the neighbors raising pitchforks, yet the area is a dense, historic suburb, built around a beautiful town square.

    25 for-sale townhomes on North Fourth, on the northern edge of Italian Village (4th Street and 6th Ave)

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    Sounds like not much is happening in Columbus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljbab728 View Post
    Sounds like not much is happening in Columbus.
    Impressive pics Spartan! Columbus continues to anticipate growth beyond 2 million residents.

    Got to admit that when I first saw these pics, my immediate reaction was that the 'Columbus Elementary School' area in OKC was being transformed. Oh, it was too good to be true...

    Columbus, Ohio has begun one of the Steve Lackmeyer mystery project developments that will make "Dallas & Kansas City' jealous, or more like Cincinnati & Cleveland jealous.

    Oklahoma City's residential core development for our 1.35 million is also poised for growth.

    OKC's streetcar rail has a jump on Columbus; it will be debt free upon completion.

    OKC can look upon some of the metro areas that exceed 2 million like Portland, San Antonio, Indianapolis & Columbus as a gauge for future growth with their pet peeve projects. As we approach 1.5 million residents, you're likely to see our development come to fruition much like that of Columbus.

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    Nice response, Laramie - and I'm really glad that you are thinking about this in terms of applicable lessons for OKC. That's why I share all of this, because Columbus really is a lot like a larger OKC or Austin.

    As for OKC's streetcar having a jump on Columbus, I agree - that would be however because Columbus still doesn't have an approved funding mechanism and construction timeline. It will probably be debt. So the jump OKC has is in that we know when ours is breaking ground (almost 10 years AFTER we funded it, which is precisely that "debt-free" advantage you speak of). Leveraging debt is actually by far the most intelligent means of delivering projects of this magnitude. Especially when you consider the spotless debt ratings of healthy cities like OKC, Columbus, Austin, San Antonio, etc. Debt makes a world of sense.

    Also sorry to all for double-posting I think two projects (the 25 Italian Village condos and the new Short North library). Since last post, a few more projects have been announced:

    Near East Side to see a mix of low-income and market-rate apartments, 100 in all, at East Main and E 18th. Project is contingent on getting funding from OHFA's next round of LIHTC, which is almost assured for this project.

    2 new 8-story towers proposed for Park Street up against 670. Demo of 4 historic buildings may not be approved. The proposed towers would be a new headquarters for Glimcher, of Classen Curve and Nichols Hills Plaza notoriety, and an AC Hotel.

    Row of historic storefronts on Parsons Ave to get rehabbed. More strong momentum for the South End Renaissance.

    New architectural renderings released for the next phase of the South Campus Gateway.

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    It's great to see this thread on OKCTalk. I've lived in OKC for my whole life (32 years) and just accepted a job in Columbus and will be moving there by the end of the month. Sounds like Columbus is similar to OKC in some ways.

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    Hey ^ Hope the above poster is enjoying his/her time in Columbus by now. I'd say similar to OKC in some respects, very different in others. Columbus is very much a city of neighborhoods, surrounding a kind of weak downtown. The neighborhoods have the lion's share of development activity, including almost all of the 15,000 apartment units currently under development in Central Ohio.

    It's an interesting period in which the inner city has really begun to out-shine downtown and the suburbs, which is in stark contrast to most Midwestern metros around 2 million people - especially Cleveland/Cincinnati. Most commuting in Columbus is actually inverse. The entire 270 outerbelt has most of the region's corporate facilities, while most new housing is being built closer in. Polaris alone has 90,000 jobs, Easton has nearly 40,000, Dublin has 60,000 jobs, and Hilliard and Westerville's outerbelt corporate parks are up there too.

    Too much new development to catch this thread up, but here's a few new high-rise projects:

    New 35-story condo tower going up next door to the North Market:

    I was a bigger fan of the Pizzuti/Arquitectronica proposal, but oh well:

    New 25-story mixed-use tower in River South has a leasing office open now, still undergoing design review:

    The Scioto Peninsula project (across the Scioto River from downtown) has expanded dramatically in scope, going from this:

    To this:

    So far Carter and Georgetown Cos are duking it out to win development rights for the above. Once a master developer is chosen and land is deeded over the above plans will change somewhat but remain true to the above plan that the city put forward with the RFP.


    It will probably be Georgetown, due to their ongoing relationship with city hall from Easton, where they built a 2-million SF lifestyle center and just got a 10-year tax abatement for $250 million in more apartment units.


    Easton is actually different from most suburban lifestyle centers because it's used as a home store and testing grounds for L Brands/Limited (RIP?), Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works (and their new spin-off White Barn), Abercrombie (and various spin-offs like Hollister), Lane Bryant, Express, Macy's (from Cincy though they've now closed that flagship store), and any other Ohio-based retailers I forgot. There's a new emerging retailer called Homage that will be the next big brand.

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