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  1. It's certainly possible I'm wrong, but my recollection from contemperaneous CU and Dispatch articles is that the original proposal was unsolicited, and the authority couldn't accept or deny a proposal without putting out a request for other proposals. I don't know for sure, but I don't think they ever had any intent, or desire, for a tower in that location. I see what you're saying regarding the size of the current addition, but again, I think they've been savvy in their additions, never overbuilding, and leaving opportunities for growth in the future; thus the update and expansion as currently available, and the upcoming Hilton expansion. That's also why I'm expecting a big proposal around 2022-2024 involving the east side parking lot, which I expect to be a field house to compete for bigger events, up to and including the mens's Final Four, and simlar size events. I'd like to re-iterate this is supposition on my part, but based on what they've done over the last 10 years or so, I think's it is a reasonable extrapolation.
  2. The towers on the north side of the convention center would have required loss of space, which I think made it a non-starter for the convention authority; they were never going to give up valuable convention center space for a hotel owned by someone else, particularly just when they were looking to expand the center. However, that lot across the street could hold a very nice tower, either hotel or housing, with a connection to the Goodale garage. As for the field house, it wouldn't surprise me at all to hear that one re-proposed 2-3 years after the Hilton expansion is completed, probably with another hotel attached. The convention authority has really been quite savvy with their expansion plans.
  3. I have heard from 2 different people that Cover my meds is breaking ground in May.
  4. Thank goodness Buckingham is out. Their "vision" was completely uninspired. I think this new approach will lead to a more architecturally diverse and interesting neighborhood, HQ2 or no. Now let's hope CDDC learned from the Highpoint debacle, and won't take the first offer that's put in front of them.
  5. Between this, Market Tower, and Millenium tower, it kind of takes away the Scioto Peninsula developers argument that the Columbus market doesn't need 20+ story buildings. Man, I hope they revisit that plan, it would be a shame to miss out on an opportunity to build tall on that side of the river. Maybe if we get HQ2 they'll triple the size of all the buildings over there.
  6. It's nice to see 80 on the Commons going up there on the right, and directly behind the center of this building is where the new 15 story building will rise. 80 on the Commons is supposed to be complete around the end of September, right around the time the 15 story tower will be getting started.
  7. I like the rendering, but in the article they mention 1500 residences, on the lower end of the 1500-1800 suggested, and have cut retail from a recommended 180,000 sq ft to just 82,000, while upping office space from 800,000 to 1.2 million sq feet. I'm not sure I'm a fan of those changes.
  8. Well, if that wasn't the winner, then I have high hopes that I'll love the actual announcement even more. Here's hoping we hear about it soon; I had thought the announcement was due by the end of the July.
  9. Ugh. Terrible. I want Wood/Schiff, but I'd absolutely be willing to take Pizzuti over this awful, terrible, no-good proposal.
  10. Is this your opinion, or do you have facts to back it up? Because I've seen nothing about "empty land" elsewhere in Columbus due to companies and people moving downtown. If anything, with 25K people/year moving to Columbus, increasing jobs, and increasing interest in people already here living downtown, developers should be building far higher than they are.
  11. Really disagree with those who say this is the wrong site for a tower. Why? It's Downtown, and so long as it takes the market into account and is mixed-use, there is no reason it won't work. Most of this area is currently low-mid rise, but that won't always be the case. A project of this scale would likely spur additional development in the immediate area. It's not just about the current state, but the future as well. I'm tired of Columbus playing it safe with low-mid rise projects and bland design, exactly what I think Pizzuti's proposal is. They've done some decent projects in the past, but I hate their proposal. It's very underwhelming considering how much grander some of the other proposals were. Kaufman's is certainly outside the box, but just too small and would be the least impactful. Without knowing anything about NRI's proposal, it's hard to say. Their "historic" description is a tease, because they're not well known for significant projects of late. They built a 5-story brick on High Street not that long ago, and their other recent project at Parks Edge should've been much larger given the prime location. In some ways, I think they play it the most conservative of all, so I remain skeptical that their proposal will be "historic" in any capacity, but I'm open to surprise. Also, keep in mind that all the proposals are just that. Between now and actually breaking ground, all of them are likely to go through design changes, perhaps significant ones. We don't know what the neighborhood/historic commissions are going to say about it. The relative lack of parking with the Wood proposal is not really a problem (from an urban development standpoint), but even if so, it is not impossible for them to add a larger garage. I mean, if they're willing to go 30+ stories, they can add 100 more spaces. A thousand times this! I mean, this site is just one block off High Street, for goodness sakes! If not here, then you might as well say that there is NO good place to put a tower in this city. I don't remember hearing anyone arguing against the Millenium tower proposal on Front, again, just a block off High Street. Both projects are exactly what Columbus needs right now, tall towers which hopefully will spur further development near their respective locations, and architecturally new for Columbus. Good on Wood/Schiff for this proposal, and lets hope this is just the start of many such exciting proposals for the downtown. Riversouth is better suited for a tower, this area is already densely occupied and you really could've created something special without a tower here with residential. It's an already gridlocked area that will be an absolute nightmare during a big convention or a large event at Nationwide. It should've been entertainment and focused towards food, retail and the market itself instead of residential. Could you imagine a large space for vendors during say the recent NHL All-Star Game or the Arnold? You could've put another hotel on the lot and accomplished all of that without adding a ton of residents to the mix. I'm sorry, your argument is that the city might get too dense? My gosh, don't ever go to NYC or Chicago, your head might explode! In all seriousness, I've lived downtown for 16 years now, and I would hardly call traffic by the North Market or in the Short North gridlocked, not by any stretch of the imagination. And increased density is actually a good thing, by any measure. Will there be days where it's kinda crazy down there? Sure, and I bet every single vendor in the market, and every single business in the area, will be absolutely thrilled every single time.
  12. Really disagree with those who say this is the wrong site for a tower. Why? It's Downtown, and so long as it takes the market into account and is mixed-use, there is no reason it won't work. Most of this area is currently low-mid rise, but that won't always be the case. A project of this scale would likely spur additional development in the immediate area. It's not just about the current state, but the future as well. I'm tired of Columbus playing it safe with low-mid rise projects and bland design, exactly what I think Pizzuti's proposal is. They've done some decent projects in the past, but I hate their proposal. It's very underwhelming considering how much grander some of the other proposals were. Kaufman's is certainly outside the box, but just too small and would be the least impactful. Without knowing anything about NRI's proposal, it's hard to say. Their "historic" description is a tease, because they're not well known for significant projects of late. They built a 5-story brick on High Street not that long ago, and their other recent project at Parks Edge should've been much larger given the prime location. In some ways, I think they play it the most conservative of all, so I remain skeptical that their proposal will be "historic" in any capacity, but I'm open to surprise. Also, keep in mind that all the proposals are just that. Between now and actually breaking ground, all of them are likely to go through design changes, perhaps significant ones. We don't know what the neighborhood/historic commissions are going to say about it. The relative lack of parking with the Wood proposal is not really a problem (from an urban development standpoint), but even if so, it is not impossible for them to add a larger garage. I mean, if they're willing to go 30+ stories, they can add 100 more spaces. A thousand times this! I mean, this site is just one block off High Street, for goodness sakes! If not here, then you might as well say that there is NO good place to put a tower in this city. I don't remember hearing anyone arguing against the Millenium tower proposal on Front, again, just a block off High Street. Both projects are exactly what Columbus needs right now, tall towers which hopefully will spur further development near their respective locations, and architecturally new for Columbus. Good on Wood/Schiff for this proposal, and lets hope this is just the start of many such exciting proposals for the downtown.
  13. Your reason for loving the Pizzuti proposal is the exact reason I don't; I don't want another rehashed Aquatechtonica(sp?) building. If they used a different architect, perhaps I would like it more, but I still think the Wood proposal is the best one. As you say, it would be an iconic update of the Columbus skyline, and a fantastic addition to this area, IMO. Unfortunately, I think Pizzuti will indeed get the nod(assuming the mysterious NRI project doesn't), for the most Columbus reason ever; the 475 spot underground parking lot. The lack of parking built into the Wood proposal will, I think, sadly scuttle it. If they were to somehow add the underground parking from the Pizzuti propsal to their tower, I think it would win in a landslide.
  14. I'd be shocked if we didn't get an announcement on that within a few months of the completion of the convention center upgrade. My bet is on the Hyatt; they seem to have a little more land for an expansion.
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