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  1. That and the grass lot across the street from it would be great. With all these new units added a public park in the area would be nice, Goodale can't meet everyones needs can it?
  2. The comment above inspired me to pull the approved drawings from the city to see what the balconies would look like. Then I noticed that what they're building doesn't match the approval from the Downtown Commission. "Rusticated brick every fourth course" is definitely not what I see in the pictures above and there are other details that look different so far. The city is so bad at ensuring these buildings match, there seems to be little to no oversight. That's probably how we wound up with the Brunner Building that has pieces missing from the cornice more than a year after the building was finished.
  3. That building looks like great infill. They just need to built something of a similar scale to the north and to the west.
  4. I always thought it was named bridge park because of all the bridges to parking decks.
  5. The parking lot for Equitas and the check cashing place on has signs up now for no customer parking. I asked Equitas and they said their lease with the owner of the lot has ended and not renewed because they plan to build something on the site. We should expect to some sort of project materialize for the site soon which is great news.
  6. I'm indifferent to this project overall but I have the exact opposite feeling about what will happen with the commission. I could easily be wrong though.
  7. Is this all that different from the houses in the Westhaven development outside Nashville? I've seen your Nashville threads and you did make some points about the questionable developments there, but I could easily do the same with so many equivalent or worse examples around the Columbus area. It's pretty easy to make a development look nice when it's in a higher income suburb, under the control of one developer, and all contained in one large planned development.
  8. You just kind of proved my point though, the units that are left are the most expensive ones on the upper floors. The lower floor units sold for between $400-600,000, if you check Zillow or the Franklin County Auditor. My example was a $600,000 ONE BEDROOM, here that's what people are paying for a two bedroom. I'm not saying Columbus doesn't have the demand, but to have a lot of these buildings get built we'll need a lot more people willing to spend very high prices on condos at a time when banks are reluctant to lend for these types of buildings after what happened during the recession. That's why you see all the wood construction low rises being built as rentals. It's a cheaper and safer investment.
  9. We're complaining about this being 4 floors but if Chipotle is the tenant with 200+ employees I don't see how this would justify a tall office building. It's not like they're moving thousands of workers to downtown Columbus to need all that space. I'm not sure people are clamoring to live or work in a tall building overlooking a freeway and the thing across the street that helps deodorize the sewer system either. I think the price points that this market can support also hinder bigger projects, we're lucky to still have rents in some of the new buildings under $1,000 a month or only slightly over. I moved here from Portland which has a lot of 12-15 story apartments going up and a few taller condos between 20-35 floors. All those buildings have extremely high rents to support the construction costs. Here's a one bedroom for sale in the condo on the right: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1150-NW-Quimby-St-310-Portland-OR-97209/2087020102_zpid/? $608,000... I don't think people here would pay that to live downtown. The condos in Columbus that cost that much are at least two or three bedroom units. If you want the taller buildings, we're going to have to find people who will pay enough to live in them. There's clearly demand in the Short North for high rent to build nice buildings like Hubbard Park Place but Downtown isn't there yet. Here are some rental examples that have two bedrooms in taller infill projects that have units renting around $9,000 / month. https://www.hollandresidential.com/or/portland/the-rodney/floor-plans/ https://www.block17apartments.com/#! I don't think anyone would rent that in Columbus for a developer to justify a taller structure. We should focus on getting rid of our surface lots with good urbanism first. It's also probably good idea to keep building housing types people can actually afford. Both of those cities are growing at a much faster rate than Columbus and are in cities that have marketed themselves and capitalized on having a cool local culture. When I told most of my friends I was moving to Columbus for work the reaction was either "Where is that?" or "Ew, Ohio?!" The Midwest in general still has a negative perception in most places, which probably makes things a little harder for Columbus even though people who know or have been here know it's not like Detroit, Cleveland, or Buffalo. Whatever Nationwide ends up proposing in this location I'm sure it will be decent just like the rest of their buildings in the Arena District. We'll probably continue to see most of our taller buildings get built along High Street when they do get built.
  10. Thanks for posting that, I was going to post here today to see if anyone knew what was going on since that whole parcel is under construction right now. It's harder to find out what is in the works in Grandview Heights, they don't seem to have the online transparency that Dublin or Columbus has with mapping and permit tracking.
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