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Meh, call me crazy but I'm just not that excited about that site becoming a bunch of warehouses.  I understand the logic behind it, I just think it has so much more potential.

 

Think outside the box a bit, warehouses equal jobs and an economic boost to a neighborhood that sure could use it.

 

There's a lot of development that could go there that would give the area an economic boost.  Pretty much anything but a vacant lot would.  I just think warehouses are squarely inside the box, personally.

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Meh, call me crazy but I'm just not that excited about that site becoming a bunch of warehouses.  I understand the logic behind it, I just think it has so much more potential.

 

Think outside the box a bit, warehouses equal jobs and an economic boost to a neighborhood that sure could use it.

 

There's a lot of development that could go there that would give the area an economic boost.  Pretty much anything but a vacant lot would.  I just think warehouses are squarely inside the box, personally.

 

It can be re-purposed/developed quicker as warehouses; otherwise it would be a greenfield development aka more money and years of red tape.

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Meh, call me crazy but I'm just not that excited about that site becoming a bunch of warehouses.  I understand the logic behind it, I just think it has so much more potential.

 

Think outside the box a bit, warehouses equal jobs and an economic boost to a neighborhood that sure could use it.

 

There's a lot of development that could go there that would give the area an economic boost.  Pretty much anything but a vacant lot would.  I just think warehouses are squarely inside the box, personally.

 

It can be re-purposed/developed quicker as warehouses; otherwise it would be a greenfield development aka more money and years of red tape.

 

The environmental issues have to be remedied before any development anyway, so I'm not sure I buy that.  I'd rather see it done right and maximize the site's potential than build something just to have something there. 

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Another bit of news about the neo-industrial boomlet on the South Side - previous examples are Fortner Upholstering at https://www.urbanohio.com/forum/index.php/topic,30844.msg865677.html#msg865677 and Franklin International at https://www.urbanohio.com/forum/index.php/topic,30844.msg865757.html#msg865757 in this thread.  This one is about Urbn Timber at 29 Kingston Avenue:

 

http://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20180805/columbus-urbn-timber-turns-salvaged-trees-into-live-edge-furniture

 

Below is a street map and google aerial showing the Urbn Timber location:

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This is an aerial showing the wider context of this area within the South Side.  This industrial triangle where Urbn Timber is located, is next to the massive Columbus Castings (former Buckeye Steel) plant which recently closed and is being demolished for redevelopment.  The Columbus Castings/Buckeye Steel property is at the southern end of the Parsons Avenue corridor, which starts some 2 miles north at Children's Hospital next to Downtown. -- The Reeb-Hosack and Hungarian Village neighborhoods are located south of the revitalizing Merion Village neighborhood and red-hot properties of the German Village neighborhood:

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Urbn Timber is a company that creates projects from slabs of wood featuring a “live edge” look - which refers to the natural edge of the wood or the bark after it is cut.  The company was founded in 2016 and has grown rapidly.  This new 29 Kingston Avenue location on the South Side is an expansion into a 10,000 square-foot wood shop - up from 2,400 square feet previously.

 

Urbn Timber has created tables and counter tops for restaurants and homes in New York, Texas, Colorado, as well as throughout the Columbus and Central Ohio area.  Urbn Timber collaborates with Columbus arborists and tree services to salvage local trees that have been removed because of storm damage, to make way for new construction or are hazardous because of disease or death.  The salvaged trees are then transformed into “live edge” slabs for its projects.

 

Below is the full article about Urbn Timber and really nice youtube video produced by The Dispatch:

 

http://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20180805/columbus-urbn-timber-turns-salvaged-trees-into-live-edge-furniture

 

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http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20180830/teardown-of-columbus-castings-continues

 

The Dispatch had a recent update of the on-going demolition at the former Columbus Castings/Buckeye Steel site.  According to the above linked article, about 90 percent of the 76-acre site has been demolished.

 

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The above photo made me wonder if the four-story brick office building facing Parsons Avenue might not be part of the overall site demolition.  However, from the looks of the below photo, it looks like it is coming down too:

 

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Want to work in an old fire truck factory? 'The Fort' opens on the south side

 

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A 136-year-old warehouse that once housed a fire truck factory is being converted into Columbus’ newest office space.

 

After spending much of the year renovating the former Seagraves building, Justin McAllister said he is ready to welcome some new neighbors. McAllister, owner and president of Fortner Upholstering, bought the properties at 2000-2060 S. High St. for about $1.1 million last year and began renovating them in the spring.

 

The 230,000-square-foot complex is now called “The Fort.” Fortner, which claims to be the largest reupholstery furnishing company in Ohio, took about 60,000 square feet with the intent to lease out about 150,000 square feet. Posy Florals, Menges Design, Nick Fancher Photography, The Leisure Club and others rent about 100,000 square feet.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/10/06/first-look-want-to-work-in-an-old-fire-truck.html


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Columbus Castings site cleared; owner negotiating with developer

 

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The once-mighty Columbus Castings foundry buildings are gone, as the owner works with a developer interested in the South Side site.

 

Reich Brothers Holdings, a New York-based company that owns the property with the real estate firm CBRE, is negotiating with the developer on the 76-acre site, said Jonathan Reich, co-CEO of Reich Brothers. He declined to identify the developer.

 

Reich said it might be six months before he knows whether the developer wants to proceed. Reich Brothers bought the Columbus Castings site out of bankruptcy court in 2016.

 

“The site overall is incredibly attractive for manufacturing development as well as distribution for industrial,” said Joe Kimener, senior associate in the Columbus office of CBRE. “That is why this developer has placed such a value on this specific property.”

 

 

https://www.dispatch.com/business/20190108/columbus-castings-site-cleared-owner-negotiating-with-developer

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Factory Turned Small Business Hub: The Fort on South High

 

The Fort is an apt name for the collection of industrial buildings at 2000 – 2050 S. High St. Tracing their origins back to the late 1800s to early 1900s, what started as the Seagraves Fire Truck Factory is now a growing ecosystem of local businesses.

 

Fortner Upholstering led the way, purchasing the complex for its growing commercial operations in 2017. Now, the company is joined by roughly 20 tenants staking their claim on the South Side.

 

For the small businesses, manufacturers, artisans and more looking for space, the possibilities at The Fort are nearly limitless. Leases range from 500 square feet to 16,000 square feet and everything in between. Some spaces are already defined, others can be built out to the business’ needs. Nods to the building’s industrial past are apparent throughout the space, with brick walls, original wood floors, large, structural steel elements and more unique features that add to The Fort’s historic character.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/factory-turned-small-business-hub-the-fort-on-south-high-sp1

 

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It looks like large-scale warehouses are slated for the former Columbus Coated Castings site as well:

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/03/14/exclusive-heres-the-plan-for-the-columbus-castings.html

 

It's a pretty enviable spot for distribution, being close to highway and rail, and not too far from Rickenbacker. Interesting that it's garnered the attention of outside developers in Chicago and NYC. Too bad Columbus commercial and residential development, especially in the form of new, large-scale projects in the urban core, can't seem to generate the same interest.

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Columbus Castings site ready for development, owner says

 

The former Columbus Castings site on the city's south side is clean and ready for development, its owner says.  Hull & Associates Inc. has submitted a "no further action" letter to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the 71.9-acre site at 2211 Parsons Avenue on behalf of its owner, New York-based redevelopment specialist Reich Brothers LLC.  This completes the remediation process for the land.

 

The EPA must determine that the soil remediation and engineering controls for the land have made it safe for future users.  When it does, the agency will issue a covenant not to sue, which protects current and future property owners from being legally responsible for further cleanup as long as the land is properly maintained.  Once that takes place, the plans for the site can move ahead.

 

Reich Brothers is negotiations with Chicago-based CRG, the real estate development arm of Clayco Inc., which proposes to build one or two large speculative warehouses on the site, including one that could expand to 1.1 million square feet.  The land is one of the largest undeveloped parcels in the city, and plans for its reuse have been highly anticipated for some time, especially with the emergence of nearby new businesses and developments on the south side.

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/08/15/columbus-castings-site-ready-for-development-owner.html

 

From the Business First article:  Clayco affiliate CRG thinks it can fit two warehouses on the triangular Columbus Castings site

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What a waste of real estate two warehouses would be. Production facilities and offices with the warehouses, sure, but just two warehouses? That belongs at Rickenbacker.

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3 hours ago, aderwent said:

What a waste of real estate two warehouses would be. Production facilities and offices with the warehouses, sure, but just two warehouses? That belongs at Rickenbacker.

Complete with a retention pond. Terrible.  

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South side housing development advances despite neighborhood pushback

 

A housing development planned for the city's south side that would serve people experiencing chronic homelessness is moving ahead despite neighborhood resistance.

 

The proposed development, called Touchstone Field, would include 100 single-occupancy permanent supportive housing apartments split between two three-story buildings on 6.4 acres at 2565 Lockbourne Road, a site owned by Sean Mirfendereski of Chagrin Falls. Community Housing Network Inc. plans to buy the land and build the project in two phases.

 

Monday night, Columbus City Council voted 4-3 to approve the rezoning of the site amid pushback from neighbors, who raised concerns about the residents' mental health and the site's proximity to a daycare, among other issues, during 90 minutes of heated debate.

 

In a Medium post published Tuesday, City Council President Shannon Hardin, who grew up in the Southfield neighborhood where the development is headed, acknowledged the concerns of the neighborhood's residents, but defended his decision to vote for the project.

 

"The situation honestly sucks," Hardin wrote. "Southfield is a working-class black neighborhood that hasn’t seen much new private investment. And when there is finally a new development coming it’s not a grocery store or a sit-down restaurant. No, it’s housing for low-income folks. It’s not what they were looking for. It’s the kind of development we too often hear would be fine if it were in 'someone else’s backyard.' …

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/11/south-side-housing-development-advances-despite.html


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Affordable Housing Project Moves Forward Despite Opposition

 

A rare split vote from the Columbus City Council means that a 100-unit affordable housing project in the Southfield neighborhood on the South Side will be moving forward.

 

Council voted 4-3 at its February 10 meeting to approve a rezoning for the project, which will offer supportive housing in a two-building complex at 2565 Lockbourne Rd.

 

The vote came after neighbors voiced their opposition to the project, citing a range of concerns that included safety issues – in particular, residents were worried about the site’s proximity to a childcare facility, and to a bus stop where local children wait for for their school bus every day.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/affordable-housing-project-moves-forward-despite-opposition-bw1

 

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43 minutes ago, GCrites80s said:

So someone living in Affordable Housing drives a Lancia Delta Integrale? That's where my tax dollars are going?

 

Jeremy Clarkson approves.

 

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