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View on Grant Apartment Development Gets Further Updates

 

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While construction work has already begun on the View on Grant apartment project in Downtown Columbus, the building plans are continuing to see some revisions. When the project was first proposed over a year ago, it included an addition on the north side of the building, which was later removed during the design revision process. That north addition is now back on the drawing board, and was reviewed by the Downtown Commission this morning.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/view-on-grant-columbus


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Columbus, where even the libraries are gentrifying neighborhoods. :|

 

Library Calling for Demolition and Redevelopment of Grant Oak Apartments

 

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The Columbus Metropolitan Library is soliciting proposals to redevelop the row of apartment buildings just north of the newly renovated Main Library downtown.

 

The library has posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on their website that specifies what they have in mind for the site – two mid-rise apartment buildings framing a small park, with two new roads providing access to the library parking garage from Oak Street.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/library-calling-for-demolition-and-redevelopment-of-grant-oak-apartments


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I think overall this would be a great plan if they were to keep the new apartments in the same price range. There is a huge shortage of affordable apartments such as these in the downtown area. I do like the idea of increasing retail around the area and the prospect of a 5-10 story medical building (10 stories please!) is a bit exciting.

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I think overall this would be a great plan if they were to keep the new apartments in the same price range. There is a huge shortage of affordable apartments such as these in the downtown area. I do like the idea of increasing retail around the area and the prospect of a 5-10 story medical building (10 stories please!) is a bit exciting.

 

A couple points,

 

The larger overall map at the bottom of the article is not necessarily any concrete plan that will ever actually happen, but rather a rehash of existing "visions" developed by the city several years ago. To date, there has been zero movement on virtually any of those things, and there are no real proposals for any of it now. Not to mention, moving forward with any of those parts and pieces can happen while leaving these existing apartments alone, their remaining doesn't impede other new developments at all.

 

There is no way any new build would be able to exist in the same price range as the current apartments. They are proposing demolishing 130 well-maintained affordable units and replacing them with ~100 total, 10 of which would be "workforce housing." Additionally, this would likely be taking advantage of city funds dedicated to the development of new affordable housing which would be much better put to use elsewhere. I'd say that is a bad deal. Period.

 

The real motivation here seems to be firstly profit, and second improving access to their parking garage, which is really not difficult or "unsafe" at all as-is.

 

CDDC being involved gives me no confidence in the quality of the new buildings proposed or any developer that will be attached to them. CDDC selected Carter and gave us HighPoint, which is probably the worst new-build in downtown Columbus in decades.

 

Grant Hospital has been promising to build a medical office building on that lot since the late 1990s when existing housing which had been on the site was demolished. They have applied for several extensions to the supposed time limit which was put on their operating a surface parking lot there since, and all have been granted. One day they may build something, but I'm certainly not holding my breath. Further, their last new-build medical building at State and 6th, is a 6-story urban design disaster. It is totally dead at ground level and connects to the main hospital via skywalk, certainly better than something the Cleveland Clinic would dream up, but not at all an exciting, productive addition to the streetscape.

 

TL;DR, there is no shortage of empty suface lots and underutilized land in this part of downtown. Demolishing the one fully built-out parcel that houses a large number of well-maintained, desperately-needed affordable units is totally counter productive and has no net gain for the area.

 

CML should be taken to task for this proposal IMO.

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I think overall this would be a great plan if they were to keep the new apartments in the same price range. There is a huge shortage of affordable apartments such as these in the downtown area. I do like the idea of increasing retail around the area and the prospect of a 5-10 story medical building (10 stories please!) is a bit exciting.

 

A couple points,

 

The larger overall map at the bottom of the article is not necessarily any concrete plan that will ever actually happen, but rather a rehash of existing "visions" developed by the city several years ago. To date, there has been zero movement on virtually any of those things, and there are no real proposals for any of it now. Not to mention, moving forward with any of those parts and pieces can happen while leaving these existing apartments alone, their remaining doesn't impede other new developments at all.

 

There is no way any new build would be able to exist in the same price range as the current apartments. They are proposing demolishing 130 well-maintained affordable units and replacing them with ~100 total, 10 of which would be "workforce housing." Additionally, this would likely be taking advantage of city funds dedicated to the development of new affordable housing which would be much better put to use elsewhere. I'd say that is a bad deal. Period.

 

The real motivation here seems to be firstly profit, and second improving access to their parking garage, which is really not difficult or "unsafe" at all as-is.

 

CDDC being involved gives me no confidence in the quality of the new buildings proposed or any developer that will be attached to them. CDDC selected Carter and gave us HighPoint, which is probably the worst new-build in downtown Columbus in decades.

 

Grant Hospital has been promising to build a medical office building on that lot since the late 1990s when existing housing which had been on the site was demolished. They have applied for several extensions to the supposed time limit which was put on their operating a surface parking lot there since, and all have been granted. One day they may build something, but I'm certainly not holding my breath. Further, their last new-build medical building at State and 6th, is a 6-story urban design disaster. It is totally dead at ground level and connects to the main hospital via skywalk, certainly better than something the Cleveland Clinic would dream up, but not at all an exciting, productive addition to the streetscape.

 

TL;DR, there is no shortage of empty suface lots and underutilized land in this part of downtown. Demolishing the one fully built-out parcel that houses a large number of well-maintained, desperately-needed affordable units is totally counter productive and has no net gain for the area.

 

CML should be taken to task for this proposal IMO.

 

Great post! I could not agree more. This really pisses me off. This is exactly what we should NOT be doing! It just makes want to protest or something it pisses me off that bad. I am going to have such a grudge against the library if they do this. What the hell is wrong with our city officials who will just go along with this?

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Columbus State buys downtown parking lots for $2.2M

 

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The school had been leasing the lots for student parking from a company affiliated with the Germain automotive family.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/11/17/columbus-state-buys-downtown-parking-lots-for-2-2m.html


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Motorists to invest $20 million in Downtown development

 

Motorists Insurance Group has announced it will initially invest nearly $20 million to begin developing its real estate holdings in Downtown Columbus.

 

The Columbus-based company plans to develop mixed-use residential and commercial retail buildings overlooking the Discovery District's Topiary Park.

 

The insurer sees 68 apartments, 114 parking spaces and a small area for ground-floor retail in the first phase at the northwest corner of Library Park North and Washington Avenue, followed by four more residential and retail buildings later on.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/12/09/motorists-to-invest-20-million-in-downtown-development.html#

 

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With downtown development momentum growing each year, this kind of project announcement seemed inevitable.  But it's really great to see Motorists finally filling in this parking lot overlooking the Topiary Park.  Great development site.  As a bonus, it also would cover up the Motorists parking garage.

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This is fantastic news. Huge kudos to Motorists Insurance for basically establishing a miniature NRI and investing in the downtown real estate market. There is a lot of potential in the Discovery District sitting in the form of dozens of lonely asphalt parking lots. With CSCC, CCAD, CMA, CML, and now Motorists getting in on the action, along with guidance from the CDDC, the future is looking bright for the area.

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A crude map I made real quick. The red box shows this new development north of the Topiary Park. The yellow boxes show Motorists' owned lots/structures in the area. The blue lots are owned by State Auto, whose HQ are across Broad from Motorists. The purple box over the grass lot across Town from the Topiary Park is a proposed seven story apartment building. The green box was an old Roxanne factory that was demoed and is approved for a seven story apartment building as well.

 

Motorists has a real opportunity to turn Oak into a nice mixed use street connecting OTE to downtown.

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Nice visualization. What is the seven-story building proposed on the Topiary Park? Hadn't heard of that.

 

I also don't think the green site is going to happen. That developer had zero urban development experience - they clearly just wanted to tear down the bldg and see if the land became any more valuable for speculation, so they submitted a "proposal."

 

Really big fan of the townhouses though. Great way to provide some ideal park frontage while also screening the parking structure. I hope development targets the yellow blocks shown above and not the existing old apartments surrounding the Library. That stock of hundreds of cheap, basic urban walk-up apartments can never be replaced once its gone.

 

With just a little bit of high-end infill, adding something complimentary to the mix, this pocket could become downtown's first real "neighborhood."

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I also don't think the green site is going to happen. That developer had zero urban development experience - they clearly just wanted to tear down the bldg and see if the land became any more valuable for speculation, so they submitted a "proposal."

 

The 330 Oak project from Stonehenge is happening, it's been working its way through city permitting all year. Final structural approval was just given in October and the developer paid over 15k in fees for that alone.

 

More here, http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,30341.0.html

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More about the Motorists development plan from our friends at CU:

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/motorists-unveils-development-plan-for-surface-lots-near-topiary-park-bw1

 

Can't say much for the initial renderings, but I do like where Motorists is going with this.  Compare this view with aderwent's map of the area posted previously:

 

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You know Columbus is doing something right when Motorists is building walkable infill.


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Updated renderings for 223 E. Town Street (aka Fifth & Town) from http://www.columbusunderground.com/town-street-apartments-downtown-moving-forward:

 

This view is from Town Street looking southwest:

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Update on the 223 E. Town Street apartment project from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-july-edition.  This mid-July photo shows that the 1 and 2-story office buildings on the site have been demo'd for this project.  This photo shows the same view as the above rendering - looking southwest from the corner of Town & Fifth.  To the left, along Fifth Street, is a 1970's-era office building that converted into 28 residential condos in the mid-2000's.  To the right, along Town Street, is a 1970's-era Holiday Inn that received a cosmetic redo a few years ago.  The 223 E. Town Street project will contain 84 apartments, an internal parking garage and ground-floor retail space facing Town Street:

 

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UPDATE:  March 20, 2017 photos from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-italian-village-downtown-more

 

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The former NAPA Auto Parts Store at 162 N. Sixth Street is being renovated by the artists group, Tacocat Cooperative, which is relocating from its Grandview Yard location, and being renamed 'Blockfort':  http://www.columbusunderground.com/blockfort-art-studio-and-gallery

 

In addition to galleries and studios, 'Blockfort' will also contain co-working space:  http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/blockfort-coworking/

 

The Blockfort renovation of the former NAPA store at 162 N. Sixth Street is finished:

 

http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/blockfort-adds-artist-studio-and-gallery-space-to-downtown/

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/photos-new-art-studio-blockfort-opens-downtown

 

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An update on this project from a CU article about an another building this developer is currently renovating downtown:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/residential-conversion-of-downtown-building-almost-complete-bw1

 

Developer Eli Adahan also provided an update on his other downtown project, a proposed mixed-use building at the southwest corner of East Town Street and Washington Avenue, across from the Topiary Park.

 

“We’re still in the planning stages on that,” he said.  “We want to build a luxurious building on the park, with retail on the first floor.  In that part of Downtown, there’s hardly anything, apart from the Starbucks in the hospital.”

 

“We need to be innovative,” he added, “it’s a beautiful, historic street, so we don’t want to propose something that will stand out too much.  We hope to come back to the (downtown) commission with a proposal by the end of year.”

 

Actually this is the purple box development from my map above.

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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.

 

More below:

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

 

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Commercial tenant named for Long & Sixth apartment project in Discovery District

 

An anchor commercial tenant has been identified for an apartment development on Long Street in downtown’s Discovery District.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/09/commercial-tenant-named-for-long-sixth-apartment.html


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How a developer is converting old Faith Mission complex into trendy downtown apartments

 

The latest addition to the growing list of residential options in downtown’s Discovery District is an adaptive reuse project involving a former men’s homeless shelter and a neighboring auto dealership.

 

DeVere LLC is renovating the attached Faith Mission and Oscar Lear buildings, both three stories, with 26 second- and third-floor residential units atop 2,000 square feet of retail in the Lear portion facing Long Street. The buildings form an L-shaped structure at the northwest corner of Long and Sixth streets, next to Roosevelt Coffeehouse and Beyond Limits Training.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/09/first-look-how-a-developer-is-converting-old-faith.html


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Motorists unveils plans for New York-style brownstone along Topiary Park

 

A five-story apartment complex is planned along downtown’s Topiary Park as part of a broader residential makeover being put forward by Motorists Insurance Group.

 

The Columbus-based insurance company on Tuesday detailed the first phase of a redevelopment proposal for a sea of surface parking lots it owns near its East Broad Street tower.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/27/first-look-motorists-unveils-plans-for-new-york.html

 

 

Dispatch wrote an article as well:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170627/motorists-topiary-park-apartment-project-moving-ahead

 

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I said earlier in this thread that I liked the Motorists concept with this building but didn't think much of the initial renderings.

 

Now the renderings have caught up with the concept.  Hope this happens.

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First Phase of Motorists’ Plan Calls for Five-Story Building Overlooking Topiary Park

 

Motorists Insurance Group revealed more details of its plan for a one-acre parking lot abutting the Topiary Park Downtown.  The latest proposal, which was presented to the Downtown Commission at its meeting on Tuesday, also shed some light on the company’s plans for future phases of the development.

 

The overall plan calls for a total of 256 units, parking for 778 cars, and another 10,000 square feet of retail space.  Those future phases would fill in the additional surface parking lots that Motorists owns east of South Washington Avenue.

 

The building facing the park would hold 68 units; a mix of townhomes, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and studios.  A parking garage accessed from Oak Street would hold 114 cars, and a 4,000 square foot retail storefront would occupy the first floor of the building at the corner of Oak and Washington. ... Another topic of discussion was the plans for Library Park Drive, which would be converted into a pedestrian-only pathway under the proposal.

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/first-phase-of-motorists-plan-calls-for-five-story-building-overlooking-topiary-park

 

MODERATOR EDIT:  Article edited to excerpt w/ link.

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I love that they are going to make Library Park a pedestrian walkway rather than a road. I hope the standard is of the Neighborhood Launch quality. I would think that with the roadway turned into a pathway and with the views of the park, these would be highly sought after.

 

Hell I would push a nun down stairs to live there.

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New Culinary School Facility Planned at Columbus State

 

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The culinary program at Columbus State Community College has been ranked as one of the Top 20 culinary schools in the United States. So it only makes sense that the expansion of the program would serve as a first step toward implementing the college’s large-scale master plan.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-culinary-school-facility-planned-at-columbus-state

 

More about this from Business First:

 

Columbus State finds home for new $33.6M culinary school

By Tom Knox, Reporter - Columbus Business First

July 3, 2017, 1:02pm EDT

 

Columbus State Community College has found a home for its new 80,000 square-foot Hospitality and Culinary Arts School.

 

The $33.6 million institute likely will be located at the southeast corner of Cleveland and Mt. Vernon avenues, the site of a surface parking lot. ... Construction is scheduled to begin in November and wrap up in May 2019.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/07/03/columbus-state-finds-home-for-new-33-6m-culinary.html

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Not sure if this was already known or not, but a sign outside the View on Grant project indicates that the ground floor retail tenant will be Stauf's Coffee.

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Great shot! That went up really quickly and really adds a lot to the streetscape along Main there.

I agree, it reduces the width of the street visually.

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The building has reached it's full height along E. Main St.

 

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Tim Hortons will be opening a new location in the ground floor retail space of this hotel. Should be a nice addition to the area.

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