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^ The application submitted by the Behal Sampson Dietz architectural firm on behalf of property owner EB 2016, calls for five stories of residential units above a one-and-a-half story parking structure that would be partially under ground:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-six-story-residential-building-proposed-on-east-broad-street

 

Here is a streetview of the existing office building at the NW corner of Broad & Grant:

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Here is a rendering of the new building proposed for the NW corner of Broad & Grant:

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^ That ground floor is the epitome of bad design.

 

Agreed.  But it shouldn't take much tweaking to integrate the ground floor with the rest of the building (which looks pretty good).  That's why we have a Downtown Commission with design review authority.

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^ That ground floor is the epitome of bad design.

 

Agreed.  But it shouldn't take much tweaking to integrate the ground floor with the rest of the building (which looks pretty good).  That's why we have a Downtown Commission with design review authority.

 

I agree about the rest of the building being pretty good. I wish they would add some ground floor retail. It's much needed, especially on a street like Broad with the number of huge office buildings.

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CU article detailing yesterday's Downtown Commission review of the six-story residential building proposed for the NW corner of Broad & Grant (350 E. Broad Street).  During the conceptual review, project representatives said that the current building height and design would hold between 55 and 65 apartment units:

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/plans-reviewed-for-new-six-story-residential-building-on-broad-street

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Updated rendering 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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March 2017 construction update:  https://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,419.msg845724.html#msg845724

 

Sept. 3, 2017 photo of the 223 E. Town Street project at the southwest corner Fifth & Town.  The nearly completed project will contain 84 apartments, an internal parking garage and ground-floor retail space facing Town Street:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-cranes-dot-the-skyline-in-downtown-columbus

 

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Discovery District: Planners eye $2M facelift as downtown sees increasing development

 

A nonprofit company is raising funds for a neighborhood facelift in a part of downtown burgeoning with development.

 

The Discovery District, which covers a good portion of eastern downtown and is home to the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus State Community College and other cultural hubs, has seen significant development since property owners set up a Special Improvement District to support it a decade ago.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/09/26/discovery-district-planners-eye-2m-facelift-as.html


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Downtown Commission Hears Ideas for Discovery District

 

A new “Placemaking Plan” for the Discovery District was presented to the Downtown Commission on Tuesday.

 

Cleve Ricksecker, Executive Director of the Discovery District Special Improvement District, updated the commission on some of the highlights of the plan, including a Discovery Trail meant to connect destinations like the Main Library, the Columbus Museum of Art, Thurber House, and the Topiary Park.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/ideas-for-discovery-district-presented-to-downtown-commission-bw1

 

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Updated rendering 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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March 2017 construction update:  https://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,419.msg845724.html#msg845724

 

Sept. 3, 2017 photo of the 223 E. Town Street project at the southwest corner Fifth & Town.  The nearly completed project will contain 84 apartments, an internal parking garage and ground-floor retail space facing Town Street:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-cranes-dot-the-skyline-in-downtown-columbus

 

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Oct. 15, 2017 photo of the even-more-nearly completed 223 E. Town Street project at Fifth & Town:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-downtown-columbus-east-franklinton

 

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Nothing special but not the worst looking project either. And in an area that could certainly use more density and activity.

 

Borror plans 220-unit mixed-use property in Discovery District

 

Borror is submitting plans for a six-story, mixed-use development site in its first foray into the Discovery District in downtown Columbus.

 

The plan calls for 220 boutique apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space from 229 to 275 E. State St., and would be the largest multifamily project to date for the Columbus developer.

 

The planned development would feature two parking levels for occupants with frontage along State Street and garage entrances in the alley behind it.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/11/14/borror-plans-220-unit-mixed-use-property-in.html

 

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Nothing special but not the worst looking project either. And in an area that could certainly use more density and activity.

 

Borror plans 220-unit mixed-use property in Discovery District

 

Borror is submitting plans for a six-story, mixed-use development site in its first foray into the Discovery District in downtown Columbus.

 

The plan calls for 220 boutique apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space from 229 to 275 E. State St., and would be the largest multifamily project to date for the Columbus developer.

 

The planned development would feature two parking levels for occupants with frontage along State Street and garage entrances in the alley behind it.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/11/14/borror-plans-220-unit-mixed-use-property-in.html

 

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It is not so bad, it will add about 300 residents, have ground floor commercial facing State instead of parking, and will fill in a midblock site leaving more prominent sites for(hopefully)more ambitious proposals.

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This project is such a great precedent for a simple, iconic modern addition to a historic building that really makes a fantastic project. Hopefully many more like this and the same quality of architecture will continue in the Discovery District.

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First phase of Topiary Park area brownstones given the go-ahead

 

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The first phase of a Downtown redevelopment project pushed by Motorists Insurance Group near the Topiary Park has been given the green light.

 

The Downtown Commission approved the first building for the planned five-story apartment complex to be built on what is now a set of parking lots near the insurer's tower on E. Broad Street. This first phase will have 91 units of what have been described as London- or New York-style brownstones on the northern border of the park.

 

The apartments will be served by a 155-space parking garage.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/12/19/first-phase-of-topiary-park-areabrownstones-given.html


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^^ I have been waiting for this one. I really like that they are making the street in front of this into a pedestrian walkway. I hope this is of the same quality as Neighborhood Launch.

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These Topiary Park brownstones will be a dramatic improvement to the area.  It would be great if its comparable quality to the Neighborhood Launch brownstones that were built along Gay Street.  If any part of downtown deserves the highest-quality brownstones, it is this site facing the wonderful Topiary Park.

 

^ And you're right, eliminating that street for a walkway to bring the brownstones up to the park is a brilliant idea.

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Closer look at the View on Grant project posted 11/28 at http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-november-2017-part-1

 

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I wasn't able to get a picture of it unfortunately, but this project is extremely visible and prominent as you move north all along Grant, from as far back as Town St by the hospital and library even. Because of a shift in the grid, it's pretty much perfectly framed to terminate the view corridor down the street. The addition looks really good and definitely stands out. I was surprised at it being so far away and still having such a positive impact on the experience of the neighborhood.

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^ I noticed the same thing. I drove north on Grant yesterday, and this building looked huge. Although it's an odd design, I kind of like it. It's also quite noticeable while driving along 670.

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Capital University, Pizzuti partner to redevelop Discovery District site with apartments, retail

 

A parking lot in the heart of the Discovery District will be developed with a six-story building that feature 100 apartments and retail space.

 

The project will be a first for Capital University – a joint venture with a private developer, Pizzuti Cos. The university owns the 1-acre surface parking lot that sits just south of the Seneca apartments on E. Broad Street.

 

Capital and Pizzuti will be development partners. They want to create a walkable, pedestrian-friendly Oak Street with street-facing, walkup-style units, outdoor social spaces, a residential lobby and retail area, according to a release.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/01/18/capital-university-pizzuti-partner-to-redevelop.html


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Six-Story Mixed-Use Building Planned for Capital University Lot Downtown

 

Work could start as soon as this summer on a 100-unit apartment building at the northeast corner of South Grant Avenue and Oak Street Downtown.

 

The project is a joint venture between Capital University – which owns the one-acre lot and has used it for parking for years – and the Pizzuti Companies.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/six-story-mixed-use-building-planned-for-capital-university-lot-downtown-bw1

 

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Six-Story Mixed-Use Building Planned for Capital University Lot Downtown

 

Work could start as soon as this summer on a 100-unit apartment building at the northeast corner of South Grant Avenue and Oak Street Downtown.

 

The project is a joint venture between Capital University – which owns the one-acre lot and has used it for parking for years – and the Pizzuti Companies.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/six-story-mixed-use-building-planned-for-capital-university-lot-downtown-bw1

 

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Pizzuti does great work. Can't wait to see some renderings. Discovery District is really filling out. Downtown might have a population of 12,000 by 2020.

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Terrific news! And agreed on the high quality of Pizzuti's work.

 

Hopefully this is just the first of a few projects this team could complete downtown. If this proves successful, Capital's surface lot just north of here on the corner with Broad would be a great spot down the road for an even larger residential/parking tower combo

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Nothing special but not the worst looking project either. And in an area that could certainly use more density and activity.

 

Borror plans 220-unit mixed-use property in Discovery District

 

Borror is submitting plans for a six-story, mixed-use development site in its first foray into the Discovery District in downtown Columbus.

 

The plan calls for 220 boutique apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space from 229 to 275 E. State St., and would be the largest multifamily project to date for the Columbus developer.

 

The planned development would feature two parking levels for occupants with frontage along State Street and garage entrances in the alley behind it.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/11/14/borror-plans-220-unit-mixed-use-property-in.html

 

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An update from CU: http://www.columbusunderground.com/borror-updates-state-street-development-project-seeks-approval-we1

 

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Edit to add: This looks almost exactly like Edwards' High/Gay project.

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Borror's 222-apartment project next to Grant Medical Center approved

 

Borror has taken pains to rework its biggest downtown development yet.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/01/24/borrors-222-apartment-project-next-to-grant.html


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The article just says groundbreaking this year. Hopefully it can work its way through city permitting rather quickly so they can demo and then get going sometime this summer?

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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

 

Looks like this is back from the dead,

 

Columbus Metropolitan Library sells apartments near Topiary Park to Pizzuti Cos. for development

 

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to sell the Grant Oak Apartments, a 1.25-acre site at S. Grant Avenue and Oak Street, just north of the library, to Pizzuti Cos. for $1.26 million.

 

The developer plans to build a pair of five-story buildings with 120 apartments and ground retail space in the latest of its projects in Discovery District.

 

This project is separate from the six-story, 100-apartment development Pizzuti and Capital University are planning nearby on a 1-acre site just south of the Seneca apartments on E. Broad Street.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/01/25/columbus-metropolitan-library-sells-apartments.html

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Grant Oak Apartments to be Demolished and Redeveloped

 

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It was revealed that the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) had plans to sell off the Grant Oak Apartments for redevelopment back in August 2016, so it should come as little surprise that the day has arrived for the formal announcement that this project is taking steps forward.

 

The CML Board of Trustees voted today on a sale agreement with The Pizzuti Companies, which has plans to redevelop the 1.25 acre site into two new buildings with 120 apartment units and first-floor retail space facing Grant Avenue.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/grant-oak-apartments-to-be-demolished-and-redeveloped-we1


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I'm really disappointed by this news. There are plenty of parking lots to infill before structurally sound buildings need to be torn down. I realize the library want's to unload the property but this is a shame.

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If downtown is so "hot" for developers, maybe they should start being required to provide a certain amount of "workforce" housing? At this point it seems we are not having to beg for development downtown right? It is a shame that affordable housing is being demolished for what will almost certainly be unaffordable housing for the current residents. Just more lower and middle income displacement that does not have to happen. As was stated previously there are perfectly good surface lots that can be developed instead of displacing current affordable housing. This is not the way to bring about a "diverse" downtown population.

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If downtown is so "hot" for developers, maybe they should start being required to provide a certain amount of "workforce" housing? At this point it seems we are not having to beg for development downtown right? It is a shame that affordable housing is being demolished for what will almost certainly be unaffordable housing for the current residents. Just more lower and middle income displacement that does not have to happen. As was stated previously there are perfectly good surface lots that can be developed instead of displacing current affordable housing. This is not the way to bring about a "diverse" downtown population.

 

Requiring affordable housing without financial incentive will significantly slow down development. If I had a pizza shop and sold pizza by the slice for $1.50/slice and the city came in and said that I must sell 20% of my pizza for $.75, I would go sell pizza somewhere else. The only way I would continue to sell pizza there is if I was reimbursed for the money I would lose.

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^ Holy hell. NOt a single pothole...look at that exquisite striping...I'm speechless. If you can prove this isn't photoshop I nominate this as UO Street of the Decade.

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