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2 hours ago, Pablo said:

 

I've heard that this building will be renovated and the taller new build will be located in the parking lot to the north.

Good! (for the renovation of this but also the possibly ten floor building to go behind it!)

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On 12/4/2019 at 12:48 PM, cbussoccer said:

I just saw this application on the city's portal and I don't remember seeing any articles about a potential development here. The description says "7 level residential building with 3 levels of parking garage" which sounds like a 10-story building to me. 

 

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This is what is currently located on parcel 010047658:

 

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The existing building actually looks pretty nice, but if you look on the Franklin County Auditor's website, you will see the parcel extends to the parking lot behind the building. Hopefully that means they will preserve the current building and build on the surface lot behind it.

 

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It looks like this is being proposed to the commission tomorrow:

 

Proposal Calls for 11-Story Building Downtown

 

A three-story office building would be renovated and an 11-story apartment building constructed on the surface parking lot behind it under a plan submitted to the Downtown Commission.

 

The proposal calls for a total of 153 apartment units over a four-story, 206-space parking garage, in addition to about 30,000 square feet of renovated office space at 366 E. Broad St.

 

The law firm Carlile Patchen and Murphy occupied the building for decades before putting it on the market last year, and is now planning a move to a new building that is nearing completion at Grandview Yard.

 

More here: https://www.columbusunderground.com/proposal-calls-for-11-story-building-downtown-bw1

 

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Awesome! The only issue is the parking decks fronting Grant. I know they are working in a pretty tight space here, but they need to figure out how to include some ground floor retail or something along at least a portion of Grant. 

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1 hour ago, cbussoccer said:

Awesome! The only issue is the parking decks fronting Grant. I know they are working in a pretty tight space here, but they need to figure out how to include some ground floor retail or something along at least a portion of Grant. 

At the very least have some retail on the ground floor of the building facing Broad. Is this whole project going to be devoid of any retail whatsover?-not even a small coffee shop or something...anything?

 

*Also another minor complaint...I am not a fan of the dark gray/black part. Too dark for cloudy Columbus.

 

Overall very happy about this and the saving of 366 E. Broad!  And yes! for the green rooftop for 366... unusual for Columbus-would love to see more of this.

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1 minute ago, Toddguy said:

At the very least have some retail on the ground floor of the building facing Broad. Is this whole project going to be devoid of any retail whatsover?-not even a small coffee shop or something...anything?

They haven't mentioned what the 3 story building will be have they?  We could have something there, right?

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Just now, TH3BUDDHA said:

They haven't mentioned what the 3 story building will be have they?  We could have something there, right?

The building is about 30,000 square feet. And they said 30,000 square feet of office space... not office/retail space. Hope that is wrong though.

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The city will approve it. I don't see them doing much of anything to push back. At the most they will push for some sort of wrapping or disguising. Heck, the city barely managed to do that with it's own garage on Front and I don't think they are going to do anything for the parking garage on the peninsula they will also own.  Maybe we will be pleasantly surprised but I'm fully expecting the city to fumble. 

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So how much of this is about having an ugly open parking garage facing Grant? How much is about having something activated there(amenity space, office space, etc.). and how much is specifically about retail?

 

I know the "ground floor retail" is the go to phrase, but if we are talking about actual retail, it needs to be in nodes and along retail corridors downtown. How much does this stretch of Grant apply to that criteria?

 

I can get on board with not wanting dead blank spaces/walls/garages at ground level, but not so sure about "ground floor retail" specifically for every proposal. I would want retail more along Broad really. 

 

If you can't have actual "retail" along Grant, what reasonable alternative are there to just the dead space parking garage? And yeah, a long dead stretch of garage(especially the blank open concrete kind)is not a situation we need any more of downtown(or anywhere really).

 

 

I guess I am asking if people think that this is close enough to the stuff farther up Grant to be part of a node or is Grant considered a viable retail corridor?

 

*If every proposal has to have specifically "ground floor retail" then there will be a lot of empty ground floor retail around. 

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I really like this proposal, particularly the preservation of the older office building. I think if they wrap the garage with something then we'll be in business. 

 

To everyone who complains about a lack of retail, everytime you buy something on Amazon a downtown proposal has retail square feet scratched off its blueprints. 

 

*Partially kidding, but in a world where you can have toilet paper delivered in 2 hours who needs retail. People can only drink so many cups of coffee or go to so many bars and even these types of things do well in clusters, not on islands. I'm so tired of hearing complaints about retail. 

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^That's why tons of the new stuff in Seattle just has office at street level. It's actually not a very convenient city to live in if you don't want to order everything off Amazon. It's definitely not NYC.

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Proposed 11-story tower could add artistic flair to downtown Columbus

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/18/proposed-11-story-tower-could-add-artistic-flair.html?iana=hpmvp_colum_news_headline

 

Below is an interesting comment relating the issue of the parking garage fronting Grant:

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"We know (art) is a critical component to the success of this project," said Parish, which is why the development team hopes to link up with the nearby Columbus College of Art and Design to display local artwork on the garage's North Grant Avenue facade on a rotating basis.

 

That's something Downtown Commission Chairman Steve Wittmann applauded, as several commission members weren't excited about the appearance of the parking structure at the intersection of Broad Street and Grant Avenue.

 

 

The developers intend to return in January for approval. Based on that, they seem to be pretty serious about the project. 

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12 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

Proposed 11-story tower could add artistic flair to downtown Columbus

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/18/proposed-11-story-tower-could-add-artistic-flair.html?iana=hpmvp_colum_news_headline

 

Below is an interesting comment relating the issue of the parking garage fronting Grant:

 

The developers intend to return in January for approval. Based on that, they seem to be pretty serious about the project. 

This makes me feel better. If they don’t do retail, as long as it’s covered with art it will look great. 

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I know the term 'set back' is a bit of a dirty word sometimes but I wouldn't mind a small setback of the garage (leaving the residences hanging over) then with some sort of courtyard elements to compliment the art. A wall, sidewalk side, is still a wall on such a long stretch. Even art wouldn't help the long street side of the Edward's project, or the front street parking canyon IMO. For all intents and purposes, a rotating artist series sounds like billboards to me. I'd rather see a permanent, dimensional, creative installation to cover the garage than rotating panels for artists. 

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51 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

I know the term 'set back' is a bit of a dirty word sometimes but I wouldn't mind a small setback of the garage (leaving the residences hanging over) then with some sort of courtyard elements to compliment the art. A wall, sidewalk side, is still a wall on such a long stretch. Even art wouldn't help the long street side of the Edward's project, or the front street parking canyon IMO. For all intents and purposes, a rotating artist series sounds like billboards to me. I'd rather see a permanent, dimensional, creative installation to cover the garage than rotating panels for artists. 

It looks like the width of the parcel is about 122-126 feet. That is close to the minimum for a garage or about 2/3's of a quarter lot(which are 187.5 feet in most of downtown.)  I don't think they could go much thinner or have a setback here. That would be for a garage with two inside lengths for car parking, two lanes for driving on either side of them, and then two more car parking lengths on either side of those.  The Motorists garage along Oak is about 100 feet wide I think, but the spaces are all angled so it would cut down on the number of spaces if they did something like that. Probably more expensive to to have a cantilevered residential part also

 

Maybe they could have some nicer material facing this side like brick along with the rotating art?

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 I'd rather see a permanent, dimensional, creative installation to cover the garage than rotating panels for artists. 

I think something like this might work especially if it is along the pedestrian height level. Something with some interest for anyone walking by.

 

There also appears to be a nice line of trees along Grant right here-very close to the street. It would greatly help if they kept these and just trimmed the eaast sides of them as needed-the greenery/tree pattern would help.  

 

*Hello Great American Tower...good riddance nasty Rhodes Tower!  🙂

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On 12/17/2019 at 7:46 PM, Toddguy said:

So how much of this is about having an ugly open parking garage facing Grant? How much is about having something activated there(amenity space, office space, etc.). and how much is specifically about retail?

 

I know the "ground floor retail" is the go to phrase, but if we are talking about actual retail, it needs to be in nodes and along retail corridors downtown. How much does this stretch of Grant apply to that criteria?

 

I can get on board with not wanting dead blank spaces/walls/garages at ground level, but not so sure about "ground floor retail" specifically for every proposal. I would want retail more along Broad really. 

 

If you can't have actual "retail" along Grant, what reasonable alternative are there to just the dead space parking garage? And yeah, a long dead stretch of garage(especially the blank open concrete kind)is not a situation we need any more of downtown(or anywhere really).

 

 

I guess I am asking if people think that this is close enough to the stuff farther up Grant to be part of a node or is Grant considered a viable retail corridor?

 

*If every proposal has to have specifically "ground floor retail" then there will be a lot of empty ground floor retail around. 

I begrudgingly agree that not all proposals should have ground retail. I do wish there was a push from the city to encourage (or force) developers to building parking podiums that could be converted to future office/retail/residential space, like the Italian Village apts/garage. 

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49 minutes ago, FudgeRounds said:

I begrudgingly agree that not all proposals should have ground retail. I do wish there was a push from the city to encourage (or force) developers to building parking podiums that could be converted to future office/retail/residential space, like the Italian Village apts/garage. 

 

I also think people get bogged down in thinking of retail space only in terms of shops, but restaurant space would be far more likely to be used at this point in time.  Or even office space of some kind.  There is no reason to be building a dead-space parking garage all the way to street level anymore.  We know better than this and it keeps occurring.

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29 minutes ago, jonoh81 said:

 

I also think people get bogged down in thinking of retail space only in terms of shops, but restaurant space would be far more likely to be used at this point in time.  Or even office space of some kind.  There is no reason to be building a dead-space parking garage all the way to street level anymore.  We know better than this and it keeps occurring.

That is why I wish there was a better word than the go to phrase "ground floor retail", since what we really want is ground floor activation of some kind whether it be shops, restaurants, office space, amenity space for residents, etc.  Anything but a concrete parking garage or giant blank wall. Even if the ground floor has no activity it can be livened up with art, green living walls, etc. 

 

I guess I get a bit tired of people complaining about a lack of "ground floor retail" when it really is much more than just that.   Ground floor 'activation" maybe? ...I don't know. 

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3 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

'Ground floor flex space'. Can be commerical, retail, restaurant, residential etc. 

That would do.  🙂   That would also include parking that can be converted. I think we should officially adopt this phrase.  I just could not think of a good one but this sounds good.

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There's more to blame than Amazon for not seeing as much retail space as in long-activated area -- there aren't things like hatters, butcher shops, shoe repair, flophouses, tailors etc. needed every three blocks like in the old days.

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Here's when Borror's biggest downtown project yet will open 

 

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The project includes 224 apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space and will be one of the largest residential projects in the Discovery District.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/01/08/heres-when-borrors-biggest-downtown-project-yet.html 

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On 12/19/2019 at 11:28 AM, GCrites80s said:

There's more to blame than Amazon for not seeing as much retail space as in long-activated area -- there aren't things like hatters, butcher shops, shoe repair, flophouses, tailors etc. needed every three blocks like in the old days.

 

I kinda wish I could time travel to this era and just stay there, lol.

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13 hours ago, GCrites80s said:

Maybe not live at the flophouse but at least eat at the flophouse restaurant 

 

Deadwood style.  

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The Ohio Democratic Party building located at the northwest corner of Fulton Street and Grant Avenue is being purchased by Borror (aerial is below the article excerpt).  The block surrounding the building contains the Market Mohawk Apartments built in the 90's and the Commons at Grant residences built in the 00's are located across Grant Avenue from the building.  Also, considering that Borror has redeveloped the previous Ohio Democratic Party building at East State Street into 224-unit residential building, it seems that a Borror residential redevelopment at Fulton & Grant is likely in the future:

 


Borror to buy Ohio Democratic Party's downtown headquarters

 

The Ohio Democratic Party will sell its downtown headquarters to urban developer Borror for $2.7 million.  David Pepper, the state party's chairman, said the organization expects to close on the sale of the 13,300-square-foot building at 340 E. Fulton Street in January.  The property sits on the southern cusp of downtown near I-70 along a street that has seen recent roadwork.

 

Lori Steiner, president and COO of Borror, confirmed that the developer is under contract for the property, with the sale expected to close in 2020.  "Our team continues to explore all the possible alternatives for highest and best use of the site," Steiner said in an email.

 

The sale comes a little less than two years after party sold its 271 E. State Street building and co-located with the Franklin County Democratic Party in the Fulton Street building.  Borror also took control of that property, which is currently being redeveloped to an apartment complex.

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/08/28/exclusive-borror-to-buy-ohio-democratic-partys.html

 

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A political group have got themselves into debt? Shocking!

 

It will be interesting to see what Borror comes up with here. There is a ton of potential in this area of downtown in terms of surface lots or 1-2 story office buildings that can easily be demolished. 

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This part of downtown has always been strange to me. I can't really put a finger on it but I don't really like it. I hope some changes are in store.

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There are a couple more images from the CU Construction Roundup January 2020, but wanted to share the couple of images of the Topiary Park "brownstones" -- they have such a phenomenal presence and are going to even improve the environment of the park space. Fingers crossed for some really nice craftsmanship on the masonry and we have ourselves a home-run here 🤞

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On 1/15/2020 at 10:34 PM, jebleprls22 said:

There are a couple more images from the CU Construction Roundup January 2020, but wanted to share the couple of images of the Topiary Park "brownstones" -- they have such a phenomenal presence and are going to even improve the environment of the park space. Fingers crossed for some really nice craftsmanship on the masonry and we have ourselves a home-run here 🤞

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I want to buy one but if I remember correctly, they are apartments.. not condos.

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27 minutes ago, Pablo said:

^Another out of date photo from CU.


Walker is too busy scolding his readers in the comment section. He can’t possibly manage to take a picture and then post the picture all within a two week time span. HE IS A BUSY MAN!

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Unrelated; however, located in Discovery District.

Has anyone noticed that Encova added a strip of LED lighting around the top of their building? Subtle difference but noticeable. Huge fan of lighting accents on the towers.

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cbussoccer posted this aerial view overlooking the beautiful Topiary Park over at the Columbus Random Photos thread.  I wanted to repost it here because it gives a fine overview of the development projects in this area as well:

  • The Topiary Park brownstone apartments under construction next to the park are coming along nicely.
  • Vertical construction has started on the Library Park apartments; part new construction and part renovation of existing apartment buildings
  • The recently completed Main Library renovation, which opened up its back wall to the park
  • The historic Deaf School building, which was renovated into the Cristo Rey high school
  • The historic Seneca Hotel building at Broad & Grant, which was renovated into market-rate apartments
  • That bright red 9-story apartment building, which should be opening soon, about a block away from the Topiary Park
On 2/3/2020 at 7:54 AM, cbussoccer said:

From about a week ago.

 

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On 2/6/2020 at 1:06 PM, Columbo said:
  • That bright red 9-story apartment building, which should be opening soon, about a block away from the Topiary Park

That building is apparently named The Pierce. It's pre-leasing now.

 

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10 minutes ago, aderwent said:

That building is apparently named The Pierce. It's pre-leasing now.

 

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Wow.  That turned out nice!

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1 minute ago, Columbo said:

 

Wow.  That turned out nice!

I'm interested in what color they paint the balcony walls, and what type of railings they put up. Not a big fan of the plain concrete garage. At least some paint or some ivy would make me happy. Otherwise, I like it too!

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2 minutes ago, Columbo said:

 

Wow.  That turned out nice!

 

I love the red so much, but man I wish that garage screening was handled better. Feels so unfinished/afterthought compared to the rest of the structure. 

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24 minutes ago, aderwent said:

That building is apparently named The Pierce. It's pre-leasing now.

 

Does it have a website? Wouldn't mind sneaking a peak. Can't really find one..........

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The garage portion definitely doesn't look great. My hope is that in a few years, that won't matter much because it will be mostly covered up by future buildings that will (hopefully) go up on the surface lots at Broad/Grant, State/Grant, and Oak/6th. 

 

I love how the bold red siding is paired with the white balconies. Hopefully it will age well, but right now it definitely adds a bit of flair to a bland part of the downtown. 

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6 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

The garage portion definitely doesn't look great. My hope is that in a few years, that won't matter much because it will be mostly covered up by future buildings that will (hopefully) go up on the surface lots at Broad/Grant, State/Grant, and Oak/6th. 

 

I love how the bold red siding is paired with the white balconies. Hopefully it will age well, but right now it definitely adds a bit of flair to a bland part of the downtown. 

I think that’s why they didn’t do much to the garage. That building is going to basically be behind everything else. 

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3 minutes ago, VintageLife said:

I think that’s why they didn’t do much to the garage. That building is going to basically be behind everything else. 

 

Yep. Hopefully that's exactly how things play out. The fact that the corner of Grant and State is a surface parking lot is disgusting. 

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10 minutes ago, aderwent said:

 

Thanks! I literally typed "the pierce columbus" and couldn't find it. I must learn to google better or not be a dope, lol.

 

And I'll inspire people to leave my apartment with the dishes I whip up! 🤢

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32 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

 

Yep. Hopefully that's exactly how things play out. The fact that the corner of Grant and State is a surface parking lot is disgusting. 

Yeah, I would give it 5 years and that whole area will hopefully be completely different. 

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On 2/20/2020 at 1:20 PM, Columbo said:

 

Wow.  That turned out nice!

Man I railed against this building so hard and(with the exception of the garage part)it turned out so well. I was so wrong! lol.

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