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^ amen brother

 

It reminds me of the OSU Gateway project....it was talked about, and talked about for years, but I didn't think it was going to happen until I saw it with my own eyes.

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The industrial area on the east side of N.4th St. and between 1st and 5th Ave was slated  to become a big housing development back in '01.  Is there any news on that development?

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The industrial area on the east side of N.4th St. and between 1st and 5th Ave was slated  to become a big housing development back in '01.  Is there any news on that development?

 

I believe the area you're referring to is Jeffrey Place (see reply #8), though this is south of 1st. Work has been pushed back for a variety of reasons over the past several years, though developers announced it would officially begin construction this year (we can only hope). Ground clearing is currently going on, and the project does have a website at:

 

http://www.jeffreyplace.com/index.cfm

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Speak of the devil........ :evil:

 

Jeffrey Place Sales Center Opening Reception

 

So you want to find out what's going on with Jeffrey Place? Here's your chance to get the whole scoop:

 

The Event:

Official opening reception for the new Jeffrey Place Sales center

 

The Time:

Friday, February 18th 4-8pm

 

The Place:

Jeffrey Place Sales Center

350 East First Avenue

Columbus, OH 43201

(in the historic  Berry Bolt Works building)

 

http://columbusretrometro.typepad.com/

 

 

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UPDATE:

 

Construction Underway

The first signs of construction are showing up at Jeffrey Place with the crushing of concrete to be used for streets and utilities.

February 2, 2005

posted by Paul Bonneville

 

If you've been by the Jeffrey Place construction site in the last few weeks you have probably noticed a slight buzz of activity. There have been a number of pieces of heavy construction equipment popping up and there is some apparent earth moving going on. So what's going on?

 

At the very southern edge of the 41.5 acre Jeffrey Place site there is rock-crushing equipment that is doing exactly that...crushing rock. Concrete more specfically, and a lot of it.

 

A significant portion of the former Jeffrey Manufacturing Company complex that stood at this location for nearly 100 years was covered by concrete ranging from a few inches deep to several feet. The concrete was the foundation for dozens of buildings used to manufacture mining equipment. Rather than removing all of the concrete from the site, it was stored in a large pile at the end of the site in order to recycle back into Jeffrey Place when develop began. And begun it has...

 

At the moment, that concrete is being crushed into gravel for use in the underlying infrastructure of our utility systems and streets. We are only a few weeks away from starting the process of installing underground utilities.

 

http://www.jeffreyplace.com/news/news.cfm?fsid=5

 

 

This is an exciting project, and I'm glad it's finally getting off the ground.  Here's the website...it has a link on it where you can keep up with construction news:

http://www.jeffreyplace.com/

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latest news on Jeffrey Place:

 

Early March Construction Update

 

There's a burst of activity on the Jeffrey Place construction site this week. Find out wha't going on.

March 9, 2005

posted by Paul Bonneville

 

The first phase of rock crushing of the huge pile of concrete that was sitting at the southern most edge of the site has been completed and the rock crushing equipment has been dismantled and removed for the time being. There is plenty more concrete to be demolished and crushed on the site, but the crusher equipment won't be back for another 6 weeks or so.

 

The concrete that was crushed once covered a large portion of the site as building foundations and parking lots and was demolished and then stored on site in order to be recycled back into Jeffrey Place as gravel for the utility and street infrastructure.

 

But that's enough rock-talk. Attention now moves to the first phase of street and utility construction.

 

The first delivery of concrete sewer connection pipes arrived on the site today and is being staged right next to the large pile of gravel. At the same time, additional heavy-duty digging machinery also arrived on the site today and was assembled for use in building the 1.7 miles of streets and utilities.

 

Hockaden and Associates, the contracter that is doing the surveying for the streets and utility infrastructure in Jeffrey Place, was also staking out the locations of the streets in preparation for the excavation that will occuring in order to install.

 

The first 11 townhomes that are going to be built on Fourth Street will start construction with in a couple of weeks. We are currently in the hands of the city in regards to permitting and anticipate being full-steam-ahead very soon. We choose to get all of our permits out of the way at once rather than going for one permit at a time (this is for the first 11 townhomes only) which in the short run takes a considerly longer amount of time, but in the long run allows up to keep moving continuously and much more efficiently.

 

http://jeffreyplace.com/news/news.cfm

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Jeffrey Place project under way

11 town houses to mark start of new community on Italian Village site

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Mark Ferenchik THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

It’s spring for one of the biggest redevelopment projects in the center of Columbus.  After five years of promises, dirt is moving and in the next few weeks, town houses are to begin rising at the $400 million Jeffrey Place project north of Downtown.

 

A builder will begin putting up 11 town houses along N. 4 th Street in April, said Joe Recchie, president of National Community Builders, which is developing the 41.5-acre site in Italian Village. Another 13 town houses are to be built soon after, just south of the first 11, and then a total of 1,120 condominiums, apartments and houses, plus offices, shops and a fitness center.

 

Read more at

http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2005/03/31/20050331-C1-03.html

 

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Wow, I didn't realize that the first 11 townhomes have been sold. I think that bodes pretty well for the continued progress of Jeffrey Place. I pass by the project just about every day on the way home from work and I've watched them measure out where roads and lands plots will be sectioned. Here's hoping the project proves to be successful and spreads over to the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.

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Jeffrey Place has revamped their website with more information regarding housing. They have also updated the news section. Basically what they are doing now is installing sewer lines and building a new substation in back. The sales office is now open extended hours as well.

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^ Hey, man...why don't you walk over there and snap some pics?

 

Eh...probably not very exciting yet.

 

I was by there yesterday, stoping at the State Library.  Just plenty of rubble and tall grass/weeds right now.

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Most of the equipment in the picture above is now gone. In fact nothing big has been going on over there at all. They wired one of the trailers and finished crushing the rock pile on the south end of the site about 2 weeks ago. It would be nice to see a little more acitivty over there.

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I go away for a month and low and behold, progress. There is now a small amount of building material onsite and at least a couple workers near 4th street. There is also some kind of wooden framework up. I'll get over there sometime soon to take some pictures.

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Here's an update on Jeffrey Place and the adjacent project from the 10/17/05 Columbus Business First:

 

 

Schmidt dusts off Jeffrey project for autumn start

Brian R. Ball

Business First

 

Real estate developer J. Daniel Schmidt will move ahead to convert the former Jeffrey Mining Co. corporate offices into 93 apartments three years after he purchased the Columbus property.  Schmidt said his Cityspace Development LLC affiliate expects to get the project's $12 million first phase under way by early November. Work will begin on the old office building and an adjacent research building at 274 E. First Ave.

 

Schmidt said construction delays at the neighboring Jeffrey Place development contributed to the delay of his project. Also, Schmidt had been waiting for the wave of condo developments downtown and in the Short North to build steam.  The first Jeffrey Place development, the 74-unit Courtyard Townhomes project, began construction in September. The Lofts at Jeffrey condominium flats are set to begin construction this fall.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2005/10/17/story7.html

 

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Posty -

 

Do you ever get tired of the bread smell over there?  I know that fresh baked bread is generally thought of as pleasent. I'm just wondering if the constant smell would drive someone to the Atkins diet.

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‘Extreme challenge’ evolves into first of Jeffrey Place town homes

Monday, December 05, 2005

Mike Pramik THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

  

Standing inside one of the partially completed town houses at Jeffrey Place, developer Joe Recchie finally is comfortable. "We’re really just executing our master plan," Recchie says matter-of-factly as he steps out of the chilly December air. "This project involves zoning, engineering, underground utilities and now our vertical construction."

 

Yet events leading up to the first structures rising at the former Jeffrey Mining and Manufacturing site north of Downtown have been anything but routine. Recchie acquired the bulk of the 41.5 acres at Jeffrey Place more than five years ago.  At the time, Recchie called it an "extreme challenge," but he predicted construction would begin in spring 2001. He was right only about the challenge.  Beset by funding problems, the project had several false starts and stagnated until last year, when Recchie took on Gerald Jacobs as a partner.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/business-story.php?story=dispatch/2005/12/05/20051205-F6-00.html

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One nice thing about the location of this project: it is right next to the proposed corridors for both the Ohio Hub and COTA light rail (if that ever happens).  The developer has set aside land for both future bus and light rail service.

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It'll be great to see what this all looks like when it's finished!  Hopefully more development will be encouraged by the success of this project.

 

As far as the Ohio Hub plan goes, where are they proposing for the trains to stop in Columbus?

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