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I didn't....I got that pic from a website a year ago....but I can't remember what website it was.

 

The view should actually be better now with the Grant tower out of the way which was blocking the view of LeVeque.

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Okay, I read on Columbus RetroMetro that work is supposed to begin on the Seneca in the spring.  It will still be 90-100 apartments and is targeted for summer 2006.

 

My question is:

Is anyone registered at the Dispatch website?  If so, could you post the article.

 

I have an indirect link through the RetroMetro website:

http://columbusretrometro.typepad.com/columbus_retrometro/2005/01/conversion_of_s.html

 

Thanks.

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Looks like funding has been found.

 

City, state poised to pay for Seneca Hotel cleanup

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Mike Pramik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

City and state officials are preparing to pay for cleanup of the dilapidated Seneca Hotel, which could advance a developer’s plan to convert the longdormant property into apartments and shops.  Ohio Development Director Bruce E. Johnson has recommended that the state Controlling Board approve a $750,000 Clean Ohio Assistance Fund grant to aid Campus Apartments Inc., a development firm based in Philadelphia.  Upon the grant approval, Capitol South Urban Redevelopment Corp. would contribute $1.15 million to the project.  The state and Capitol South money would be used to remove asbestos from the hotel.  Columbus would provide an additional $176,380 for streetscape improvements. 

 

Campus Apartments President David Adelman said last year that fixing up the Seneca hinged on $1.9 million to remediate asbestos in the building, which architect Frank Packard designed in 1917.  Adelman applied for a $1.9 million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant last year but didn’t receive it.  He then applied for the assistance-fund grant, which is capped at $750,000.  The city and Capitol South, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to Downtown development projects, stepped forward with the remainder.

 

More at www.dispatch.com

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I'm glad to see this because I feel that the Discovery District has so much potential.  There is a decent amount of undeveloped land in the midst of Columbus State, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Franklin University.  The demand is there, now lets work on the supply!  :clap:

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"REUSING THE SENECA: Council partners with the state and accepts a $750,000 grant for environmental clean up at the Seneca Hotel site as part of a planned $12 million private investment for adaptive reuse of the historic Columbus landmark. The project includes 93 apartments for students and faculty of the nearby educational institutions and 10,000 to 12,000 of retail geared toward the surrounding neighborhood. The Jobs and Economic Development Committee sponsors Ordinance 577-2006."

 

http://www.columbuscitycouncil.org/highlights/pdf/highlights20060403.pdf

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More good news.

 

Seneca building developer gets big 'Singapore' cash

Business First of Columbus -

by Brian R. Ball

Business First

 

A $330 million investment has the Philadelphia-based developer of the Seneca Hotel project on East Broad Street looking to step up its real estate development activity.  Campus Apartments Inc. recently said it landed the institutional investment from the real estate investment arm of Singapore Investment Corp.  It marks the first time the privately held developer has secured an institutional investor.

 

Remediation work on the dilapidated Seneca building began in May after Campus-Seneca LLC, an affiliate of Campus Apartments, secured an $8.52 million loan from Wachovia Financial Services Inc. Contrak Corp. of Dublin is general contractor on that 84-unit apartment project.  Campus-Seneca bought the property in 2004 for $1.5 million.

 

More at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/06/12/newscolumn1.html

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Seneca apartments ready for August move-in

Business First of Columbus

Monday, June 2, 2008 - 3:41 PM EDT

 

Downtown Columbus' long-vacant Seneca Hotel will open its doors this summer after a $19 million renovation.  Philadelphia-based Campus Apartments Inc. spent three years renovating the 10-story building, which sits at South Grant Avenue and East Broad Street, after buying it for an undisclosed sum in October 2004.  The finished project has 120,000 square feet of rental housing, featuring 77 one- and two-bedroom units renting in a range between $799 and $1,399 a month.

 

The apartments are ready for move-in Aug. 1.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for June 11.  Campus Apartments is aiming the upscale units at a pool of 32,000 students and young professionals at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Franklin University, Columbus State Community College, Capital University Law School and Grant Medical Center.  Combined with students at Ohio State University, the concentration of students in the Columbus area is among the most densely packed in the nation.

 

Read more at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/06/02/daily6.html?f=et58&ana=e_du

 

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This building should help more students stick with school; one of the hardest things about attending non-traditional schools is having to commute. Also students will be around other students, not their high school friends that said "screw college" and work full time -- owning brand new cars, houses and jet-skis while the student is munching dry ramen.

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Landmark out of retirement

Long-shut Seneca Hotel to reopen as apartments focused on students

Monday,  June 9, 2008 3:01 AM

By Mike Pramik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Chalk one up for history.  More than two decades after the Seneca Hotel was sealed tight, a developer is preparing to take the wraps off a $21 million renovation of the historic building in the Discovery District Downtown.  This week, Campus Apartments of Philadelphia is offering a first look at the results of three years of work to convert the former hotel into apartments.  The result: 77 apartment units and some flashy public spaces -- $100,000 was spent restoring the lobby -- that could bring vitality back to the corner of E. Broad Street and Grant Avenue.

 

"The common-area spaces are something you don't see every day," said Campus Partners Chief Executive David Adelman.  "We're bringing back that historical lure of the building.  "We think the units are very generously sized and have finishes on par with condominium finishes.  That's what differentiates this building: Old World design with New World amenities and finishes."

 

Full story at http://dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/06/09/ZONE0609.ART_ART_06-09-08_C10_6KADR0J.html?sid=101

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Here's some photos from today's article at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/06/09/ZONE0609.ART_ART_06-09-08_C10_6KADR0J.html?sid=101

 

 

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The Seneca Hotel, shown in August 1945, was built in 1917 and soon became one of the city’s grand Downtown hotels.  It was once the home of the Ohio State University Faculty Club.

 

 

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ABOVE: All the building’s windows are new, and the wood windows on the lower floors have been detailed to match the original building architecture.

 

 

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The three-year redevelopment of the former Seneca Hotel at East Broad Street and Grant Avenue included spending $100,000 to make the lobby impressive.

 

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I'm looking forward to the 100 new residents Downtown, but what art students are going to be able to afford a one/two bedroom for $800/$1400 a month? Maybe there'll be some from CSCC due to the sheer number of students that attend.  It's just that there are several much less expensive, quality options just a couple blocks south.

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what art students are going to be able to afford a one/two bedroom for $800/$1400 a month?

 

Those majoring in graphic or textile design might be more inclinded to want/afford a place like the Seneca. Faculty and staff are also being courted to consider living in the Seneca. Either way, hopefully there are indeed enough people to fill the place up.

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New vacancies at The Seneca

Columbus Alive, by Brittany Kress

June 19, 2008

 

A two-bedroom apartment in The Seneca that was open for tours last week had a roomy floor plan with average-sized bedrooms, two full baths, cherry kitchen cabinets, new windows and a top-of-the-line stackable washer/dryer unit.  The highlight, though, wasn't inside the apartment.  It was the view of Broad Street's towering office buildings to the west — and it probably looks even better at night. 

 

The Seneca's 76 units, a mix of studios and one- and two-bedrooms, range from 427 square feet to 1,437 square feet.  Rents start at $689 for some studios and singles and run to $1,400.  The apartments are targeted toward students and young professionals who work and learn in the area, said Mayor Michael Coleman at the ribbon cutting last week.

 

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The Seneca

367 E. Broad St., Downtown

888-892-1368

Web: www.theseneca.net

 

Read more at http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14598&start=50

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Seneca, Lazarus Center declared clean

Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 3:12 AM

By Spencer Hunt

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Two Downtown landmarks -- the Seneca Hotel and former Lazarus department store -- are officially clean, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  Owners of both had spent years cleaning up asbestos problems before the EPA signed off on the projects.  The renamed Lazarus Center, 50 W. Town St., is home to the Ohio EPA headquarters.  The agency had its home office in the Seneca, 361 E. Broad St., from 1976 to 1987.

 

"It's kind of neat that these both went through cleanup at about the same time," said Amy Yersavich, manager of the EPA's Voluntary Action Program, in which businesses clean up environmental hazards themselves.  A Philadelphia-based developer, Campus Apartments, transformed the Seneca into an apartment building for college students.

 

Full story at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/11/01/Cleanups.ART_ART_11-01-08_B4_GPBOU91.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=101

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Lincoln, Seneca projects among state preservation honorees

Business First of Columbus

Friday, October 23, 2009

 

Downtown Columbus’ Seneca Hotel, which opened to renters last year following a $19 million renovation by Philadelphia-based Campus Apartments Inc. received a Preservation Merit Award from The Ohio Historical Society.  The company spent three years renovating the 10-story building that sits between Franklin University, Columbus College of Art & Design and Columbus State Community College.

 

Full story at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/10/19/daily42.html

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Design firm looking at Seneca ballroom for offices

By Brian R. Ball, Staff Reporter

Columbus Business First - July 27, 2015, 2:31pm EDT

 

A Columbus architecture and design firm plans to relocate into the ballroom of the historic Seneca Hotel downtown.  Sullivan Bruck Architects, a frequent designer of multifamily projects for Casto Communities and others, is leasing 4,800 square feet in the renovated building at 367 E. Broad Street that primarily has apartments.

 

The firm must leave its offices in the Mercantile Building at 309 S. Fourth Street by year’s end while landlord Mercantile Condominium LLC gets ready to transform that property into residential units.  The firm has worked out of the fifth floor of the building for 16 years after renovating the space.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/07/27/design-firm-looking-at-seneca-ballroom-for.html

 

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