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CoverMyMeds demo and engineering applications are working their way through the city now. May sounds pretty ambitious for ground breaking. Definitely this summer I'd say though.

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51 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

 

Are there already development plans for this spot?

 

I don't think anything has been announced. Pizzuti recently bought the property and announced in February that they would be demolishing what was on the site but did not announce its plans for redevelopment at that time.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/19/pizzuti-confirms-franklinton-land-buy.html

 

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1 hour ago, .justin said:

 

I don't think anything has been announced. Pizzuti recently bought the property and announced in February that they would be demolishing what was on the site but did not announce its plans for redevelopment at that time.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/19/pizzuti-confirms-franklinton-land-buy.html

 

 

Ah, ok. I thought this was the property Pizzuti bought but wasn't sure. Hopefully they have something in the works. 

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CoverMyMeds plans Franklinton block party as HQ construction nears

 

Construction starts within weeks for the first tower of a $240 million CoverMyMeds headquarters campus that's expected to spark massive redevelopment in west Franklinton.

 

Instead of lining up for a photo with beribboned shiny shovels to break ground, the tech company is throwing a huge party for the neighborhood with free food, music, bounce houses and face-painting. And employees are volunteering en masse in coordinated projects in the week leading up to it.

 

"Our campus was inspired by two pillars – community investment and creating a remarkable workplace for our employees – so what better way to do that than volunteering throughout the week and throwing a community block party?" spokeswoman Angela Masciarelli said via email.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/04/12/covermymeds-plans-franklinton-block-party-as-hq.html

 

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Exactly!! Although, it is going to rise 110 feet. I'm not sure how though. 2 levels of above ground parking and 3 levels of office space, that's about 20 feet per level...hmm..

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West Franklinton revival: How Columbus is preparing for this neighborhood's fast-approaching transformation

 

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The city of Columbus has commissioned design standards to capture and preserve the neighborhood's distinct character, sending a message about its elevated importance ahead of massive redevelopment.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/04/15/west-franklinton-revival-how-columbus-is-preparing.html


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Take a walk through Gravity, Franklinton's landmark project

 

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Franklinton's Gravity looks plenty busy on the outside. But just wait until you take a step inside.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/04/23/slideshow-take-a-walk-through-gravity-franklintons.html

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12 hours ago, Columbo said:

And a youtube video of the finished Gravity development from the Dispatch:

 

 

 

What level of hipster do I have to be to live here?

 

Seriously though, this is an awesome project with some of the most unique views in the downtown area. It will be even better once phase two is completed across the street!

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River & Rich Sets Grand Opening Date

 

On Sunday, May 5, CASTO, with development partners Robert Weiler Company, Kelley Companies, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and S2 Construction, will celebrate the opening of its newest development project, River & Rich. The opening coincides with the grand re-opening of ROY G BIV Gallery.

 

The project includes 230 multifamily units, a 300-space public parking garage and approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/river-rich-sets-grand-opening-date-tm1

 

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More photos of River & Rich - the $65 million, 230-unit development which is holding its grand opening this weekend - along with the re-opening of the ROY G BIV Gallery, which relocated from the Short North into this River & Rich development in Franklinton:

 

https://www.dispatch.com/business/20190501/river-amp-rich-apartment-building-in-franklinton-to-open-this-weekend

 

https://www.columbusunderground.com/preview-roy-g-biv-grand-re-opening-tm1

 

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Wow there is way more color and diversity in the brick than I had thought-I don't know why I had it in my head that it was more homogenous.. I really like how the shipping container-ish parts turned out as well. This looks really good.  A little sunshine(something we have been really lacking lately like today!)goes a long way in bringing the colors out. The art is a great part of it too. This, Gravity, and Gravity2 are going to be killing it in East Franklinton.

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National Veterans Memorial and Museum named state's best-designed building by Architectural Digest

 

Columbus has landed more recognition from a national publication.

 

This time, it's for one of the city's notable new cultural landmarks.

 

Architectural Digest named the newly opened National Veterans Memorial and Museum the best-designed building in Ohio on its new list of the best-designed buildings in all 50 states.

 

"The $75 million project was among the most important buildings to be completed in 2018," the Architectural Digest writeup says. "Allied Works Architecture designed the exterior, while the landscaping was done by OLIN, which successfully created a green aesthetic that was both inviting and inspiring.

 

"The building certainly alters the capital city's skyline in ways only great architecture can – for the better."

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/05/09/national-veterans-memorial-and-museum-named-states.html

 

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I came across some digital renders of the new Gravity 2.0 tower earlier today and it doesn't look like they've been posted here yet. I saw a few months back we had some pics of the mesh fence wrap around the site so here is some full render eye candy for you all. 

 

View from Gravity site on the north side of Broad looking southeast.

 

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View looking south into the "U cut" upper section from the glass building seen on the right side of the image above. 

 

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22 minutes ago, DevolsDance said:

I came across some digital renders of the new Gravity 2.0 tower earlier today and it doesn't look like they've been posted here yet. I saw a few months back we had some pics of the mesh fence wrap around the site so here is some full render eye candy for you all. 

 

View from Gravity site on the north side of Broad looking southeast.

 

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View looking south into the "U cut" upper section from the glass building seen on the right side of the image above. 

 

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Can we please break ground now?!

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Gravity II Update - The May Franklinton Commission packet has some of the newest Gravity II updates and details. 

- Looks like we're getting a slightly altered site plan

- The office building has been expanded and is now 6 floors (up from 5?) 

- Main tower is now 11 floors of residential with 258 units and 1 floor of retail/office

- New designs for all of the structures

 

New site plan

 

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New tower design - 258 Units

 

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New Office Building design - 200,000 SF

 

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New Co-Living Building Design - 94 Units

 

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New design for townhomes flanking garage - 18 Units

 

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This is definitely one of the projects I'm most excited about right now. I think this could really kick things up a notch in the Franklinton/Scioto Peninsula area. We've had some good infill/rehabs so far, but this could help us get to the next level. 

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16 minutes ago, SavedTheCrew said:

The new site plan looks awesome! I'm really excited about this development and the transformation of Franklinton. Any idea when this is supposed to break ground?

 

They seem to be ready to break ground as soon as they gain final approval. That's just my guess though. 

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So it looks like they're no longer saving the rear portion of the Murphy building. Not a huge loss, I don't think. The density of this proposed block is really great so it's honestly a net gain.

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20 minutes ago, jebleprls22 said:

So it looks like they're no longer saving the rear portion of the Murphy building. Not a huge loss, I don't think. The density of this proposed block is really great so it's honestly a net gain.

 

Yeah, I believe the original plan attempted to save it due to historical and tax credit reasons but it looks like it doesn't qualify for the Columbus or National Register of Historic Places so my guess is they decided it was better to scrap it and fill the site. I'm not upset about this, while it is "historic" I think the site works better without it and I doubt anyone will cause a stir over it.

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10 hours ago, DevolsDance said:

 

New design for townhomes flanking garage - 18 Units

 

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This project keeps getting better and better, I can't wait for it to break ground, but before approval someone better notice the balconies on the townhomes expose the wood to pedestrians below and should not be left unfinished. Seems like a minor detail but it detracts from the overall sleekness of the project. 

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Changes Proposed for Second Phase of Gravity

 

Kaufman Development has submitted a revised plan for the second phase of the Gravity development in Franklinton.

 

The new plan calls for an increase in the total number residential units and parking spaces, different designs for each of the project’s four primary buildings, and the demolition of a former warehouse on McDowell Street that was to be repurposed under the previous plan.

 

The project, which has been dubbed Gravity 2.0, will sit across West Broad Street from the recently-completed Gravity complex. It was first brought before the East Franklinton Review Board (EFRB) in August of last year, and was approved by the board in September.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/changes-proposed-for-second-phase-of-gravity-development-bw1

 

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Super excited for this project. I think Gravity 1.0 came together really well and it looks like they used quality materials that will still look good in 10 years, unlike alot of new builds. 

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15 hours ago, cbussoccer said:

This aerial view has been added to show how Gravity 2 will mesh with Gravity 1 and the rest of the skyline.

 

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Look at all that room for dense growth!

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I am beyond excited to see this phase kick off and overall am still pretty content with the design and massing changes, however, it's interesting that Kaufman really walks the 12 story midrise line so often. I'm curious if anyone may have any insight as to why?  I've always heard that cost increases hit once buildings reach 6 and 10 floors due to HVAC, fire, and material code but I have never hears anything about something that changes above 12 floors. I guess I just wonder why we keep seeing that 12 floor number hit so often with Kaufman instead of some variety like 15 or 20. Maybe it's purely aesthetic or just a formula they like and are familiar with. Anyway, just a question for someone more architecturally minded than myself.

 

 

Also, don't get me wrong, I am completely content adding these midrises (I count five 12-story buildings in the last 5 years?!) all over the core until land value can facilitate taller structures... they seem to do a ton for density and the street wall while never really feeling overpowering.

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Until Columbus ditches 30-minute lunches, buildings over 12-15 stories are detrimental to street life at all times. You can't even get out of the building in time to eat.

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I'd like to see Franklinton go full Scandanavia and keep building more Gravity-type projects all over the peninsula. Maybe even add some canals for the heck of it, too.

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Slideshow: See inside Mount Carmel's new Franklinton ER

 

A new freestanding Mount Carmel Emergency Room in Franklinton opened May 28 to replace the previous ER slated for demolition along with the rest of Mount Carmel West hospital.  The $9 million renovation of a former outpatient surgery center, at the corner of Green and Town streets, provides a more efficient workflow, and plenty of natural light, unlike the hospital's formerly windowless ER space.

 

With the opening of the Mount Carmel Grove City hospital, the Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System is spending about $46 million to remake Mount Carmel West's Franklinton campus into an outpatient and health-education hub.  There are several moving puzzle pieces: Mount Carmel Grove City opened last month, replacing West's inpatient rooms.  The four-hospital system's central lab moves out next, and then utilities must be disentangled so the hospital can be demolished without harming the existing Mount Carmel College of Nursing on the Franklinton campus – which will then expand.

 

Columbus-based Wagenbrenner Development has started focus-group meetings in the neighborhood as it designs commercial and residential buildings to replace the hospital and surface parking lots.

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/05/28/slideshow-see-inside-mount-carmels-new-franklinton.html

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Franklinton is divided by Route 315 into two sections.  East Franklinton - east of 315 - has been getting the bulk of development news and projects (Gravity, River & Rich, Out of Town, 400 West Rich, Gravity 2.0).  West Franklinton - west of 315 - hasn't yet seen its area heat up like the eastern section closer to downtown.

 

However, West Franklinton may be getting its time in the spotlight.  The Mount Carmel West hospital campus is set for a radical makeover, now that Mount Carmel has moved its main inpatient hospital services to its newly opened Grove City location.  And there was this recent article in the Dispatch about three new residential projects being proposed in West Franklinton:

 

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190615/requests-to-reduce-parking-for-franklinton-apartments-worry-residents

 

Here are the three residential projects mentioned in the above linked article and a location map for the projects:

  • 96 N. Hartford Avenue -- 30-unit apartment building being developed by NRP Group, a Cleveland-based company
  • 1137 W. Broad Street -- 70-unit senior complex being developed by National Church Residences
  • 731 W. Rich Street -- 43-unit apartment project across from the Mount Carmel West campus

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Affordable Housing Projects Proposed for Franklinton

 

A trio of affordable housing proposals in Franklinton are working their way through the city’s approval process.

 

At 731 W. Rich St., the Finance Fund has proposed building a three-story, 43-unit apartment complex on what is currently a vacant lot. An application for a council variance for the project has been submitted and it has been presented to the Franklinton Area Commission.

 

The proposed building would sit across the street from the Mount Carmel West campus, which is still home to an emergency department as well as the Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Healthy Living Center. Wagenbrenner Development is heading up efforts to develop the rest of the site.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/affordable-housing-projects-proposed-for-franklinton-bw1

 

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Columbus mulls incentives for $120M Franklinton project

 

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The second phase of the Gravity project in Franklinton includes a 12-story tower.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/07/12/columbus-mulls-incentives-for-120m-franklinton.html


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An artistic and gritty addition to Franklinton.  Wild Goose Creative is adding an East Franklinton location that is within a block of 400 West Rich, Land-Grant Brewing and the recently completed River & Rich development.  It is also located on the same block as the BrewDog pub bar:

 

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Wild Goose Creative Expands to Franklinton

 

Wild Goose Creative (WGC) has announced the signing of a new space in Franklinton at 188 S. McDowell Street.  The community arts organization has resided at 2491 Summit Street in SoHud (South of Hudson) since 2008, but says it can and wants to do more.

 

Among WGC’s plans are providing more space for new and ongoing programming; supporting more expansive art installations, performances and other media; and creating a brand new lounge for members to meet, work and converse.

 

MORE:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/wild-goose-creative-expands-to-franklinton-tm1

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On 3/20/2018 at 4:43 PM, ColDayMan said:

Apartments and Retail Proposed for Vacant Lot in East Franklinton

 

A three-story apartment building has been proposed for the northwest corner of West State and South Mill streets in East Franklinton. The project would feature 13 one-bedroom units and a 1,140-square-foot corner retail space.

 

The East Franklinton Review Board (EFRB) will weigh in on the proposal at its meeting later today. The developer is Shawn Kichline of Oxide Real Estate Development.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/apartments-and-retail-proposed-for-vacant-lot-in-east-franklinton-bw1

 

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This 3-story, 13-unit apartment building with corner retail space approved for the northwest corner of State and Mill streets in East Franklinton is under construction.  Photo posted 7/23 by CU at https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-columbus-ohio-we1

 

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With all development occurring in Franklinton, when I saw that the Spaghetti Warehouse property at 397 W. Broad Street was up for sale, I thought "say goodbye to the Spaghetti Warehouse".  But according to this report from Business First, it looks like the longtime restaurant isn't leaving:

 

Franklinton restaurant site for sale — here's what it means for a longtime Columbus eatery

 

The Spaghetti Warehouse property is up for sale, but the longtime Columbus restaurant isn’t going anywhere.  “The sale would have no effect on us,” Mike Kim, president of Dallas-based Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants Inc., said.  “We love that restaurant. We love Columbus. We’ve been doing extremely well and there is no intention to leave.”

 

The restaurant, which opened in 1978 at 397 W. Broad Street, also has 13 years remaining on its current lease.  Kim said the restaurant is one of the nine-unit company’s best performing.  Its 2017 sales were its best year ever and though that dipped in 2018, that year proved to be its second best ever.  With more development now coming to that stretch of West Broad, the company expects sales to remain strong.

 

The owner of the multiple parcels that make up the site has listed the property for sale through Kohr Royer Griffith Inc. for $6 million.  According to Franklin County property records, the owner is Spag 397 LLC.  That entity was incorporated by the Thomas family, which has owned the building since at least the 1970s.

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/07/29/franklinton-restaurant-site-for-sale-heres-what-it.html

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There’s so much room on that piece of land, they should have no trouble adding one or two buildings while still keeping the warehouse building. I wonder if they could connect the southern half of the property to State so something could front that street?

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Oh man, 2020 looks like its going to be an amazing year!

 

The Franklinton Commission packet has Casto proposing a 12 story second phase for the River & Rich development!  Looks like they are planning to develop west of the recently completed Phase I, this is the glass lot that sits between River & Rich and Dodge park. 

 

QUICK FACTS 

- 48,000 SQ/FT of Office

- 304 Residential Units, 20 "Affordable" Units 

- 397 space 3 story Garage (will help support a Phase II & future phases) 

 

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I think we may be starting to see the beginning stages of a development boom in Columbus, the recent string of proposals/announcements are incredibly exciting to see!

 

More details in the meeting materials link below

https://columbusohdev.app.box.com/s/2dpi2iu88meq1li5nmpqw91f3aklwd54

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On 8/20/2019 at 8:24 AM, NightNectar said:

Equipment arriving at the gravity 2.0 site within the past week. Should see dirt moving soon. 

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Has anyone seen any movement at the Gravity 2.0 site?

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That's an incredible amount of parking. It's a 2:1 ratio (understanding there is am office component) but it still stands out. I really wish the city would start requiring any stand alone decks be built to allow 1st floor conversion and additional structures on top in the future. Would seem a natural expansion of many of these areas would be to build on top of decks. Or at least green space to promote a more sustainable city.  

 

I also hope there is space included for more public art. A giant mural would be great. 

 

Otherwise, it looks great. 

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