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More from CU's 'East Franklinton Planned as Dense Hub of Urban Creativity':

 

The plan calls for the development of the East Franklinton area as a whole through three seperate neighborhood strategies:

 

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■ Dodge Park – (orange) This area will continue to work with the Franklin Development Association on the infill of 250-400 new affordable and market-rate single family homes.  The area will see limited densities and retail, but will include the addition of new community focused greenspaces.

 

■ Arts & Innovation – (purple) The neighborhood surrounding 400 West Rich will be the focus of additional creative spaces including studios, incubator spaces and live/work environments.  The plan calls for an additional 800-1,300 residential units to be housed in renovated spaces and new development.

 

■ Broad Street – (blue) The Broad Street corridor will be the densest of the East Franklinton area with the plan calling for 2,000 to 3,000 new residential units over the next 20 years.  Private developers will be sought to partner on building out space for stores, restaurants, boutiques and office uses here.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/east-franklinton-planned-as-dense-hub-of-urban-creativity

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Catching up on the renovation of the former Three Deuces bar at 458 W. Town Street in Franklinton.  First from Columbus Underground:

 


Renovations Under Way at Three Deuces in Franklinton

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on May 7, 2012 - 12:30 pm

 

Brad DeHays, one of the former partners behind Harrison’s on Third is working on the rebirth of Three Deuces.  Renovation work is already under way, which includes the opening up of the patio along the west side of the building and a new front facade that replaces the wooden structure with new windows.  The interior will be opened up and include a new space for live music performances.

 

“We are using many reclaimed materials for the interior,” says DeHays.  “That includes reclaimed galvanized barn roofing for the ceiling, a reclaimed 1950′s basketball court for the floor in the main bar area, and reclaimed lumber for the bar and table tops.”

 

The renovated bar is already being praised as complimentary to redevelopment plans for the East Franklinton neighborhood.  “We are thrilled to have something new coming to the Deuces,” says Jim Sweeney, Executive Director of the Franklinton Development Association.  “It sounds like a great fit for what we’re doing and planning to do in East Franklinton.”

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/renovations-under-way-at-three-deuces-in-franklinton

 


Next, the website for the new bar, with its new name - Rehab Tavern.  Not much there right now - except for links to their facebook page and twitter feed.  But there is an embedded video from NBC4 about the Franklinton revitalization efforts, which included a mention of the Rehab Tavern in the story.

 


And from the Rehab Tavern's facebook page a before photo of the building as Three Deuces and a during construction photo of the West Town Street front of the building.  Photos of the interior work are also at their facebook page:

 

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Another smaller project in the Franklinton neighborhood.  This one was done by the City - a new pool in Dodge Park that opened in June - just in time for one of the hottest summer seasons in Columbus' history.  Below is an article from Columbus Underground about the new Dodge Pool and a view of the pool with the downtown skyline in the distance.  More photos of the pool are available at the article link below:

 

CU: New Dodge Pool in Franklinton is a Hit this Summer

 

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Catching up on the renovation of the former Three Deuces bar at 458 W. Town Street in Franklinton.  First from Columbus Underground:

 


Next, the website for the new bar, with its new name - Rehab Tavern.  Not much there right now - except for links to their facebook page and twitter feed.  But there is an embedded video from NBC4 about the Franklinton revitalization efforts, which included a mention of the Rehab Tavern in the story.

 


And from the Rehab Tavern's facebook page a before photo of the building as Three Deuces and a during construction photo of the West Town Street front of the building.  Photos of the interior work are also at their facebook page:

 

 

 

Man, what a brilliant name for a bar. I can lie to family and friends about drinking by telling them that I went to Rehab.

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Although they weren't the first: if you fall off the wagon you can say that you're Inn Rehab again. I have to say that the new look of the place really stands out and it can't hurt that Downtown is right next door.

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Green Columbus Grant to Assist Franklinton Live-Work Development

By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on July 23, 2012 - 12:15 pm

 

An empty Franklinton warehouse located at 421-435 West State Street may receive some grant funding for cleanup work and redevelopment.  Mayor Michael Coleman submitted legislation to Columbus City Council to apply for a $200,000 brownfield cleanup grant from the Green Columbus Fund.  The money will allow the Franklinton Development Associate to correct environmental issues that affect the building and allow for eventual development into a live-work space.

 

This new project coincides with the recently completed East Franklinton Plan, which outlines an entire 200 acre neighborhood of dense development centered around the creative class.  “This building is one of the keys to redeveloping East Franklinton,” said Jim Sweeney, executive director of the Franklinton Development Association.  “Located just behind COSI and the Spaghetti Warehouse, it has the potential to jump start the whole area by drawing new people and businesses over to the neighborhood.”

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/green-columbus-grant-to-assist-franklinton-live-work-development

 

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The former B & T Metals property in East Franklinton might be closer to being developed by its California-based owner, Urban Smart Growth.  The former B & T Metals property is at the northwest corner of Rich and Lucas Streets.  This property is located immediately west of the 400 West Rich art studio building and immediately north of the now demolished Riverside-Bradley CMHA Housing site.

 

Urban Smart Growth is now floating a redevelopment project called The Franklinton Art Lofts.  According to the Columbus Underground article - Franklinton Art Lofts Seeking Potential Residents - the first phase of the proposed project would be a four story building containing 42 units roughly 900 square feet with open floor plans and high ceilings.  Also, the ground floor units facing the street could contain retail or office usage.  The project is zoned to allow retail, offices, studios, light manufacturing and residential uses.  If the Franklinton Art Lofts project moves forward, construction of the first phase could begin within the next 12-24 months.  Below is a conceptual rendering of this first phase.

 

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The CU article also reports that Urban Smart Growth is seeking public input to "help shape the vision and to gauge interest in the feasibility of these residential units".  To take the survey, visit www.400westrich.com/about/livework/.  The survey will be active through December 31, 2012.  For more information about Urban Smart Growth, visit www.urbansmartgrowth.net.

 

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Columbus Underground has profiled yet another East Franklinton development project to come forward in 2012.  This one is located further west along Town Street on the north side of Town between Grubb and Gift Streets.  About one block away from Mount Carmel Hospital and Rt. 315.  As CU states in their description of this project:

 

"Instead of more art studios or artist residences, a medium-sized warehouse located at 610 West Town Street will soon be home to a new kitchen incubator facility known as The Commissary on Town Street.  This facility will allow aspiring food-related businesses to work in a commercial kitchen space where they can test recipes, work with commercial-grade equipment and gather to collaborate on business projects.  The Commissary will be one part business incubator and one part community center."

 

The full report from Columbus Underground - which contains a Q&A with the project's owner - is linked below.  As is a commercial real estate listing for the warehouse building at 610 W. Town Street and photo of the warehouse from that listing:

 

Columbus Underground: The Commissary Brings Kitchen Incubator to Franklinton

 

LoopNet: Real Estate Listing - 610 West Town Street

 

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The former B & T Metals property in East Franklinton might be closer to being developed by its California-based owner, Urban Smart Growth.  The former B & T Metals property is at the northwest corner of Rich and Lucas Streets.  This property is located immediately west of the 400 West Rich art studio building and immediately north of the now demolished Riverside-Bradley CMHA Housing site.

 

Urban Smart Growth is now floating a redevelopment project called The Franklinton Art Lofts.  According to the Columbus Underground article - Franklinton Art Lofts Seeking Potential Residents - the first phase of the proposed project would be a four story building containing 42 units roughly 900 square feet with open floor plans and high ceilings.  Also, the ground floor units facing the street could contain retail or office usage.  The project is zoned to allow retail, offices, studios, light manufacturing and residential uses.  If the Franklinton Art Lofts project moves forward, construction of the first phase could begin within the next 12-24 months.  Below is a conceptual rendering of this first phase.

 

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The CU article also reports that Urban Smart Growth is seeking public input to "help shape the vision and to gauge interest in the feasibility of these residential units".  To take the survey, visit www.400westrich.com/about/livework/.  The survey will be active through December 31, 2012.  For more information about Urban Smart Growth, visit www.urbansmartgrowth.net.

 

More about the Urban Smart Growth property (aka Franklinton Art Lofts) in today's Dispatch - with what looks like an updated rendering:

 

Columbus Dispatch: Franklinton lofts plan awaits approval

 

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I like it. Of course, the proposed height restriction and opposing a reduction in parking (in Franklinton of all places): that, not so much. The neighborhood would have some great views of the skyline if buildings were tall enough: why prevent developers from utilizing this asset?

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Of course . . .

 

Of course, you do realize that this is relating to East Franklinton and that it would not preclude tall residential towers in the adjacent Scioto Peninsula which is closer to the river and downtown.

 

And of course, you do realize that the City of Columbus Planning Department, the Franklinton Development Association, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Urban Smart Growth developer and the 400 West Rich developer partnered together to engage professional consulting and planning firms in a 12 month planning process.

 

And of course, you do realize that this planning effort is working toward bringing together four main elements: (1) Public engagement to determine neighborhood needs, (2) Market studies to identify development goals, (3) Design approach to establish guidelines for development, and (4) An implementation strategy that brings all partners together for a common vision. - more about this at Public Input Sought for East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan.

 

And of course, you do realize that this planning effort has involved numerous public meetings - including a series of community workshops and community open house events over the past 12 months  - more about this at Community Input Sought on Next Steps for East Franklinton Plan.

 

Which, of course, answers your question.

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Surely this is not news to Keith M (aka Minneapolisite).  But for the rest of us, here is some more East Franklinton plan news from Columbus Underground...

 

Town and Rich Streets to Go Two-Way in Franklinton

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on September 5, 2012 - 9:45 pm

 

The finalized East Franklinton Plan was presented in July and lays out a dense urban future for this near-Downtown neighborhood that is slated to be filled with art studios, apartments, corner cafes and creativity.  One critical portion of the plan that was discussed in greater detail at a public meeting this evening was that of transportation infrastructure.  The traditional grid-based street system in Franklinton lends itself well to urban mobility, though one-way streets and broken sidewalks currently limit access.

 

To address this, the East Franklinton Plan calls for changes in traffic operation that would see the conversion of Rich Street and Town Street from one-way streets to two-way streets running east-west through the neighborhood.  The plan calls for the addition of on-street parking, bike lanes, shared lanes and center turn lanes in a configuration that is still to be determined.  Public input was gathered tonight to help figure out the neighborhood’s priorities for balancing road use within the limited right of way.

 

In addition to the two-way street conversion, the East Franklinton Plan recommends the installation of “gateway” features to be located at the railroad viaducts at Rich and Town Streets on the eastern edge of the neighborhood.  These would serve as connectors between East Franklinton and the Scioto Peninsula, which is also going through a new development planning effort.

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/town-and-rich-streets-to-go-two-way-in-franklinton

 


Photos of the two "gateway" railroad viaducts at Rich and Town Streets on the eastern edge of the neighborhood from the Columbus Underground report:

 

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The Franklinton Development Association is moving into its colorful new home at the corner of West Town & McDowell Streets.  Below is a photo from Columbus Underground's thread 'Franklinton - News & Updates':

 

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FDA's new office was previously a corner liquor store.  Below is an auditor's photo from 2010 of its previous appearance.  No matter what your opinion is on the new paint color, you have to hand it to FDA for a dramatic change at this corner in this up-and-coming neighborhood:

 

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The old liquor store at Town & McDowell may have turned into the Franklinton Development Association office.  But a new place to get your liquor is opening nearly across the corner in the rapidly redeveloping warehouse at 400 West Rich.  More about it below from Columbus Underground:

 

400 West Rich Bar to Open This Fall

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on September 26, 2012 - 1:50 pm

 

400 West Rich Street has quickly established itself as a new hub of artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors in Franklinton, hosting arts studios, creative offices, gallery spaces, and one of the city’s first food truck pod concepts.  The only thing its missing is a bar.  Well, this fall the building will be opening its own 4,000 square-foot bar, though the venue has yet to be named.  “The name has been a challenge,” explains 400 West Rich Project Manager Chris Sherman. “We’re trying to root the name and theme with some historical aspect of the area.”

(. . .)

400 West Rich is currently home to 49 art studios and roughly 80 artists utilizing different spaces in the building.  Another 18 studios will be added in the next few weeks as a new phase of construction is completed.  Sherman says that adding a bar to the building has long been in the works.

 

The new venue is slated for a late-October, early-November opening if everything goes smoothly.  Once open, the bar will be open seven days a week from 4pm to 2am.  The bar will also be operated in conjunction with the 4,500 square foot gallery/event space that will host live music and other special events on weekends.  More information can be found online at www.400westrich.com.

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/400-west-rich-bar-to-open-this-fall

 

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Dinin’ Hall ready to host food trucks year-round after renovation

 

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The food truck host Dinin’ Hall is winter-proofing its loading dock to draw a lunch crowd year-round.

 

The facility’s operators replaced a garage door with glass panels and installed a ceiling-hung heater.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/10/23/dinin-hall-ready-to-host-food-trucks.html


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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Franklinton: Volunteers of America to build apartments

By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 7:11 AM

 

Volunteers of America plans to build its first apartment building in Columbus in a Franklinton business park.  Van Buren Village would provide permanent housing and support services for people struggling with homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness.  The proposal is for a three-story, 100-unit building on city land-bank property at the southwest corner of the West Edge Business Center, off I-70 just east of Cooper Stadium.

(. . .)

Construction would begin in 2014, with the building to open by 2015.  The agency plans to apply for low-income housing tax credits through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to help pay for the $13.8 million project.  The project is similar to supportive housing provided by National Church Residences, including the Commons at Grant Downtown and the Commons at Third near Grandview Heights.

 

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/11/06/volunteers-of-america-to-build-apartments.html

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Columbus development affiliate Next Generation focusing on Franklinton first, Coleman says

Business First by Jeff Bell, Staff reporter

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 1:28pm EST

 

Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman’s 2013 budget earmarks $500,000 for a new private, nonprofit economic development entity whose initial focus will be in Franklinton just west of the Scioto River.

 

Next Generation Development Corp. will work to stir development in poor neighborhoods, Coleman told me after he introduced his budget plan Thursday at City Hall.  “It will start in east Franklinton,” he said, “and roll around the city as time goes on.”

 

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/11/15/columbus-development-affiliate-next.html

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Catching up on the renovation of the former Three Deuces bar at 458 W. Town Street in Franklinton.  First from Columbus Underground:

 


Renovations Under Way at Three Deuces in Franklinton

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on May 7, 2012 - 12:30 pm

 

Brad DeHays, one of the former partners behind Harrison’s on Third is working on the rebirth of Three Deuces.  Renovation work is already under way, which includes the opening up of the patio along the west side of the building and a new front facade that replaces the wooden structure with new windows.  The interior will be opened up and include a new space for live music performances.

 

“We are using many reclaimed materials for the interior,” says DeHays.  “That includes reclaimed galvanized barn roofing for the ceiling, a reclaimed 1950′s basketball court for the floor in the main bar area, and reclaimed lumber for the bar and table tops.”

 

The renovated bar is already being praised as complimentary to redevelopment plans for the East Franklinton neighborhood.  “We are thrilled to have something new coming to the Deuces,” says Jim Sweeney, Executive Director of the Franklinton Development Association.  “It sounds like a great fit for what we’re doing and planning to do in East Franklinton.”

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/renovations-under-way-at-three-deuces-in-franklinton

 


Next, the website for the new bar, with its new name - Rehab Tavern.  Not much there right now - except for links to their facebook page and twitter feed.  But there is an embedded video from NBC4 about the Franklinton revitalization efforts, which included a mention of the Rehab Tavern in the story.

 


And from the Rehab Tavern's facebook page a before photo of the building as Three Deuces and a during construction photo of the West Town Street front of the building.  Photos of the interior work are also at their facebook page:

 

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The Rehab Tavern has finished its renovation at 458 W. Town Street in Franklinton and is now open.  More about this from the two reports below from Columbus Underground:

 

CU: Rehab Tavern Opens in Franklinton

 

CU: First Look: Rehab Tavern

 

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Recap of Orange Barrel Media's proposed Franklinton office building from Columbus Underground.  CU's recap outlines OBM's business model and its employees.  It also includes a better photo of the existing site and better version of the artist's rendering of the proposed office building.

 

Columbus Underground: Orange Barrel Media Plans Franklinton Headquarters

 

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Additional recap of Orange Barrel Media's proposed Franklinton office project

 

It looks like the Orange Barrel Media office project in Franklinton is moving forward.  News about this project from Business First in the below linked article from earlier this week:

 

Business First: Orange Barrel secures land in Franklinton for relocated HQ

 

Business First reports that the office project has received the necessary approvals from the City and the State to proceed with construction.  It also reports that "Orange Barrel remains in negotiations with the City of Columbus on a local incentive package for the $6 million project, which also calls for a towering solar array to produce electricity. ... The company is working out a final design with Columbus architect George Acock for its administrative and production facility on the former Arrow Concrete Co. property. ... The project could get under construction this summer."

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More reposting of news wiped out by the July server crash.  First, an update on the Orange Barrel Media relocation project:

 

Orange Barrel Media closer to move

By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter

Business First - Apr 19, 2013

 

The Columbus Department of Development has offered the Grove City company a 10-year, 75 percent real estate tax abatement on the $2.2 million it will take to transform a portion of the old Arrow Concrete Co. site at North Souder and McKinley avenues into 13,300 square feet of offices.  The advertising services agency also would renovate a maintenance facility as a place to produce the ad murals it installs in urban areas.

(. . .)

“They started in Columbus and then moved out to Grove City,” said Shane Farnsworth, the city’s economic development administrator.  “This is a good opportunity for them to come back to Columbus and be a part of the redevelopment of Franklinton.”  The city has promoted other projects in Franklinton, such as the arts-focused redevelopment on West Rich Street.  Orange Barrel “is part of that creative class we’ve had a bit of success attracting to Franklinton,” said Farnsworth.

(. . .)

The project also would have a strong environmental aspect. Orange Barrel plans to incorporate three 32-foot-tall concrete silos into building design, with the silos on either end offering skylights to a reception area and the other to a board room.  The middle silo would include a second-story conference room bathed in sunlight.  The idea includes two advertising banners towering 125 feet above the two-story office property and a third towering panel with a solar array producing electricity for the building.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2013/04/19/orange-barrel-media-closer-to-move.html

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Long-term Revitalization the Goal for West Franklinton

By: Brent Warren, Columbus Underground

Published on April 8, 2013 - 8:00 am

 

With all of the recent activity in East Franklinton, including a neighborhood plan that calls for increased density and a wide range of uses for the area between the railroad tracks and 315, it can sometimes seem like West Franklinton – despite being the much-larger part of the neighborhood that stretches west to the Hilltop – is being over-looked.

 

The mayor may have had that perception in mind when he announced a partnership with Mount Carmel focused on West Franklinton in his state of the city address.  This planning effort, though, is just getting underway and the exact nature of Mt Carmel’s involvement has not yet been determined.  Jim Sweeney, Executive Director of the Franklinton Development Association (FDA), says that while they are “very excited about bringing a lot of new voices to the table” for the planning effort, they’ve been focused on the western part of the neighborhood for years, and are optimistic that a slow and steady approach to revitalization will yield long-lasting, positive results.

 

Assistant Director Jeff Mohrman points to the nearly 170 new or completely-renovated houses that have been added to the neighborhood since 2002 by the FDA or their partners.  Although that pales in comparison to the number of problem properties that remain, Mohrman hopes that by strategically focusing their efforts on certain streets when possible and leveraging a wide range of local, state and federal programs, the organization can slowly turn the tide in the neighborhood.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/long-term-revitalization-the-goal-for-west-franklinton-bw1

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Easier rezoning, design review sought for East Franklinton

By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday, April 19, 2013

 

Design standards have drawn criticism in some neighborhoods as a roadblock to development, but some neighborhood leaders in East Franklinton are embracing them for new buildings as part of a plan to boost development there.

 

Columbus plans to rezone all of East Franklinton to make building and renovating easier for developers, who now have to deal with a confusing mishmash of districts.  The city also plans to create a seven-member design panel of residents, property owners and experts — similar to the Downtown Commission — to review projects and make sure they comply with the plan for the area.

 

The city wants to position the area west of Downtown as a magnet for artists and entrepreneurs by trying to build off the artist’s colony at 400 West Rich Street.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/04/19/easier-rezoning-design-review-sought-for-east-franklinton.html

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The Franklinton neighborhood has been getting alot of attention from the City of Columbus lately.  It's been getting more attention from The Dispatch too.  Below are links to two recent Dispatch articles about Franklinton.  The first is from July 1 and was written prior to the big development news in the neighboring Scioto Peninsula last week.  The second is from yesterday and references what the Scioto Peninsula news might mean for development in Franklinton:

 

Franklinton undergoes artful revival

 

Groups hope East Franklinton benefits from Scioto River plans

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^ The above Franklinton/Scioto Peninsula article from earlier this week mentioned two projects that the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) was going to be finishing up this year in East Franklinton.  One is the construction of a three-story, 100-unit housing development called Franklin Station at 524 W. Broad Street.  The other is the demolition of the 11-story tower built in 1963 known as Sunshine Terrace.  More about these two projects below.

 

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Here's the location of the 11-story Sunshine Terrace Tower at 272 S. Gift Street.  It is located immediately north of the recently renovated Dodge Park Recreation Center and immediately west of a group of recently demolished CMHA low-rise public housing structures along the Scioto River.  This demolition combined with the previous demolition will clear 13 acres of buildable land along the river's edge.

 

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Here are a couple of views of the existing 1963 tower.  The tower is probably better known to those who view it from downtown as "that-tall-building-in-Franklinton-with-the-weird-mural-on-the-side":

 

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The Franklin Station Apartments project information was previously posted in this thread and is copied below.  The three-story, 100-unit housing development is replacing the former Byers Chevrolet truck sales lot at 524 W. Broad Street:

 

^I was curious about where exactly those Franklin Station apartments would be located at the W. Broad and N. Mill in Franklinton.  So I went to the Franklin County Auditor's site to see where the CMHA property was located.  It turns out that the CMHA property is the former Byers Chevrolet truck sales lot north of Broad Street.  This property is between the historic former fire house that houses Jimmy Rea Electronics to the west and an office warehouse sales building to the east. 

 

Below is the site map from the Auditor's site:

 

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More about the 100-unit Franklin Station apartments planned for 524 W. Broad Street in Franklinton.  Business First had some more information about the project in the article posted below.  The construction company - R.W. Setterlin Building Co. - posted pdf's of the construction plans at its website.  Below the article excerpt are links to Franklin Station construction plans.  I wish a rendering was available because this looks like an outstanding urban infill project for Franklinton. 

 

The building is T-shaped - with the short side of the T along the Broad Street sidewalk and the longer T extending north into the rest of the site.  Both parts of the building are three-stories.  The ground floor facing Broad Street is a mostly glass storefront dedicated to common space and office space for the building, as well as some leaseable retail space at the corner of May Avenue.  The remainer of the building facades facing the surrounding public streets are brick clad with punched window fenestration.

 

According to the Business First article, construction is scheduled begin sometime this month, with construction scheduled to take 15 months.  The project is designed by Berardi & Partners and is a LEED project.

 


Setterlin lands contract to build Franklin Station housing project

By Brian R. Ball, Business First staff reporter

Date: Friday, February 24, 2012, 6:00am EST

 

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has awarded R.W. Setterlin Building Co. a $10.4 million construction contract to build the 100-unit Franklin Station senior housing project at 524 W. Broad Street.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/02/24/setterlin-lands-contract-to-build.html

 


Setterlin's CMHA Franklin Station project page

 

Columbus Underground had a report about Franklin Station Apartments on June 30 at http://www.columbusunderground.com/franklin-station-apartments-on-track-for-fall-completion-bw1And they've also been keeping track of its construction:

 

Late May 2013 view from the corner of W. Broad Street and May Avenue from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-may-2013-part-2

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Late May 2013 view of the building from May Avenue from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-may-2013-part-2

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Late May 2013 view of the building from Broad Street from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-may-2013-part-2

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Late June 2013 view of the building from Broad Street from http://www.columbusunderground.com/franklin-station-apartments-on-track-for-fall-completion-bw1

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News yesterday from Columbus Underground about one potential Franklinton project taking a step backward.  It's Wonderland (try not to be shocked).  This makes the second location that the Wonderland group has flamed out on.  The first being the former Wonder Bread building in Italian Village, which then got renovated as the Wonder Bread Lofts.

 

The original March 2013 announcement that the Wonderland group was looking at this former office furniture outlet sales building at 500 W. Broad Street got lost the great UO server crash of 2013.  But the original news and this latest announcement are at the Columbus Underground link below:

 

CU: Wonderland Scraps Broad Street Renovation Plan, Looks to Build Elsewhere in Franklinton

 

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News today from Columbus Underground about another Franklinton project taking a step forward.  This one is the new headquarters for Orange Barrel Media, the company that brought those splashy advertising murals to downtown.  As previously posted here in this thread last year, Orange Barrel Media purchased a 5-acre former concrete production facility north of Broad Street near I-670 and the banks of the Scioto River.  Now, they are moving ahead with its construction: 

 

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Orange Barrel Breaks Ground on Franklinton Headquarters Next Week

By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on September 6, 2013 - 6:00 am

 

Local outdoor advertising company Orange Barrel Media is ready to pack up and move to Franklinton.  Next Wednesday, September 11th, the firm will host a ground breaking ceremony signaling the start of construction on their new headquarters location that was first announced in April 2012.

 

The new headquarters — located near the intersection of Souder Avenue and McKinley Avenue — includes a large three-sided tower structure boasting two advertising panels facing Interstate 670 and State Route 315 to the north, and a wall of solar panels facing Franklinton to the south.

 

“The project has evolved just a bit, mainly around the site plan,” says Pete Scantland, President of Orange Barrel Media. “We originally announced that our offices would include a new two story building, and we’re now adding sort of a three story building with half of a bottom floor underground.”

 

The new building will provide 18,000 square feet of workspace in addition to an existing 10,000 square foot building on site that will be renovated.  The three concrete silos will be incorporated into the design, paying homage to the industrial history of the area.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/orange-barrel-breaks-ground-on-franklinton-headquarters-next-week

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Headline story in today's Dispatch about some possible plans for Mount Carmel West Hospital in the West Franklinton neighborhood.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/09/06/Mount-Carmel-West-considering-moving.html

 

The story reports from unnamed Mount Carmel sources that the hospital is floating plans to move its inpatient hospital services at the Mount Carmel West campus in Franklinton to Grove City.  The Grove City location is the site of an under-construction emergency room facility that Mount Carmel is building.  Currently, they operate a 372-bed inpatient hospital facility at the Mount Carmel West campus in West Franklinton.

 

The story also confirmed from various city development officials that "there have been discussions" with Mount Carmel about a possible move.  It also goes on to say that if the inpatient hospital services would move the Grove City, the hospital would still maintain a presence at its existing West Franklinton campus through an emergency room and other medical services.

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Columbus Business First also has a report about Mount Carmel possibly moving its inpatient services from its West Franklinton campus to Grove City: 

 

Mount Carmel considers full hospital in Grove City, West future unclear

 


Business First also has a report about the possibility that Franklinton might lose another landmark of sorts.  Byers Chevrolet got approval to build a new Chevy dealership in Grove City.  This might mean the relocation of its existing Chevy dealership from East Franklinton:

 

Byers says Grove City is ‘perfect fit’ for Chevy dealership

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According to the most recent article from Columbus Business First, the new Orange Barrel Media HQ will be 160 feet tall. That's equivalent to a 16 story building.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/09/orange-barrel-media-getting-home.html

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Construction update on the Franklin Station Apartments at 524 W. Broad Street in Franklinton.  The three-story, 100-unit housing development being built by CMHA is replacing a truck sales lot previously on the property.  The project was previously updated here and here in this thread:

 

Late September 2013 - view from Broad Street from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-september-2013-part-2

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More about Strongwater opening at 400 West Rich from Business First:

 

Strongwater Food and Spirits ready to join strengthening Franklinton

By Dan Eaton, Staff reporter

Business First - Nov 25, 2013, 5:57pm EST

 

The 400 W. Rich development wants to invite you in for a drink.  The newest addition to the two-year-old arts and event space is Strongwater Food and Spirits, a bar and soon-to-be restaurant conceived as both a gathering space for the building’s artist tenants and an entryway for outsiders into the project and the Franklinton area in general.

 

“We wanted a place that would open up more collaboration,” Development Manager Kris Howell told me. “We wanted a place where the artists could hang out but also a place where people from outside could come down and see what’s happening.”

 

The 105,000-square-foot 400 W. Rich complex opened in 2011 and now includes 100 art studios, the Dinin’Hall food truck pod, a dual event and gallery space and Strongwater.  The restaurant occupies 3,000 square feet at the building’s north end.  (Its official address is 401 W. Town St. despite being in the same 400 W. Rich building.)  The accompanying event space, which includes a second bar, also is around 3,000 square feet.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/11/strongwater-food-and-spirits-ready-to.html

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Construction update on the Franklin Station Apartments at 524 W. Broad Street in Franklinton.  The three-story, 100-unit housing development being built by CMHA is replacing a truck sales lot previously on the property.  The project was previously updated here and here in this thread:

 

Late September 2013 - view from Broad Street from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-september-2013-part-2

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Late October 2013 - view from Broad Street from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-october-2013

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Late October 2013 - view from Broad Street from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-october-2013

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One of our posters here at Urban Ohio - jbcmh81 - posted some information on a great looking project in Franklinton over at Columbus Underground: http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/warner-junction-development-coming-to-franklinton.  Thank you for catching this. 

 

Warner Junction is an 18-unit residential development being proposed by the Franklinton Development Association that would go on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Town and McDowell in East Franklinton.  There was some news about this location last year.  But it was about a two-story warehouse that FDA purchased next to the empty lot where the 18-unit Warner Junction project is proposed.  The Franklinton Development Association had received a grant from the City of Columbus to clean up the two-story warehouse building.  Here was the previous update about that:

 

Green Columbus Grant to Assist Franklinton Live-Work Development

By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on July 23, 2012 - 12:15 pm

 

An empty Franklinton warehouse located at 421-435 West State Street may receive some grant funding for cleanup work and redevelopment.  Mayor Michael Coleman submitted legislation to Columbus City Council to apply for a $200,000 brownfield cleanup grant from the Green Columbus Fund.  The money will allow the Franklinton Development Association to correct environmental issues that affect the building and allow for eventual development into a live-work space.

 

This new project coincides with the recently completed East Franklinton Plan, which outlines an entire 200 acre neighborhood of dense development centered around the creative class.  “This building is one of the keys to redeveloping East Franklinton,” said Jim Sweeney, executive director of the Franklinton Development Association.  “Located just behind COSI and the Spaghetti Warehouse, it has the potential to jump start the whole area by drawing new people and businesses over to the neighborhood.”

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/green-columbus-grant-to-assist-franklinton-live-work-development

 

This location is also one block north of the former corner liquor store at Town & McDowell that the Franklinton Development Association turned into its offices - painting the exterior a dramatic bright blue.  More about that here earlier in this thread from 2012.

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Again, with much thanks to jbcmh81 finding this information and posting it at http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/warner-junction-development-coming-to-franklinton, here is a rundown on the project.

 

Warner Junction is an 18-unit residential development being proposed by the Franklinton Development Association that would go on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of State and McDowell in East Franklinton.  Below is an aerial of the area with the FDA property hi-lighted in blue (an homage to the blue on their office building at Town & McDowell):

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The surroundings are a kind of mish-mash of current East Franklinton.  Some junky industrial property across State Street.  Some smaller dumpy houses in the area.  But some pretty decent older brick apartment buildings immediately west across McDowell.  A nice old church diagonal from the property at the corner.  And a neat looking vintage grey and cream brick apartment building one block west at State & May.  Just east of the property is the two-story warehouse also owned by FDA.

 

Here is the corner lot with the proposed Warner Junction development.  The four buildings contain 18 residential units. 18 parking spaces are located within internal garage spaces in the back ground floors of each building.  The garage spaces are accessed via drives with curb cuts on McDowell and a rear alley.  The submitted site plan to the city was a little hard to read, so I hi-lighted each building in blue.  The original site plan plus more information submitted to the city is at http://development.columbus.gov/planning/itemdetail.aspx?id=62772&pid=61140 

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Below is a Google streetview image of the current vacant lot at State and McDowell.  The two-story warehouse building that FDA owns at 435 W. State Street is in the background - as is an excellent view of the downtown skyline:

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Below is a rendering of the 18-unit Warner Junction development at the corner of State & McDowell.  The building in front faces State Street and the building in background faces McDowell Street.  You can also see an outline of the State Street warehouse to the left in this rendering.  The orientation is roughly similar to the previous streetview image:

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This residential project is a contemporary version of the traditional urban townhouse.  Each unit has a street level front entrance, three stories of interior living space and a rooftop deck accessible from the stairway that extends above the 3rd floor roofline.  This rendering is one of five renderings/elevations submitted to the city.  More Warner Junction exterior elevations and renderings are available at http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/Planning_Division/Boards_and_Commissions/East_Franklinton_Review_Board/Meetings/2013/November/Warner%20Junction%20Application_Elevations.pdf

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Same damn townhomes in downtown Dayton.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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HA!  They are pretty similar to that townhome building in downtown Dayton.  But I do think the proportions and detailing are much better on this FDA project.

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Meh, it's like comparing two garbage cans. 


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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