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Project Update: Legacy Pointe at Poindexter

 

Work continues at the Legacy Pointe at Poindexter on the Near East Side, with construction on the last phase of the development scheduled to start soon. When we checked in on the project in 2016, senior apartments had just been completed and work had started on the second phase of residential buildings. Recent updates have shown even more buildings being completed over the course of 2017.

 

The 16-acre development, which was first announced in 2014, is designed to provide residential options for a mix of income levels. The demand for each type of unit has been strong so far, according to Robert Bitzenhofer of the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/project-update-legacy-pointe-at-poindexter-bw1

 

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Not gonna lie I'm pretty disappointed in the density of the Poindexter buildout... They could have easily put the same number of units or more from the total project on half the land

 

Going through the parts that are complete  f e e l  r e a l l y  j u s t  s o  d a m n  s p r e a d  o u t

 

Every structure is set back from the street and each other an almost ridiculous amount. The buildings themselves feel like a thin veneer screening their massive surface parking lots, and there's an additional huge amount of unnecessary and useless greenspace almost everywhere

 

It's like the motivation was just to use up all the land available no matter what they put on it. Everything is spread so thin...

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Not gonna lie I'm pretty disappointed in the density of the Poindexter buildout... They could have easily put the same number of units or more from the total project on half the land

 

Going through the parts that are complete  f e e l  r e a l l y  j u s t  s o  d a m n  s p r e a d  o u t

 

Every structure is set back from the street and each other an almost ridiculous amount. The buildings themselves feel like a thin veneer screening their massive surface parking lots, and there's an additional huge amount of unnecessary and useless greenspace almost everywhere

 

It's like the motivation was just to use up all the land available no matter what they put on it. Everything is spread so thin...

 

I've thought the same things since seeing the initial development plan. I understand wanting to differentiate it from the housing the tore town that felt like sardines, but this is the polar opposite. Poor land planning, strange density (just look at the historic homes nearby -- they have twice the density of these semi-attached units), and a poor choice of aesthetic that already looks stale. I hope it accomplishes what they wanted for low-income housing, but it really could have been so much more successful.

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Mixed-Use Project Moving Forward in Olde Towne East

 

A new proposal for the southeast corner of Oak Street and South Ohio Avenue will add a major mixed-use element to already-approved plans for residential construction on the north side of the street. Together, the projects promise to completely transform the Olde Towne East intersection.

 

The Columbus Food Hub, a small business incubator that facilitated the rise of restaurants like Hot Chicken Takeover and J Hot Fish – among many others – will likely close for good in the next few months, as plans for the project move forward.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/mixed-use-project-moving-forward-in-olde-towne-east-bw1

 

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This is a pretty great proposal. A 3-story mixed use building on Oak, renovating another historic building on Ohio, and building a pair of townhomes behind on another empty lot

 

Hope it happens and we start seeing a lot more like this on the east side!

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Apartments planned at Columbus Food Hub site in Olde Towne East

 

A new mixed-use development is planned for a fast-changing part of Old Towne East.

 

A three-story project, The Gemma, will be developed on the southeast corner of Oak Street and South Ohio Avenue, partly new construction and partly the adaptive re-use of the buildings there now.

 

Built by partners Gallas Zadeh Development and Mulberry, the building will include 24 apartments as well as ground-floor retail and restaurant space.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/04/05/apartments-planned-at-columbus-food-hub-site-in.html

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Take a look inside: $37M final phase starts at old Poindexter Village

 

The $37 million final phase to redevelop Poindexter Village has begun.

 

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and its team broke ground on the last 159 housing units at Legacy Pointe at Poindexter, near Champion and Mount Vernon avenues on the east side.

 

When finished, the new community will cover 25 acres and include 450 units of housing.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/04/05/take-a-look-inside-37m-final-phase-starts-at-old.html

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Not gonna lie I'm pretty disappointed in the density of the Poindexter buildout... They could have easily put the same number of units or more from the total project on half the land

 

Going through the parts that are complete  f e e l  r e a l l y  j u s t  s o  d a m n  s p r e a d  o u t

 

Every structure is set back from the street and each other an almost ridiculous amount. The buildings themselves feel like a thin veneer screening their massive surface parking lots, and there's an additional huge amount of unnecessary and useless greenspace almost everywhere

 

It's like the motivation was just to use up all the land available no matter what they put on it. Everything is spread so thin...

 

When PACT (Partners Achieving Community Transformation, a consortium of the City, the Housing Authority and the Ohio State University) was formed to revitalize this part of the Near East Side, it was based on the group formed to revitalize the Weinland Park neighborhood (City, OSU & Wagenbrenner Development).  But the quality of the PACT/CMHA urban infill is far below the quality of the Weinland Park urban infill led by Wagenbrenner.

 

Which is a shame because the template for great urban infill was available in Weinland Park to be replicated here.  And the individual buildings built by PACT/CMHA look pretty decent.  But like you said,  i t s  j u s t  s o  s p r e a d  o u t  !

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CML has released a rendering of the proposed new-build replacement for the MLK branch.

 

It will be located a block east of the current location on Taylor Ave between East High School and OSU East Hospital. The architect is Moody Nolan. Construction should begin sometime next year.

 

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http://www.columbuslibrary.org/buildings/mlk

 

More on this below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/design-and-location-of-new-mlk-library-branch-revealed-bw1

 

Mid-April photos of the framing for the new MLK branch library on the Near East Side from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-april-2018-part-1-we1

 

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New Shipping Container Arts Space to Open in King-Lincoln District

 

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Maroon Arts Group, in a unique partnership with the City of Columbus, is set to open a new shipping container arts space in the King-Lincoln District. The group will celebrate the space’s opening with a day-long festival featuring vendors and family-friendly activities on Sunday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m., at 925 Mt. Vernon Ave.

 

The new arts space, called Movement Pursuing Arts, Commerce & Community (MPACC), consists of two repurposed shipping containers, with a third owned and operated by vegetarian soul food restaurant Willowbeez SoulVeg.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/new-shipping-container-arts-space-to-open-in-king-lincoln-district-tm1

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Two Near East Side Projects Get Housing Tax Credits

 

Two Near East Side projects are among the 37 affordable housing projects statewide that have received housing tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). Other Columbus neighborhoods with projects that received the credits include Northland, the South Side, and the Hilltop.

 

“Ensuring low income Ohioans have access to healthy job markets and high-performing schools is critical to ending the intergenerational cycle of poverty,” said OHFA’s Executive Director Sean Thomas, in a press release announcing the news. “Today, we take another momentous step towards a truly equitable housing market that balances the diverse needs of our people.”

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/two-near-east-side-projects-get-housing-tax-credits-bw1

 

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Two Near East Side Projects Get Housing Tax Credits

 

Two Near East Side projects are among the 37 affordable housing projects statewide that have received housing tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). Other Columbus neighborhoods with projects that received the credits include Northland, the South Side, and the Hilltop.

 

“Ensuring low income Ohioans have access to healthy job markets and high-performing schools is critical to ending the intergenerational cycle of poverty,” said OHFA’s Executive Director Sean Thomas, in a press release announcing the news. “Today, we take another momentous step towards a truly equitable housing market that balances the diverse needs of our people.”

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/two-near-east-side-projects-get-housing-tax-credits-bw1

 

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^ Some more info about the project in the above rendering:  https://ohiohome.org/ppd/proposals/2018/PSH/ColumbusScholarHouse.pdf

 

Scholar House Phase III:  A $6.2 million expansion of Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority's scholar house development, which provides housing for single parents getting degrees.  This third phase will focus on youth aging out of foster care with 30 one-bedroom units at 79-89 N. 17th Street.  Moody Nolan is architect and the project will bid a general contractor.

 

Scholar House Phase III will be built on the west side of 17th Street, directly across the street from Scholar House I & II, which were completed in 2016 & 2017.  Scholar House I & II provided 28 units for this program, and their construction in 2016 was documented previously in this thread here and here.

 

Here is the most recent streetview of the completed Scholar House I & II buildings as seen from the corner of Long & 17th.  This is the most recent streetview for these buildings - the two-story Scholar House I and the three-story Scholar House II can be seen down 17th Street.  The yellow-bricked Charles Building at the corner of Long & 17th was built in 2013-14, but is not part of this CMHA Scholar House program:

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August 2016 is the most recent streetview for 17th Street.  It shows the three-story Scholar House II still under construction on the east side of the street.  On the west side of street is the building site for the recently approved Scholar House III.  Scholar House III will replace the one-story block building with the gable roof and the extra-large satellite dish:

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This aerial photo also shows the building site for Scholar House III.  The property purchased for Scholar House III is outlined in orange on the west side the 17th Street.  Across the street, the Scholar House I & II are noticeable with their new bright white roofs:

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University Hospital East plans for day when iconic round tower will come down

 

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Before Ohio State University commits to a $26 million surgery addition at University Hospital East, hospital officials wanted to make sure it's going in the right place – so they've sketched out many years' worth of redevelopment plans that would dramatically reshape a skyline landmark on the Near East Side.

 

In several years, East's distinctive round 16-story tower – added in 1971 – will be replaced. The entire campus will expand and shift slightly westward, opening more green space along Taylor Avenue, according to a draft master plan presented Wednesday to OSU Wexner Medical Center trustees. Last year OSU bought 2.7 acres immediately west of the hospital from the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, making room for eventual expansion.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/06/06/university-hospital-east-plans-for-day-when-iconic.html

 

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Two Columbus Projects Awarded State Historic Tax Credits

 

The Ohio Development Services Agency announced today that two Columbus redevelopment projects – both on the Near East Side – were awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.

 

One was a proposal from Brad DeHays of Connect Realty to turn a long-vacant former trolley barn into a public market. Restaurants, offices and plazas are also planned for the site, which is located at the northeast corner of Oak Street and Kelton Avenue.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/two-columbus-projects-awarded-state-historic-tax-credits-bw1

 

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Three-Story Mixed-Use Development Unveiled in King-Lincoln District

 

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Community members on the Near East Side got their first look this evening at plans for a new $20 million mixed-use development on East Long Street in the King-Lincoln District. The proposal was presented for conceptual review to the Near East Area Commission (NEAC).

 

The project, proposed in partnership by Borror and Kingsley+Co, includes four three-story buildings on a two acre site, which would contain 135 apartment units and approximately 10,000 square feet of commercial retail space. The project would be supported by a surface parking lot in back of the site with accommodations for somewhere between 101 and 105 cars.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/three-story-mixed-use-development-unveiled-in-king-lincoln-district-we1

 

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Three-Story Residential Building Planned for Oak and Wilson

 

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A three-story condominium development has been proposed for the corner of Oak Street and Wilson Avenue on the Near East Side. The six-unit building marks the first new-build project from Eye Homes, a company that has been active in rehabbing properties in the neighborhood.

 

The new building would sit on the northeast corner of the intersection, south of a large historic home that is slated for renovation as part of the project. Each 2,200-square-foot unit will feature three bedrooms, a rooftop deck and a two-car garage.

 

Esteban Saldarriaga, who owns and operates Eye Homes along with his wife, Erika, said that the goal is to break ground in October, although that timeline will depend on getting final approval for the design from the Near East Area Commission.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/oak-and-wilson-bw1

 

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^ Not too crazy over the aggressively contemporary design of the new apartment building - but I do like that they'll be renovating the adjacent boarded-up historic house.

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13-unit condominium building at the northwest corner of Bryden Road and Ohio Avenue in the Bryden Road Historic District is coming along nicely.  More about the project at https://www.columbusunderground.com/condos-planned-for-vacant-lot-on-bryden-road-bw1 and at https://www.brydenrow.com/

 

Early July construction photo from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-july-2018-edition-we1

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Not as much to see yet of the 36-unit, four-story condominium building under construction at 1676 E. Broad Street across from Franklin Park - except for a prominent website sign that obscures the construction going on behind it.  But it is a good-looking project.  More info at https://thefranklincondos.com/

 

Below is a rendering from https://www.columbusunderground.com/condo-building-proposed-for-east-broad-street-across-from-franklin-park-bw1:

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Early July construction photo with afore mentioned website sign that obscures the construction going on behind it from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-july-2018-edition-we1:

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Prolific Olde Towne East developers lining up another project

 

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A team of developers in Olde Towne East is getting ready for its next project.

 

Gallas Zadeh Development and Mulberry are working through approvals for The Elliott, a new 36-unit apartment project in two buildings located at Oak Street and Linwood Avenue and Franklin Avenue and Linwood. It would be the developers' sixth project on the near east side in just over 18 months.

 

The project would have one-bedroom and two-bedroom units with on-site parking. Price points on the units were not clear, but some could be close to the $1,000-a-month range or more. J. Carter Bean is designing the buildings.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/07/26/prolific-olde-towne-east-developers-lining-up.html

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/07/31/finding-hope-at-the-newhuntington-empowerment.html

 

Above is a before and after view of 780 Mt. Vernon Avenue in the King-Lincoln District.  The building is owned by the Columbus Urban League and has been renovated into the Huntington Empowerment Center.  The $1.7 million renovation of this 6,500 square-foot building was done through a partnership with Huntington Bank.

 

The center opened about a week ago as the Columbus Urban League hosts the national conference of the National Urban League from Aug. 1-4.  The center is now home to My Brother's Closet, the Minority Business Assistance Center and a hands-on learning lab for middle and high school students.  My Brother's Closet used to be located in the Columbus Urban League headquarters, which is across the street from the new Huntington Empowerment Center.

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Long-Stalled Project in Olde Towne East Now Under Construction

 

Preliminary construction work has begun at 122 Parsons Ave., a vacant lot in Olde Towne East that has seen numerous development proposals over the years.

 

The latest concept calls for a four-story building that will hold 78 apartments, a first-floor parking garage, and about 1,900 square feet of retail space.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/long-stalled-project-in-olde-towne-east-now-under-construction-bw1

 

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78 apartments coming to former factory site in Olde Towne East 

 

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After a few years of work, Metropolitan Holdings Ltd. is moving forward on a mixed-use development at 122 Parsons Ave. in Olde Towne East.

 

The three-story development, which plans for 78 apartments and about 1,900 square feet of retail space on the first floor, has a new name, too – The Yardley.

 

That's a nod to Yardley Manufacturing Co., which used to manufacture garden hoses, plastic pipes and other materials on the site, said Matt Vekasy, principal at Metropolitan Holdings.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/10/09/for.html

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^I'm not familiar with that area of Columbus, so I Google street viewed the address.  There is a surprisingly decent street wall/business district/intact older buildings along Parsons Ave.  If a few more of the vacant lots could be filled it, it could be a great little commercial district.

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11 hours ago, jeremyck01 said:

^I'm not familiar with that area of Columbus, so I Google street viewed the address.  There is a surprisingly decent street wall/business district/intact older buildings along Parsons Ave.  If a few more of the vacant lots could be filled it, it could be a great little commercial district.

 

I was actually thinking the same exact thing. I'm not sure if there are height restrictions for this specific area but something around 8-10 stories could also give you some pretty cool views of downtown. 

 

 

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Three-Story Apartment Building Proposed for King-Lincoln District

 

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A local developer wants to build a three-story apartment building on a tucked-away lot in the King-Lincoln District.

 

The 25-unit building would sit at 932 E. Gay St. and would require the demolition of one single family house. A 25-space surface lot would provide parking for the apartments, a mix of studios and small one-bedroom units.

 

The proposal comes from Urban Land Co, a development firm founded in 2015 by Chase Miller and Nick Harpster. The two partners, who both previously worked for Lifestyle Communities, also run a real estate management firm called Link Real Estate Group.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/three-story-apartment-building-proposed-for-king-lincoln-district-bw1

 

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First Look: Opening of the New Martin Luther King Library Branch

 

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) held a grand opening celebration for the new Martin Luther King branch on the Near East Side.

 

Speakers included representatives from CML and the Martin Luther King branch, as well as Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, Reps. Bernadine Kennedy Kent and Joyce Beatty, writer and poet Scott Woods, and other community leaders.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-opening-of-the-new-martin-luther-king-library-branch-tm1

 

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