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first time seeing this thread for some reason.  Thank God that old building is gone.  The demo is now complete and the clean up is beginning.  Its cool because you see quality development crawling north along High Street.  Dont get me wrong, all of short north has quality development, but it used to be once you hit this building, it began to fizzle, IMO.  But now, this project connects the rest of High all the way up until the UDF just a block north of this.  Hopefully someone will move in there next and develop that parking lot and UDF next to eachother.  With the recent completion of the Dakota and the soon to be Jackson condos, its fun watching this area totally fill in with quality developments. 

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What a terrible looking rendering...water colors are probably not the best media to use for this type of rendering.  Computer graphics, prisma colors or even pastels would have all turned out better.  Maybe I'm just being picky though. :|

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this development is certainly separated from the more gentrified south end of short north.  This area needs something like this so this is good.  They tore down the sign and had equipment on the site last week but now nothing is there anymore. 

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its nice if rather dull.

 

still, its great news and yes that area needs it. i bet it sells out quickly.

 

my hope is that in the furture columbus would get more unique and architecturally striking stuff for at least a few projects like this one. we settle for any off the shelf modern infill too easily in ohio. yeah, of course its fine and cool and all and i am being harsh -- sorry.

 

 

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its nice if rather dull.

 

still, its great news and yes that area needs it. i bet it sells out quickly.

 

my hope is that in the furture columbus would get more unique and architecturally striking stuff for at least a few projects like this one. we settle for any off the shelf modern infill too easily in ohio. yeah, of course its fine and cool and all and i am being harsh -- sorry.

 

 

 

Valid criticism (although I personally like the design).  It's not a Meier Perry Street condo design or Libeskind Ascent design - but more of contextual design with some modern elements.  Keep in mind that its located within the Victorian Village Historic District, so its likely as far as the architects could push the design.

 

But hey, if you want radical design, look at the Jackson On High logo.  It's got a backwards "K"!

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if the locals wanna practice pushing design forward with developer webpages and logos first ok i'm all for it -- baby steps!

 

 

still, you know what i mean. i wish someone would pick an empty neighborhood parcel or rehab and really do something striking with it. i haven't been "architecturally impressed" by anything in columbus since the wexner center (i even like the convention center too, but it doesn't wow me).

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I like it. I find most of the buildings on High Street to be lackluster but their uses, combined with the street life certainly make up for it. I like this building though, it has some depth to it.

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It's just a building. It's fairly well proportioned and knows what it is. It shows signs of classical aesthetic values creeping back into contemporary architecture. It tries to be in harmony with the scale of the buildings around it. It's not trying to be a deconstructivist crack trip.

 

It is not dull.

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It's just a building. It's fairly well proportioned and knows what it is. It shows signs of classical aesthetic values creeping back into contemporary architecture. It tries to be in harmony with the scale of the buildings around it. It's not trying to be a deconstructivist crack trip.

 

It is not dull.

 

nah, it's exactly the same modern infill you see in every city in these days. if all you can say about it is that it's "fairly well proportioned" and "it's just a building" well that is exactly the reason for the rant. not that there is anything wrong with it, it's fine, but it wont turn up in dwell and wont be written about in architectural digest either. i look forward to the day someone will do something architecturally interesting -- at least once or twice somewhere around town -- instead of this off the shelf stuff. i think its coming, but i wish it would happen sooner than later. columbus has enough of an image with being thought of as a generic place, adding a little spice to modern living structures here or there wouldn't hurt. no one is talking about nutty crack trips, just a boffo socko looking apt or office building or three that pushes the envelope and gets some notice.

 

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This is not technically a "technicolor" photo of the arches.  But I came across this photo and wanted to include it because it's one of the best night-time photos I've seen of the Short North Arches.

 

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Updated rendering from Columbus Retro Metro on the Urban Oasis project in the Short North (aka Ibiza Urban Oasis or Ibiza).  I believe it would be located at the corner of High & Hubbard.

 

link: http://columbusretrometro.typepad.com/columbus_retrometro/2007/11/latest-on-ibiza.html

 

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Latest on Ibiza

 

There's not really any information up on their site as of yet, but have a look at the latest rendering for the Ibiza project in the Short North and keep an eye on their Web site as the project evolves. I think this is a great development and I really like the effect that offsetting the higher stories creates, almost as if there was another building behind it. Good stuff:

 

http://ibizaonhigh.com

 

 

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Another residential project in the Short North area.  I haven't heard of this one before this article in last Friday's Business First.  Joe Armeni of New Victorians Inc. purchased this building and is the developer.  Haven't come across any project website or renderings - so I included a site plan and the most recent photo of the building from the Auditor's GIS website.  Nice looking building and interesting location.  It's located at 1276 N. High Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.  It's in that gap area between the previously renovated part of the Short North and the South Campus Gateway development.  

 

If anyone has more information on this project, please feel free to share...

 

 

Armeni hopes his newest project makes mark at Short North entrance

Friday, February 8, 2008

Business First of Columbus

By Brian R. Ball, Business First

 

Short North developer Joe Armeni will edge into the southern reaches of the University District in Columbus this spring when he finishes transforming a Masonic lodge building into 25 condominiums.

 

Armeni's New Victorians Inc. bought the former York Lodge No. 563 at 1276 N. High St. three years ago for $500,000 and spent more than two years getting variances to permit reuse of the property as housing along a commercial corridor.

 

The York on High project, just south of East Sixth Avenue, marks a departure from Armeni's emphasis on developing housing in the Short North. But the developer said the former lodge likely will capture buyers interested in its proximity to the Short North rather than the area around Ohio State University.

 

"I look at (the site) as the entrance into the Short North," Armeni said. "It's a natural progression (of development) going north."

 

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Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/02/11/story7.html?page=1

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This proposal is just north of the 670 cap. From what I gather, the 10 story hotel will be built on an empty parking lot next to what used to be Functional Furnishings.

 

THE FOLLOWING APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE HEARD BEFORE 8:15PM

9. 08-2-17

632 North Park Street (UCT Building)

Pizzuti (Applicant)/ Order of the United Commercial Travelers of America (Owner)

An application, aerial photos, and massing studies have been submitted.

Conceptual Review

• Proposed mixed-use re-development of “UCT Block”.

• 10-Story boutique hotel fronting High Street (160 rooms and 7000-sqft of retail).

• Parking garage (400-500 spaces).

• Office/residential building totaling 40,000-50,000 square feet; including 5,000-sqft of retail.

• Cultural Center located in Park Street portion of existing structure.

• Conversion of Russell Street to one-way (west).

• Improvements to Millay Alley for pedestrian friendly access between High and Park streets.

 

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Pizzuti proposes Short North hotel

Project would include garage, office building

Thursday,  February 14, 2008 - 3:22 AM

By Mike Pramik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

A local developer wants to build a hotel in the Short North across from Goodale Park, a major project that also would include a cultural center, office building and parking garage.  Pizzuti Cos. will unveil the project tonight to the Victorian Village Commission.  It would occupy nearly an entire block of the Short North that includes the 1920s building housing the Order of the United Commercial Travelers of America, a fraternal society that offers insurance to its members.

 

Pizzuti Cos.' preliminary concept for the project includes:

• A 10-story, 160-room hotel fronting High Street.

• A parking garage with up to 500 spaces.

• A 40,000-50,000-square-foot office/residential building.

• Retail space totaling 12,000 square feet.

• A cultural center in a restored portion of the United Commercial Travelers building, which faces the park.

 

Read more http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/02/14/Pizzuti_Short_North.ART_ART_02-14-08_C8_2V9BNO0.html?sid=101

 

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Further update on the Ibiza project in the Short North from www.columbus43215.com website...

 

Article link: http://columbus43215.com/?p=56

Posted on January 7th, 2008 by Ryan

 

In the Short North, demolition is complete and promotional materials are up for the Ibiza on High development located at the corner of Hubbard and High streets. The multi-use project promises modern, green-living at affordable prices with a location and views of downtown Columbus that can’t be beat. The website (http://ibizaonhigh.com) looks to still be under construction, but the developer sent us these stats via e-mail:

 

HOMES

- 147 homes ranging in price from $119k to $1.55 million

- Homes sizes from 550 ft2 to 5000+ ft2

- 2 story townhouses in the sky on the 5-6th Floor Terrace Penthouse Level

- 2 story townhouses in the sky on the 10-11th Floor Penthouse Levels

- Nine 4 story townhouses on East Hubbard across from Italian Village Park

- Condominium fees estimated $80-$600 /home

 

PARKING

- Secured underground - 1 space per 1 bedroom, 2 spaces per 2+ bedroom units

 

AMENITIES

- 24 hour concierge

- Rooftop Pool + Downtown view deck

- Stunning design from acclaimed architect George Acock

- Dramatic floor to ceiling windows

- Yoga, Pilates, Fitness Center

- 3 convenient elevators including a large freight elevator for easy moving

- Environmentally designed LEED certified finishes

- Trash and Recycle chutes make going green easier

- Stunning interior design palettes that are modern zen and architecturally cohesive

- Bang & Olufsen shared media room

- Stability of Short North Area, Franklin County’s highest appreciating neighborhood

 

COMMERCIAL

- 24000 ft2 commercial space on the first floor with pre-zoned restaurant space + patio space available

- Leases start at $25-$30/ft2 triple net

 

CONSTRUCTION

- Begins spring 2008

- Homes delivered between late summer 2009 and spring 2010

- Sales Materials + Sales Office will launch in early 2008

 

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These additional hotel rooms in close proximity to the Convention Center should help them land more/larger conventions as well. Experience Columbus has been saying for awhile now that they've been turned down for many conventions due to our lack of close hotel space to the center.

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What ever happened to that Hyatt extension?


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It surfaces in the news from time to time. I know the folks at Experience Columbus want to see it happen, but I don't think Hyatt has committed to it yet. I'm sure they want a nice incentive package from the city.

 

Would be nice if it happened though. Would fetch us a few more high profile conventions. Being the capital city of such a political battleground state we were a fairly strong contender for the 2008 Republican National Convention (Coleman even flew to Washington to try to make a deal) but ended up being passed up due to falling short of the required number of full service hotel rooms with any proximity to the Convention Center.

 

The center is big enough. We just need more big hotels! :D

 

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