Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Guest grasscat

Columbus: Harrison West / Dennison Place Developments and News

Recommended Posts

This was alluded to in a thread a few months back, and it appears that it's chugging along quite nicely.  The AC Humko factory is now gone, and in its place will be 220 rental units, 102 ownership units (64 single-family/38 condos), a community center and a 5-acre park.

 

The Short North Gazette has a great article on it:

http://www.shortnorth.com/HarrisonPark.html

 

Here is the project website:

http://www.harrisonpark.com/

 

HarrisonParkMap.jpg

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

An update from the 8/6/05 Columbus Dispatch:

 

 

Former factory site sprouts homes

Hundreds of residences going up in Harrison West

By Debbie Gebolys

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Work has started on the largest residential expansion of Harrison West in decades. It will add nearly 300 homes to the neighborhood northwest of Downtown, making use of the former AC Humko property, an area bounded by Perry Street, 1 st Avenue and the Olentangy River.  The Harrison Park development is among five Downtown-area housing projects with a planned 412 units that have recently started construction, been approved or have been proposed. By far, the Harrison West project is the largest of them, accounting for 286 homes.

 

"The housing style ties in well with existing housing in Harrison West and Victorian Village,’’ company President Mark Wagenbrenner said. Most will be three- to five-bedroom, single-family homes priced from $300,000 to $400,000.  By October, work is expected to begin on the Flats of Harrison Park, a one- and two-bedroom condominium project with units priced between $170,000 and $230,000. In the spring, Wagenbrenner plans to begin work on Park Place Lofts, condos measuring up to 2,700 square feet, including three bedrooms and a den on a single-floor layout. Most will sell for $300,000 to $500,000; the penthouses that will overlook the planned 5-acre, riverfront Harrison Park could go for as much as $600,000, Wagenbrenner said.

 

Read more at http://ee.dispatch.com/Repository/getFiles.asp?Style=OliveXLib:ArticleToMail&Type=text/html&Path=TCD/2005/08/06&ID=Ar02202&Locale=english-skin-custom

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There has been a slight change in the site plan:

harrisonparksiteplan5pa.jpg

 

Here is a rendering of the Harrison Park Flats.  Five of the 42 are sold or reserved:

harrisonparkfrontelevation0ml.jpg

 

The single-family homes will have rear alleys.  They are going for $290K-$399K.  Right now it appears that about 2/3 of the lower-priced models are sold or are in contract and about half of the higher-priced homes are "reserved". 

 

Renderings and floor plans for the Park Place Lofts aren't available yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

harrisonparksiteplan5pa.jpg

 

I walked down Perry yesterday, which is the street with the purple trees in this picture.  All the houses are for the most part built on the side of the street that bows outward.  They look VERY nice and match up with the neighborhood well.  I'll try to take some photos soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Walked by this yesterday and they have a lot of the earthwork completed.  There are trenches in the ground they have started to put steel rods into the trenches (sorry I don't know technical terms!).  I'll try to take some photos soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Current status...

 

AvenueOne1.jpg

AvenueOne2.jpg

AvenueOne3.jpg

AvenueOne4.jpg

AvenueOne5.jpg

 

Bonus Harrison West pics for you loyal Columbus thread followers!!!

 

Harrison1.jpg

Harrison2.jpg

Harrison3.jpg

Harrison4.jpg

 

More updates to come!!!  :-D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Developers have hope brownfield projects pump life into downtown

Business First of Columbus - July 7, 2006

by Scott Rawdon Business First

 

Mark Wagenbrenner, a principal with the Wagenbrenner Cos., a Grandview Heights developer, said it cost about $4.75 million to clean the soil beneath the AC Humko plant, a century-old factory in the Harrison West neighborhood that produced vegetable oil products. The site is now home to the developing Harrison Park project, a 16-acre upscale mix of single and multiple family residences and condominiums.

 

The city of Columbus helped Wagenbrenner secure $3 million in state money from the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund to clean the site.  The remainder was privately funded to bring the soil quality up to standards suitable for residential living.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/07/07/story8.html

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The city helped Recchie secure a $3 million state grant to help clear 31 acres of old concrete from the site. Much of that concrete was eventually crushed and recycled for use in the project, Recchie said.

 

Columbus Economic Development Manager Gary Guglielmi said that the city's goal is to prepare downtown brownfield sites so they are as easy as or easier to develop than the open land beyond Interstate 270.

 

"Our job is to lower the risk to developers," he said.

 

Great...now go do your job on the Whittier Peninsula!  :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From Business First of Columbus, 7/14/06:

 

Santer works urban niche

Business First of Columbus - July 14, 2006

by Brian R. Ball, Business First

 

Urban housing developer Chip Santer has returned to an area of central Columbus that's around the corner from his well-regarded Delaware Place.  Santer Communities Ltd. has begun construction on 24 condominium flats at West First Avenue and Thurber Drive adjacent to the Harrison West neighborhood.  The project, named Avenue One, is two blocks from a Santer-built condo project that the city's Victorian Village Commission lauded as the community's top construction project in 2003.

 

When completed in early 2007, individual condos will cost between $179,900 and $289,900, which falls within the range that has attracted the bulk of buyers for downtown residences.  Santer said the ground level will have two units as well as one parking slot for each of the residences.  The top two levels will include 11 condos each capped by a common roof deck.  Santer considered townhouse-style residences on the site, but Avenue One needed more mass because it is next to a former school building that was turned into offices, he said.  "I wanted to maximize the use of the site," he said. "(Two-story condos) didn't seem like an appropriate fit."

 

More at

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/07/17/story6.html?page=1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From the 8/7/06 Dispatch:

 

 

Avenue One to offer near-Downtown living at lower price

Monday, August 07, 2006

Mike Pramik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Despite a strong supply of condominiums being built in and near Downtown, price is a roadblock for many would-be owners.  Developer Chip Santer said he designed his 24-unit Avenue One project in Harrison West for people who are seeking lower prices even if it means less space.

 

Santer took the bold step of making all the condos at Avenue One one-bedroom units. The flats range from 890 to 1,258 square feet and are priced from $179,900 to $289,900.

 

"The prices on condos in the Downtown and Victorian Village markets are extremely high," Santer said. "There are not a lot of opportunities in this price point, but there is a market need. Our team developed a handsome way to address it."  Avenue One is a three-story building that is going up on a grassy lot at 431 W. 1 st Ave. It will feature a rooftop deck and a secured, 24-space parking garage on the first floor.

 

More at http://www.dispatch.com/business-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/08/07/20060807-F6-01.html

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's a progress report from the October 2006 Harrison West News newsletter:

 

 

Harrison Park Update

 

Developer Mark Wagenbrenner tells the News that all the public infrastructure should be finished by November, with the exception of street trees and sidewalks. These will be done as homes and buildings are finished to avoid damaging them during construction. They are finishing pavement and curbs on Quality Place and Ingleside in the next few weeks. Street trees on the east side of Perry should go in this fall, though the Perry Street island landscaping will be installed next Spring.

 

Houses

They have completed 21 homes and framed out 7 more. Seven spec homes are immediately avail-able; the rest are sold and 10 of the homes are occupied, includ-ing Bonnie and Nick Kentris’ home which was on the Vic Vil Tour of Homes.

 

Flats

They have begun framing the first of three of the Flats of Harrison Park at the southeast corner of Perry and West First Avenue. They plan on completing all of the 42 units in this building in May or June. Prices in this building range from $159,000 to $240,000 with floor plans ranging from 840 sq. ft. to 1,270 sq. ft.

 

The Community Center

It’s framed and under roof, to be finished by mid April. The Harrison West Society will be using the facility for meetings perhaps as early as May.

 

The Park

Wagenbrenner is working diligently with the Harrison West Society to get the signatures (see Sign on the Line on Page 1) to keep the majority of the TIF proceeds in the neighborhood. Once we get the signatures, Wagenbrenner intends to secure bond funds so as to begin construction by next summer. The Park Committee will begin meeting in the first quarter again to begin final planning on the park.

 

http://www.harrisonwest.org/hwnews/0610/OCTOBER06.pdf

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good news for Harrison West.  Looks like the "park" in Harrison Park is actually going to happen.

 

 

Housing development will give urban Harrison West area a park

Friday, January 18, 2008

Business First of Columbus

By Kevin Kemper, Business First

 

After years of planning, a riverside park is set to become a reality for the Harrison West neighborhood in Columbus, thanks to new financing.  The Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority issued almost $3.1 million in bonds last month to buy and develop nearly five acres along the Olentangy River into much-needed green space for the city neighborhood. 

 

The land had been the site of a roofing company warehouse and office building.  The park is a component of Wagenbrenner Development LLC's redevelopment of the site, home for decades to an AC Humko vegetable oil processing plant.  Columbus-based Wagenbrenner has been cleaning the site and turning it into a 16-acre housing development.  Designed to blend into Harrison West's historic character, Wagenbrenner began building Harrison Park, a community of 330 detached and attached condominiums, 18 months ago.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/01/21/story11.html?f=et177&b=1200891600^1577763&ana=e_vert

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Merged two previous Harrison West project threads (Harrison Park Condos and Avenue One Lofts) into this combined Harrison West development thread. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Neighborhood goes from downtrodden to trendy

Historical Harrison West's proximity to Downtown and OSU helped fuel its slow but steady upswing

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

By Mark Ferenchik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The new Harrison Park that will soon grace the east bank of the Olentangy River just north of Downtown is the latest piece of a plan to complete the Harrison West neighborhood.  The transformation has been years in the making, turning a once-downtrodden area into a trendy neighborhood of renovated, colorful frame houses and immaculate gardens dotting its brick side streets.

 

The parkland is a perfect example.  "That site was a blighted industrial area that was pulling down the entire area of the neighborhood," said Jacob Sukosd, a Harrison West resident. 

 

Work began last week on the 4.3-acre park between Quality Place and W. 2nd Avenue.  It will include a playground, a gazebo with a copper roof, a new lane for the Olentangy Trail and sculptures designed by Columbus College of Art & Design students.

 

Full article: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/09/07/from-downtrodden-to-trendy.html?sid=101

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, when I first moved to Harrison West the old industrial buildings were still there and the neighborhood had quite a different character than today.  Quite the success story.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good news for Harrison West.  Looks like the "park" in Harrison Park is actually going to happen.

 

Housing development will give urban Harrison West area a park

Friday, January 18, 2008

Business First of Columbus

By Kevin Kemper, Business First

 

After years of planning, a riverside park is set to become a reality for the Harrison West neighborhood in Columbus, thanks to new financing.  The Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority issued almost $3.1 million in bonds last month to buy and develop nearly five acres along the Olentangy River into much-needed green space for the city neighborhood. 

 

The land had been the site of a roofing company warehouse and office building.  The park is a component of Wagenbrenner Development LLC's redevelopment of the site, home for decades to an AC Humko vegetable oil processing plant.  Columbus-based Wagenbrenner has been cleaning the site and turning it into a 16-acre housing development.  Designed to blend into Harrison West's historic character, Wagenbrenner began building Harrison Park, a community of 330 detached and attached condominiums, 18 months ago.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/01/21/story11.html?f=et177&b=1200891600^1577763&ana=e_vert

 

An update on Harrison Park from the Harrison West Society website:

 

Harrison Park Is Officially a Columbus City Park

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In the Columbus Dispatch's re-cap of Monday's City Council, there was a report about City Council approving a development proposal from the Wagenbrenner Company for the Harrison West neighborhood:

 

In the Harrison West case, the council unanimously approved allowing the Wagenbrenner Co. to build a 108-unit apartment building on a 1.9-acre parcel that was planned for no more than 75 units.

 

Harrison West neighbors said the plan for 108 apartments is too dense and at four stories too tall.  Developer Mark Wagenbrenner defended the proposal, saying the entire Harrison Park development on former industrial land near the Olentangy River was planned for 345 units.  This project won’t change that overall density, he said.

 

The project changed to apartments from condominiums, he said, because that’s where the market is.  Eventually, he said, the company plans to sell the one- and two-bedroom units, but nobody wants to buy condominiums now.

 

Councilman A. Troy Miller, the council’s zoning chairman, said he was persuaded to vote yes because the 345-unit limit on the whole development won’t be exceeded, and by Wagenbrenner’s past record.

 

Here's the location of Wagenbrenner's 947 Perry Street property in Harrison West.  Location map from the Franklin County Auditor's GIS site:

6761727911_c476ce6d9c_d.jpg

 

 

The 947 Perry Street property is located across the street from the three-story Harrison Park Flats that was also developed by Wagenbrenner (photo from Franklin County Auditor site):

6761734355_7971bd3df4_b_d.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I always enjoyed walking through this development when I lived in Columbus; I'm glad to learn the park has come along so nicely. And I love the "Community" sculpture!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I always enjoyed walking through this development when I lived in Columbus; I'm glad to learn the park has come along so nicely. And I love the "Community" sculpture!

I've always thought that this was some of the best new infill construction in Columbus.  I especially liked the single-family and duplex homes built by Wagenbrenner on Perry Street and Harrison Park Place between First and Second Avenue.  Earlier in this thread there were some photos of this area when it was still under construction.  Below are some photos of this area taken after completion by the County Auditor site in May 2011:

 

6761753095_cf22dc1135_d.jpg  6761753209_c9e89a7d2b_d.jpg

 

6761753335_decd8be1ae_d.jpg  6761753453_fe0f33e7f5_d.jpg

 

6761753591_8f635295af_d.jpg  6761774957_3bef6a31fa_d.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In a fortunate bit of happenstance, Columbus Underground just featured one of those Wagenbrenner-built Harrison West infill homes in their "At Home" series.  They talked to a married couple with an infant that moved into a 1500 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath single-family home.  Below is the link to the interview and a phototour of the interior at Columbus Underground:

 

At Home: In Harrison West

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That isn't a Wagenbrenner infill home... it's actually from the last round of urban renewal done in the mid 80's by M/I Homes. I couldn't recall the exact details so I let google fill in the blanks...

 

Page 12 http://development.columbus.gov/UploadedFiles/Development/Planning_Division/Document_Library/Plans_and_Overlays_Imported_Content/HarrisonWest4.pdf

It appears the CU feature was about a M/I infill home from the 1980's and not about one of the more recent Wagenbrenner infill homes.  I wasn't aware that M/I Homes did any single-family infill in Harrison West.  It's certainly atypical from their suburban portfolio.  But it looks quite nice.  Page 16 in the link to the Harrison West Plan you posted also contains a first person story from someone who brought one of those 1980's M/I homes:

"When we found the new "Victorian" style homes being built by M/I Homes in the Harrison West area, an established older neighborhood, we felt we had found the best of both worlds... the diverse nature of the residential mix, and the proximity to downtown."

It's interesting to see how over 25 years of use has impacted these "older" new infill homes.  It looks like they've held up very well.  I looked up the location of the house featured by CU at the County Auditor's site and found that these M/I infill homes were built along the north and south side of Fourth Avenue in a roughly three block area.  Some blocks have these infill homes intregrated with Harrison's original victorian homes - others have full blocks of infill homes. 

 

Below is a photo of the home featured by Columbus Underground.  And it's followed by the same home in its Fourth Avenue context in a photo from the County Auditor's website.  I've also included some other M/I infill photos from the County Auditor:

 

6841499953_fca22aec1a_d.jpg  6841500109_c4fbe73079_d.jpg

 

6841500185_a27b6c5371_m_d.jpg6841500271_d0fe91ff0d_m_d.jpg6841500381_a8ff17e7d1_m_d.jpg6841500477_a6f0a215a9_m_d.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From the Harrison West Society website:

 

Traffic Islands on West Third and West Fifth Avenues

 

After much delay due to funding restrictions, Harrison West is finally going to see traffic islands installed on West Third and West Fifth avenues along with a bump out on West Third. ... West Fifth Avenue will receive two islands, one at the intersection with Perry Street and another where the Olentangy Recreation Trail crosses the street.  West Third Avenue will receive one island where it crosses the Trail and a bump out immediately to the east of the island.  The bump out will, in essence, replace the white striping already in place to narrow the lane in an attempt to slow traffic.

 

MORE: http://harrisonwest.org/traffic-islands-on-west-third-and-west-fifth-avenues/

 

(The above link also contains two pdf's of the city's full construction documents for the traffic islands.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In the Columbus Dispatch's re-cap of Monday's City Council, there was a report about City Council approving a development proposal from the Wagenbrenner Company for the Harrison West neighborhood:

 

In the Harrison West case, the council unanimously approved allowing the Wagenbrenner Co. to build a 108-unit apartment building on a 1.9-acre parcel that was planned for no more than 75 units.

 

Harrison West neighbors said the plan for 108 apartments is too dense and at four stories too tall.  Developer Mark Wagenbrenner defended the proposal, saying the entire Harrison Park development on former industrial land near the Olentangy River was planned for 345 units.  This project won’t change that overall density, he said.

 

The project changed to apartments from condominiums, he said, because that’s where the market is.  Eventually, he said, the company plans to sell the one- and two-bedroom units, but nobody wants to buy condominiums now.

 

Councilman A. Troy Miller, the council’s zoning chairman, said he was persuaded to vote yes because the 345-unit limit on the whole development won’t be exceeded, and by Wagenbrenner’s past record.

Here's the location of Wagenbrenner's 947 Perry Street property in Harrison West.  Location map from the Franklin County Auditor's GIS site:

6761727911_c476ce6d9c_d.jpg

 

The 947 Perry Street property is located across the street from the three-story Harrison Park Flats that was also developed by Wagenbrenner (photo from Franklin County Auditor site):

6761734355_7971bd3df4_b_d.jpg

Construction has started on this four-story, 108-unit apartment building in Harrison West.  Walker posted these two photos of the First Avenue and Perry Street site at Columbus Underground:

 

harrison-west-apts-01.jpg

harrison-west-apts-02.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×