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I always find stuff like this ridiculous. Harrison Park is only a couple of blocks away and Harrison West Park is a block away. I think it's more people who like their neighborhood but are afraid of more people moving in and changing things.

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Those light poles they chose really don't go with the architecture at all. And their "marketing materials" couldn't be any more cringe-worthy:

 

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:wtf:

 

That said, it's got decent density and adds more residents to the core of the city. I'd say thats a win overall.

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... their "marketing materials" couldn't be any more cringe-worthy:

 

I saw that "sexy Trotters Park" ad over at CU!  More appropriate for the Benchmark Apartments at Kenny & Henderson (across the street from Kahoots).  hehe

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Well, since we can't get the infamous Columbusite "seal of approval" anymore, I guess we'll need to settle for the ColDayMan "seal of meh"!

 

That works.

 

It's also an upgrade!

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This proposed four-story, 26-unit extended-stay hotel would be located immediately north of the mostly-completed 140-unit Trotters Park development:

 

Extended-stay hotel proposed in Harrison West

By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 6:09 AM

 

A local developer wants to build an extended-stay hotel in the heart of the Harrison West neighborhood.  Mulberry Design & Build plans to erect the four-story, 26-unit building at 840 Michigan Ave., at the northeast corner of Michigan and Buttles avenues.  The one- and two-bedroom units would feature full kitchens.  The building also would offer 1,638 square feet of retail space, which could include a small restaurant.

 

It would be a boutique hotel, with monthly rates of $1,800 to $2,000, according to the Harrison West Society, which reviewed the project in August.  It expects to draw people from nearby employers such as Ohio State University and Nationwide.

( . . . )

Three stories would be on top of a parking deck.  The building would have a roof terrace with a view of Downtown.  The site now has a vacant 6,720-square-foot office building built in 1962 that would be demolished.  The developer is asking the city for zoning variances to reduce the building setback from 25 feet to 9 feet along Buttles and to 14 feet along Thurber Drive W., while reducing the required parking spaces for the retail space from seven to zero and eliminating a loading-zone space.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/09/12/extended-stay-hotel-proposed-in-harrison-west.html

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New Condos, Storage Facility Proposed for Harrison West

 

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A new proposal from a Florida developer calls for demolishing the APCO Siding Company building at 815 Michigan Avenue and replacing it with six three-story residential buildings. A total of 33 for-sale townhomes would be accommodated on the site, with below-ground garages and some surface parking providing space for 66 cars.

 

The new project, which would sit directly across the street from the 144-unit Trotters Park apartments, is scheduled to go before the Harrison West Society on June 15th. Also to be heard at that meeting is a proposal from Short North Storage, LLC to build six one-story storage buildings directly to the west, at 555 Buttles Avenue.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-condos-storage-facility-proposed-for-harrison-west-bw1


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250 New Apartments Could Be on Tap for Harrison West

 

More apartments could be coming soon to the western edge of Harrison West. Developer Michael Schiff of Schiff Property Group is in contract to buy the seven-acre Superior Beverage site at 871 Ingleside Street.

 

Schiff told Columbus Underground that he is working with Scott Pickett to acquire the parcel, which sits at the western edge of Buttles Avenue. Schiff and Pickett were also partners in Trotters Park, a 144-unit apartment complex built on 3.4 acres at the southeast corner of Buttles and Michigan Avenue.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/250-new-apartments-could-be-on-tap-for-harrison-west-bw1


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Battelle nearing sale of 19 acres in Harrison West, with housing, retail and a hotel under discussion

 

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Redevelopment plans are moving forward on a big piece of land in Columbus’ Harrison West neighborhood.

 

Battelle Memorial Institute, which is selling the 19-acre site between West Fifth Avenue and West Third Avenue to an as-yet undisclosed private developer, has notified customers of its Battelle Discovery Center that the day care will close next September as construction is expected to get underway.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/22/battelle-nearing-sale-of-19-acres-in-harrison-west.html


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^ Slightly larger aerial from the article:

 

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Also from the article, the Harrison West Society reported this at their August 17th meeting the following: 

 

"Battelle – met with Waggenbrenner on potential final agreements on development.  Battelle negotiating between waggenbrenner and someone else, no decisions have been made.  Proposal includes expanded parkland along river, potential hotel, large retail space (gourmet grocery with café), large parking garage wrapped in residential with apartments, single family townhomes (these extend to third and take up the greenspace).  Our feedback was we won’t give up the greenspace.  Month or so before we have a real proposal in front of us.  Battelle will be coming to the meeting in October maybe.  Battelle indicated we would need an ad hoc committee to deal with the park space."

 

From http://harrisonwest.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/HWS_Minutes_8.17.16.pdf

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Waggenbrenner seems like an obvious for this site, based on their work with Harrison Park and Gowdy Field. They understand that sub-market and how to work with the neighborhood/society. Plus they build good product.

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It looks like another local developer is trying to get in on the Battelle property sale.  There's a rough site plan of this proposal at the Dispatch link:

 


New proposal for Battelle property includes apartments, hotel, park

By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 1:58 PM

 

As Battelle considers proposals for a good chunk of property near its Columbus campus, the latest idea would focus on retired Ohio State and Battelle employees.  But the Slane Company, and the former OSU trustee who runs it, may have come to the game too late.

 

Gahanna-based Slane is pitching the $200-million concept to Battelle, which wants to sell 15 acres just east of the Olentangy River so it can invest the proceeds into the Battelle campus.  Slane's proposal calls for:

  • 380 apartments for retirees, including 80 assisted-living units

  • 200-room hotel along W. 5th Avenue

  • 128-unit market-rate apartment building

  • 3.5-acre park at the southern part of the property (Harrison West residents had wanted to see some of the land preserved as a park)

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/10/10/new-proposal-for-battelle-property.html

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Wow. What a seriously awful proposal. It (thankfully) sounds like Battelle has no interest in choosing this developer for the project.

 

What's so bad about it?  It sounds better than a grocery store and Harrison West North of The Circles.

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JMHO, but:

 

- It's not dense enough and doesn't take advantage of the site's full potential

- It's not real mixed-use development, (site is divided into several segregated, independent, single-use zones)

- It's not real urban development (massive setbacks on all sides of each of the buildings, no connections between)

- Leaves too much wasted space in general, and too much open green space on developable land

- Doesn't restore the street grid

- No commercial included (office or retail)

- Developer is attempting to exploit political/personal connections to get the project outside of the established RFP process

- Developer has no prior track record of dense, urban, mixed-use development

- Developer seems to have no understanding of the site as a true urban neighborhood, only sees potential for a "college town"-style "Disneyland for adults" 

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JMHO, but:

 

- It's not dense enough and doesn't take advantage of the site's full potential - Looking at the rendering it seems to do exactly that, putting a few hundred bedrooms onto the site.

- It's not real mixed-use development, (site is divided into several segregated, independent, single-use zones) - Yes, it is primarily all residential but can 5th handle more traffic without being expanded? It does integrate a hotel which could feature a restaurant(old school I know but look at the Hilton).

- It's not real urban development (massive setbacks on all sides of each of the buildings, no connections between) - Maybe I'm missing something but for the footprint I believe it will a lot more dense and less set back than you're assuming.

- Leaves too much wasted space in general, and too much open green space on developable land - Battelle said they want a park integrated so I'm not sure where else in the rendering you're seeing too much green space other than the park.

- Doesn't restore the street grid - ??? don't really get this or how Wagenbrenner's proposal is going to do that either, the site dead ends into the river and is pretty small as is.

- No commercial included (office or retail) -  What is the need to constantly have office and retail, have you looked at the size of Battelle?

- Developer is attempting to exploit political/personal connections to get the project outside of the established RFP process - I think it's actually a very unique vision, now the approach to get their proposal looked at could've been better but nonetheless I think it is something more unique and out of the box than anything Wagenbrenner would've proposed.

- Developer has no prior track record of dense, urban, mixed-use development - Not always a bad thing!

- Developer seems to have no understanding of the site as a true urban neighborhood, only sees potential for a "college town"-style "Disneyland for adults"

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20 Acre Mixed-Use Development Planned for Harrison West

 

After months of anticipation and speculation, plans to redevelop a large surface parking lot near the campus of Battelle have finally been unveiled. Battelle is selling the property to a development team led by Wagenbrenner Development and Fortress Real Estate.

 

The project, revealed at a community meeting tonight, calls for a mix of office, hotel, apartment and for sale homes on the 20 acre site located between Fifth Avenue and Third Avenue in the Harrison West neighborhood. Additionally, much of the existing green space on the southern end of the site will be preserved, and additional park land will be made available for use along the Olentangy Trail.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/20-acre-mixed-use-development-planned-for-harrison-west

 

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Another article...

 

$80M housing, retail and office development planned in Harrison West following Battelle land sale

 

A more than $80 million mixed-use development is being planned in Harrison West, with Battelle Memorial Institute reaching a deal to sell about 20 acres of underused land it has owned since the 1980s.

 

Columbus developers Wagenbrenner Development and Fortress Real Estate Cos. are leading a broad plan that includes about 500 apartments, 50 single-family homes, retail space, offices and a 120-room hotel.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/02/02/battelle-selling-harrison-west-site-for-80m.html


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Update: Over 500 Apartments, 128-Room Hotel Planned at Battelle Site

 

More details of the 20-acre mixed-use development proposed for Harrison West are emerging. Over 500 apartment units would be spread over four separate buildings, all clustered toward the Fifth Avenue side of the project and in close proximity to a three-story parking garage with enough room to accommodate 721 cars.

 

A 128-key hotel with a parking lot behind it would front Fifth Avenue on the far western edge of the site. Also proposed for Fifth is a 40,000 square foot building that could hold either a grocery store or offices. Single family housing is planned for the southernmost portion of the site as well as for a rectangle of land that is currently green space at the southeast corner of Fifth and Perry Street.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/details-over-500-apartments-128-room-hotel-planned-at-battelle-site-bw1

 

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Love the overall plan. There is definitely a market for more hotels on this side of the river. This site is actually walkable to OSU, unlike everything over on Olentangy RR.

 

Also great to hear about a boutique grocer being pursued. TJs, Fresh Market, Lucky's, Earth Fare, etc would all do fantastic in this location.

 

ETA - The 5th Ave bus is getting a major upgrade in COTA's TSR as well, which will improve this site's accessibility/usability to transit immensely. Bring on the density!

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The new Italian Village?  Harrison West is on fire!

 

Developers buy Superior Beverage site in Harrison West with plans for apartments

 

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The Superior Beverage Group office-and-distribution complex in Harrison West has been acquired by a joint venture with plans to raze the property for apartments.

 

Developers Scott Pickett and Mike Schiff purchased the 8 acres at 871 Michigan Ave. for $7.38 million, according to Franklin County Auditor records.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/02/06/developers-buy-superior-beverage-site-in-harrison.html


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Four-Story Building to Bring More New Apartments to Harrison West

 

A four-story mixed-use building is under construction in Harrison West, bringing another 26 new apartment units to the neighborhood.

 

The project, at 840 Michigan Ave., sits just to the north of the 140-unit Trotters Park apartment complex, which was completed in 2015.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/four-story-building-to-bring-more-new-apartments-to-harrison-west-bw1

 

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Four-Story Building to Bring More New Apartments to Harrison West

 

A four-story mixed-use building is under construction in Harrison West, bringing another 26 new apartment units to the neighborhood.

 

The project, at 840 Michigan Ave., sits just to the north of the 140-unit Trotters Park apartment complex, which was completed in 2015.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/four-story-building-to-bring-more-new-apartments-to-harrison-west-bw1

 

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This project has been shuttered all summer, anyone know what happened?  The stairwells and elevator shaft are both complete or near completion too,  just plain weird.

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This project has been shuttered all summer, anyone know what happened?  The stairwells and elevator shaft are both complete or near completion too,  just plain weird.

 

The project developer was listed as "Mulberry" in the CU article, which apparently is this company - http://mulberryohio.com/wordpress/

 

Mulberry is listed as a boutique development company founded in 2013.  And if you look at the portfolio portion of their website, they show a handful of single-family renovation projects centered in the Short North/Italian Village area.  Mulberry is also behind one new construction project (25 Jeffrey Park) that is comparable in size with this 840 Michigan Avenue project.

 

25 Jeffrey Park is three-story condo project located within the larger Jeffrey Park development in Italian Village.  However, Mulberry's 25 Jeffrey Park project is not connected to the rest of the much larger Wagenbrenner developed Jeffrey Park.  Mulberry apparently outbid Wagenbrenner for this one smaller separate parcel during the bankruptcy auctions for this location.  Mulberry's three-story project at 25 Jeffrey Park is being built in three phases.  So far only Phase 1 has been completed and phases 2 & 3 have yet to be constructed - shown in the Jeffrey Park thread at https://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,1289.msg847371.html#msg847371.

 

According to Mulberry's 25 Jeffrey Park website, 4 of the 8 constructed units have been sold, while 3 of the remaining 4 unsold units are "in contract".  Since Mulberry is a not a large development company, it could be that they are having a cash flow issue because of too many unsold units from this other big project that they are developing.  If that's the case, then selling additional units at 25 Jeffrey Park could resolve this and construction could resume at the 840 Michigan Avenue site.

 

It also could be totally unrelated to that.  But there's been no reporting one way or the other to explain the delay at 840 Michigan.

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Harrison West apartments to expand

 

An apartment complex in Harrison West is set to expand.

 

The owners of Thurber Square apartments, 840 Thurber Dr. W., want to create a 21-unit addition with a three-story, 15,000-square-foot building, according to building permits filed with the city of Columbus.The building will be similar to others in the area and built on an empty lot.

 

Florida resident Jeff Craft owns the 3.2-acre property and expects to spend $800,000 on the expansion, according to the permit. A message was left seeking comment.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/12/08/harrison-west-apartments-to-expand.html


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Wagenbrenner's Battelle development is moving forward,

 

Columbus City Council set to vote on mixed use property deal

 

The Columbus City Council is expected to vote Monday on an economic development agreement with a developer that plans to build on about 15 acres of mostly vacant property that Battelle Memorial Institute owns.

 

Battelle is selling the property at the southwest corner of West Fifth Avenue and Perry Street for about $17 million to Wagenbrenner Development, said Patrick Jarvis, Battelle’s senior vice president of marketing and communications.

 

Battelle will use that money to update its main campus, and Wagenbrenner plans to build a combination of residential development, retail space, a hotel, parking garage and a public park.

 

The sale should close in the spring, with work to start soon after that.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180226/columbus-city-council-set-to-vote-on-mixed-use-property-deal

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Columbus grants incentives for $160M redevelopment of Battelle land in Harrison West

 

A significant development in Harrison West has received an incentive from the city to proceed.

 

Columbus City Council voted Monday night for the planned redevelopment of 21 acres of land along W. 5th Avenue on land that is owned by Battelle.

 

Perry Street LLC, a joint venture of Columbus developers Wagenbrenner Development and Fortress Real Estate Cos., has been working on the project for 18 months.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/02/27/columbus-grants-incentives-for-160m-redevelopment.html


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^^ Nearly 600 units and retail and parkland? Bring it!!!!  My only regret is that they don't have a significant tower of say ten or twelve floors as a part of it.

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^^ Nearly 600 units and retail and parkland? Bring it!!!!  My only regret is that they don't have a significant tower of say ten or twelve floors as a part of it.

 

Not the right area of town for a 10+ floor tower, think about it. "With grand view's of State Route 315"  Infill is fine in this area.

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^^ Nearly 600 units and retail and parkland? Bring it!!!!  My only regret is that they don't have a significant tower of say ten or twelve floors as a part of it.

 

Not the right area of town for a 10+ floor tower, think about it. "With grand view's of State Route 315"  Infill is fine in this area.

 

I was thinking of what appears to be the senior tower on the far west side of the plan. Add more floors and units-probably don't need to add much more parking. And at levels above the garage, the view would be more than a freeway (downtown to the south, OSU campus to the north), just like the Thurber Village buildings don't just have views of 670.

 

*or maybe that is the hotel...

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Battelle Project in Harrison West Moving Forward

 

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The team behind the 20-acre redevelopment of the Battelle parking lots south of West Fifth Avenue was back in front of the Harrison West Society this month, outlining the latest plans for the project.

 

Representatives of Wagenbrenner Development, M/I Homes and Continental Real Estate walked through some of the changes in layout and programing that have been made since the plan was first unveiled in February of last year.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/battelle-project-in-harrison-west-moving-forward-bw1

 

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Chicago-style density, grocery among new adds to $160M Battelle redevelopment

 

The 21 acres of land Battelle is selling south of its campus will soon be home to a $160 million mixed-use redevelopment. Among the details revealed this week: The developers are going to bring in a 39,000 square foot grocery, likely to fill out most of the retail space, and the size of the hotel has grown.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/03/30/chicago-style-density-grocery-added-to-160m.html


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Chicago-style density, grocery among new adds to $160M Battelle redevelopment

 

The 21 acres of land Battelle is selling south of its campus will soon be home to a $160 million mixed-use redevelopment. Among the details revealed this week: The developers are going to bring in a 39,000 square foot grocery, likely to fill out most of the retail space, and the size of the hotel has grown.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/03/30/chicago-style-density-grocery-added-to-160m.html

 

If anything, they actually changed this to be more suburban than urban. More surface parking, less apartments... the opposite direction they should've gone, but far too common with Columbus development.  Honestly not that impressed.

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If anything, they actually changed this to be more suburban than urban. More surface parking, less apartments... the opposite direction they should've gone, but far too common with Columbus development.  Honestly not that impressed.

 

Agreed.  5th doesn't get much pedestrian activity.  Was hoping they were done putting parking lots next to the street in that area.

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