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yay!!

 

so now there will be a news ticker on key, a tv added onto 8 e. broad, another tv added at state and high, (plus the tv already on nationwide makes four big screens)... wow. now if only someone would take the other corner of capitol square and do something

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I like what I'm reading here.  Anyone have a pic of the block?

 

From the 12/20/04 Columbus Business First:

 

 

Revised plan for 100 E. Gay

Brian R. Ball, Business First

 

The developing market for housing along the historic East Gay Street corridor in downtown Columbus may get a contemporary neighbor in early 2006.  Developer Tom Fortin wants to construct a seven-story condominium complex that would replace the 80-year-old office building at 100 E. Gay St.  The $6 million project, dubbed Carlyles Watch, calls for 39 mid-priced condos plus ground-floor retail space.

 

Fortin and investment partners Paul Sherlock and Andy Burgess bought the building in October for $715,000 through their Urban Loft Ventures LLC.  Fortin began looking at the former Personal Service Insurance Co. building as a condo conversion project in February with an eye toward building atop the two-story structure and cutting out its brick-sealed window frames.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2004/12/20/story1.html

 

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Gay St. is doing a complete 180. There are so many projects going on in this one little block that it's pretty amazing, and if this project goes through, it'll definitely add even more to the street. It'll also be nice to have more mid-priced condos downtown, as many of the new ones going up are luxury condominiums. There's a small rendering of the project on the front page of the Business First newspaper:

 

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even if the lead developer is a little shaky the project sounds pretty good to me. i could do without more "ornamental arches," but the rendering looks nice.

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Woohoo! Say so long to another surface parking lot!

 

Olentangy Village expanding

 

  The owners of Olentangy Village are talking about building a loft apartment building next to Mozart’s bakery on High Street in Clintonville.

  The 17,000-square-foot building would abut High Street and contain first-floor retail space and 14 apartments above that.

  Olentangy Village already has plans to convert 74 of its 650 apartments into condominiums this spring. Sales are expected to start this spring. The condos will cost $180,000 to $260,000, General Manager Molly Carlson said.

 

The Goodale Blvd corridor has been seeing a pretty decent amount of development recently through Grandview Heights.

 

An affiliate of the Edwards Cos. has filed a plan with Grandview Heights zoning officials to renovate and expand an office building and a warehouse and build an office building on Goodale Boulevard. The $11 million project would add nearly 100,000 square feet of office and warehouse space.

 

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Well this is pretty disappointing. So it would have been 180 ft...it really would not have detracted from the landscape of the North Market area. Reducing the individual  floor height from 13 to 9 feet also takes away what would have been a unique selling point compared to other residential buildings in the area. Hopefully the proponents don't get too discouraged.

 

More changes in the works for North Market condos

Brian R. Ball

 

The Columbus Historic Resources Commission wants the developer of a proposed condo tower near the North Market to try again to make the 80-unit project fit into the neighborhood.  The commission Jan. 20 tabled developer Tony Sharp's revised plan for Arena Park Place at 504-512 N. Park St. to give architects at Moody-Nolan Inc. a shot at incorporating three buildings on Park and Swan streets into the design.  The properties include the Children's Theatre building and a two-story building anchored by the Benevolence Cafe.

 

More at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/

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The area where this buildings is currently located rests in between Nationwide's HQs and Columbus State. For a while, the place was known as the Warehouse District (lots of old brick warehouses, including this condo conversion), but I don't know if the designation still exists.

 

Hot on an ice warehouse

Developer eyes 69 condos on fringe of downtown

Brian R. Ball

Business First

 

A 91-year-old ice warehouse on Naghten Street is emerging as the latest housing conversion project planned for downtown Columbus.  Global Development Group LLC, the Mexico City developer behind an office-to-condo project at 106 N. High St., proposes to turn the six-story industrial building at 260 Naghten St. into a complex of 56 loft condominiums and 13 penthouses.

 

The developer said the estimated $13 million to $15 million project, dubbed Icehouse Lofts, includes plans for a rooftop sun deck and pool.  The complex would have as many as 35 parking slots in the basements of the buildings, plus a maximum 96 slots in a two-level, below-grade garage.

 

More at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/

 

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Artists find unlikely spot on Columbus' east side

Business First of Columbus

By Tim Puet For Business First

Friday, February 4, 2005

 

There's an old warehouse building in Columbus that has been converted into studio space, and its new tenants include painters, a sculptor, a photographer and a design business.  It isn't a trendy loft in the city's Brewery District or a space in the artsy Short North. It's at 1033 Brentnell Ave., an area of Columbus' east side that isn't readily known as a haven for the artistic set.

 

But developer Jeff Katz has placed artists' studios side by side with industrial warehouse space in a former food distribution center.  About 14,000 square feet of the 220,000-square-foot building comprises 12 studios, four of which are occupied.  The Brentnell building's 12 spaces have been configured into 200- to 3,000-square-foot units.

 

The building had been occupied by companies for about 40 years until 1998, when Fleming Foods left.  In 2000, it stood vacant when Katz saw it listed for sale on an Internet site.  He bought it for $1.5 million and has put the same amount into renovations. 

 

Full article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2005/02/07/focus2.html

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Here's an update on the Brunson Building from the 2/7/05 Columbus Business First:

 

 

Brunson Building downtown illustrates maximizing use of older structures

Kathy Bergstrom

For Business First

 

The architectural approach used to rehabilitate and expand a North High Street building could become a key downtown Columbus redevelopment trend, one architect thinks.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2005/02/07/focus3.html

 

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I was in Columbus today.  Took a walk around downtown and saw most of these projects taking shape.  Very exciting.  I think that downtown Columbus is starting to shape up.  They need to do something about all the wide-as-all-hell, one-way streets, however.  That sort of hampers the concept of downtown as a walkable, urban neighborhood.  Widen those sidewalks or make them two way and insert medians or something.

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Ahh Summit, I forgot the most important thing about any city, of course!  That's also why Cleveland shouldn't reconnect to its lakefront.  Removing the Shoreway will cause people in Lakewood and Rocky River to have to spend two more minutes on the way in and out of town.

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latest news on Jeffrey Place:

 

Early March Construction Update

 

There's a burst of activity on the Jeffrey Place construction site this week. Find out wha't going on.

March 9, 2005

posted by Paul Bonneville

 

The first phase of rock crushing of the huge pile of concrete that was sitting at the southern most edge of the site has been completed and the rock crushing equipment has been dismantled and removed for the time being. There is plenty more concrete to be demolished and crushed on the site, but the crusher equipment won't be back for another 6 weeks or so.

 

The concrete that was crushed once covered a large portion of the site as building foundations and parking lots and was demolished and then stored on site in order to be recycled back into Jeffrey Place as gravel for the utility and street infrastructure.

 

But that's enough rock-talk. Attention now moves to the first phase of street and utility construction.

 

The first delivery of concrete sewer connection pipes arrived on the site today and is being staged right next to the large pile of gravel. At the same time, additional heavy-duty digging machinery also arrived on the site today and was assembled for use in building the 1.7 miles of streets and utilities.

 

Hockaden and Associates, the contracter that is doing the surveying for the streets and utility infrastructure in Jeffrey Place, was also staking out the locations of the streets in preparation for the excavation that will occuring in order to install.

 

The first 11 townhomes that are going to be built on Fourth Street will start construction with in a couple of weeks. We are currently in the hands of the city in regards to permitting and anticipate being full-steam-ahead very soon. We choose to get all of our permits out of the way at once rather than going for one permit at a time (this is for the first 11 townhomes only) which in the short run takes a considerly longer amount of time, but in the long run allows up to keep moving continuously and much more efficiently.

 

http://jeffreyplace.com/news/news.cfm

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There was another thread concerning planned streetscape improvements along Grant, Gay, and Spring, but I can't find it. I must say though, this is definitely needed. Much of Spring and Grant, especially east of High are literally crumbling.

 

Columbus Council OKs money for downtown

 

Columbus City Council allocated $114,000 Monday for a group whose goal is to redevelop the downtown area.  The Columbus Downtown Development Corp. is a nonprofit agency charged with redeveloping downtown.  It is working to convert the former Lazarus store site into office and arts space and attract development to the RiverSouth area, the part of downtown by the Scioto River.  Its Scioto Mile plan will add green space and sidewalks aside the river.

 

Council also voted to spent $630,000 for roadway improvements for parts of Gay Street, Grant Avenue and Spring Street.  Improvements to the trio of downtown roads will include new streetlights, trees, bike racks and sidewalk replacements.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com

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Looks like the Icehouse Lofts are no more, at least for now:

 

Ice House condos nixed; Carlyle's Watch ready to go

Brian R. Ball

 

Condo builder Global Development Group LLC won't redevelop a former ice warehouse at 260 Naghten St. in Columbus, saying it could not work out the financial details of building a two-level parking deck west of the six-story building.  Jason Diwik, chief operating officer of Mexico City-based Global Development, confirmed the developer stepped away from the 69-unit Ice House after lender requirements would have forced doubling the equity in the overall deal to $4 million.

 

More at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/

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Looks like Carlyle's Watch is a go:

 

Carlyle's Watch gains funding, sets schedule

 

The developer of Carlyle's Watch at 100 E. Gay St. in Columbus expect to begin the 56-condo project within 45 days now that it has secured $8.43 million in construction financing from U.S. Bank.  Developer Urban Loft Ventures I said it is scheduled to begin demolition of a building at the site in early June.

 

Ruscilli Construction Co. will serve as general contractor on the Myers-Welsh Architecture -designed project, while Cleveland-based Sanchez Group will represent the owner as construction manager.  Jason Davis of Re/Max Associates will market the condos, which will sell for between $160,000 and $450,000 each.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com

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From a 5/31/05 press release:

 

 

Mayor Coleman To Kick-Off Construction of Carlyles Watch at Demolition Event

For Immediate Release

Contact: Vasilios C. Birlidis

Muses, Inc. Marketing Group

Public Relations Division

Direct- 614-271-0618

Vbirlidis@ameritech.net

 

(Columbus, OH May 31, 2005) Paul Sherlock, with Urban Loft Ventures, announced today that Mayor Michael Coleman has agreed to strike the first demolition blow to the structure located at the corner of Third and Gay Street, singling the beginning of construction for the 56 unit condominium project known as Carlyles Watch.

 

A huge advocate and supporter for the revitalization of downtown Columbus and the development of more residential housing, Mayor Coleman is also scheduled to speak.

 

The event is to take place on June 9, 2005, with the following schedule breakdown:

 

9:15-10:00 a.m. Media Arrival/Set-up

10:00 a.m. Mayor Coleman to Arrive

10:00- 10:15 a.m. Mayor Coleman to Speak

10:20- 10:30 a.m. Mayor Coleman to Initiate Demolition

10:30- Follow-up Developer Question/Answer Session

 

The construction site, at the corner of Third and Gay Streets, is located in the heart of the Gay Street Historic District, across from the Renaissance Hotel. Carlyles Watch, a dynamic 56 unit condominium building, has held the fascination of Columbus' developer community since it came into existence late last year.

 

Located in downtown Columbus, in a popular entertainment destination, the building's sleek modern design will incorporate a dramatic use of multi-shaded glass and steel, while providing its residence with one of Columbus' finest interior city views. The condominiums, styled after the luxurious "soft-loft" condominiums favored by consumers of the east and west coasts, represent the very best of downtown Columbus' urban living movement.

 

For more information about this event, learn more about Urban Lofts Ventures or to request an interview/quote, please contact Vasilios Birlidis, Public Relations Division, Muses,Inc. Marketing Group, at vbirlidis@ameritech.net or 614-271-0618.

 

Copyright 2005, Carlyle's Watch, All Rights Reserved 

 

http://carlyleswatch.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=50

 

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Train station apparently won't end up as a museum

Fire union is last party still serious about buying landmark in Franklinton

 

there was a picture to go with the article, but it was too small, so i'll show you one of mine:

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Sorry it to see the historical society plan didn't gain funding partners. Sherry Buk once told me that Columbus is the only city of its size in the U.S. that doesn't have a musuem devoted to its own heritage. How disappointing that Columbus foundations and philantropists wouldn't open their wallets to such an important endeavor.

 

KJP

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Sorry it to see the historical society plan didn't gain funding partners. Sherry Buk once told me that Columbus is the only city of its size in the U.S. that doesn't have a musuem devoted to its own heritage. How disappointing that Columbus foundations and philantropists wouldn't open their wallets to such an important endeavor.

 

KJP

 

Columbus has a looooong history of ignoring it's history.

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