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More news from Columbus Underground about additional changes to a street in downtown Columbus.  This one involves adding parking meters to the downtown portion of High Street.

 

Parking Meters Coming Soon to High Street through Downtown

 

Look north and you’ll see parking meters. Look south and you’ll see parking meters.  But on the central Downtown stretch of High Street, there’s not a parking meter to be found.  That will soon change as the Department of Public Service plans to begin the installation of approximately 130 new parking meters on High Street before the end of the year.

 

The idea dates back to the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan, which called for a new vision of High Street with enhanced public transit systems, transit stations and on-street parking to service new retail businesses.  The funding to study these improvements to High Street (and other Downtown streets) was approved back in April of this year.

 

“The goal is to introduce on-street parking to serve existing and future businesses along High Street,” said Randy Bowman, Division of Mobility Options Administrator at the Columbus Department of Public Service.  “The city desires more retail along High Street to serve the growing residential population plus the Downtown workforce.”

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/parking-meters-coming-soon-to-high-street-through-downtown

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From Columbus Underground (link below):

 

Columbus Landmarks Announces Finalists for 2012 Urban Design Award

 

East High School

1500 E. Broad Street

Designers: Moody∙Nolan Inc. and Schooley Caldwell Associates

Owner: Columbus City Schools

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Huntington Park

330 Huntington Park Lane

Designers: 360 Architecture and MKSK Studios

Owner: Franklin County Commissioners/Franklin County Stadium Inc.

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The Scioto Mile

233 Civic Center Drive

Designers: MSI, 360 Architecture, Schooley Caldwell Associates, HKI

Owner: City of Columbus

Developer: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation

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Scioto River Bridges

Main Street Bridge Designer: DLZ Ohio

Rich Street Bridge Designers: Bridgescape LLC and Finley Engineering Group

Owners: ODOT and City of Columbus

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Shadowbox Live! Theatre

503 South Front Street

Designer: Lion Real Estate Services/Urban Design and Shadowbox Live! Theatre

Developer: William Schottenstein

Owner: 503 South Front Street Limited Partnership

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The winner of the award will be announced at the Annual Design & Preservation Awards Reception & Program on Thursday, September 27 at the Lincoln Theatre.  For more information visit www.columbuslandmarks.org.

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Mildly interesting report from last week's Business First about a former Borders bookstore in northwest Columbus being redeveloped as a retail center.  But what really caught my eye was the two businesses that will anchor the new retail center - and the name of one.  Please see the excerpt below...

 

Former Borders getting new life as gym-anchored shopping center

Business First by Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter

Date: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:00am EDT

 

The former Borders bookstore at Henderson and Kenny roads in Columbus is targeted to be partially razed and redeveloped into a retail plaza.

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The property has attracted two end-cap tenants.  The Title Boxing Club fitness center chain will fill about 7,000 square feet at the western end, and Average Joe’s Pub and Grill will lease space at the eastern end.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/09/28/former-borders-getting-new-life-as.html

 

Title Boxing Club and Average Joe's Pub and Grill. 

I've heard of "Average Joe's" before - but it was fitness related, not restaurant related. :wink:

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Removal of Fifth Avenue Dam Scheduled This Fall

By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on June 26, 2012 - 1:50 pm

 

After a decade of discussion, the removal of the Fifth Avenue lowhead dam will finally be moving forward.  The Ohio EPA and OSU have both signed off on allowing the Columbus Department of Public Utilities to remove the dam and restore the flow of this portion of the Olentangy River.  Yesterday evening (June 25), Columbus City Council passed legislation that will set the stage for the removal of the dam sometime this fall.

(. . .)

The project is expected to cost approximately $6.9 million, which includes the redesign of the shoreline and the landscaping of native plants along the river.  The river will eventually connect Downtown where the Main Street Dam is also being planned for removal, creating an interconnected navigable waterway.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/removal-of-fifth-avenue-dam-scheduled-this-fall

An update to this announcement from earlier this year:

 

WOSU: As 5th Avenue Dam Comes Down, Part Of The Olentangy Is Restored

 

This project will remove a lowhead dam built in the Olentangy River in 1935.  The dam removal will narrow the river's width and help restore natural river function from the Fifth Avenue location upstream to the Lane Avenue Bridge.  Removal of the dam began in late August 2012.  Reconstruction of river features will follow in the Fall.  Planting of the riverbanks will begin in Spring 2013.

 

This is a City-led project.  But because much of affected river frontage abuts Ohio State University property, OSU has been very involved with this project's development and implementation.  Much more information about the dam removal and the follow-up river restoration from the City of Columbus and Ohio State University links below:

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Thought I'd share some photos of the 5th Avenue dam removal project that have been archived at the Dispatch.  The first shows the initial chipping away of the dam from the bike trail that parallels the Olentangy River.

 

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The second shows some of the dam removal progress from downstream looking south.  Fifth Avenue Bridge is in the background.

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The last photo was in today's paper - it shows the lowered water level of the Olentangy River looking north toward the Woody Hayes Drive Bridge and the Lane Avenue Bridge next to the OSU campus.

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Columbus Underground had a recent article about the Smith Brothers Hardware Building, the highly visible six-story fortress looking building on the northern edge of downtown Columbus.  Columbus Underground talked with a manager at Capitol Equities, the local company that renovated the building in the late 90's, about how the massive building was saved from demolition and how the building continues to evolve with new tenants.

 

CU: Historic Smith Bros’ Hardware Building Continues Ongoing Rebirth

 

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Report on a proposal from the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and the City of Columbus to upgrade two alleys in the center of downtown Columbus.  Under this proposal, Pearl Alley between Gay and Broad Streets plus Lynn Alley between High and Third Streets would receive an upgrade.  More project information and multiple renderings at the Columbus Underground link below:

 

Columbus Underground: Pearl Alley Facelift Proposed for 2013

 

This is the current location of the twice-a-week Pearl Alley Market from May to October.  This proposal would support and enhance that seasonal retail market plus the other existing retail locations fronting these two alleys.

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The beautiful 1934 Federal Courthouse on Marconi Boulevard in downtown Columbus is undergoing an energy retrofit and maintenance restoration.  Below is some historical info on the courthouse from the GSA, along with a photo of the building along Marconi and a photo of the work being done from Columbus Underground's Construction Roundup - October 2012:

 

GSA: Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse, Columbus, OH

 

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Capitol Square Streetscape Improvements Planned for Spring 2013

By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on November 14, 2012 - 6:00 am

 

This winter, the sidewalks surrounding Capitol Square will undergo a transformation as new planters and signage pops up along the streets that surround the Ohio Statehouse.  The project is one of several new Downtown initiatives being launched by the team at the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District.

 

“We’ve heard comments from Downtown property owners that they really wanted some landscaping on Capitol Square,” said Cleve Ricksecker, executive director of Capital Crossroads.  ”A lot of people realize that it’s a really important space, but there’s been no attempt to do anything on the sidewalks opposite of the Statehouse that ties the square together.”

 

The poles anchored in the sidewalks that hold street signage will all be replaced by black posts with an emblematic design adorning the top.  Approximately 70 planters planters of various heights will also be installed on the square in the same black color and design.  The area targeted in this effort includes portions of High Street, Broad Street, State Street and Third Street.

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/capitol-square-streetscape-improvements-planned-for-spring-2013#comments

 

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In 2010, a new plan for Downtown development was put together by the City of Columbus and its downtown development agency, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation.  There was a separate thread about the 2010 Plan here at Urban Ohio.  To execute some of these initiatives, a working document known as the “Downtown Action Plan” has been assembled to guide public infrastructure projects that fall under the helm of the Columbus Department of Public Service. 

 

Columbus Underground recently had an in-depth, three-part interview with the City Administrator tasked to implement these projects through the Downtown Action Plan.  Below are links to the three parts of this interview at Columbus Underground:

 

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 1

 

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 2

 

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 3

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One of projects in the Downtown Action Plan was to install new parking meters and to return on-street parking along High Street in the downtown.  Decades ago on-street parking on High Street in downtown was removed to accommodate COTA buses.  Now a total of 120 parking meters will be installed on High Street between Goodale Street and Mound Street by the summer of 2013.

 

Today, the first set of 30 new Downtown parking meters has been installed and has become operational.  These new High Street spaces will not allow parking during weekday rush hours of 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm.  These parking restrictions are designed to allow buses to more easily commute along the High Street corridor during these peak hours.  More about this from Columbus Underground and Columbus Dispatch:

 

Columbus Underground: Downtown High Street Parking Meters Installed

 

Columbus Dispatch: High Street parking meters going live today

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Business First published an update on the Westminster-Thurber 7 story addition that's been quiet for a while. Good news is that it's still moving forward despite some tougher economic times for the community's owner, possible groundbreaking in the spring as long as 10 more Seniors put deposits down... still wish that the original 14 story version was moving ahead for the sake of our skyline but 7 is better than a parking lot!

 

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Business First ran a feature on the Benchmark Apartments that are opening at the corner of Kenny & Henderson Roads in northwest Columbus.  Benchmark is a nine-building 108-unit apartment complex on 4 acres at this corner site.  This site was previously a retail shopping center known as the Benchmark Center.  Below is a link to the Business First (unfortunatly subscription only for the full article):

 

Building goodwill via infill – Benchmark apartments designed with environment in mind

 

Below are some photos from the Benchmark Apartments website, Benchmark facebook page and a MetroRentals leasing page of the project.  The first photo showing a distant panorama of all the nine buildings at Kenny & Henderson is a summer construction photo from an earlier update.  The rest of the close-up photos are more recent:

 

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I wonder if anybody is going to move in here specifically to be able to walk to Kahoot's.

Haha! Anytime I hear kahoots I think of a guy I used to work with, who was a surfer dude type character. Every friday before we'd leave he'd corner me and say" Hey brah, wanna go to kahooots?" I never did. Lots of family emergencies. :)

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The above two buildings at 620 E. Broad Street and 630 E. Broad Street received an Historic Preservation Tax Credit Award from the state.  The two buildings are located on the north side of Broad Street and are immediately west of I-71.  Just barely within the downtown district and across I-71 from the Olde Towne East neighborhood.  Below is the press release from the Ohio Department of Development:

 

From the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards press release:

 

620-30 East Broad (Columbus, Franklin County)

· Total Project Cost: $2,203,539

· Total Tax Credit: $313,145

· Address: 620-30 East Broad Street, 43215

Originally constructed as private mansions, 620-30 East Broad was converted to office space in the 1920's to house the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation which later spawned Nationwide Insurance.  Now largely vacant, the buildings will be rehabilitated to address deferred maintenance needs and install necessary upgrades to support new commercial office tenants.  The project is expected to create 25 permanent jobs.

One of the two mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street that received state historic tax credits is being occupied.  Below is an article from Business First about the 630 E. Broad Street gaining an office tenant.  According to the article, the renovations to the 620 E. Broad Street property will continue into 2013.

 

Business First: Vending company takes up residence in historic Rodgers mansion on East Broad

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Another big box renovation might be coming to the Morse Road corridor.  The former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road might become the new headquarters for the Franklin County Board of Elections.  According to the ThisWeekNews article linked below, County officials would like to consolidate their operations at the Morse Road location.  Office space would be moved from a downtown location shared with other county departments - and stored voting machines would be moved from rented warehouse space.

 

This location is east of the international grocery going into a renovated Toys R Us store and directly across the street from Northland Village, the redeveloped former Northland Mall site.  The location also has a history with County Broad of Elections.  The former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road served as the county's 2012 early voting center in the weeks leading up to Nov. 6.

 

ThisWeekNews: Move to Morse Road depends on commissioners

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An excellent look back from Columbus Underground at urban development projects and construction in Columbus and central Ohio that took place in 2012.  The projects were broken down into four categories: Development Projects Completed in 2012, Development Under Construction in 2012, Development Projects Announced in 2012 and Urban Planning for 2015 and Beyond.  The full list with addition project information at the CU link below:

 

CU: 2012 Year in Review: Urban Development

 

Development Projects Completed in 2012:  Lots of big projects wrapped up construction in 2012 - like the $800 million expansion of the Nationwide Children's Hospital, the $400 million Columbus Hollywood Casino and the $140 million Downtown Hilton Hotel.  Noteable smaller projects were the recently finished Nationwide Office Building, FBI Building and McConnell Parking Garage in the Arena District, The Charles mixed-use building on East Long Street in the King-Lincoln District and the Rich Street Bridge in the downtown Scioto Mile.

 

Development Under Construction in 2012:  Tons of apartment projects broke ground in 2012 - like a new phase of the Neighborhood Launch development and 600 Goodale downtown, the Flats II in the Arena District, the HighPoint at Columbus Commons, a second phase of Liberty Place and the 570 Lofts in the Brewery District, a second phase of Lennox Flats, a new four-story apartment building in Harrison West, and three new apartment buildings in Grandview Yard.  As well as projects in the red-hot neighborhoods next to the Short North - like the Hubbard, Wonderbread Lofts, Wood Companies building, Yankee Trader building, Astor Place and Leafydale.

 

Projects breaking ground on the non-residential side were the new Columbia Gas Headquarters in the Arena District, the massive Joseph hotel/office/parking garage development in the Short North, the even more massive OSU Medical Center Tower, a mixed-use redevelopment of the LeVeque Tower, a new Giant Eagle at Grandview Yard and a new mixed-use development on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington.  Major public works projects include the continuing I-71/I-670 reconstruction and the removal of the Fifth Avenue Dam that will reshape the Olentangy River.

 

Development Projects Announced in 2012:  Some projects announced but not yet begun in 2012 were the massive Jeffrey Park residential project in Italian Village, redevelopment of the Fireproof Building in the Short North, new Art Lofts and headquarters for Orange Barrel Media in Franklinton, and a new seven-story mixed-use building next to Columbus Commons downtown. 

 

Urban Planning for 2015 and Beyond:  Columbus undertook several master planning efforts like the East Franklinton Plan, the Scioto Peninsula Plan and the PACT Plan for the Near East Side.  Dublin finished its radical revisioning of itself called the Bridge Street Corridor.  Ohio State University announced its North Campus Residential Plan that would rework the dorms for over 3,000 existing students and create new space for an additional 3,000 students.  Columbus College of Art and Design announced a master plan to add new dormitories and classroom buildings to their Downtown campus.

 

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The State of Ohio's Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program announced their latest round tax credit awards earlier this month.  The city of Columbus came out pretty well, getting four projects awarded.  The smallest of the four projects awarded was the renovation a Second Empire mansion at 380 E. Town Street into three apartment units.  Below is the text of the announcement from the Ohio Development Services Agency press release and a 2010 photo of the building from the Franklin County Auditor's GIS website:

 


Lazarus House Apartments (Columbus, Franklin County)

 

Total Project Cost: $265,860

Total Tax Credit: $46,195

Address: 380 East Town Street, 43215

 

A Second Empire mansion dating to the 1880’s, the Lazarus House Apartments was once the home of Fred Lazarus, one of the partners in the F&R Lazarus Company, which operated the famous Lazarus Department Store.  Now severely deteriorated, the property will be renovated into three market-rate apartment units.

 

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The above two buildings at 620 E. Broad Street and 630 E. Broad Street received an Historic Preservation Tax Credit Award from the state.  The two buildings are located on the north side of Broad Street and are immediately west of I-71.  Just barely within the downtown district and across I-71 from the Olde Towne East neighborhood.  Below is the press release from the Ohio Department of Development:

 

From the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards press release:

 

620-30 East Broad (Columbus, Franklin County)

· Total Project Cost: $2,203,539

· Total Tax Credit: $313,145

· Address: 620-30 East Broad Street, 43215

Originally constructed as private mansions, 620-30 East Broad was converted to office space in the 1920's to house the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation which later spawned Nationwide Insurance.  Now largely vacant, the buildings will be rehabilitated to address deferred maintenance needs and install necessary upgrades to support new commercial office tenants.  The project is expected to create 25 permanent jobs.

One of the two mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street that received state historic tax credits is being occupied.  Below is an article from Business First about the 630 E. Broad Street gaining an office tenant.  According to the article, the renovations to the 620 E. Broad Street property will continue into 2013.

 

Business First: Vending company takes up residence in historic Rodgers mansion on East Broad

More about the vending machine company that bought and restored the two historic mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street at the eastern edge of downtown next to I-71 in last Sunday's Dispatch:

 

Columbus Dispatch: 19th century mansion restored for company’s local offices

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SWACO signs Florida recycler to develop 340-acre industrial park

Business First by Carrie Ghose, Staff reporter

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 1:47pm EST

 

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is to vote Tuesday on land leases that would bring a $300 million investment and 300 jobs from a Florida company that intends to build a trash-to-cash industrial park across from the Franklin County landfill.

 

Team Gemini LLC, a developer based in Orlando, announced it will build a receiving center at a new landfill entry off London Groveport Road to sort reusable and recyclable material from incoming loads of garbage and become the anchor tenant in a 340-acre industrial park across the road, to be named Gemini Synergy Center.

 

Team Gemini plans to become the anchor tenant in the industrial park and has assembled a consortium of companies that will locate there to make recycled products and benefit from energy created from the waste stream.  The four years’ worth of construction are expected to require 500 workers.

 

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/01/08/swaco-signs-florida-recycler-to.html

 

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More about this development from Columbus Underground:

 

SWACO Announces Renewable Energy Industrial Park

By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Published on January 8, 2013 - 9:50 pm

 

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) Board of Trustees voted today to approve a transformational new initiative that would shift the duties of the organization away from landfill management operations toward recycling efforts and the creation of renewable energy.  SWACO entered into agreements today with Team Gemini, an Orlando-based sustainable project design firm, to develop a new receiving facility, recycling center and industrial park on 365 acres of land adjacent to the Franklin County Landfill south of Grove City.

 

Gemini will be required to build and operate a new Material Recovery Facility that will recycle a minimum of 1,000 tons of waste per day that would otherwise be headed to the landfill.  SWACO will be paid $4.81/ton for the material in addition to existing tipping fees paid by material haulers at the gate.  The new recycling facility is expected to be operational sometime in 2014.

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/swaco-announces-renewable-energy-industrial-park

 

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Two recent articles about plans to modify two expensive sewer tunnels mandated by the EPA to fix combined sewer overflow problems in the city.  The city is looking at propsals to lessen rainwater drainage into these combined sewers as an alternative to the sewer tunnels.  Below is an excerpt from a Dispatch article and a link to a ThisWeekNews article about this.  The Dispatch article also has a map of where the two proposed tunnels would go and where an tunnel is currently being constructed underneath the downtown area.

 

Sewer-tunnels plan might get streamlined

New techniques to handle heavy rain could change plans for two

By Jeb Phillips, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 5:02 AM

 

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is allowing Columbus to delay construction of the second of three huge tunnels while the city looks for ways to make a mandated, 40-year plan to stop sewage overflows a little greener.  A total of 18 engineering proposals for pilot projects in Clintonville and the South Side were submitted to the city by last week’s deadline.  If those and other projects go well, Columbus could reduce the scale of the two tunnels or eliminate them altogether.

 

The city announced plans in 2005 to fix sewer overflows after two settlements with the state.  Water from heavy rainstorms seeps into old sanitary sewer lines, overwhelming them and forcing sewage into the Scioto River and other waterways.  Together with sewage-plant upgrades and other work, the tunnels make up the largest public-works project in the city’s history. 

 

The city’s $2.5 billion proposal included building three deep tunnels.  One, from the Jackson Pike wastewater-treatment plant to near the Arena District, already is under construction to carry rainwater and sewage.  The two other tunnels designed to carry sewage only — a 14-mile-long one along Alum Creek and an 11-mile-long one along the Olentangy River — could be changed.  Construction on the Alum Creek tunnel was set to begin in 2014.  The Olentangy tunnel project would follow.  The Ohio EPA is giving the city until 2015 to present a plan for improvements.

 

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/01/18/sewer-tunnels-plan-might-get-streamlined.html

 


ThisWeekNews:  Costly tunnel for sewage? Alternative sought here -- Clintonville's old system fills river during heavy rains; EPA looking for creative, less-expensive solutions

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Driftwood finishes Sheraton renovations, readies DoubleTree improvements

By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter

Business First - Jan 18, 2013, 2:58pm EST

 

Driftwood Hospitality Management LLC has completed renovations at its Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square as it plans for $6.5 million in upgrades to the DoubleTree Suites it bought in November.

 

Florida-based Driftwood purchased the former Hyatt on Capitol Square in September 2011 and rebranded it a Sheraton, pumping $9.5 million of improvements into the hotel.

 

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/01/driftwood-finishes-sheraton.html

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Two reports about the City's Development Director being appointed by Mayor Coleman to serve as the Executive Director of the Columbus Next Generation Development Corporation.  This would be a private, non-profit redevelopment agency charged with promoting housing, economic and commercial development projects within the city:

 

Columbus Underground: Boyce Safford to Lead New Urban Development Effort

 

Business First: Safford to head city’s Next Generation urban development agency

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Northwest Career Center bought in redevelopment bid

By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter

Business First - Feb 1, 2013, 6:00am EST

 

Former Klingbeil Capital Management executive Jim Schrim plans to redevelop the shuttered Northwest Career Center off Sawmill Road in Columbus.  Schrim’s Wills Creek Capital Management LLC put the 93,000-square-foot, 16-acre vocational school property into contract late last year with Columbus City Schools for $3.03 million.  The classroom space, he said, already has drawn interest from private schools and churches, and the former construction and automotive repair vocational training space could be redeveloped as commercial space.

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Schrim worked for 10 years at various Klingbeil divisions before launching Wills Creek in October.  Perhaps his highest-profile project in Columbus was the environmental remediation of the former Walker National Inc. magnet plant on Kinnear Road.  Klingbeil has since built apartments on the site, which is near Lennox Town Center.  “I’m very focused working on infill projects that have an environmental, conservation, remediation or education component in the redevelopment effort,” Schrim said.

 

He hopes to ask in early February for a rezoning of the 5.8 acres closest to Sawmill Road to commercial planned development.  The entire school site is zoned apartment residential allowing up to 12 apartments per acre, or more than 180 combined. “I don’t think (multifamily residential) is the highest and best use,” Schrim said, “and there are so many apartments under construction.”  Apartment construction, he said, could become a “backup plan.”

 

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2013/02/01/schrim-to-redevelop-career-center.html?page=all

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Reposting some Capitol Square development news that was wiped out during the 2013 server crash.  Lots of good stuff happening in the heart of downtown Columbus, but first a project that is a mixed blessing...

 

Capitol Square corner to shine anew under Arshot redevelopment plan

Arshot signs Heartland Bank to give life to corner of State & High

By Rick Rouan, Staff reporter

Business First - Feb 8, 2013, 6:00am EST

 

Heartland Bank is joining Arshot Investment Corp. in an effort to transform the southwest corner of Capitol Square in Columbus into a gateway to South High Street.  The Gahanna-based community bank will do its part by moving its downtown office from 65 E. State Street, a block east to the corner of State and High, where it is buying space on the first floor of the former Cord Camera Centers Inc. building at 101 S. High Street.  Arshot affiliate Town Square Ltd. acquired the building for $465,000 in December and the developer will convert the top three floors into office space.

 

Heartland and Arshot hope to enliven that corner much like Columbus-based Casto has done with its redevelopment a block north at Broad and High streets, including large video boards.  The project has won approval from the city’s Downtown Commission to add tickers and a video mesh that would wrap around the top three stories of the building’s northeast corner.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2013/02/08/project-will-give-life-to-corner-site.html

 

Below is a before and after view of the Heartland Bank project at State & High.  If only they would nix that huge sign over the upper stories, then it would be perfect.

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Now for something more unequivocally positive going into the Capitol Square area of downtown.  New streetscape improvements were finished earlier this year on the four blocks opposite of the state-owned Capitol Square.  These streetscape improvements were done jointly by the City of Columbus and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District.  Below are two reports from the Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Underground and two graphics showing the scope of the project:

 

Columbus Dispatch: Planters to add color to streets around Statehouse

 

Columbus Underground: New Planters Installed Around Capitol Square

 

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And finally, a somewhat controversial Holocaust memorial project that was eventually overwhelmingly approved for the Statehouse Grounds...

 

Statehouse site chosen for Holocaust memorial

By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:21 AM

 

A Holocaust memorial will be built just where Gov. John Kasich wanted — at the southwestern corner of the Statehouse grounds.  The only holdout in Tuesday’s 13-1 vote by a special panel of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board was former state Sen. Richard H. Finan, who opposed the idea of a Holocaust memorial from the beginning.

 

The selected site is an open area of the Statehouse grounds across State Street from the Ohio Theatre and above the underground parking garage. ... The $2 million project, to be paid for by private donations, will be the first Holocaust memorial at any Statehouse in the nation. ... Ground breaking for the project is expected to be next spring, with completion slated for 2014.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/08/16/statehouse-site-chosen-for-holocaust-memorial.html

 

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A random residential project from April that got lost in the server crash.  Not a bad looking project too, especially considering its Tuttle Mall adjacent location.

 

Upper Arlington-based Vision Development, which is currently completing its 32-unit Chesapeake Park Apartments near Northwest Boulevard, has recently broken ground on a new 228-unit apartment complex near Tuttle Mall.  The $23 million project, to be called The District Apartments, will offer a mix of apartments, carriage houses and townhouses ranging from 720 to 1,700 sq. ft., with the goal of completing construction by summer of 2014.

 

More information can be found online at www.thedistrictapartments.com.  Business First and Columbus Underground also has some more about this at the links below:

 

Business First: First Look: More apartments near Tuttle Mall by Vision Development

 

Columbus Underground: 228-Unit Apartment Complex Planned Near Tuttle Mall

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If you watch tomorrow's OSU football game, you may notice a change in the Olentangy River that flows next to Ohio Stadium.  Since last season, the 5th Avenue Dam upstream in the river has been removed.  That's lowered the water level and exposed alot of flood plain area that was previously covered.  The river looks a little ragged while the exposed banks are reshaped and reworked.  What isn't landscaped by man will be reclaimed by nature and should leave the Olentangy looked much better in future years.  But for now, it's a work in progress.

 

The Olentangy River narrowing project has been posted previously here in this thread.  Below are some more recent reports about the project from local media this year:

 

WOSU: Olentangy River Restoration A Year From Completion

 

Columbus Underground: Project Update: Fifth Avenue Dam Removal

 

Columbus Dispatch: Rebuilding the banks of the Olentangy full of challenges

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Last posted here in November 2012 in this thread - the 7-story Westminster-Thurber Tower (aka Goodale Landing) moves closer to construction at its slow pace.

 

Goodale Landing apartments at Westminster-Thurber move closer to construction

By Carrie Ghose, Staff reporter

Business First - July 29, 2013, 4:37pm EDT

 

Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services plans to go to market with a $50 million to $75 million tax-exempt bond issue this fall for construction projects statewide, including a seven-story luxury senior apartment complex at its Westminster-Thurber Community in Columbus.

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Board members authorized construction of Goodale Landing, a proposed midrise building at Westminster-Thurber, after deposits were placed on 58 of its planned 67 apartments.  The $17 million project has been in the works for three years but scaled back from the earliest discussions.  A construction start hasn't been set, but the organization hopes to open the building by late 2015.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/07/goodale-landing-apartments-at.html

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Walker at Columbus Underground has a Q & A with Angela Meleca who opened an art gallery at 144 E. State Street in downtown Columbus.  The building also houses her husband's highly regarded architecture firm, Meleca Architecture.  Below is a link to the Q & A at CU.  Also below are a couple of photos showing the building's exterior.  The inaugural exhibition includes a sculptural head on a pedestal outside the building.  Passersby can rotate the stone head on its base:

 

CU: Angela Meleca Opens Contemporary Art Gallery Downtown

 

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Former Kmart site at Olentangy and Bethel to host 325 apartments

By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter

Business First - Sept. 24, 2013, 4:32pm EDT

 

The site of a former Kmart along Olentangy River Road is being targeted for redevelopment into – what else? – an apartment complex.

 

Taylor House LLC, an affiliate of Westerville-based apartment developer Preferred Living, bought the 11-acre site at 5005 Olentangy River Road in the back corner of the Olentangy Square Shopping Center nearly two weeks ago as part of a deal involving a Wendy’s and Tim Hortons out front along Bethel Road.  Preferred Living partner Nick King in an email confirmed plans for a 325-unit project called Taylor House that should be completed in mid-2014.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/09/24/former-kmart-site-at-olentangy-and.html

 

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