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7 minutes ago, DevolsDance said:

 

Correct, the Lumen in Cleveland, currently under construction is 318 units with parking and will be 34 floors. Highpoint was kind of "build it and they will come" project. The city was willing to do anything to get a building there, downtown residential was tepid but heating up, and the city just just wanted to get residential going at any cost. I guess in 2011 it was a massive deal to score that but now 8 years later it is possibly the second biggest "missed opportunity" in my eyes. 

 

Maybe someday the land will be valuable enough to warrant re-developing them? One can dream. 

 

It's disappointing that Highpoint ended up the way it did. You are correct though, when it was built just 8 years ago it was a pretty big deal. People knew, even back then, that it was a bit underwhelming, but it was still a big deal.

 

We have come so far in just 8 years that now we have something like The Xander being built, with 220 units and 15,000 square feet of commercial space (compared to 300 units and 23,000 square feet of commercial space at Highpoint), and it's no big deal to anyone here. 

 

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Downtown YMCA to shutter, more modern facilities planned

 

After nearly 100 years in operation, the YMCA of Central Ohio's downtown Columbus branch at 40 W. Long St. will be decommissioned as the organization prepares to open more modern facilities.  

 

In the short-term, the YMCA says it plans to lease and build out a nearby “state-of-the-art” health and wellness space at a soon-to-be-announced location, which could open by mid-2020. 

 

But in the next five to 10 years, YMCA leaders hope to build an entirely new full-service downtown facility, hopefully by working with local partners, for the more than 3,200 members that consider the downtown YMCA their home branch. 

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/10/08/downtown-ymca-to-shutter-more-modern-facility.html


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9 hours ago, ColDayMan said:

Downtown YMCA to shutter, more modern facilities planned

 

After nearly 100 years in operation, the YMCA of Central Ohio's downtown Columbus branch at 40 W. Long St. will be decommissioned as the organization prepares to open more modern facilities.  

 

In the short-term, the YMCA says it plans to lease and build out a nearby “state-of-the-art” health and wellness space at a soon-to-be-announced location, which could open by mid-2020. 

 

But in the next five to 10 years, YMCA leaders hope to build an entirely new full-service downtown facility, hopefully by working with local partners, for the more than 3,200 members that consider the downtown YMCA their home branch. 

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/10/08/downtown-ymca-to-shutter-more-modern-facility.html

 

I've never been inside the downtown YMCA, but I wonder what it could be re-purposed into. The first thing that comes to mind is a hotel. The outside of the building is really cool and unique, so hopefully it gets used to its fullest potential and doesn't just sit there vacant.

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^There are a lot of affordable apartments in the Y - perhaps the whole building could convert to affordable housing.

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57 minutes ago, Pablo said:

^There are a lot of affordable apartments in the Y - perhaps the whole building could convert to affordable housing.

 

While the Y does not have $50 million to renovate but this may be the best opportunity for a private/public partnership to upgrade and keep the housing. Franklin Station cost a little over $10 million for 100 units. I imagine a comparable project to build 400 new build units as the YMCA has would exceed the $50 million YMCA projects for reno.  Further, it would keep with the historical use of the building. And if I remember correctly, the complex under construction across the street is supposed to be workforce housing as well? 

 

A hotel sounds wonderful but I'd rather see some of our tax dollars go to maintaining this resource downtown in a new format the Y does not appear to be able to maintain. 

 

What I fear is that the Y will potentially do what other ymcas have done across the country is leave the historic buildings and build suburban model 2 story facilities within downtown. Although Akron's Y attached theirs to the hospital which allowed for cross use as rehab facilities, parking, and the inclusion of pools. 

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YMCA Plans to ‘Phase Out’ Operations at Downtown Building

 

The YMCA of Central Ohio is planning for a future that does not include a presence at 40 W. Long St., the historic Downtown building that has served as a center of operations for the organization for nearly 100 years.

 

“We are in the process of phasing out of the current building, which will take several years,” said spokesperson Tina Badurina.

 

The first step in that process is finding a home for what the organization calls its membership services – health and wellness offerings like spinning and yoga classes, and access to a wide range of fitness equipment.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/ymca-plans-to-phase-out-operations-at-downtown-building-bw1

 

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Columbus Partnership to Buy Vacant Downtown Building

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-partnership-to-buy-vacant-downtown-building-bw1

 

It will be interesting to see what the Columbus Partnership does with this building. Ignoring all economic factors, I would love to see it replaced with a taller and more interesting building. This is one of the most prime locations in downtown given it's proximity to the river, River District, and the center of downtown.

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36 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

Columbus Partnership to Buy Vacant Downtown Building

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-partnership-to-buy-vacant-downtown-building-bw1

 

It will be interesting to see what the Columbus Partnership does with this building. Ignoring all economic factors, I would love to see it replaced with a taller and more interesting building. This is one of the most prime locations in downtown given it's proximity to the river, River District, and the center of downtown.

 

Or do a Hearst Tower NY treatment and maintain the facade and build a glass tower out of the middle. It would be a great compliment to the white marble exterior. I appreciate the symmetry and classic design (albeit relatively plain) of the entire complex but perhaps 2 varied (if the other ever sells) additions might add some visual interest and accommodate a better use while still maintaining the symmetry that has long been a part of the riverfront and columbus 'skyline'.  I fear parking will hinder any larger use though unless the right people can be convinced otherwise 😞

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1 hour ago, DTCL11 said:

 

Or do a Hearst Tower NY treatment and maintain the facade and build a glass tower out of the middle. It would be a great compliment to the white marble exterior. I appreciate the symmetry and classic design (albeit relatively plain) of the entire complex but perhaps 2 varied (if the other ever sells) additions might add some visual interest and accommodate a better use while still maintaining the symmetry that has long been a part of the riverfront and columbus 'skyline'.  I fear parking will hinder any larger use though unless the right people can be convinced otherwise 😞

I agree with this exactly. Maintain the facade for the symmetry to the building fronting on Broad, and yeah, parking is the big "if".  Could they go underground here for it? Is there anything under this related to the ramp that comes down to it from Civic Center Drive?  If not that could server an underground parking garage right?  Such a good location-a slim residential tower would be so good here. 

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14 hours ago, Toddguy said:

Maintain the facade for the symmetry to the building fronting on Broad

 

It has always bothered me that the two buildings aren't the same height. For some strange reason the building fronting Broad is one story taller.

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I didn't really know where to ask this, but is anyone else having trouble accessing the Franklin County government portal?  I go there often, especially for the auditor site, and it just shows it being down for at least the last week.  I know it's not me because I've tried multiple browsers and even different computers. I looked for any news about this and wasn't able to find anything, either.

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1 hour ago, jonoh81 said:

I didn't really know where to ask this, but is anyone else having trouble accessing the Franklin County government portal?  I go there often, especially for the auditor site, and it just shows it being down for at least the last week.  I know it's not me because I've tried multiple browsers and even different computers. I looked for any news about this and wasn't able to find anything, either.

 

I just tried accessing the Franklin County Auditor's site and they had this message posted:

 

"NOTICE: Due to County technical maintenance, you may experience slower than usual response times on the property website between Friday, October 11 - Saturday, October 12, 2019."

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3 hours ago, Columbo said:

 

I just tried accessing the Franklin County Auditor's site and they had this message posted:

 

"NOTICE: Due to County technical maintenance, you may experience slower than usual response times on the property website between Friday, October 11 - Saturday, October 12, 2019."

 

I'm not even getting that message.  Just getting a "page not found" error.

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5 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

I was on it today looking at the remaining parcels and parking lots in arena district with issues. 

 

My exact error is the old

There was a temporary DNS error. Try refreshing the page.

Error Code: INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND

I did all the tricks to try to fix it and nothing.  It's only this website.

 

 

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10 hours ago, jonoh81 said:

 

My exact error is the old

There was a temporary DNS error. Try refreshing the page.

Error Code: INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND

I did all the tricks to try to fix it and nothing.  It's only this website.

 

 

I used it yesterday and just now this morning with no issue. Both Chrome on Windows, and Chrome on Android. You tried resetting your cache, and changing your DNS?

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On 10/12/2019 at 8:11 AM, aderwent said:

 

I used it yesterday and just now this morning with no issue. Both Chrome on Windows, and Chrome on Android. You tried resetting your cache, and changing your DNS?

 

Tried every solution that I could find and tried 4 different browsers and 3 computers.  It's the only site that I can't access.  

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The Columbus Landmarks Foundation will name its 30th James B. Recchie Design Award recipient at an event at the Galbreath Pavilion of the Ohio Theatre this Thursday.  The five finalists are:

 

COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN MAIN LIBRARY

Owner: Columbus Metropolitan Library
Architects: Schooley Caldwell; GUND Partnership
Landscape Architect: MKSK

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MICHAEL B. COLEMAN GOVERNMENT CENTER

Owner: City of Columbus
Architects: Schooley Caldwell; DesignGroup
Landscape Architect: MKSK

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NATIONAL VETERANS MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

Owner: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation/National Veterans Memorial and Museum
Architects: Allied Works, Portland, Oregon; DesignGroup
Landscape Architect: Olin Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Exhibits Designer: Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York, NY

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OSU POMERENE HALL

Owner: The Ohio State University
Architect: Acock Associates
Landscape Architect: MKSK

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THE VIEW ON GRANT

Owner: View Properties
Architect: Jonathan Barnes Architecture & Design

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More info at https://www.columbuslandmarks.org/james-recchie-design-award/

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SPECULATION/THEORETICAL POST

 

I've never seen/heard this topic discussed, but has NRI ever considered building another tower on what is currently the Nationwide Plaza park area along High Street? When looking at the amount space, it's clearly large enough for an additional building and almost seems like the arranged the current towers with the possibility of adding one more. 

 

Obviously Nationwide is not in need of a new downtown office tower given the amount of office space they've built at Grandview Yard, but this would still be a great location for a mixed-use tower. Hotel space would work great here with Nationwide HQ being right next door, and the Convention Center and Nationwide Arena being right around the corner. Ground floor retail would certainly work well given the 10,000 employees within a one block radius. Residential space would obviously work as we are still renting out units faster than we can build them downtown. 

 

Given that this is obviously theoretical, I'm just curious how everyone would feel about replacing this "pocket park" with something more urban and useful. There are two other urban pocket parks less than a block away - Sensenbrenner Park and the green space at the NW corner of High and Nationwide - so we wouldn't be lacking green space in the area if we lost this area. 

 

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^Green space is useful. The trees in this space are reaching mature sizes and are a great asset. There are plenty of parking lots to fill in before wiping out this park. If Nationwide needs more space they should have built taller at Front and Nationwide instead of that suburban office building they recently added.

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Just for fun, here’s an early plan for the site, late 60s or early 70s. Check out all the apartment buildings to the north. 
 

 

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I would say they wouldn't ever want or need to. I'd rather see a tower at the corner of NW and High than in this spot. That plaza is the largest plaza downtown to my knowledge and there is something to be said about large plazas in terms of breaking up urban caverns. Now, the back half of the AEP land is a different story.

 

Nationwide also owns land along Spring Street and the old Marconi Garage that was torn down, the latter of which is prime for a tower. 

 

I would refer to similar projects in other cities where a residential tower is injected into a business district and it doesn't really do much for vibrancy.  It just becomes a quiet vertical gated community. 

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46 minutes ago, Pablo said:

^Green space is useful. The trees in this space are reaching mature sizes and are a great asset. There are plenty of parking lots to fill in before wiping out this park. If Nationwide needs more space they should have built taller at Front and Nationwide instead of that suburban office building they recently added.

 

I didn't say green space isn't useful. This green space, is a bit redundant at this specific location. There is a park across the street and additional green space at the opposite corner of the intersection. Additionally, a tower could be built while still retaining 25-50% of the green space that is currently there. 

 

I specifically said Nationwide likely doesn't need more space. I stated that it could a mixed-use development, not just Nationwide office space. 

 

29 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

I would say they wouldn't ever want or need to. I'd rather see a tower at the corner of NW and High than in this spot.

 

Are you referring to the lot with the railroad tracks cutting directly through the middle? It's going to be difficult to get that developed given that type of material moved along those tracks. 

 

30 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

I would refer to similar projects in other cities where a residential tower is injected into a business district and it doesn't really do much for vibrancy.  It just becomes a quiet vertical gated community.

 

I suggested mixed-use, not a residential tower. 

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35 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

Are you referring to the lot with the railroad tracks cutting directly through the middle? It's going to be difficult to get that developed given that type of material moved along those tracks. 

 

Yes. The same tracks that are immediately adjacent to the current tower and lower portion of NW. They also go under and through the parking deck. They also are immediately adjacent to the substructure of the hyatt and convention center and within spitting distance of the new Hiltons, the AEP tower and garage etc. I'm not seeing where this location is prohibitive in anyway with proper engineering. From a safety standpoint, the precedent is already there to have significant structures within feet of the railroads. The lot, though differently shaped, is not much different than the remaining lot on Goodale along 670. 

 

Mixed use or not, the value added just doesn't seem that it would be there. I don't think there is anything to be gained that can't be achieved in a dozen other adjacent locations. A far better thought experiment IMO would be adding to  the acres and acres of parking decks along front street. Even just a few floors of mixed use above each of those is a much better use of resources than to try to squeeze a building into those green spaces for the sake of urban value. 

 

They could even hollow out the main lower portion and built a tower up from it and I think it would be a better option. 

 

I would argue that the main plaza is not what is redundant. The lot on NW and High is.

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9 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

Yes. The same tracks that are immediately adjacent to the current tower and lower portion of NW. They also go under and through the parking deck. They also are immediately adjacent to the substructure of the hyatt and convention center and within spitting distance of the new Hiltons, the AEP tower and garage etc. I'm not seeing where this location is prohibitive in anyway with proper engineering. From a safety standpoint, the precedent is already there to have significant structures within feet of the railroads. The lot, though differently shaped, is not much different than the remaining lot on Goodale along 670. 

 

The only structure that has been built over the tracks has been one parking garage. It's clearly cost prohibitive to come up with an engineering plan to build a structure over top of it and it will likely take a miracle to get someone to attempt it. 

 

15 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

A far better thought experiment IMO would be adding to  the acres and acres of parking decks along front street. Even just a few floors of mixed use above each of those is a much better use of resources than to try to squeeze a building into those green spaces for the sake of urban value. 

 

Doing something with those garages would certainly have a positive impact. It's upsetting that they couldn't even include some ground floor retail in them. I think both options would be great, but that's just my opinion. I wasn't trying to start an argument here, it was just something I had thought about. Every time I walk/drive down High Street, the Nationwide Plaza area feels dead because the green space is just not set up well, in my opinion. It seems to be mainly used for Nationwide employees going out for a smoke and that's about it. Why not try activate at least of it in a way that's a bit more useful? 

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A thought experiment was proposed. Alternative opinions were shared. 

 

*end of meeting minutes* 

 

We will have to agree to disagree. Could it be done. Sure. To your original question, How would I feel. It doesn't seem worth it to me. I don't feel it would add anything other than density for density sake and I don't believe that's necessarily the way to go. 

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6 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

A thought experiment was proposed. Alternative opinions were shared. 

 

*end of meeting minutes* 

 

Ummmm ok?

 

6 minutes ago, DTCL11 said:

We will have to agree to disagree. Could it be done. Sure. To your original question, How would I feel. It doesn't seem worth it to me. I don't feel it would add anything other than density for density sake and I don't believe that's necessarily the way to go. 

 

Fair enough. I was just curious how others felt, so thanks!

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46 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

 

Ummmm ok?

 

It's a tongue in cheek reference to committee meetings/discussions that go in endless circles with no conclusion that can be summarized by those two lines. 

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I actually really like this plaza area.  As big as it is, it actually is quite narrow/long.  If you were to build a building between William Green, Plaza 3 and Plaza 1 it would be so overly close to each other I don't think it would add any value or enhancement even to the skyline.  If anything it would block some of the views of these buildings already in place.

 

That being said, Nationwide did swiftly and relatively quietly purchased the now 120 year old "office" building over on East Spring Street surrounded by surface parking back in 2016 and has just been sitting on this.  It is around the corner from their other skyscrapers.  I've always though it would be awesome location if they would build a new skyscraper on that land in preparation for their 100 year anniversary in 2026 to reaffirm their commitment to Columbus and downtown like they did when they ventured away from the booming capital square trend in the 1970's and "risked" building and investing next to the abandoned train yards, prison and crime ridden Short North.

 

Just a thought I've pondered, no merit or valid rumors of this by any means.

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7 minutes ago, Gnoraa said:

That being said, Nationwide did swiftly and relatively quietly purchased the now 120 year old "office" building over on East Spring Street surrounded by surface parking back in 2016 and has just been sitting on this. 

 

What building are you talking about? 

 

8 minutes ago, Gnoraa said:

I've always though it would be awesome location if they would build a new skyscraper on that land in preparation for their 100 year anniversary in 2026 to reaffirm their commitment to Columbus and downtown like they did when they ventured away from the booming capital square trend in the 1970's and "risked" building and investing next to the abandoned train yards, prison and crime ridden Short North.

 

That would be one expensive show of commitment! 

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28 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

 

What building are you talking about? 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/01/28/nationwide-realty-buys-spring-street-office.html

 

They bought this and the old marconi garage across from AEP quietly in 2016. Edit: For clarification, it appears that it is only the building that NRI bought. My money is they are betting to be able to buy the lots in the future. But as if now, none of the surrounding lots are NRI. 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/06/nationwide-realty-buys-downtowns-marconi-garage.html

 

These are the two locations I referenced above.  IF I was going to bet money on a new Tower from NRI, these locations would be it. I won't actually make that bet right now but they are tight plots that will hopefully dem wa and height and density to maximize profit. But they could also just sit on them for 20 years doing nothing. 

 

Before the committment to move the jobs to Grandview Yard, Nationwide planned on building a single claims office 'downtown' to consolidate their claims operations into a single building. No specifics were ever released and then grandview yard came along. 

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On 10/16/2019 at 8:58 AM, Pablo said:

Just for fun, here’s an early plan for the site, late 60s or early 70s. Check out all the apartment buildings to the north. 
 

 

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That is one hell of a find!  Love that someone at Nationwide had a vision of Short North 40-50 years ago!

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23 hours ago, DTCL11 said:

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/01/28/nationwide-realty-buys-spring-street-office.html

 

They bought this and the old marconi garage across from AEP quietly in 2016. Edit: For clarification, it appears that it is only the building that NRI bought. My money is they are betting to be able to buy the lots in the future. But as if now, none of the surrounding lots are NRI. 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/06/nationwide-realty-buys-downtowns-marconi-garage.html

 

These are the two locations I referenced above.  IF I was going to bet money on a new Tower from NRI, these locations would be it. I won't actually make that bet right now but they are tight plots that will hopefully dem wa and height and density to maximize profit. But they could also just sit on them for 20 years doing nothing. 

 

Before the committment to move the jobs to Grandview Yard, Nationwide planned on building a single claims office 'downtown' to consolidate their claims operations into a single building. No specifics were ever released and then grandview yard came along. 

 

When NRI purchased the Marconi Garage a few years back and asked for permission to demo it, they promised the Downtown Commission to have a development plan for the lot within 5 years I believe and start construction soon after. The commission was very against letting it become a surface lot until NRI agreed to this condition.

 

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On 10/16/2019 at 12:29 PM, DTCL11 said:

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/01/28/nationwide-realty-buys-spring-street-office.html

 

They bought this and the old marconi garage across from AEP quietly in 2016. Edit: For clarification, it appears that it is only the building that NRI bought. My money is they are betting to be able to buy the lots in the future. But as if now, none of the surrounding lots are NRI. 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/06/nationwide-realty-buys-downtowns-marconi-garage.html

 

These are the two locations I referenced above.  IF I was going to bet money on a new Tower from NRI, these locations would be it. I won't actually make that bet right now but they are tight plots that will hopefully dem wa and height and density to maximize profit. But they could also just sit on them for 20 years doing nothing. 

 

Before the committment to move the jobs to Grandview Yard, Nationwide planned on building a single claims office 'downtown' to consolidate their claims operations into a single building. No specifics were ever released and then grandview yard came along. 

Would they not try to acquire those lots next to the Spring St building before doing something?  Wouldn't be such a tight plot then.

 

Edit:  Don't mind me.  You literally said that in your comment.  🤦‍♂️

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4 minutes ago, TH3BUDDHA said:

Would they not try to acquire those lots next to the Spring St building before doing something?  Wouldn't be such a tight plot then.

 

I agree. I would certainly bet money on them trying to acquire them if they havent already but those lots have been owned by the same operators for decades, some back to the 1970s. I dont see NRI doing anything on spring until they acquire more and they will certainly run into opposition if they attempt to demolish that building anyway. 

 

 The only pricing I can find was a sale of one lot in 1997 for $1.3 million. The investment for those lots is likely going to be significantly higher than what they spent on even the Marconi garage. Maybe the sale to the Crew will push some of those purchases along. 

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Inside downtown's new coworking mansion

 

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Downtown's newest coworking space has the feel of an old-fashioned house with all the modern touches.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/11/13/photos-inside-downtowns-new-coworking-mansio.html

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Back on 9/4/19 in this thread I posted a Business First article about the Church of Scientology putting its downtown building up for sale.  I posted it because that building at 30 N. High Street - located halfway between Capitol Square and the Gay Street corridor - is an interesting four-story building that has some renovation potential:  https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/43-columbus-random-development-and-news/?do=findComment&comment=909096

 

The reason the Church of Scientology is moving is because they were renovating the former Time Warner Cable building at 1266 Dublin Road - a 48,900-square-foot building built in 1991.  Well, now I see by this reddit thread - https://www.reddit.com/r/Columbus/comments/dvt0bw/ohio_lawmakers_congratulate_church_of_scientology/ - that links to this cleveland.com article - https://www.cleveland.com/open/2019/11/ohio-lawmakers-congratulate-church-of-scientology-on-opening-new-columbus-location.html - that they've opened the new Dublin Road location.

 

That reddit thread and the cleveland.com article are pretty funny and entertaining.  I especially enjoyed this passage from the article:

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In a release, the Church of Scientology stated that its new building in Columbus will serve the entire Central Ohio region, from Dayton to Mansfield.  The facility includes a public information center, a chapel, a café, and an entire wing of rooms for “auditing” sessions, during which people are questioned with an e-meter (a machine that resembles a lie-detector test) to locate areas of “spiritual distress.”

 

Sounds like a fun time(!)  The reddit thread also contained this July 2019 streetview of the 1266 Dublin Road location:  https://goo.gl/maps/LDwcobVa314QrWdaA

 

It turns out that the new Church of Scientology building is located directly across Dublin Road from the offices of ABC6/FOX28/CW53 - the three local TV stations owned by Sinclair Communications.  Coincidence???🙃

 

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Mapfre Stadium redevelopment negotiations to move forward after state commission vote

 

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A state commission on Thursday voted to move forward on a plan that could eventually allow the Columbus Crew SC and the city of Columbus to use state land to build a $30 million Crew training facility and community sports park at the site of Mapfre Stadium, despite lingering concerns from many members about the project.

 

The Ohio Expositions Commission voted to allow the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to negotiate with the Confluence Community Authority, an entity controlled by the Crew, the city of Columbus and Franklin County, on plans for the site.

 

The soccer team recently scaled back its vision for the Mapfre site as a result of commissioners' previously expressed concerns. The Crew now hopes to expand its existing 17-acre lease (set to expire in 2023) by 23 acres, to accommodate the development of the community sports park.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/11/14/mapfre-stadium-redevelopment-negotiations-to-move.html


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2 hours ago, ColDayMan said:

Mapfre Stadium redevelopment negotiations to move forward after state commission vote

 

screen-shot-2019-11-05-at-20031-pm*750xx

 

A state commission on Thursday voted to move forward on a plan that could eventually allow the Columbus Crew SC and the city of Columbus to use state land to build a $30 million Crew training facility and community sports park at the site of Mapfre Stadium, despite lingering concerns from many members about the project.

 

The Ohio Expositions Commission voted to allow the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to negotiate with the Confluence Community Authority, an entity controlled by the Crew, the city of Columbus and Franklin County, on plans for the site.

 

The soccer team recently scaled back its vision for the Mapfre site as a result of commissioners' previously expressed concerns. The Crew now hopes to expand its existing 17-acre lease (set to expire in 2023) by 23 acres, to accommodate the development of the community sports park.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/11/14/mapfre-stadium-redevelopment-negotiations-to-move.html

 

Does someone want to give me odds that the Browns end up having training camp here within the decade?

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