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Landscape design group plans new HQ on the south side

 

A landscape design company is planning a new office building on the Parsons Avenue corridor.

 

Foreground Studios is looking at two city land-bank lots at 1632-1638 Parsons Ave. for a new office. Principals Noah Mabry and Singleton Hicks told me they want a permanent home for the landscape architecture firm they started a few years ago.

 

"I can see the wave is coming down Parsons Avenue from the Children's Hospital area," Mabry said. "We wanted to develop further south, so we're kind of ahead of the development wave, but it's going to catch up to where we are."

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/09/14/landscape-design-group-plans-new-hq-on-the-south.html

 

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More Changes Coming to Parsons Avenue

 

Work will continue through the fall on the latest round of streetscape improvements for Parsons Avenue. The scope of the project runs from Livingston Avenue to Hosack Street, and includes a resurfacing of the street and reconfigured travel lanes.

 

“The Department of Public Service believes that this project will improve the traffic flow in this area and make it safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Assistant Director Jeff Ortega. “These improvements are much-needed in this key business corridor in the city.”

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/more-changes-coming-to-parsons-avenue-bw1

 

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New Office Building Planned for Vacant Lot on Parsons Avenue

 

A new building planned for a vacant lot on Parsons Avenue will bring about 2,000 square feet of office space to a part of the corridor that has not seen much investment in recent years.

 

Located at 1636-42 Parsons Ave., the building will sit about half a mile north of the John Maloney Health Center (and the adjacent Parsons Place and Parsons Village projects), and about a mile and a half south of the new East Public development.

 

The project is being developed by Noah Mabry and Singleton Hicks of Foreground Studio, a landscape design firm that will occupy a little less than half of the new building.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/new-office-building-planned-for-vacant-lot-on-parsons-avenue-bw1

 

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Along Parsons Avenue, an experiment in inclusive development for the former 'Harlem of Columbus'

 

For Blake Compton, it’s been “an amazing journey of weird intersection.”

 

It was three years ago during a drive through the south side that the CEO of Compton Construction had a chance conversation that convinced him of the neighborhood's potential. He told Brianne DeRolph and Killian McIlroy that he wanted in and their resulting venture, SideStreet Development LLC, committed to renovating an entire block of Parsons Avenue for a new urban development.

 

They gathered recently with dozens of neighbors in that set of stout industrial buildings at what will soon be Parsons North Brewing Co., a new focal point for the corridor. 

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/11/09/along-parsons-avenue-an-experiment-in-inclusive.html

 

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On 5/21/2017 at 9:44 PM, Columbo said:

The second phase of the Parsons Village senior apartments is planned just west of the previously completed three-story Parsons Village apartment building.  Phase Two of Parsons Village would be a four-story, 60-unit building built along Parsons Avenue.  This building is similar in style to the first phase, but would contain greater transparency on the ground floor facing Parsons Avenue and would have a 4,000 sq. ft retail space with an outdoor dining space at the corner of Reeb & Parsons:

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Construction photo of the four-story, 60-unit second phase of the Parsons Village senior apartments being built along Parsons Avenue between Innis & Reeb Avenues from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-east-side-south-side-grandview-we1

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On 5/12/2016 at 8:20 PM, Columbo said:

Some more renderings and a site plan for the proposed 163-unit apartment building on the former Bobb Chevrolet lot at the southwest corner of Parsons & Livingston near Children's Hospital:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/163-units-planned-for-parking-lot-off-of-parsons-and-livingston-bw1

 

Here's a more expansive rendering of the four-story apartment building:

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Here's the site plan.  Despite the way of ground floor plan looks, the 'E' portion to the south is connected with the smaller portion to the north.  The top two floors run continuously between the two portions.  This part (with the green roof in the above rendering) bridges over Jackson Street:

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An update on this 163-unit apartment development near the southwest corner of Livingston & Parsons.  Its now called The Arbor - and the only reason I knew it was completed was because it was listed among the residential stops for CU's Urban Living Tour scheduled for this weekend.  So here's The Arbor: https://www.arborcolumbus.com/

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The first thing you notice about The Arbor is how awkward and ugly the exterior is.  Looks like a lot of value engineering took place!

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The second thing you notice it that the most interesting part of the original design (the bridge over Jackson Street) has also been value engineered out the finished product.

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Probably the best aspect of The Arbor is that it is buried deep in this former Bobb Chevrolet lot at the southwest corner of Livingston & Parsons and that none of this apartment complex is visible from Livingston and Parsons (CVS Pharmacy is at the corner and the Village Pointe building containing The Crest, Alchemy and The Fitness Loft is along Parsons).  And the development does have good density and some underground parking.  So, eh?

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First Look: Community Grounds on Parsons Avenue

 

It’s been a long road for Community Grounds co-owner Joel Cosme, Jr. as he and his wife Tara Mullins-Cosme have worked to open their coffee shop on 1132-1134 Parsons Avenue.  Cosme first announced plans for Community Grounds five years ago, subsequently getting hit with family illness, construction delays and bad contractors.

 

Despite the trouble, Community Grounds is here.  Church and Community Development for All People, a nonprofit community development organization on the South Side, will host the Avenue for All Festival, and Community Grounds will hold its soft opening for the event before grand opening later this month.

 

MORE:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-community-grounds-on-parsons-avenue-ls1

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Parsons Avenue development now drawing two banks

 

Parsons Avenue, once an illustration of the city’s struggling South Side with blight and crime problems is enjoying enough of a renaissance that not one, but two banks plan to open branches where none exist today.  Chase will open a branch in a former Subway location at 740 Parsons Avenue across from Plank’s Cafe.  First Financial Bank has signed a letter of intent to open in the Parsons Village senior housing complex, 1843 Parsons Avenue.

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Much of the development along Parsons Avenue is building off the expansion of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the growing popularity of the surrounding neighborhoods.  In the past year or two, additions along Parsons include restaurants such as Comune and Buns & Brews, the Parsons North brewpub, the indie bookstore and cafe Two Dollar Radio, and in May, Community Grounds Coffee & Meeting House.

 

According to the Parsons Avenue Redevelopment Corp., more than $22 million has been invested in Parsons Avenue in the past five years and $50 million in rehabilitated housing and new construction in the neighborhoods near Parsons.

 

MORE:  https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190605/parsons-avenue-development-now-drawing-two-banks

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^Should I rephrase it to "the next lower rent street popular with artists and galleries and not yet overrun by land speculators"? 

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^ I thought you were referencing the Dispatch article where a member of the South Side Area Commission said “I see it as another Short North starting”.

 

Almost every up-and-coming neighborhood/area/district in Columbus has someone saying "We're the next Short North!"

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Parsons Avenue Bakery Nears Opening Date

 

South Siders looking for a sweet treat won’t have to wait much longer. J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes plans to make its debut later this month.

 

Founder Juana Williams is aiming for a February 28 soft opening, a grand opening celebration the following weekend, and a block-party style affair once the weather turns warm.

 

The bakery is flanked by two other local businesses, 5th Element Tattoo Gallery on one side and The Pit BBQ Grille’s recently-opened second location on the other.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/parsons-avenue-bakery-nears-opening-date-sp1/

 

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