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Historic Discovery District Building to be Redeveloped

By Brent Warren, Columbus Underground

April 12, 2014 - 8:00 am

 

Renovation work has begun on a historic three-story brick building at the northeast corner of Long Street and Grant Avenue downtown.  Debbie Rosenfeld and development partner Bryan Savage have purchased the building, along with two adjacent, one-story warehouse buildings.

 

Savage plans to use the first floor of the brick building as office space for his company, Savage Real Estate.  That space, where much of the original 1880′s-era tin ceiling remains intact, had been used since about 1970 as the office for Inkling Printing. ... The second and third floors will be developed as a residential unit, while three retail spaces with storefronts on Long Street are planned for the warehouse building.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/historic-discovery-district-building-to-be-redeveloped-bw1

 

Some progress photos on this renovation at the northeast corner of Grant & Long in the Discovery District.

 

Late August from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-august-2014

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Late September from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-september-2014

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Another proposal put forward for ​BalletMet warehouse

By Brian R. Ball, Staff Reporter

Columbus Business First - Updated: July 27, 2015, 12:54pm EDT

 

JDSI Celmark Ltd. has identified another student housing project to pursue.  The joint venture between Jerry Solove of Columbus developer Jerry Solove Development Inc. and Mike Balakrishnan of Celmark Development Group will bring their plans for student housing at a BalletMet-owned warehouse before the city’s Downtown Commission for review Tuesday morning.

 

The concept calls for about 70 housing units in the 65,153-square-foot warehouse at 358 Mount Vernon Ave., with a two-story glass penthouse topping off the five-story building.  Balakrishnan declined comment on the project designed by Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design until the commission meeting convenes.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/07/27/first-look-another-proposal-put-forward-for.html

 

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Some construction photos of the addition to Union Hall at Columbus State from Columbus Underground's Columbus State Community College - News & Updates:

 

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Came across this addition to Union Hall at Columbus State project at the architect's website.  I think its been finished since 2014.  But since the construction photos were posted here in 2012, might as well show the finished product.  More photos (mostly interior) at http://sca-ae.com/project/union-hall-addition-renovation/

 

Exterior photo from the campus (similar view to the construction photo above):

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Interior photo looking toward downtown:

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Columbus State considering $300,000 to study master plan's viability

 

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Columbus State Community College trustees are considering hiring someone to focus on and advance the school’s ambitious master plan.

 

The two-year school’s administrators adopted a plan in 2013 to remake parts of its downtown campus but President David Harrison acknowledged in November that its appetite for change is still far bigger than its funding.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2016/01/columbus-state-considering-300-000-to-study-master.html

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Developers buy BalletMet warehouse with plans for 80 apartments

By Evan Weese, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First

Updated: March 21, 2016, 12:45pm EDT

 

A pair of developers has acquired the vacant warehouse next to BalletMet Columbus’ downtown headquarters, advancing nearly 2-year-old plans to redevelop the building with residences.

 

JSDI Celmark Ltd., a joint venture between Dublin-based Celmark Development Group Inc. and Jerry Solove Development Inc. of Columbus, wants to add two levels and a rooftop patio to the five-story warehouse for their 80-unit View on Grant apartments.

 

The 96-year-old building at 358 Mount Vernon Ave. would offer a mix of one- and two-bedroom units on floors two through seven, atop 41 parking spaces and a street-level office and sidewalk cafe, show plans being considered Tuesday by Columbus’ Downtown Commission.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/03/21/first-look-developers-buy-balletmet-warehouse-with.html

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About a block north of the BalletMet warehouse project...

 

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Platform Beer Opening Downtown Brewery & Brewpub

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

March 25, 2016 - 10:10 am

 

Platform Beer is headed to Columbus in a big way.  The Cleveland-based brewery announced this morning that they’ll be launching a production facility and tasting room at 408 North Sixth Street in the Discovery District in Downtown Columbus.

 

“Columbus was the most logical next step for us,” said Paul Benner, Owner and Chief Brewing Officer at Platform. “The beer scene in Columbus is developed already. This is also exciting for me because I’m originally from Columbus and grew up there.”

 

The 12,000 square foot facility will be divided up for production, distribution, a brewpub and some outdoor patio seating that includes a rooftop patio.  The location of the facility might seem a bit off the beaten path, but Benner said that the skyline views from the rooftop patio is one of the things that sold them on the spot.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/platform-beer-columbus

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The Metropreneur (formerly Metropreneur Columbus website) has been running a regular series that profiles local small companies and their urban office spaces.  This one is about the Ibel Agency, an advertising agency that moved from a Short North location into Downtown's Discovery District.  Ibel previously owned a one-story building at Third & High in the Short North.  They sold that building - which has been demolished for a six-story residential project - and moved into a warehouse building at 243 N. Fifth Street.

 

That warehouse building at 243 N. Fifth Street has been rebranded as 'Factory No. 6' and its four floors are home to a collection of creative businesses including the Ibel Agency, Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design, Fulcrum Creatives, Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative, Choptank Agency and Five ID Studio:

 

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More photos at http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/at-work-ibel-agency-enjoys-move-to-discovery-district/

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These projects are cool and could evoke some interesting synergy if the dots were connected. Why does Columbus not double down more on the "Warehouse District" branding? It would be no more contrived than "Arena District" or "Italian Village" and sounds way more compelling than "Discovery District."

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A step forward for this project ...

 

View on Grant Apartment Proposal Receives Design Updates

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

April 26, 2016 - 2:51 pm

 

The View on Grant apartment development proposal went back in front of the Downtown Commission this morning with some new details on the project.  Last month the design was updated to include a large cantilevered addition to the top of the building located at 358 Mt. Vernon Avenue, which would add three additional floors to the historic brick structure.  Today, a more detailed view of the building was presented.

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The cantilever roof addition was approved unanimously by the Commission, with further project design review still pending final approval before the project moves forward.  If approved, the project will add approximately 80 new apartment units to the Discovery District and will include a ground-floor cafe retail space, indoor parking and outdoor patio amenities on the top floors.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/view-on-grant-apartment-proposal-receives-design-updates

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Here are the updated renderings for the View on Grant from http://www.columbusunderground.com/view-on-grant-apartment-proposal-receives-design-updates.

 

Maybe it's the improved quality of these renderings compared to the earlier ones, but I like this updated version much more than the earlier design.  Check out the CU article for an interesting back-and-forth between the project architect and the Downtown Commission about the cantilevered addition:

 

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Another Discovery District renovation project announced:

 

-- Three Discovery District Buildings Planned for Mixed-Use Development:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/three-discovery-district-buildings-planned-for-mixed-use-development

 

-- Faith Mission shelter to become loft apartments:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/05/24/1-plan-calls-for-lofts-on-site-of-homeless-shelter.html

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^ Both CU and the Dispatch are talking about the same project, but the Dispatch headline emphasizes one part of it.  So here are the three buildings involved:

 

288 E. Long Street and 294 E. Long Street

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151 N. Sixth Street — currently home to the Faith Mission Men’s Shelter.

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According to http://www.columbusunderground.com/three-discovery-district-buildings-planned-for-mixed-use-development:

 

"A trio of three-story buildings located in the Discovery District sub-neighborhood in Downtown Columbus will be getting a residential and retail conversion if a new plan is approved (by the) Downtown Commission.  Local developer Don DeVere has submitted plans to renovate 288 East Long Street, 294 East Long Street, and 151 North Sixth Street — the latter of which is currently home to the Faith Mission Men’s Shelter."

 

"While the buildings face different streets, they form an L-shape toward the north end of the properties, which would be opened up to serve as a connection between the addresses.  The submitted plans call for 30 residential units on the two upper floors of the interconnected buildings with a ground-floor parking garage entrance from Sixth Street with room for 31 cars, and a new 1,791 square foot commercial space on the Long Street side — which is in addition to the existing Beyond Limits Training fitness studio at 294 East Long Street."

 

Here is a location map showing the L-shape formed by the three buildings in the project:

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According to CU and http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/05/24/1-plan-calls-for-lofts-on-site-of-homeless-shelter.html:

 

CU: "The Faith Mission Men’s Shelter (at 151 N. Sixth Street) has already announced plans to relocate two blocks north to a larger facility at Grant Avenue where the organization is bringing multiple operations under one roof."

 

Dispatch: "Faith Mission residents would move to a larger building at 217 N. Grant Avenue that will be converted into a shelter.  The move would bring the shelter closer to a Faith Mission kitchen that opened three years ago on Grant.  ...  The new shelter would house the same number of residents as the current shelter, up to 42 women and 110 men.  The building would also include space for veterans and an employment resource center."

 

This would be the second move in recent years for the Faith Mission in this part of Downtown.  The Faith Mission was originally located in an historic church at 315 E. Long Street that was converted into a homeless shelter.  In 2012, Edwards Cos., the developers of the nearby Neighborhood Launch project, swapped the larger building at 151 N. Sixth Street for the historic church:  http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,8471.msg640335.html#msg640335  --  Edwards later renovated that historic church as a community center for its Neighborhood Launch residential development:  http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,8471.msg736839.html#msg736839

 

Now, the Faith Mission is selling the 151 N. Sixth Street building they obtained in that 2012 building swap to another developer to fund a move to an even larger building at 217 N. Grant Avenue.

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Loft-style apartments and retail coming to Long and Sixth downtown

 

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The Faith Mission and an attached vacant building in downtown’s Discovery District will be redeveloped with a mix of loft-style apartments and street-level retail.

 

DeVere LLC plans to renovate the men’s homeless shelter and attached structure, both three stories, with 30 second- and third-floor residential units atop 2,000 square feet of retail facing Long Street. The buildings form an L-shaped structure at the northwest corner of Long and Sixth streets.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/05/25/loft-style-apartments-and-retail-coming-to-long.html

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New Culinary School Facility Planned at Columbus State

 

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The culinary program at Columbus State Community College has been ranked as one of the Top 20 culinary schools in the United States. So it only makes sense that the expansion of the program would serve as a first step toward implementing the college’s large-scale master plan.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-culinary-school-facility-planned-at-columbus-state

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1880s building on Long Street downtown renovated for offices

 

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A building from the 1880s situated in a developing area of downtown has been renovated for offices, amid a tight market for Class A space in and around Columbus’ central business district.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/07/06/1880s-building-on-long-street-downtown-renovated.html

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A four-story building, long up for sale, has been acquired at the corner of Broad and Grant Streets.

 

Any one know who gobbled it up and what might be planned?

 

If it's this four-story office building at the northwest corner of Broad and Grant, then I'd guess it's just the building changing ownership and would continue as office space.

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The former NAPA Auto Parts Store at 162 N. Sixth Street is being renovated by the artists group, Tacocat Cooperative, which is relocating from its Grandview Yard location, and being renamed 'Blockfort':  http://www.columbusunderground.com/blockfort-art-studio-and-gallery

 

In addition to galleries and studios, 'Blockfort' will also contain co-working space:  http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/blockfort-coworking/

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View on Grant Apartment Development Gets Further Updates

 

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While construction work has already begun on the View on Grant apartment project in Downtown Columbus, the building plans are continuing to see some revisions. When the project was first proposed over a year ago, it included an addition on the north side of the building, which was later removed during the design revision process. That north addition is now back on the drawing board, and was reviewed by the Downtown Commission this morning.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/view-on-grant-columbus

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:clap:

 

Motorists to invest $20 million in Downtown development

 

Motorists Insurance Group has announced it will initially invest nearly $20 million to begin developing its real estate holdings in Downtown Columbus.

 

The Columbus-based company plans to develop mixed-use residential and commercial retail buildings overlooking the Discovery District's Topiary Park.

 

The insurer sees 68 apartments, 114 parking spaces and a small area for ground-floor retail in the first phase at the northwest corner of Library Park North and Washington Avenue, followed by four more residential and retail buildings later on.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/12/09/motorists-to-invest-20-million-in-downtown-development.html#

 

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With downtown development momentum growing each year, this kind of project announcement seemed inevitable.  But it's really great to see Motorists finally filling in this parking lot overlooking the Topiary Park.  Great development site.  As a bonus, it also would cover up the Motorists parking garage.

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This is fantastic news. Huge kudos to Motorists Insurance for basically establishing a miniature NRI and investing in the downtown real estate market. There is a lot of potential in the Discovery District sitting in the form of dozens of lonely asphalt parking lots. With CSCC, CCAD, CMA, CML, and now Motorists getting in on the action, along with guidance from the CDDC, the future is looking bright for the area.

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A crude map I made real quick. The red box shows this new development north of the Topiary Park. The yellow boxes show Motorists' owned lots/structures in the area. The blue lots are owned by State Auto, whose HQ are across Broad from Motorists. The purple box over the grass lot across Town from the Topiary Park is a proposed seven story apartment building. The green box was an old Roxanne factory that was demoed and is approved for a seven story apartment building as well.

 

Motorists has a real opportunity to turn Oak into a nice mixed use street connecting OTE to downtown.

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Nice visualization. What is the seven-story building proposed on the Topiary Park? Hadn't heard of that.

 

I also don't think the green site is going to happen. That developer had zero urban development experience - they clearly just wanted to tear down the bldg and see if the land became any more valuable for speculation, so they submitted a "proposal."

 

Really big fan of the townhouses though. Great way to provide some ideal park frontage while also screening the parking structure. I hope development targets the yellow blocks shown above and not the existing old apartments surrounding the Library. That stock of hundreds of cheap, basic urban walk-up apartments can never be replaced once its gone.

 

With just a little bit of high-end infill, adding something complimentary to the mix, this pocket could become downtown's first real "neighborhood."

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I also don't think the green site is going to happen. That developer had zero urban development experience - they clearly just wanted to tear down the bldg and see if the land became any more valuable for speculation, so they submitted a "proposal."

 

The 330 Oak project from Stonehenge is happening, it's been working its way through city permitting all year. Final structural approval was just given in October and the developer paid over 15k in fees for that alone.

 

More here, http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,30341.0.html

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