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Those that live in Columbus will know that the purchase and renovation of the Bundy Building off Neil Ave. in the Arena District is pretty big news. It's an awesome industrial building with large windows, however most are broken and parts of the structure are literally crumbling. Now that it's in Nationwide's hands, I think we can see some good things come out of it, hopefully a condo conversion.

 

 

Deal sealed for Bundy building

Business First - by Brian R. Ball

Date: Monday, May 9, 2005, 12:00am EDT

 

The developer of the Arena District in Columbus has an agreement to purchase a downtown bakery equipment warehouse, but less specific are plans on how it will redevelop the property.

 

Nationwide Realty Investors has agreed to buy the Russell T. Bundy Associates property at 237 Neil Avenue for an undisclosed sum.  It expects to close on the property's sale July 6.

 

"We thought it was an outstanding site and a natural extension of the development activity in the Arena District," said Brian Ellis, Nationwide Realty's president and chief operating officer.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2005/05/09/story1.html

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Arena District restaurants endure lockout aftermath

Business First of Columbus

By Kathy Bergstrom For Business First

Friday, July 15, 2005

 

Conventions, a new crop of office workers and neighborhood residents, special events and promotions are boosting business for Arena District restaurants this summer.  Restaurant managers say they definitely missed the big crowds that more than 40 Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena would have brought to their doors after the lockout of players canceled the 2004-05 season.

 

Hockey remains a crucial part of the Arena District's draw, they say, and all are hoping the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association can reach an agreement that would allow the 2005-06 season to be played.  They're ready to weather the storm if hockey doesn't return, but as one manager says, it won't be as much fun.

 

MORE: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2005/07/18/focus3.html

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Arena District rolls on

A year without hockey hasn’t slowed development

Friday, October 07, 2005

Mike Pramik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The puck might have stopped here 18 months ago, but development in the Arena District wasn’t checked.  Fans who haven’t been to the district since the last Columbus Blue Jackets home game on April 2, 2004, will notice the progress. Apartments, offices and retail businesses have opened, and more are under construction.

 

The district named after Nationwide Arena, where the Blue Jackets make their home debut tonight, is poised to grow more as its borders effectively expand. For example, a new stadium for the Columbus Clippers is likely to be built on land west of Neil Avenue. More buildings are in the planning stages, which are expected to lead to more Arena District residences and stores. This could include construction along Nationwide Boulevard on land that now serves as parking just west of the arena.

 

Read more at http://dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2005/10/07/20051007-C1-04.html

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well kyle guy wake up from your old school thinking -- you cannot market it as pen west anymore if there is no pen to be west of!

 

however, i do wish they would have kept a piece of it up. erasing major notorious prisons smaks of trying to erase history.

 

otherwise, yay arena district --- it's very columbus! who can argue with a free arena and spinoff? also, i think it gets mixed reviews, but i really liked the nearby high street cap stuff when i drove by this summer, i thought it looked great. i hope the new coop baseball park goes up near there too, thats another great idea.

 

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i hope the new coop baseball park goes up near there too, thats another great idea.

 

Last I've heard it was still planned for the NW corner of Nationwide & Neil (which would be right at the bottom center of that picture if it extended another two inches). ;)

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Good for Bustown!!  :-D

 

I'm VERY excited to see what this new baseball stadium will be like. That will really make this part of downtown sexy. Even with just the hockey arena, it's still great.

 

 

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Here is an arcticle released  October 21 in the Columbus Business First

 

Great news i say!, lets keep our fingers crossed.

 

 

From the October 21, 2005 print edition

Nationwide unveils plan for offices

Arena District site for project

Brian R. Ball, Business First

 

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. and Columbus have lifted the veil on the insurance giant's plans for a 133,112-square-foot office building in the city's Arena District.  Nationwide plans to house 600 to 700 employees at the site. The company already employs about 7,000 workers downtown.

 

Nationwide Realty Investments, the insurer's real estate development affiliate, has asked the city's Downtown Commission for a conceptual review of the $16.5 million six-story office project proposed for 275 Marconi Blvd. That examination is expected during the zoning panel's Oct. 27 meeting.

 

Meanwhile, the city's Downtown Development Office is preparing legislation to approve spending $400,000 on streetscape projects and other improvements as an incentive for Nationwide to move ahead with the building. Columbus City Council will get its first look at the legislation either Oct. 24 or Nov. 7.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2005/10/21/story3.html

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The city incentive package includes construction of a pedestrian crossing over Norfolk Southern rail lines at Marconi Boulevard and Hickory Street. Columbus officials also have pledged to ask the railroad for a quiet zone through the booming Arena District.

 

This pedestrian RR crossing is long overdue.  I cross these tracks on foot at least 3 times/week.  They're covered with heavy gravel, and in the winter, they're covered with ice.  It's far from safe.

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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06011/635718.stm

 

 

Penguins taking delegation to see Columbus' Arena District development

 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

By Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Joe Casey remembers a time not long ago when the thought of bar-hopping in the downtown area of this city wasn't even an option.

 

"There was no such thing as going downtown and drinking and eating," he said from behind the bar at O'Shaughnessy's Public House. "You never heard anybody say, 'Hey, let's go downtown and get a beer,' because there was nothing there."

 

For more info, click the link

 

(Mark Belko can be reached at mbelko@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1262.)

www.post-gazette.com

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Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/01/30/story3.html 

 

From the January 27, 2006 print edition

Condo buyers take liking to Arena District projects

Brian Ball Business First

 

Three condominium projects in or on the fringe of Columbus' Arena District have experienced robust sales, even as their owners pursue divergent selling strategies.  The developers of Burnham Square, Eclextion Lofts and the Buggyworks have begun closing sales of their residences as construction on the projects enters the final few months.

 

Bill Shelby, president of Spectrum Properties Inc., said the company's 57-unit Eclextion Lofts at 221 N. Front St. has five units unsold, including two penthouses it will begin building soon. "We're pretty strategic about (the marketing,)" Shelby said. "I like to think it's more than just a hot market."

 

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I love that the 'Arena District' is thriving....I also love that our capital C-Bus finally got a professional franchise (Bluejackets).  C-Bus should use that lovely arena to its advantage to try to get an NBA team!!!  Really utilize the arena they have....I wish Cincy had an NHL and/or an NBA team.  Good Luck C-Bus!!

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ARENA DISTRICT PROJECT

Leaders seek state help with ballpark funding

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Robert Vitale

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Business and political leaders outside Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati began calling themselves "the other Ohio" a decade ago as they argued for more government jobs and money.  Now, as local leaders put together their case for state help with a new minor-league baseball stadium in the Arena District, they’re asking decisionmakers to remember there’s another Columbus, too.

 

Though a huge chunk of Ohio’s biennial capital budget remains in Columbus for state government projects, local leaders say the region also deserves money for its own building and economic-development initiatives.  They’re using the same argument that has been used against them in places such as Toledo, Youngstown and Marietta: "We ought to get our fair share," said Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks.

 

Read more at http://dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/02/05/20060205-C1-04.html

 

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http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=166860

 

Nationwide to build $50 million condo tower in Arena District

By Mike Pramik

The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, February 16, 2006 12:10 PM

 

A 20-story, glass condominium tower will punctuate the Columbus skyline next year from an Arena District corner near North Bank Park.

Nationwide Realty Investors announced plans today to spend more than $50 million on the new tower and an adjoining rehabilitation of the former Bundy Building at Spring Street and Neil Avenue.

 

The developers are hopeful that work will begin this spring on the Condominiums at North Bank Park, pending city approval.  The Dispatch Printing Company, publisher of The Dispatch, owns 10 percent of the project.

 

mpramik@dispatch.com

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WOW! That tower looks awesome. I just have a few questions for you Columbus people. Is Nationwide realty associated with the insurance company? How will that fit in with the surrounding skyline?

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Definitely a snazzy tower - those corner balconies will be an amazing amenity at that location. Congrats Columbus!

 

"How will that fit in with the surrounding skyline?"

 

As ColDayMan suggested - this will act as the "northern" bookend to the Columbus skyline (whereas Miranova is the southern) if memory serves me correctly.

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Hot Damn! :clap:

 

I like the rendering a lot, we definitely need more glass in the skyline. As already mention, this tower will more or less be the northern bookend to the skyline, with Miranova being the southern end. ColDay, the ever-thinking-ahead person that he is, already has a photo of the exact site on urbanohio.com:

 

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The delapidated old warehouse on the right is the Bundy Building, which will be turned into the 21 lofts planned in the project. The vacant lot next to the Bundy Building on Spring St. will be the site of the condo tower.

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Are you the guy with the pasty legs that is about to jump?  :-P

 

Nope, I'm in the center of the pic with the blue shirt getting ready to step over the track to get some good shots.

 

 

See    V

 

 

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