A dirt lot at 600 West Goodale Street in the far northwest corner of Downtown sits empty and alone with little but the White Castle corporate headquarters across the street to keep it company. Despite the seemingly barren area, Brett Kaufman sees a lot of potential here.
“This site is right in the middle of a lot of thriving areas of Columbus,” he explains. “It’s right in between the Arena District, Downtown, Ohio State University and Grandview.”
Kaufman is the CEO of Kaufman Development, which plans to build a new five-story 174-unit apartment complex here known as 600 Goodale. The new apartment development will feature a modern interior and exterior design and amenities that go above and beyond the basics.
“The focus of what I love doing everyday is an accumulation of all the things I’m passionate about,” says Kaufman. “So we’re building communities around wellness, fitness, philanthropy, sustainability, innovation and design, and we’re doing that in a variety of ways.”
Some of the ways those focus areas will be actualized include an artist-in-residence program in partnership with CCAD, fitness and wellness programming by Lululemon Athletica and a philanthropic partnership with the Community Shelter Board.
“Instead of a traditional business center for residents, we’ll have more of a mini-incubator in collaboration with OSU and Battelle,” says Kaufman. “We want to create a real thriving community with some real substance.”
While Kaufman Development has only been up and running since June of 2011, Brett Kaufman has a 15-year career in the industry already behind him. He’s worked in banking and helped to finance other apartment developers, and also worked his way up to President of the Schottenstein Real Estate Group, where he oversaw the development and operations side of the business for 11 years.
Once complete, 600 Goodale will feature four stories of rental units atop a single-story parking structure. Roughly 60% of the units are one bedroom or efficiencies, while the remainder are two and three bedroom units. The fifth floor of the building will contain larger penthouse units and a concierge level with extra services and amenities.
“One of the other things that we’re really excited about it that there’s a major bike path improvement that will go directly in front of our community,” says Kaufman. “That new path will travel over the Olentangy River with a lookout point for scenic views and then connect to Grandview, OSU, Downtown and the rest of the trail system.”
Over two dozen other apartment developments are either under construction or have been announced in Downtown Columbus or in neighborhoods adjacent to Downtown. The competition doesn’t seem to deter Kaufman one bit.
“There’s a lot of irons in the fire and there’s a lot of projects starting to move forward,” he explains. “But the Downtown market has been underserved for quality apartments for a long time. So I believe that there’s a lot of room for everybody to be successful.”
“And I’m encouraged because the people developing apartments Downtown are all quality developers,” he adds. “Nationwide and Edwards and Wagenbrenner are all very good companies.”
The underground utility work at 600 Goodale has already been completed, and Kaufman Development is currently working on the parking garage foundation, with an expectation to be “going vertical” very soon.
“We’ll work through the remainder of 2012 and plan to bring units online for delivery sometime toward the beginning of next year,” says Kaufman. “So we’re looking at late winter or early spring 2013.”
More information can be found online at www.kaufmandev.com.
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