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Lennox Flats Finishing Phase One of New Apartment Development

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As you drive past The Ohio State University on 315, there’s a pretty good chance you’re eyeing the ongoing construction of the new 17-story hospital tower going up at the OSU Medical Center. But if you look off the highway in the opposite direction, you’ll see additional construction work also taking place on the other side of the AMC Lennox Movie Theatre.

That project is the first phase of the Lennox Flats apartment development, which is being constructed by locally-based Klingbeil Capital Management. Once completed, phase one will include 92 one-bedroom units while phase two will add another 102 units that include a mix of one and two bedrooms.

“We started pre-leasing about a month ago and already have about 15% of the units pre-leased,” said Audra McIntosh, Director of Marketing at the Lennox Flats. “The demand for one bedrooms units in this area is very high.”

The apartments range in size from 450 to 550 square feet and contain compact living features such as walk-in showers, stacked washer and dryer units and kitchen counters that can double as desks. The 450 sqft unit rental rates start at $750 per month, and the 550 sqft units start at $890 per month.

“We’re targeting renters who have moved beyond the stage in their life where they want a roommate,” said Jim Schrim, Chief Operating Officer at Klingbeil. “Based on our pre-leases, we’re seeing mostly 25-35 year old graduate students and young professionals looking to live here.”

Jim Schrim, Chief Operating Officer at Klingbeil.

Amenities at the new apartments include a shared clubhouse, pool, fitness center, dog wash and a sports shop where bike tires can be kept inflated and skis and snowboards maintained. Additionally, the proximity to walkable and biking-distance amenities is a selling point being touted at The Lennox Flats.

“For day to day living convenience, this location is awesome for people who want to be able to go over to Target to shop,” says Schrim. “From a social living standpoint, you’re close to both The Short North and to Grandview.”

Another neighbor to the apartments that might not be quite as desirable is a set of heavily used freight railroad tracks. Schrim says that they’ve taken the tracks into consideration and added extra insulation and heavy duty drywall to ceilings and exterior walls to dampen the noise.

“You will still hear the trains rumbling by, but that’s a part of the urban experience,” he added. “If you want the great walkability and to be this close to OSU, Battelle and Grandview, then you’re not going to get ‘suburban quiet’ all the time.”

Additionally, the developers are working with Clinton Township to install sidewalks for improved pedestrian safety and accessibility along Kinnear Road. Currently, no sidewalks exist between The Lennox Flats and The Lennox Town Center.

“The Township has been a great partner for us, but they don’t have a lot of money for long term maintenance of sidewalks,” said Schrim. “We’ll probably pay to install them ourselves and then jointly contribute to a fund to help maintain them.”

Phase one of The Lennox Flats will be ready for residents to start moving in on June 1st, with completion of the phase by July 15th. The development of Phase two will begin construction in the near future with an expected completion within the next nine to 12 months.

More information can be found online at www.lennoxflats.com.

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  • leftovers

    “We’re targeting renters who have moved beyond the stage in their life where they want a roommate,” said Jim Schrim, Chief Operating Officer at Klingbeil. “Based on our pre-leases, we’re seeing mostly 25-35 year old graduate students and young professionals looking to live here.”

    A little surprised by this, from their website and facebook it appears the majority of people commenting are OSU undergrads. Imho, It seems more likely that age range and demographic will be found at the Grandview Yard than here.

    The problem with the trains will be that the engines are required to blow their whistles when they reach Kinnear as it is an at grade crossing. Those tracks are pretty busy at night.

    I think this is a great location (sans trains) and has very good bikeability/walkability. The fact that it is new construction in an area which has a lot of older apartment stock is almost guaranteed to make it a success.

  • Having sidewalks there would be a nice addition

  • Asch

    Um. Tiny apartments ON the railroad tracks are not worth that much money. It pains me to think of grad students paying so much for so little when they could pay way less and get more space in the on-campus graduate apartments just about 2 minutes down Olentangy.

  • cbus11

    Seems that better values can be found considering the size and price point. I imagine there is a convenience to those who are signing leases over the internet without having to make special trips to find housing or roommates for OSU.

    There is some serious freight traffic along those tracks.

  • bucki12

    Seems like a nice dorm.

  • mrpoppinzs

    194 small apartments sounds pretty lucrative for the developer. I would imagine it could get pretty rowdy if filled with undergrads.

    There a lot of other much larger options in that part of town for around that price.

  • columbusmike

    I’d like to see a pedestrian bridge over the tracks rather than a sidewalk…..those trains can park at that crossing for a long time. You could at least carry your bike across if you didn’t want to wait.

  • A Pedestrian Bridge sounds nice, but I imagine much more expensive than sidewalk installation and maintenance. ;)

  • mrpoppinzs

    Just was thinking about the 194 apartments on that small footprint and remembered they are also allowing pets (including dogs). This area has a lot of stuff within walking distance, but a park is not one of them. If would really stink if the trains set all those close quartered pets off at 3am .

  • jpizzow

    I’m sure the shared clubhouse, pool, fitness center, dog wash and a sports shop added a few bucks to those rental rates, but it’s what their target market desires and these amenities and the location will be a good trade off to the railroad tracks.

  • Having personally been inside these units last week, I can say that the train sounds are dampened quite a bit. They’re noisy outside the apartments, but I don’t think living here would be any more noisy than living on High Street in the Short North, or near Park Street in the Arena District, or on Campus near OSU. There’s some sort of noise in every neighborhood

  • Shouldn’t the city mandate a minimum size for one bedroom apartments or something? After all, they require a minimum number of parking spaces.

  • columbusmike

    @johnwirtz, there’s not really a minimum size unit requirement…although 450 square feet does seem a bit small. It all really depends on the layout (sounds like they are using a lot of compact features)…and I believe market factors would drive size more effectively than a city regulation.

  • DBurnham

    What’s the history of the City of Columbus and Clinton Twp. on the issue of annexation? It’s in need of some infrastructure TLC(especially up around Cooke Rd.)

  • @columbusmike, I was being sarcastic in an attempt to point out that regulations of parking spaces are as equally ridiculous as a proposal to mandate minimum dwelling sizes would be.

    I agree with you, the market should determine both.

  • dahopper

    @DBurnham – several areas of Clinton township have asked to be annexed into Columbus recently for access to City water.

  • UVRes

    Hi, I’m a Clintion Township resident, and I live in the neighborhood behind this development. It’s actually been a problem in several ways.

    Incidentally, most Clinton Township annexations happen because of zoning issues and because the owner thinks he can get a better deal in Columbus, essentially because they will be a much smaller entity in a much larger enforcement area – they kinda disspear in Columbus. The water issue is no longer mandatory, in that Columbus does not have to annex you into the city to get you water.

    In regards to the Lennox Flats people, the issue is that the company came into a Towship Trustee meeting and misled the the trustees and the residents present. They pitched a smaller development, futher back from the road, and coupled with a toxic clean-up of the area (the land used to be a factory). If I rememer correctly (I was there, actually) they claimed the buildings would be 2-floors each.

    Subsequently, they put the larger, 3-floor structures closer to Kinnear Rd. As part of the constuction there was a fair amount of disruption on Kinnear, and a number of residents actually complained to the city.

    Forum memebers here occasionally point out that residents are often very negative in their views of developers, but this is an example of why this happens. The company presented inaccurate infomation, did not expain it’s updates, and has been rather unpleasant as a neighbor during construction. The notion of the Township being “a partner,” is a joke.

    Incidentally, there is no such thing as a “sidewalk fund.” Sidewalk constuction comes out of road funds. And the issue is not maintenance, it’s constuction, which is fairly expensive, and generally funded by the county, the city, or federal or state grants (none of the townships do not have money to do this). I believe that new construction has to be coupled with new sidewalks (leading to funny little “sidewalk islands” all over the city, where the property owner complied, but no one near him did.

    A lot of us in the neighborhood are concerened over the “overstuffing” of this particular lot, as it was pointed out above. This may be an issue with the turn-off onto Kinnear, which does not have a separate light. The somewhat two-faced nature of the company has also not helped the situation.

    Which is all rather sad, because when I heard the original proposal, I was pretty exited.

  • thomasjs4

    I know it’s been a while since I’ve been a graduate student, but at the time, I fortunately received a $20,000/year living stipend. That’s $1600-$1700/mo, and I believe that was before taxes, and I had several roommates. Can grad students afford to live on their own in a $750 or $850 apartment?

  • I think the asking price is a bit steep considering a train is in your backyard. No matter how much you soundproof something, the soundproofing only works if you keep your windows closed. Hope you don’t like a natural breeze going through your apartment!

    That being said, train tracks wouldn’t deter me from living anywhere. I would just hope the rent reflected the noise.

  • Linds

    No guest parking on weekends or during the day. You will be towed. Towing will cost you $150 cash. Hope you don’t ever want to have friends over.
    Also some of the wiring has been damaged in the construction process. You will spend the first month fighting to get someone to come fix the wiring so you can have internet.

  • Linds

    1) Price / Cost : About $920 for 550 sq ft. Utilities are not included . Initial Application Fee, activity fee, other fees: $500 to get an apartment

    2) Some of the wiring has been damaged in the construction process. You will spend the first month fighting to get someone to come fix the wiring so you can have internet. This will mean taking off work (approx 6 hours) so you can wait for someone to come fix it. The apartment management is of no help for this.

    3) There are beetle-like ants that invest the grounds. You will find them crawling in the apartments even on the upper floors. The apartment management says they are “seasonal” and is of no help for this.

    4) No guest parking on weekends and during the day. They will tow.

    5) Trains will come by and drown out any TV or conversation.

    6) Minimal sound proofing. You can hear everything. This includes your neighbor’s flush and the dog barking (one floor down and two apartments over).

    7) Homeless guy two corners down. He always has a sign asking for money.

    8) They will tell you anything to get you to sign a lease. “Yes, management is very responsive”; “All wiring is hooked up and ready”; “No, no insect problems”, and my favorite: “You can park there, they don’t tow”.

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