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Mixed-Use Development in Clintonville Moving Forward

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A 300-unit apartment development in Clintonville is back on track nearly a year after it was initially proposed. Upper Arlington-based developer Vision Communities is in the process of finalizing drawings and submitting permits for the project, which will replace the former Dixie International warehouse at 3640 Indianola Avenue.

The primary holdup was the capacity of the existing sewer line along Indianola, according to Brent Wrightsel, President of Vision Communities.

“The city told us that the current sanitary sewer system was inadequate to handle our usage, but that there is a manhole location about 1,800 feet to the east that had plenty of capacity,” he said. “It’s taken a year to get easements to get into that sewer… that was the big thing to overcome.”

The latest plan is similar to the one revealed last year, although some significant changes were made to the commercial buildings along Indianola. Instead of four small buildings, a larger office building – with residential units on the upper floors – is now planned for the northern end of the site, while two buildings slated for retail and restaurant uses were given a more urban design.

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Those change were made in response to feedback from members of the Clintonville Area Commission, although formal approval from the group was not required since the project conforms to the existing zoning on the site (in order to fit into the Manufacturing category, the apartment buildings are technically classified as extended-stay hotels).

“We met with members individually on about five different occasions,” said Wrightsel, “There were some things they wanted to see, particularly along Indianola, so we added those to the plan.”

Demolition of the warehouse is scheduled for June, Wrightsel said, with the first apartment building scheduled for completion in the winter of 2018. Work on the commercial buildings is likely to start as soon as the first tenants are lined up.

With multiple complexes throughout the metropolitan area – including the District at Tuttle and the Pointe in Hilliard – Vision remains bullish on the apartment market in general, but is especially optimistic about the new project’s location.

“We have some real excitement about Clintonville, to find an 11-acre site there is unheard of…there’s real pent-up demand,” said Wrigtsel, adding that he thinks the new project will mesh well with the Deco down the street, which is scheduled to open soon as a 55-and-over development.

Renderings by Meyers + Associates and POD Design.

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  • Tim Price

    “Extended stay hotel”, love that one… why re-zone when you can use a loophole?

  • traviscols

    I just went by this property yesterday… This project will be such an improvement over what is there now!
    I can’t wait for that nasty building that’s there now to be tore down! The sooner the better.

  • Brian J Rippel

    This is massively going to improve the area.

  • Dave Beall

    I don’t live in the area any longer, but I know Clintonville very well and this structure still doesn’t belong in Clintonville… The front street facing side of the project looks good, the apartment or tenant looking buildings in the back are horrible. It just doesn’t fit in “Clintonville”, wrong type of development. …And then the added traffic… why did I move out of town….because the entire Columbus area is jammed with traffic from greedy over development.

    • traviscols

      Not to be mean but it’s probably a good thing that you moved out of Columbus… It’s a growing city and with growth you can usually expect a little more traffic.

    • cucbus

      The traffic in Columbus is very tame comparatively speaking. Also, greedy over development? Care to expand on what you mean by this? Columbus is far from over developed.

    • Buck McFate

      You think the traffic is bad now, wait until they jack up Indianola by making it one lane in each direction to accommodate the 5 bicycle riders that use the street each day.

      • traviscols

        I’m actually looking forward to the “road diet” for Indianola… It will enhance the area for pedestrians without affecting traffic too much… Can’t wait for the changes!!

        • Fred Billings

          Agreed.

      • Fred Billings

        The road diet isn’t to create bike lanes. The bike lanes are a bi-product of the road diet. Indianlola is basically one lane anyway during peak hours the left lane acts a turning lane.

      • Columbusite

        Three lane roads actually carry the same amount of traffic as four lane roads and are much safer for all users, including cars. The problem with four lane roads is that the fast lane is also the turn lane, so it is very inefficient.

        • Buck McFate

          I did some research and found your statement has merit. Here is what I read that helped me understand the change. http://www.strans.org/4to3faq.html I still have questions about how this three lane road will deal with bus stops and Marzetti trucks disrupting the flow of traffic.

          • Columbusite

            Buck, thanks for taking my comment seriously and doing that research. I don’t know about those two issues, but I am guessing that the trucks will actually maneuver easier with a dedicated turn lane. The bus may slow it down some, and cars will likely use the middle lane to go around the bus. But I think the benefits are worth it.

          • DeWight Smith

            Umm the Marzetti trucks use the whole road to do a 3 point turn and back up to the docks. Literally perpendicular in the road blocking however many silly lines are painted into lanes on Indianola.

      • Frank

        The traffic troubles wouldn’t be so bad if folks could drive, but there are too many creepers. I’m not asking for speeders; I am reliably excited when people actually drive the speed limit rather than 25 in a 35, which happens *often.* While just annoying when you can pass them, it becomes unbearable when stuck behind such drivers without a passing lane. Drivers around here simply aren’t good enough at driving for us to relinquish the 2-lane each-way road.

        • traviscols

          It might help if you just RELAX a little bit. And if by chance you do get stuck behind somebody going “25 in a 35”, just take a deep breath and try to except the fact that you just might get where you’re going a whole minute or two later.

        • cucbus

          “Drivers around here simply aren’t good enough at driving”

          These statements crack me up. Frank, do you think as soon as you enter the Columbus city limits people are all suddenly not capable of driving. Do you think if you go to Kansas City those people can drive but these darn Columbus drivers are the worst drivers? Are you under the impression that you are a great driver but everyone else on the road is an idiot?

          Like traviscols said, just relax, it’s not really going to change how quickly you get anywhere.

    • John McCollum

      I dunno. I’ve lived in Clintonville for 20+ years, and grew up a few miles north in Beechwold. This seems to be exactly what the area needs.

    • Fred Billings

      I bet you spend more time in traffic now than you did when you lived in the city. I live in Clintonville and traffic is such a small issue, I don’t even bother complaining about it. I feel very lucky to live in a growing thriving city. I lived in a blithe ridden area before I moved to Columbus. I wold have killed for some of these projects to move into the neighborhood I was in, bringing youth, energy and disposable incomes. Complaining about growth seems a little foolish.

      • clambake

        I assume you meant “blight ridden”. Clintonville is not a blight ridden neighborhood. The developers are coming here because there is disposable income. If the area you came from was economically depressed, then developers would probably not go there. The development does not create a thriving economy. They go where there is demand, unless they get subsidies by the city as is the case with much of the urban development in Columbus. (And they keep getting them long after they should be cut off!)

  • Stephen Francis

    I’m really interested in the implication that the CAC pushed for more density facing Indianola, particularly that it was feedback individually given and not as a commission at a meeting like we see in other communities. Perhaps there is a glimmer of more density coming to Clintonville. Now, I will not be surprised if there is some statement from members of the commission or community denying that to keep the community from revolting against the commission.

  • Pete

    I sure hope the ‘extended stay’ hotel isn’t one of the crap-hole chains.

    • It won’t be a hotel chain at all. It is a way to build apartments in an area that isn’t zoned residential. There have been a lot of them built that way recently. Taylor House on Bethel (built on the site of a K-Mart) is actually an “extended stay hotel.”

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