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47 Urban Development Projects Announced in 2017

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2017 saw a whole new batch of proposals brought before neighborhood commissions and review boards. While many were revised and approved, others are still working their way through the process. Below, you’ll find our list of the urban development projects announced in 2017 that have not yet started construction.

Be on the lookout over the next several years to see these new projects come to life throughout the city.


Motorists Insurance Group brought a plan for its Topiary Park-adjacent property to the downtown commission that was later approved in December.

A design was unveiled for Market Tower, and we learned more about the proposal to build a 35-story building on the North Market parking lot, but the plan has still not been presented to the downtown commission. CU also wrote about the six proposals for the site that were not chosen.

Plans for the office portion of the 18-acre White Castle headquarters site on Goodale Street were approved this fall.

Meanwhile, we haven’t heard anything more about a proposal for the corner of Fourth and State since it was floated in April.

It was a big year for the Long Street corridor. Proposals submitted to the Downtown Commission include: an eight-story building just east of High Street, a three-story building across from the Normandy, a 234-unit apartment building next to that, and a plan for the corner of Third and Long that calls for a mix of historic and new buildings. Another plan calls for the renovation of the building at the corner of Fourth and Long.

A renovation is also planned for the Zettler Hardware building downtown.

The convention center wants to build a new parking garage.

Proposals on East Broad Street include Social Justice Park, a six-story residential building and the renovation of two prominent Capitol Square buildings.

A six-story apartment building with ground floor retail was proposed for East State Street.

A  mixed-use development was proposed for a 20-acre chunk of land next to the Arena District in August, but the idea was shelved a little over three months later.

A proposal for a new soccer stadium downtown was floated, then quickly walked back.

A developer was announced for the Scioto Peninsula project, which could be one of the biggest developments in the city’s history.

Finally, three design teams presented ideas – ranging from the futuristic to the practical – for improving the Olentangy River corridor between OSU and downtown.

Short North

Rendering by Rod Artor.

A five-story building was proposed for the Yoga on High site, with design updates following later in the year. Corso Ventures also floated a development concept for a key corner in the Short North.

Some ideas for a new building at 1174 N. High St. were presented to the Italian Village Commission in February.

A proposal for the corner of Fifth and Fourth was refined.

Italian Village could see another big development project at the Acorn Distributors site.

Plans were approved for the Spring Cleaners site.

Near East Side

Photo by Walker Evans.

A major new plan for the Trolley Barn site on the Near East Side was revealed, although it wasn’t awarded state tax credits.

A renovation is planned for the Broadwin building on East Broad Street. Farther east on Broad, a four-story condominium building was proposed across from Franklin Park Conservatory.

Also announced was a plan to redevelop the Macon Hotel Building into micro apartments and the Edna building on Long Street into offices and a coffee shop.

More change could be on the horizon for Long Street in the King Lincoln District after a key parcel changed hands and two developers were selected to build on it.

Grandview, Fifth by Northwest and Upper Arlington

Rendering via The Columbus Architectural Studio.

Plans to develop a ten-acre site just south of Grandview Yard were announced and more office and retail is planned for Grandview Yard itself.

A plan for 50 acres of land near the corner of Grandview Avenue and Dublin Road changed drastically.

The seven-story Arlington Gateway project grew two stories and was approved by the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning.

A four-story condominium project was proposed for First Avenue in Grandview.

University District

Renderings via Meyers+Associates Architecture.

A long-vacant landmark in the University District is going to get redeveloped, and more new apartments were proposed for High Street.

OSU announced new plans for West 11th Street that include demolishing the Adriatico’s Pizza building, then soon after announced a plan for a massive expansion of the Wexner Medical Center.

OSU also put out an RFP for a 450-unit apartment development on Kenny Road in January, but has not announced a developer for the project.

West Side

June saw a huge announcement from Wagenbrenner Development and Metro Parks. CU followed up with more coverage of the plans for a former quarry site here and here.

A plan for a smaller – but still quite large – apartment and commercial development just west of that site, on the other side of Trabue Road, was also revealed earlier this month.

Other Neighborhoods

A redevelopment plan for the 20-acre Battelle site was announced in February, but hasn’t moved forward since.

High-end townhomes are planned for Schumacher Place.

An expansion at Easton was announced, paired with a controversial tax abatement plan.

University City Center on Olentangy will be completely redeveloped starting in the spring.

A former Andersons store and parking lot is going to be redeveloped as apartments.

Although we haven’t seen proposals yet for any of them, a number of high-profile properties were sold by Columbus City Schools this fall, including the former Indianola Middle School.

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