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52 Urban Development Projects Announced in 2018

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2018 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 2018 that have not yet started construction.


Save the Crew released renderings of a new downtown soccer stadium concept in August. Four months later came the official announcement of a new Crew SC stadium and 885-unit mixed-use development.

New Crew Stadium — Rendering via HNBT/MKSK.

Plans for a major new addition to skyline were announced and then kept getting bigger.

Plans for two new parking garages were brought before the Downtown Commission – one on East Long Street and one by the convention center with an interesting design.

The latest phase of Neighborhood Launch was announced.

A six-story building close to Capital University was proposed in January and a 15-story building was proposed in February.

Plans were announced to renovate a long-vacant building on East Long Street.

A new plan for the Grant Oak Apartments was announced, but then faced some opposition when it was brought back to the commission in December.

A plan to create a public passageway through COSI received state funding early in the year.

A  five-story, 70-unit residential building was proposed for a parcel across from the Topiary Park.

University District

Land was cleared at 15th and High to make way for several new buildings, including a new WOSU Headquarters and three buildings that will line High Street. Across the street, OSU unveiled plans for a new $160 million arts district.

Rendering courtesy of WOSU.

Farther south, a three-story building was proposed to fill a gap on High.

A coffee shop and apartments are planned for a historic church in Dennison Place and a mixed-use development was proposed for West Fifth Avenue.

A pair of mixed-use proposals in Old North Columbus received design reviews; a four-story building on Tompkins Street and a six-story building that would require the demolition of five existing buildings.

South Side

A plan to redevelop the former Hoster Brewing Company complex in the Brewery District is moving forward.

Potential Hoster Project Development — Rendering via Schooley Caldwell Architects.

A new plan to renovate and expand the Maennerchor building on South High Street follows a proposal from earlier in the year that would’ve seen the building demolished.

An initial proposal for the Greater Columbus Antiques Mall called for tearing that building down as well and replacing it with a drive-thru restaurant. The plan was later amended and eventually dropped altogether.

Directly behind the antiques mall building, the home of CD102.5 may be redeveloped.

In German Village, a six-story hotel was proposed around the same time that a 55-unit apartment project was announced.

On Parsons Avenue, a new office building is planned for a vacant lot.

Near East Side

A plan to renovate a former car dealership on East Main was awarded state historic preservation tax credits. Three separate building down the street, under common ownership, were also awarded credits.

A three-story residential building is planned for Oak and Wilson and apartments were proposed for the King Lincoln District.

Betterhood concept— Rendering via Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design.

A “Healthy Community Center” will be  going into a former library building.

Although a location has yet to be announced, a new housing concept could be headed to Near East Side.


Two proposals will have a big impact on different parts of the neighborhood – the second phase of the Gravity project was quickly approved by the East Franklinton Review Board, while a plan for a new $240 million corporate headquarters was heard by the Franklinton Area Commission.

CoverMyMeds campus — Rendering by Perkins + Will.

Homeport proposed affordable housing for a former church site across the street from the new Gravity buildings.

A three-story residential building was first proposed in March and has since come back to the review board.

Grandview Heights / Marble Cliff / Upper Arlington

A plan to tear down a Marble Cliff mansion met some resistance and was eventually revised to preserve the building.

Single Family Homes will be built along the western edge of Grandview Yard.

Rendering courtesy of M/I Homes.

three-story building in Grandview was approved by the planning commission in June.

A six-story development was proposed for the Golden Bear Shopping Center in Upper Arlington.

Short North

The Parkside on Pearl project was revived with a new design, as was the Third and High project, which was approved by the Victorian Village Commission in August.

Parkside on Pearl — Rendering courtesy of Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design.

A plan to add two stories to the Union Cafe building was proposed in May.


A design was revealed for a new Linden Community Center and Park.

At the western edge of the neighborhood, a plan for the future of Mapfre Stadium was announced.

A neighborhood-wide plan was released with the goal of jumpstarting investment.

Other Neighborhoods

This summer saw the first announcement of a $2 billion sports and entertainment complex in Delaware County. Other news soon followed, though, as the development team split and each faction then proceeded to pursue the project under different names.

One of the biggest announcements of the year was the $500 million Easton Town Center Expansion.

Rendering provided by Easton Town Center.

A new plan calls for an aviation hall of fame at a historic terminal.

A mixed-use development was proposed for State Street in Westerville.

A project on the Hilltop aims to draws casino fans as well as cyclists.

A new city policy for incentives and tax abatements will impact future development.

READ MORE: 42 Urban Development Projects Completed in 2018

READ MORE: 57 Urban Development Projects Under Construction in 2018

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