56 Urban Development Projects Under Construction in 2020

Brent Warren Brent Warren 56 Urban Development Projects Under Construction in 2020Work continues on the 15th and High development. Photo by Walker Evans.
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Governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order went into effect on March 24, but work continued on many development projects – especially the bigger ones – because the order defined construction as “essential infrastructure.”

Below, you’ll find our roundup of the significant urban development projects that were under construction throughout the year.

University District

At 15th and High, the new WOSU Headquarters and a second mixed-use building are both on track to be completed in the spring, when the development’s public plaza is also scheduled to open.

Utility and foundation work has started on the new, 26-story Wexner Medical Center tower.

Three other significant projects are currently under construction on the university’s campus – the Arts District, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Center, and a controversial new combined heat and power plant.

Several mixed-use developments are underway in the district – a six-story building in Dennison Place, a five-story development in Weinland park, and a smaller project in Old North.

The renovation of the Open Air School at Neil and Hudson is close to wrapping up.

Grant Park continues to fill in, with more apartments being built north of Fifth Avenue.

Work is ongoing behind the Smith and High building, where additional units are being built on what used to be a surface parking lot.

Work has begun at the new 26-story Hilton Hotel expansion, adjacent to the Columbus Convention Center — Photo by Walker Evans.


The new Crew Stadium remains on track to open next summer, while work on another large project – the new convention center hotel – is just getting started.

A virtual groundbreaking ceremony was held in September for the first phase of The Peninsula, the long-planned redevelopment of the Scioto Peninsula.

A new hotel on Park Street – to be officially known as AC Hotel Columbus Downtown – is scheduled to open in March.

Work continues on several mostly-residential projects around Downtown: the third phase of Library Park, the final phase of Parks Edge, The Matan on Front Street, and a small-scale addition to Neighborhood Launch.

The Residences at Topiary Park is being rebuilt after a fire destroyed the nearly-completed project.

Also under construction, in the Arena District, is a new Chipotle office building and parking garage.

Near East Side

Oak Street has been a busy place in 2020. The Trolley District is taking shape near Franklin Park, as is a three-story building at the corner of Wilson Avenue and a development called The Jaqueline at 1305 Oak St.

Adelphi Quarter is coming along on Long Street, and on Atcheson Street, a four-story apartment building has risen.

Demolition of the existing building at 750 E. Broad St. took place earlier this year, and work on its replacement is happening now.

Construction continues on a Community Housing Network building on Nelson Road.


The company has said that the new CoverMyMeds campus in Franklinton will open in the spring.

The transformation of Mount Carmel West continues.

Across from the Gravity development on Broad Street, land has been cleared for the second phase of the project, although vertical construction has not yet begun.

Italian Village

The southern portion of the Jeffrey Park development is starting to fill in – the elevator shafts are in place for an apartment building in the southeast corner of the site and new for-sale units are under construction.

The renovation of a historic church that was damaged in a fire is underway.

The opening of the Budd Dairy Food Hall on North Fourth Street has been bumped to the spring.

Grandview Heights

At Grandview Yard, the second phase of single family homes is going in, filling out the western edge of the 125-acre development.

After several years of delays and a reconfigured plan for the large site, substantial progress is now visible at Grandview Crossing.

Work has begun on a residential development on First Avenue.

South Side

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which continues to add to its campus along Livingston Avenue, also took down a historic building on 18th Street in May.

A smaller project on Whittier, now called Bruck Place, is underway after much neighborhood discussion.

The new Linden Community Center, photo by Brent Warren.


Work appears to be continuing through the winter on the revamped Linden Park and new, 50,000-square-foot Linden Community Center.

New affordable housing is being constructed on Cleveland Avenue across from New Salem Baptist Church.

Other Neighborhoods

The first of what will likely be many new buildings are now under construction on OSU’s West Campus.

Progress was made on several other large scale developments in 2020 – Founders Park in Harrison West, Bridge Park in Dublin, Evans Farm in Delaware County, the Easton expansion, and the Quarry Trails development and new Metro Park.

The redevelopment of the Hoster complex in the Brewery District is now underway.

A new car rental facility is still under construction at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Columbus Crew SC broke ground this summer on its new training facility at Mapfre Stadium, to be known as the OhioHealth Performance Center.

Work continued on two Homeport projects, one in Clintonville and the other in Whitehall.

Construction is pretty far along on an apartment complex near the corner of Kenny and Henderson on the Northwest Side.

The ill-fated Cargominium development was torn down and a new apartment building is rising in its place.

Work started this fall on a new Boys and Girls Club in Milo-Grogan.

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