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57 Urban Development Projects Under Construction in 2018

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Although some of the cranes have come down in the University District and the Short North, plenty have sprouted in other neighborhoods. Below, you’ll find our roundup of the significant urban development projects that were under construction throughout the year.


Several large projects will likely be completed in 2019 after multiple years of planning and construction, including the 231-unit mixed-use development – now called the Nicholas — which will occupy the block of North High Street between Gay and Long.

Also in that category is a 12-story hotel across from the convention center, a nine-story building on Oak Street, the five-story Matan project, and the second LC River South building on South High Street.

The to LC RiverSouth buildings, under construction in October — Photo by Walker Evans.

Right next door to that building, work has started on the seven-story High and Cherry project.

On the historic preservation front, renovation work continues on two historic buildings on High Street, as well as on several larger building at the corner of Front and Long streets.

The multifaceted Municipal Light Plant project continued in a corner of downtown that may get significantly more crowded in the near future.

Also getting renovated is the Zettler Hardware building and two prominent Capitol Square buildings (which were recently awarded state tax credits).

The next phase of Sixth Street Mews is on track to be finished next summer and a new six-story parking garage for Grant Hospital appears to be very close to opening.

Motorists Insurance Group held a ground-breaking ceremony for it Topiary Park-adjacent project in March.

Work has started on the new White Castle headquarters, part of a larger development that is now called The Reach on Goodale.

Work has started on a 234-unit apartment building on Long Street, and on a development at the corner of Third and Long that calls for a mix of historic and new buildings.

This fall also saw work start on a pair of six-story buildings – one on East State Street and the other on East Main Street.

A new culinary building is going up on the campus of Columbus State.

Finally, after a long delay, work has begun on an eight-story hotel on Park Street near the North Market.

Short North

On High Street, a new steel frame is in place on the site of the former Grandview Mercantile and a nine-story office building is nearing completion south of Buttles.

On the other side of the street, the conversion of Bollinger Tower into a hotel is underway and the 10-story Moxy Hotel is taking shape on the former Haiku site.

The Moxy Hotel building, under construction in December — Photo by Walker Evans.

Italian Village continues to transform, with the five-story Beeker Building announcing its first commercial tenants.

Meanwhile, work has started on another prominent corner, on the Spring Cleaners site, and on a four-acre development on East Second Avenue.

Work continues on 25 Jeffrey Park and in the larger Jeffrey Park development.

Near East

Ground was broken on the Yardley, a long-stalled Olde Towne East project. Down the street, work continued on a 15-unit condominium project, while further to the east, the Morgan and the Gemma are both under construction at the corner of Oak Street and South Ohio Avenue.

The Yardley, under construction in October — Photo by Walker Evans.

four-story condominium building is going up across from Franklin Park, and work has started on the last phase of the Legacy Pointe at Poindexter development.

South Side

The expansion of Nationwide Children’s Hospital along Livingston continued, including a parking lot on the former Africentric school site that is almost complete.

A townhome project in Schumacher Place is almost complete, while farther to the south, the 62-unit Parsons Place Apartments are coming up.

University District

Construction continues on the new-build portion of the View on Pavey Square, although renters have moved into some of the historic buildings along High Street, and Japanese Oriental Restaurant has returned to its original space.

The View on Pavey Square, under construction in August — Photo by Walker Evans.

On Norwich Avenue, a five-story building overlooking Tuttle Park is starting to rise.

West Side

Work on the Metro Parks portion of the large project planned for former quarry land on the West Side has begun, but no timeline has been set for the development side of the project.

Some land has been cleared for an apartment and commercial development just west of that site, on the other side of Trabue Road.

Harrison West

The River Crossing development at the former Superior Beverage site is  slated for completion in 2019. Nearby, several three-story residential buildings are also under construction.


Work on the next phase of Bridge Park in Dublin is underway, including the building that is slated to hold a new North Market satellite.

The new Dublin Library is scheduled to open in 2019

Other Neighborhoods

Grandview Yard continues to grow.

Grandview Yard construction in May — Photo by Walker Evans.

Demo and site work has started on a new apartment development in Milo-Grogan

Work on Whitehall’s 20-acre development at the intersection of East Broad Street and Hamilton Road continues.

A major project is well underway just north of Weiland’s Market in Clintonville.

The University City Shopping Center on Olentangy has been demolished and will be completely redeveloped, while just up the street, employees are scheduled to start moving into the new OhioHealth offices in 2019.

A new Target is scheduled to open next year in the  Hamilton Quarter development near New Albany.

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