60 Urban Development Projects Under Construction in 2021

Brent Warren Brent Warren 60 Urban Development Projects Under Construction in 2021The new 12-story mixed-use building at Gravity 2.0 under construction this fall. Photo by Walker Evans.
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Construction crews continued their work all around the city in 2021. Below, you’ll find our roundup of the significant urban development projects that were under construction throughout the year.

University District

Demolition and digging has started at the corner of King and High, where a 153-unit mixed-use development will be built after a two-year approval process.

At Eighth and High, a six-story building is now under construction, and moving north, work continues on the multi-building 15th and High development.

Three buildings on OSU’s West Campus are currently under construction. Elsewhere on campus, work continues on the Wexner Medical Center’s new tower, the Arts District and OSU’s new power plant.

Construction crews continue to be very busy in Weinland Park, where the following projects are all underway: the redevelopment of the former Beer Barn site, new apartments at the southern end of the Grant Park development, a six-story building from Marker Development, new student-oriented housing on Ninth Avenue, and the 4th and 5th development from Thrive Companies.

In Old North Columbus, work is wrapping up on the Tompkins Studio development and just getting started on the renovation of the Hudson Theater building.


The new Hilton Hotel under construction in September – Photo by Walker Evans

A lot of work has been done on the first phase of The Peninsula, the long-planned redevelopment of the Scioto Peninsula.

At the northern edge of Downtown, the 28-story convention center hotel continues to rise.

The plan from the Edwards Companies to renovate the PNC building and construct a new sunken plaza in front of it is underway, as is the developer’s new 13-story building down the street, and the long-stalled efforts to renovate the Madison’s and White Haines buildings on High.

New apartments in the Library Park development are scheduled to open soon at 50 S. Grant Ave.

Work has started on an eight-story development on Grant and a renovation and new-build project on Rich Street.

Site work has started next to Field, where the Astor Park development will bring apartments and offices to the western end of Nationwide Boulevard.

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


The second phase of the Gravity project is rising along West Broad Street, as is the second building in the new CoverMyMeds office complex off of Souder Avenue.

Two affordable housing developments – one on West Rich Street and the other on Broad – are also under construction in the neighborhood.

South Side

Livingston Avenue continues to be transformed by the expansion of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

An early 2022 opening is planned for this retro motel on High Street.

Work continues on the redevelopment of the historic Hoster Brewery complex. The development, now known as Front & Fulton, is projected to be complete in mid-2023.

The former Giant Eagle on Whittier has been demolished to make way for a 262-unit mixed-use development.

The ongoing expansion of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital campus — Photo by Walker Evans.

Grandview Heights

The 55-acre Grandview Crossing development is taking shape at the northeast corner of Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue. 

Land has been cleared for the final phase of single family homes in Grandview Yard, and a new mixed-use development is quickly rising on the south side of Goodale Boulevard.

On First Avenue, work is close to wrapping up on a new for-sale development, now called The Edington.

Near East Side

Work is underway on new housing from Community Housing Network on Nelson Road.

Kelly Companies is partnering with Shiloh Baptist Church on two projects in the neighborhood that are currently under construction – one on Parkwood Avenue and the other on Mt. Vernon Avenue.

On East Broad, The Frisbie apartment building appears to be nearing completion.

Other Neighborhoods

Homes and apartments under construction in November next to the Quarry Trails Metro Park – Photo by Brent Warren

The southern portion of Jeffrey Park has remained a busy construction site throughout 2021. Also in Italian Village, new apartments are rising on the former Durable Slate site on North Fourth Street.

We checked in on the progress at Founders Park back in September, and a new tower in the Westminster Thurber complex is rising on Neil Avenue.

Scattered-site housing is being constructed in Linden, where work has also begun on the Mulby Place development.

A light industrial development is filling in a remote corner of Milo-Grogan, while an auto parts store is being built at the neighborhood’s central intersection.

In Upper Arlington, work has started on two significant projects – senior housing at Kingsdale, and the Arlington Gateway development.

Two large projects on the far west side are now moving forward.

The Evans Farm development continues to grow in Delaware County.

Some work has been done on the new apartment building replacing the ill-fated Cargominium project.

Solar panels are making their way onto this former landfill off of I-71.

Construction is underway on new apartments on Sinclair Road and Kenny Road.

Work continues on the development surrounding the newly-opened Quarry Trails Metro Park.

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