Arena District Grows Westward With Housing & Office Development

Walker Evans Walker Evans Arena District Grows Westward With Housing & Office Development
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The Arena District is arguably the most vibrant mixed-use large-scale development in all of Central Ohio. Weighing in at 75 acres, this urban mix of offices, residences, entertainment and greenspace is a shining jewel in the heart of Downtown.

Not content to sit idle, developer Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI) is continuing to grow the area with several recent announcements.

Columbia Gas announced in March that they would be relocating into a new six-story office building to be constructed at the northeast intersection of Neil Avenue and Nationwide Boulevard. This new building would replace an existing surface parking lot and contribute an additional 280,000-square-feet of office space, ground floor retail and a new 1,400-space parking garage. (Rendering below)

The neighborhood is also continuing to grow west of Neil Avenue with additional development on the other side of Huntington Park. It was announced last week that the FBI would be constructing a new three-story local headquarters at 425 W. Nationwide Boulevard.

Additionally, NRI is picking up where Plaza Properties left off in 2008 on what is now the former Casino site, and just announced this week their plans to develop between 600 and 800 additional residential units on the land that abuts the Olentangy River.

The FBI office building is expected to be completed in late 2012, the Columbus Gas building is expected to be completed in in 2014, and there is no timeline determined yet for the residential development on the western side of the district.

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Arena District photo and site map from MSI Design. Rendering of Columbus Gas Building Provided by NRI.

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