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Decade in Development: Arena District Moves Toward Completion

Walker Evans Walker Evans Decade in Development: Arena District Moves Toward Completion

A lot has changed in Columbus between 2010 and 2020. In this series we take a look at large-scale development projects and trends that shape where we live, work and play.

While the Arena District was already in full swing in 2010, developer Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI) was nowhere near finished with the original vision outlined in its master plan. Nationwide Arena opened its doors for hockey in the year 2000 and subsequent office and apartment buildings went up quickly in the decade that followed, but […]

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Dublin Tech Talent Pipeline Looks to Alternative Paths

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Dublin Tech Talent Pipeline Looks to Alternative Paths

Editor’s note: The City of Dublin held its final #DublinRealityCheck workforce update of 2019 on Nov. 7. This article is an overview of the panel discussion that took place at The Exchange at Bridge Park. The rush to fill growing technology roles in Central Ohio, and around the country, is at an all-time high. In […]

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Decade in Development: Franklinton Uprising

Walker Evans Walker Evans Decade in Development: Franklinton Uprising

A lot has changed in Columbus between 2010 and 2020. In this series we take a look at large-scale development projects and trends that shape where we live, work and play.

Franklinton was the original settlement in Central Ohio with some of the longest and richest history in the region. But after multiple devastating floods in the 20th century, the neighborhood was federally designated as a floodplain in 1983. That meant that strict development restrictions on the area would leave it practically untouchable for building maintenance, […]

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Updated: Large Development Proposed for Whittier Peninsula

Brent Warren Brent Warren Updated: Large Development Proposed for Whittier Peninsula

A North Carolina-based developer is proposing a major new mixed-use project for a 17-acre slice of land on the Whittier Peninsula. The land, which is currently owned by CSX Transportation, sits in between the Scioto Audubon Metro Park and the railroad tracks. Zimmer Development Company has been working with NBBJ – the architectural firm behind […]

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Decade in Development: Jeffrey Park Reinvents Italian Village

Walker Evans Walker Evans Decade in Development: Jeffrey Park Reinvents Italian Village

A lot has changed in Columbus between 2010 and 2020. In this series we take a look at large-scale development projects and trends that shape where we live, work and play.

In 2010, the 41 acre site formerly home to the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company in Italian Village was a mostly empty dirt field. In 2004, a local developer had announced a grand vision for a new community called “Jeffrey Place” that never fully got off the ground. Only two smaller buildings were ever constructed before the […]

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Modern Building Going Up on Main Street in Bexley

Brent Warren Brent Warren Modern Building Going Up on Main Street in Bexley

Work is well underway on a three-story building at the northwest corner of Main Street and Parkview Avenue in Bexley. Ohio State Bank will occupy the first floor of the building, which is on track to be completed by next summer. The prominent site – just under an acre in size, and bordering Alum Creek […]

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Decade in Development: Dublin Grows Up With Bridge Park

Walker Evans Walker Evans Decade in Development: Dublin Grows Up With Bridge Park

A lot has changed in Columbus between 2010 and 2020. In this series we take a look at large-scale development projects and trends that shape where we live, work and play.

In 2007, civic and community leaders in the city of Dublin decided that in order to stand apart from other Central Ohio suburbs, some bold moves would need to be made. Out of those meetings, the Bridge Street Corridor plan was born. That plan outlined the city’s desire to convert 1,000 acres in the center […]

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