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Homes Proposed for German Village Parking Lot

Brent Warren Brent Warren Homes Proposed for German Village Parking Lot

A plan to build single family homes on a German Village parking lot is getting a warmer reception from the neighborhood than an earlier proposal for the site that called for an apartment building. Lykens Companies purchased the collection of parcels at the southeast corner of Thurman Avenue and South Fourth Street in 2017, bringing […]

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Six-Story Addition Proposed for Brewery District Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Six-Story Addition Proposed for Brewery District Building

A new proposal from Schiff Capital Group would bring 55 new apartments to the South High Street corridor in the Brewery District. The new units would be located in a six-story addition, to be built behind the two-story, brick building at 514-518 S. High St. A small portion of the existing building – which held […]

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New Website Centralizes Information on Columbus Area Commissions

Susan Post Susan Post New Website Centralizes Information on Columbus Area Commissions

A new website launched by the Department of Neighborhoods is centralizing information about the city’s 21 Area Commissions. Created at the recommendation of the commissions, the website provides general information about Area Commissions, details on how to establish a new Commission, the appointment process and an interactive map. Links to each of the 21 commissions […]

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13-Story Building Downtown Approved

Brent Warren Brent Warren 13-Story Building Downtown Approved

A proposal to build a 13-story mixed-use building at 195 E. Broad St. was approved by the Downtown Commission this morning. The programming of the building is unchanged from when the project was first presented to the commission in November – 133 apartments over a five-floor parking garage and ground-level retail space. Changes were made […]

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Commission to Weigh in on Design of Stadium-Adjacent Apartments

Brent Warren Brent Warren Commission to Weigh in on Design of Stadium-Adjacent Apartments

The Pizzuti Companies will present the latest plans for the residential portion of their Confluence Village development to the Downtown Commission next week. The project, which calls for two five-story buildings that together will hold 449 apartments, will get an initial review from the board at its meeting on February 23. In December, the developer […]

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Is the City’s Tax Abatement Policy Meeting Affordable Housing Need?

Brent Warren Brent Warren Is the City’s Tax Abatement Policy Meeting Affordable Housing Need?

In the summer of 2018, the Columbus City Council passed legislation that would change the way the city used tax abatements to incentivize development projects moving forward. At the time, council members and city officials described the new policy as a way to both encourage the building of more affordable housing and to target the […]

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Columbus Ranks 8th Worst Large City For Minority Homeownership Rates

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Ranks 8th Worst Large City For Minority Homeownership Rates

A new study on home equity ranked the largest US cities by minority homeownership rates, and Columbus placed toward the bottom of the list. With a minority homeownership rate of just 32.3 percent, Columbus scored 8th worst on that list. “Despite some improvement, low rates of homeownership among minority households is both a result of and […]

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