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50 Urban Development Projects Announced in 2019

Brent Warren Brent Warren 50 Urban Development Projects Announced in 2019
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2019 saw a whole new batch of proposals brought before neighborhood commissions and review boards. Some were approved right away, others revised and brought back for a final sign-off, and others are still working their way through the process. Below, you’ll find our list of the urban development projects announced in 2019 that have not yet started construction.


A mixed-use development is now planned for some well-placed parking lots near Capitol Square, although details on the project are still scarce.

A small building surrounded by a different set of parking lots will be renovated.

The Columbus Partnership announced a plan to buy a prominent downtown building that has been vacant since 2006.

A developer from Detroit wants to build a seven-story building at the corner of Grant Avenue and Mound Street.

We first heard about a new plan for the northern edge of the Arena District in July, and in November the Downtown Commission gave its blessing to build three new buildings on the site.

New office building at Neil Avenue and Spruce Street — rendering courtesy of NRI.

After years of speculation, the first concrete plans for the Scioto Peninsula were unveiled in August, with the commission weighing in on the concept in October.

Two buildings with a very similar design were approved for two different, quarter-acre lots that sit along major downtown corridors.

The final phase of the Parks Edge project was announced – and later approved – although not before some residents expressed their concerns about the new building.

Although a specific plan for the building hasn’t been revealed, a new owner sees promise in the unusual collection of amenities in the former Salesian Boys and Girls Club.

The renovation of a building near the convention center could bring new restaurants to a high-traffic corner.

The last Downtown Commission meeting of the year saw several significant proposals, including a warehouse renovation and addition, an interesting plan for the 24-story PNC building and a new, 11-story building on Grant Avenue near CCAD.

New apartment building at 750 E. Broad St. — rendering by Berardi + Partners.

Near East Side

Two significant affordable housing project were proposed; one on Nelson Road and the other on Acheson Street.

A plan for apartments near the former Holy Rosary Convent was presented to the Near East Area Commission.

A prominent building across from East High School will be renovated, and a new apartment building is proposed for next door.

An office building on East Broad street could be replaced by apartments.

New Jeffrey Park development — rendering via Thrive Companies.

Italian Village

A boutique hotel was proposed on North Fourth Street, just south of the former Durable Slate building, where apartments are planned.

A 200-unit apartment complex was proposed for the northern edge of the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the southern edge of Italian Village could see a major new mixed-use building, with a significant office component.

University District

CU was the first to report on a proposed renovation of this former school in Old North Columbus – the project recently was awarded historic preservation tax credits.

A new five-story building in Weinland Park was approved in June.

At least one historic building will be demolished to make way for a new Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Center on OSU’s campus.

A significant proposal for the corner of King and High first surfaced in April – the latest plan calls for demolishing all of the existing buildings on the site.


The second phase of the River and Rich development will be significantly taller than the first.

A trio of affordable housing projects were proposed in different parts of the neighborhood.

Northwest Side

A proposal for a 20-acre site at the northwest corner of Henderson Road and Olentangy River Road has met some resistance.  

The former Village Bookshop on SR 161 could get redeveloped, and a plan for a 5.4-acre site near the intersection of Kenny and Henderson is moving forward.

West Side

A new plan for Cooper Stadium was announced, about ten years after the previous plan was proposed.

Two large proposals would transform 700 acres west of I-270.

Other Neighborhoods

Believe it or not, there was only one significant development proposal for the High Street corridor in the Short North this year – a plan to build a ten-story building over the Axis Nightclub that was floated in February.

A North Carolina-cased developer presented an ambitious proposal for the Whittier Peninsula to the Brewery District Commission.

The second phase of a Grandview Avenue-adjacent project was approved earlier this year.

A neighborhood anchor is planning to build an 11-story tower off of Neil Avenue in Harrison West.

An affordable housing development on Cleveland Avenue is moving forward.

Graceland Flats — rendering via CASTO.

A new partner was brought on to a three-year-old proposal to build an apartment complex at the Graceland Shopping Center.

An plan to build an arena in Milo-Grogan was announced in February.

This 150-acre proposal was approved over the summer, as was a 41-acre project near the airport.

Over 300 apartment units could be coming to Powell.

Although we haven’t seen an official announcement yet, there is a lot of interest in this former Kmart in Reynoldsburg.

Two Homeport projects were approved in Whitehall.

Three Westerville proposals have been making their way through that city’s approval process.

A plan for a large tract of land in Worthington was unveiled in September.

Proposed Interdisciplinary Research Facility — rendering via OSU.

And, saving what may end up being the biggest project announced this year for last, OSU unveiled plans for its west campus in February, including a revamped look at land the university controls along the Olentangy Corridor (a second grand plan for that corridor was announced in November, although that one will mostly focus on transportation).

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