Construction Completed at Highpoint on Columbus Commons
Some of Downtown’s newest residents have been living at Columbus Commons for nearly a year, but the final touches were only recently completed on the 301-unit Highpoint apartment development. To celebrate the occasion, representatives from the Atlanta-based Carter real estate company joined local leaders for a ribbon cutting that included several pairs of giant scissors next to the community’s sparkling residential pool.
“This is a wonderful project and a fantastic city,” said Conor McNally, Chief Development Officer at Carter. “Columbus is a good place to do business.”
Mayor Michael Coleman was pleased to hear that praise.
“If that’s how you feel, then we’ve achieved what we set out to do,” he said during today’s event. “Having said that, there still more work to do Downtown and in other neighborhoods.”
Some of that continued work includes the addition of more retail business to the Downtown core. The Highpoint buildings contain 23,000 square feet of prime retail space fronting a busy stretch of High Street, but no leases have been announced yet.
“It’s coming, it’s coming,” said Coleman referring to retail amenities. “We were faced with the problem of having the largest abandoned building in state of Ohio, and we made the choice to develop it as a hub of activity where people are coming and enjoying it.”
Coleman gestured to the Columbus Commons park in the background while speaking, where several hundred people had just gathered to partake in a big-screen World Cup viewing party for the USA-Germany match. The event included children’s activities, lawn seating at the stage and multiple food trucks.
“Projects like this are truly a team effort,” said Carter President Scott Taylor who thanked a long list of partners from the public and private sector. “Columbus is transforming into a great American city as it’s seen almost $800 million invested recently in Downtown core, resulting in a 66% increase in residents.”
Somewhere between 280 to 300 of those residents are now calling Highpoint on Columbus Commons home. The North Building has become 98% occupied since its completion in October, and the entire 301-unit development — which contains a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units — is currently 65% leased.
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Photos by Walker Evans.