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Development Roundup: Local Award Winners, New Apartments and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Development Roundup: Local Award Winners, New Apartments and MoreA view of construction underway in Italian Village. Photo by Brent Warren.
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The latest installment of our ongoing Development Roundup series features news from the South Side, the West Side, Italian Village and more. Read on for an assortment of project updates, new proposals, and other nuggets from the world of Columbus development:

Work is well underway on a new five-story parking garage in Italian Village (see photo above). The garage, first proposed in 2015, will be wrapped with apartments and will feature a restaurant space overlooking the corner of Lincoln Street and Pearl Alley. A representative of the developer, Wood Companies, said that the garage is on track for an early 2020 opening, with the apartments following by the end of that year.

Developer Kevin Lykens brought a significant proposal for the northern edge of the neighborhood to the Italian Village Commission yesterday. Early plans call for a 200-unit apartment complex on a vacant parcel at 375 E. Fifth Ave., just north of the Clark Grave Vault facility. The project will need to return to the commission in the future before moving forward, so stay tuned to CU for more updates.

Steve Schoeny, the Director of Development for the City of Columbus since 2013, has taken a position as Upper Arlington’s City Manager. Michael Stevens, the city’s Chief Innovation Officer, will serve as Interim Director while continuing his work on the Smart Columbus initiative.

Columbus Landmarks recently announced the 2019 Recchie Design Award finalists, which honors area projects completed in the last three years. The five finalists are: the Main Library Renovation & Addition, the Coleman Government Center, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the OSU Pomerene Hall Renovation and the View on Grant. The winner will be announced and the finalists honored at an event on October 17.

The first apartments have opened at a 269-unit development at 2211 Dublin Rd. called Gateway Lofts. The project, which will be featured on this weekend’s Urban Living Tour, is located right next door to the proposed Metro Park and mixed-use development known as Quarry Trails.

Another recent addition to the Urban Living lineup is Station 324, a 196-unit development that sits on about four acres of land in Italian Village (you can find the full list of projects that will be available to tour here).

The owner of the former Columbus Castings site at 2211 Parsons Ave. is marketing the property for commercial use after completing environmental remediation activities. Owned by a New York-based LLC called 476 Bridge Street, the 72-acre site was home to a steel foundry from 1902 to 2016.

The Scioto Peninsula Cultural District was recently announced as a winner of a Global Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute. The other winners of the award include high-profile projects like the Gathering Place in Tulsa, the Cornell Tech Campus in New York and Guoco Tower in Singapore. The Columbus project included several elements of the work done on the Scioto Peninsula over the last five years, including the Scioto Greenways, Dorrian Green, and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.

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