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Development Roundup: March 2020 Edition

Brent Warren Brent Warren Development Roundup: March 2020 EditionA picture from last month shows the demolition in progress at the corner of Tompkins and High. Photo by Brent Warren
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The latest installment of our ongoing Development Roundup series features news from Old North Columbus, the Near East Side, German Village, the Far East Side and more. Read on for an assortment of project updates, new proposals, and other nuggets from the world of Columbus development:

Work has begun on a four-story, mixed-use building at the corner of Tompkins and High in Old North Columbus. Construction fencing is up around the site and the demolition of the small building that once held Andy’s Carryout – as well as the two-story office building that fronted High Street – is now complete. The project also incorporates the two-story row house at 9-17 E. Tompkins St., which will be renovated.

Fencing is also up at the corner of Garfield and Long in the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood, an indication that the Adelphi Quarter development is moving forward. The mixed-use project will feature 130 apartments, about 9,000 square feet of retail space, and a public plaza named for community leader Ann B. Walker.

Indianapolis-based developer Herman and Kittle Properties has two active projects in the Columbus market. Riverside Trail, a 248-unit apartment complex on the Far East Side that will offer housing affordable to those making 60% of the area median income, received a 15-year tax abatement from the city last summer. The second project is on a 27-acre site at 3051 S. High St. that the company is looking to rezone in order to allow up to 272 apartments.

The developer behind a plan to build a hotel on the northern edge of German Village has been rebuffed again by the neighborhood’s historic commission. The commission voted down the latest plan for the site – which was slightly smaller in scale than the previous one – at its meeting on Tuesday.

The Pizzuti Companies is looking for input from the community about the future of the Giant Eagle store at 280 E. Whittier St., but don’t expect action on the site any time soon. The developer recently attended a meeting of the Schumacher Place Civic Association meeting to talk about the property, but stressed in an email that the current tenant (Giant Eagle), “has rights under their existing lease to maintain their tenancy at this site.” If that changes in the future, “Pizzuti is thoughtfully evaluating conceptual redevelopment scenarios in an effort to mitigate the time the site potentially sits vacant and uninhabited,” the email stated.

The $100 million Housing Action Fund that was announced last summer to provide below-market loans to build affordable housing in Central Ohio was officially established in January. Huntington Bank continues to lead the effort, and an additional seven investors have signed on to support the fund. For more information, contact the Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County. A plan to direct affordable housing spending in the region is still expected to be released some time this spring.

A $25 million renovation has is underway at a 40-acre apartment complex called The Charles at Bexley. The complex, which is actually located south of Bexley (near the intersection of I-70 and SR-33), is getting a new clubhouse and fitness center to go along with the newly-renovated apartments and townhomes.

A dedication ceremony was held last weekend for the new Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion off of Livingston Avenue (the new address is officially 444 Butterfly Gardens Drive). Work started in 2017 on the nine-story, $159-million building, which will officially open on March 10.

The Columbus Development Commission recently approved zoning requests for two significant developments. At 4800 Gender Rd., near Canal Winchester, modifications were approved for an 85-acre development that includes a mix of single family homes and townhomes. And at 198 McNaughton Rd., on the Far East Side, the commission voted to approve a 240-unit apartment complex on 14 acres.

Also approved by the Development Commission was the rezoning of 40 N. Parkwood Ave, meaning that a proposed renovation and new-build project across from East High School will likely be moving forward.

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