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Development Roundup: New Proposals for Linden, Grandview, Near East & More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Development Roundup: New Proposals for Linden, Grandview, Near East & MoreEtna Road Apartments, workforce housing to be built in Whitehall. Rendering by Shremshock Architects.
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Affordable housing developer Woda Cooper Companies recently brought a plan for a four-story, 80-unit apartment building to the Near East Side Area Commission. A company spokesperson said that the proposal, for a grassy lot at 1001 Acheson St., features apartment units “designed to be affordable for workforce households of individuals and small families who need housing near the Downtown core and its many job centers.”

That commission also heard a proposal for the former Holy Rosary Convent, at 1640 E. Mound St. The property is separately owned but adjacent to the larger Holy Rosary Church campus, a collection of historic buildings that made Columbus Landmarks’ Most Endangered list in 2018. The plan, from Florida-based Hammer Out Homes, calls for converting the existing building into apartments and constructing a new 12-unit building on the property.

The Columbus Development Commission voted at its January meeting to approve a plan from Preferred Living for a 5.4-acre site near the intersection of Kenny and Henderson roads. A four-story apartment building would replace a handful of existing buildings on the site, the largest of which holds the Kahoots strip club. The company declined to provide anymore details on its plans for the project.

The Grandview Heights City Council has approved a zoning ordinance and a school compensation agreement that will pave the way for the development of about 13 acres of land south of Grandview Yard. The project is being developed by Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors, Elford Development, and Tri-W Group. A mix of retail, restaurant, office, and residential uses were promised when the project was first announced.

Homeport has received approval from the Columbus Development Commission to build a three-story, 45-unit apartment building at 2959 Cleveland Ave., across the street from the New Salem Baptist Church. The project is in the process of being submitted to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency for affordable housing tax credits.

Homeport also is moving forward with two Whitehall projects — a four-story, 102-unit workforce housing project called Etna Road Apartments, and a 32-unit second phase for its senior housing complex, Hamilton Crossing.

As Rogue Fitness continues to refine its plan to build an arena on the south side of East Fifth Avenue in Milo-Grogan, the company is moving forward with a project across the street. Portions of the building at 574 E. Fifth Ave., which previously held the Toros motorcycle club, are being salvaged and construction is underway to prepare the building for some type of commercial use. A spokesperson for Rogue said that building will “most likely” hold a restaurant, but that a final decision hasn’t been made.

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