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Development Roundup: New Short North Proposals, Grandview Yard, Gateway, and More

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Our Development Roundup feature is designed to keep you up to date on the latest proposals, approvals, delays and ribbon-cuttings. Look no further for incremental updates on the many projects we are tracking as well as short blurbs on some of the smaller or more far-flung developments that we have yet to cover.

The expansion of the South Campus Gateway took another step forward in October, when City Council approved re-zoning the area to allow for mixed-use buildings on High Street at a height of 72 feet, with residential buildings on East Eighth and Ninth avenues ranging from 45 to 60 feet tall. The zoning text references a planning document created by Campus Partners that contains extensive guidelines for the development. The next step will be the selection of a developer to move the project forward.

City of Columbus planners continue to refine and seek feedback on the latest draft of the University District Plan. The University Area Commission should get an opportunity to vote on the plan at their November meeting. If commissioners give it a thumbs-up, it would move on to City Council for approval.

Elford Development received approval from the Italian Village Commission for their plan to replace the Donatos building in Italian Village with a two-story office and retail project (featuring a re-designed Donatos). One new wrinkle to the project (which will require a return trip to the commission) is an exterior grain tank, to be used by an unnamed brewery that will occupy the space.

City Council last month approved a $143,000 grant for environmental remediation of the Franklin Park Trolley Barn site, which was bought by developer Brad DeHayes in April.

Borror Properties, who recently announced plans to redevelop the White Castle site at 2nd and High, is ramping up construction activity. Site preparation and early foundation work has started for the Prescott (at Prescott and Pearl) and for Truberry on Summit (Summit and First). Demolition of the office addition at 40 West Third Avenue is complete, with renovation of the historic home and construction of the new apartment building underway.

October saw the first residents move in to Grandview Yard’s second phase of apartments, dubbed the Keystone on Yard. No tenants have been announced yet for the 28,000 square feet of office space on the first floor of the three inter-connected buildings.

Urban planner Peter Calthorpe, the consultant behind MORPC’s Insight2050 project, will speak at the Athletic Club of Columbus on November 5th. Calthorpe will present key findings from the study, which aims to paint a detailed picture of four different growth scenarios for the region. See our interview with William Murdoch and Kerstin Carr of MORPC for much more information on the initiative.

Kevin Lykens, developer of the Wonder Bread Lofts in Italian Village, is now hoping to convert a different multi-story brick building in the neighborhood from commercial to residential use. Lykens brought conceptual plans to the October Italian Village Commission meeting for 174 Detroit Avenue – the early proposal calls for 31 one-bedroom apartments in both the existing building and a new addition that would replace an attached metal storage facility. Lykens also proposed six townhomes for the empty lot across the street.

Also proposed for Italian Village (where very-long commission meetings have become the norm in recent months), is a three-story  addition to the Union Cafe building at 782 North High Street. Plans submitted by Urban Order Achitecture call for more service space for the restaurant and office space above. Look for more reporting from Columbus Underground on both of these projects in the near future.

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