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Development Roundup: November 2020 Edition

Brent Warren Brent Warren Development Roundup: November 2020 EditionThe Livingston senior housing facility. Photo courtesy of Woda Cooper Companies.
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The latest installment of our ongoing Development Roundup series features news from Clintonville, Driving Park, Italian Village and more. Read on for an assortment of project updates, new proposals, and other nuggets from the world of Columbus development:

Demand for the affordable senior units at The Livingston has been high, according to the project’s developer, Woda Cooper Companies. The project, which is located at 1573 Livingston Ave., preserved a portion of the 1940s-era Livingston Theater, including its marquee and the western end of the building.

Pre-leasing is underway for the renovation and new-build near the corner of Third and Long Downtown. The development is now called @150 North 3rd and the first residents are expected to move in before the end of the year.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held earlier this month for a new hotel on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington. TownePlace Suites Columbus North is a 119-key hotel that is part of the Westmont at The Lane development, which also includes 133 apartments as well as office and retail space.

Columbus Landmarks made an offer to purchase a historic mansion at 1235 W. Broad St. in Franklinton, but the owner of the building ultimately declined, proceeding with its plans to tear the building down. The historic preservation organization has established an endangered properties fund to connect “preservation-minded buyers to vacant or underutilized historic commercial properties.”

The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio (BIA) has partnered with Franklinton Rising on a program that aims to place student trainees from the organization into jobs with BIA member companies.

Work has begun on a 200-unit apartment complex on East Broad Street in Jefferson Township. About half of the units will be affordable to renters earning between 80% and 100% of the area median income. The Far East Side project is a partnership between CASTO, Homeport and Huntington National Bank.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library recently celebrated the topping out of two significant branch renovations – the new Karl Road Branch will double in size, while the new Hilltop Branch will grow from 20,000 to 32,000 square feet. Both branches are expected to open in 2021, although planning for new Gahanna and Reynoldsburg branches has been paused.

Members of the Italian Village Commission gave feedback earlier this month on a new design for the Parkside on Pearl development. The project will likely return to the commission in the future after commissioners expressed concerns about how the building interacts with Italian Village Park. Also discussed was the second phase of a large development proposed for the northeastern corner of the neighborhood.

Three buildings at the southwest corner of North Broadway and High were demolished last month. A bank branch is tentatively planned for the site, but no renderings or details about the new building have been released. The new building will sit to the north of the multi-storefront retail building that was completed last year.

Also in Clintonville, the used car lot at 3021 N. High St., near Weber Road, has changed hands. Brian Higgins of Arch City Development said that his company bought the parcel and hopes to develop it, but probably not until 2022.

Two large developments on the Far West Side that we wrote about last year have now both been approved and are moving forward. Alton Place, which features a small central commercial district in addition to nearly 450 units of housing, was approved by the City of Hilliard last summer, and the Columbus City Council recently approved the 1,100-unit Sugar Farms residential development nearby. All together, the two projects will result in the development of over 700 acres of land.

Another large suburban development recently marked a milestone – Jerome Village announced earlier this fall that 1,000 rooftops had been completed or were under construction. A total of 2,800 home sites are planned for the 1,700-acre development, which is located in Jerome Township, north of Dublin.

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