Development Roundup: OSU Update, Worthington Proposal and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Development Roundup: OSU Update, Worthington Proposal and MoreA rendering released by OSU earlier this year that shows the West Campus Innovation District fully built out.
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The latest installment of our ongoing Development Roundup series features news from Clintonville, Downtown, Worthington, Linden and more. Read on for an assortment of project updates, new proposals and other nuggets from the world of Columbus development:

A groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier this month for the latest new building on Ohio State University’s west campus. The four-story Energy Advancement and Innovation Center will sit at the southwest corner of Lane Avenue and Kenny Road, next to the five-story Interdisciplinary Research Facility, which is currently under construction. Work is also well underway on a third large building just to the south; the Wexner Medical Center Outpatient Care West Campus.

The latest proposal to redevelop the former United Methodist Children’s Home site in Worthington got a recommendation of disapproval in October from the suburb’s Architectural Review Board and Municipal Planning Commission. The next step for the project is City Council, which will hold a public hearing on the development on December 13.

The zoning committee of the Clintonville Area Commission heard a proposal to build a new Burger King restaurant at 3330 Indianola Ave., the site of a vacant and deteriorating Burger King restaurant that has been closed for over two years. The 0.73-acre parcel is owned by the Burger King Corporation.

A three-unit project in Merion Village is on track to be delivered next August, according the developer, Priyanshu Adathakkar. The modern infill development was approved by City Council in 2019 and is being marketed under the name Skyline Terraces.

The Downtown Commission approved a plan to turn the former home of the state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics into a 33,000-square-foot entertainment complex. The building, located at 225 Neilston St., will get new windows and a paint job, and a private alley that runs along it will be converted into an outdoor patio. The project is being developed by Center Square, a Rochester, NY-based company that opened a venue there called Radio Social.

A new apartment development is coming to the former Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club site at 3111 Hayden Rd. Work is expected to begin this spring on the 204-unit complex, which is being developed by the Champion Companies.

Drivers traveling between Goodale Street and Third Avenue along Olentangy River Road can get a good view of a significant ongoing construction project, although most of the work is happening underground. The city’s Department of Public Utilities is completing something called the Goudy Field Shaft on the site. It is part of the larger Lower Olentangy Tunnel, which runs underground from Tuttle Park to the Arena District, where it connects up with the Olentangy Augmentation Relief Sewer (click here for some cool photos of that project being completed in 2015).

Work is wrapping up on some of the affordable housing being built as part of the Linden Healthy Homes Fund. The initiative, from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and several additional partners, will bring 11 new single family homes and three new duplexes to the area. Also included in the project is the renovation of one single family home and one duplex. The homes are located on scattered sites west of Cleveland Avenue, between Chittenden Avenue and 16th Avenue.

Work started earlier this fall on the renovation of Franklin Manor Apartments, a 272-unit complex built in 1971 that is located at 1475 Stimmel Rd in Southwest Columbus. Boston-based Beacon Communities is spearheading the $38 million project, and is committed to retaining existing tenants and maintaining the affordability of the apartments, according to a press release.

Two University District projects were approved by the Development Commission at its November 17 meeting: a seven-story, 370-unit development at 222 W. Lane Ave., and a six-story development at 50 E. Seventh Ave. which will still need to return to the University Impact District Review Board for design approval.

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