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Development Roundup: Updates on Nine Proposals and Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Development Roundup: Updates on Nine Proposals and ProjectsUpdated rendering of the proposed Ibel Building — Provided by Jonathan Barnes Architecture & Design.
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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. Whether it’s incremental updates on the many projects we are tracking, or short blurbs on some of the smaller or more far-flung developments that we have yet to cover, the aim of the roundup is to keep you informed.

Wagenbrenner Development is still looking for the right mix of tenants for the Timken site, the 40-acre brownfield at the corner of Fifth and Cleveland avenues. When we last checked in with Wagenbrenner, they said that discussions with a potential user were ongoing but they couldn’t reveal anything yet – except to say that retail is not likely for the site. Plans to put an urban food and beverage campus on the site were abandoned when Stone Brewery chose Richmond over Columbus for its expansion.

While construction continues on the first phase of Wagenbrenner’s Jeffrey Park development, the developer took the first phase-two plans to the Italian Village Commission in November. The proposal submitted (for conceptual review only) was a 219-unit apartment building along the eastern edge of the site.

A two-acre section of the Jeffrey Park site – a later phase of the development at least two years from any sort of construction –  will soon see crops sprouting from the soil instead of buildings. The Columbus Growing Collective, a group associated with the Alshahal family of the Crest Gastropub and other restaurants, is working on plans for an urban farm on the land.

The Stonehenge Company and architect Jonathan Barnes brought a second concept for the Ibel building at 1055 North High Street to the Victorian Village Commission in December. The new design (pictured up top) was generally well received by the commission, but there was further discussion of the logistics of the smart-car-only parking garage concept. Look for more on the project from CU in the near future.

Borror Properties plans to bring their initial proposal for redeveloping the Short North White Castle site to the Victorian Village Commission in February or March.

The former pharmaceutical-manufacturing building at 330 Oak Street was back on the agenda of the Downtown Commission in December. The owners again sought approval for demolition of the building, which they say is too contaminated to be safely re-purposed into apartments or another use. Although no vote was taken this time by the commission, a spokesperson for the owner, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc., said that they are “still in discussion with the commission and interested third parties” about the future of the building.

The YWCA’s renovation of the historic Griswold Building is one of four area projects to receive Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. Other recipients include the Barrett School redevelopment in Merion Village, the Granville Inn, and the Mercantile Building at 309 South Fourth Street downtown, which will be renovated and converted into 41 apartments.

Developer Brad DeHayes, who bought the Franklin Park Trolley Barn property in April of last year, said that another five months or so remains of environmental assessment work on the site. He will await the results of that work before moving forward with his plans for the site, which he described as a mixed-use development incorporating as many of the existing historic structures as possible.

Although it’s been nearly a year since a 40-unit apartment project was proposed for 122 Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne East, construction has yet to start. Brian Higgins of Arch City Development said that groundbreaking is scheduled for the spring — further negotiations with the neighborhood and underground storage tanks found on the site contributed to the delay in the start of construction.

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