Development Roundup: Updates on Ten Proposals and Projects
After a long absence, the Development Roundup is back. Read on for an assortment of project updates, proposals, ribbon cuttings, and other news that we haven’t had a chance to cover yet.
Some changes are afoot for Highpoint on Columbus Commons. The 300-unit mixed-use development downtown will be getting a complete interior design upgrade, with new lobby areas and common spaces.
Dublin has chosen a name for its newest park. The extensive public green space that will span both sides of the Scioto River and connect the new Bridge Park development with Historic Dublin will be called Riverside Crossing Park. Prep work for the pedestrian bridge that will cross the river has begun, and construction on the first public plaza is scheduled for later this year.
A Downtown building that once held a nightclub at 283 East Spring Street was torn down in March. A representative of Ruscilli Construction, which owns the parcel, said that the building was demolished to prepare for the sale of the land. The city had previously issued an unsafe building violation for the property, and approved the demolition permit in February. Nothing ever came of a 2013 proposal to build a five-story building on the site.
An historic brick building at the corner of East Long Street and Garfield Avenue was also torn down at the end of last month, over the objections of some Near East Side neighbors. The site was bought by the Columbus Next Generation Corporation in November and is being marketed to developers along with a second parcel of land just to east, which is owned by the city.
Grove City recently celebrated the opening of Broadway Station, a 120-unit apartment complex built on the site of a former lumber yard. The project, which sits just off of Broadway in the city’s historic town center, was developed by the Pizzuti Companies.
A significant new development has also opened in Powell. Powell Grand Communities, from Schottenstein Real Estate Group, features a mix of townhomes, apartments and ranch quads. The 308-unit development is geared toward older adults.
In addition to housing a new United Dairy Farmers Store, the new mixed-use development at the southeast corner of First Avenue and High Street will also be home to a Serendipity Labs. Columbus-based Renascent Hospitality announced that the upscale co-working space will be coming to the new building in 2018.
A brewpub is no longer part of the plans for the southwest corner of East Fifth Avenue and North Fourth Street. The project, which has seen numerous revisions since it was first presented to the Italian Village Commission last summer, is now purely residential. The commission approved the zoning variances for the project at this month’s meeting, but requested some changes be made to the design.
Also in Italian Village, Kevin Lykens’ Budd Dairy project was awarded historic tax credits in December. A finalized plan for the renovation of the historic building will likely come after work begins on a trio of other projects from the local developer, though. Construction could start as soon as next month on a 35-unit building at the corner of East Fourth Avenue and North Fourth Street, and on two Detroit Avenue projects; the renovation of the E.J. Thomas Company building and a new four-unit townhome building across the street.
Jon Willette of 4 Points Development said that office tenants have been secured for his company’s seven-story mixed-use project at the intersection of Lane Avenue and Tuttle Park Place. The development, which broke ground in November and is scheduled to open in early 2018, will have 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail, 3,000 square feet of second-floor office space, and 43 apartments.