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First Look: Gravity

Brent Warren Brent Warren First Look: GravityPhotos by Walker Evans.
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With events already scheduled, multiple office tenants secured, and the first residents set to move in some time this spring, the impact of Kaufman Development’s Gravity project is already being felt in Franklinton.

The six-story building at 500 W. Broad St. will hold a total of 236 residential units. Commercial space will fill the ground floor, as well as each level of the western-most section of the building. Peletonia, Cova Cowork, Roosevelt Coffeehouse and Bark have already signed on to lease space in the building.

A team from Kaufman Development recently gave Columbus Underground a hard hat tour of the project. Although plenty of work remains to be done – construction workers were busy building out interior spaces and installing balcony railings on the exterior – the building’s angled, mural-filled walls have been visible from up and down Broad Street for months.

“We have 29 floorplans in the building…studios through two-bedrooms,” said Julia Petrac, Operations Specialist at Kaufman Development. “Some of them are more of a standard box shape, and then other ones, because of the unique shape of the building, we were able to do some really cool layouts.”

The hallways aren’t uniform either (some are larger at one end), which allows space for furniture and other communal amenities; “little spots where you can connect with your neighbors,” according to Petrac.

Each apartment has a balcony, looking out onto one of three interior courtyards or to the east, toward Downtown. The units range from 416 to 1,174 square feet, with pricing starting at $835 a month and going up to $1,965.

Petrac said that outdoor space on the building’s east side could be used as a food truck alley, although those plans haven’t been finalized. The building’s central courtyard faces the parking garage, which has been painted with a colorful mural framing a large white rectangle on which movies can be projected.

A parking garage sits to the north of the main building, connected by an elevated walkway. Behind the garage is a small piece of land earmarked for a dog park.

Bark, the dog product company that will be occupying 22,000 square feet of office space in the complex, will be involved in finalizing plans for the park.

Related: Gravity 2.0 Project Moving Forward

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