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  • #1077272
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Interesting agenda item for the next Downtown Commission meeting (5/26/15).
    Located across W Nationwide Blvd from the old municipal power plant, running quite a ways north along the Olentangy.

    Address: 640-650 West Nationwide Blvd.
    Applicant: Central Outpost Partners, LLC
    Property Owner: City of Columbus
    Attorney: Connie Klema
    Design Professional : Berardi Partners
    Request: Conceptual review for a mixed use project comprised of office, structured parking, apartments and surface parking. See statement below. Project will necessitate the demolition of City of Columbus Buildings

    640 W Nationwide Blvd

    #1077273

    heresthecasey
    Participant

    This must be the Borror/Ruscilli project?

    I’m very curious to see the scale of residential they’re planning here.

    #1077274
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    This must be the Borror/Ruscilli project?

    I believe so, since Berardi is listed as the designer and they seem to be doing most (if not all) of Borror’s projects. I’ve reached out to several folks with each organization, so we should have more details shortly.

    More on the overall plan for this site and its surrounding parcels, here:

    City to Partner With Three Developers for Office and Residential Projects on West Nationwide Blvd
    December 5, 2014 3:24 pm – Brent Warren

    The City of Columbus announced today a plan to add retail, multi-family housing, and significant office space to the far western end of Nationwide Boulevard. What started last spring as a call-for-proposals from the city to redevelop the historic Columbus Municipal Light Plant building at 555 West Nationwide Boulevard has expanded into a multi-faceted plan with the potential to transform what is now an out-of-the-way pocket of Downtown into a full-fledged extension of the Arena District.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/city-to-partner-with-three-developers-for-office-and-residential-projects-on-west-nationwide-blvd-bw1

    #1077275
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    This must be the Borror/Ruscilli project?

    I’m very curious to see the scale of residential they’re planning here.

    You’re right, the description on Borror’s site calls it out by the address, didn’t notice until now.
    http://www.borrorproperties.com/2015/01/borror-properties-ruscilli-construction-a-groundbreaking-partnership/

    Borror Properties is honored to announce a new partnership with Ruscilli Construction to redevelop the former Columbus transportation department’s Central Outpost at 640 W. Nationwide Boulevard in the Arena West district.

    This new showcase project will be home to both Borror and Ruscilli corporate headquarters, as well as other office tenants and homeowners in a multi-family residential component. And the setting could not be more appropriate – on the vibrant west end of the Arena District, overlooking the brand new City of Columbus Park on the banks of the Olentangy.

    #1077293

    News
    Participant

    Borror Properties Unveils 5.5 Acre Mixed-Use Project Downtown
    May 21, 2015 6:33 pm – Walker Evans

    Today, Borror revealed details on their future company headquarters, which will be constructed at 640 West Nationwide Boulevard in the “Pen West” or “Arena West” corner of Downtown. The five-and-a-half acre site will be home to approximately 100,000 square feet of Class A office space in a five story building (which will be divided between Borror and local construction company Ruscilli), around 285 for-rent apartment units located in two six-story structures to the north, and a three-story 300-unit parking garage located between the offices and residences. Both the office and residential buildings will contain additional covered parking on the first levels of those buildings, while the office building will also contain space for a ground-floor restaurant tenant.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/borror-properties-unveils-5-5-acre-mixed-use-project-downtown

    #1077299
    Stephen43215
    Stephen43215
    Participant

    So basically the entire first floor minus one restaurant space is going to be parking? Not starting off to be a very pedestrian friendly project.

    #1077332

    WJT
    Participant

    I will wait until we find out more info about this before I comment on the parking, etc. At least we are getting mixed use with office and residential in two six story and one five story building. Let’s hope that this is a sign that Nationwide will go bigger with what it has planned-I remember them talking about lower density townhomes like Harrison West. Hopefully this will end up really being more of an extension of the Arena District in height and density. Will be interesting to see what the park plan is, and how the residential and office relate to it.

    I am also assuming(hoping?) that at least a couple acres of that 5.5 acres is going to be part of the parkland. Given the layout presented above, where would there be space for a park?

    #1077565

    News
    Participant

    The New “Pen West” Downtown Neighborhood Begins to Take Shape
    May 24, 2015 9:59 am – Walker Evans

    Borror Prorperties unveiled their newest project last Thursday, which includes a mix of office space and apartment units slated for the far west end of Nationwide Boulevard in an expansion area of The Arena District that some have dubbed “Pen West”. While Borror’s five-and-a-half acre development proposal is impressive in size, it’s actually just one smaller piece of that undeveloped corner of Downtown Columbus. Nationwide Realty Investors also owns a 25 acre parcel that was once slated as the site of the Hollywood Casino, and the old Municipal Light Plant buildings located on the south side of Nationwide Boulevard have been sold to Connect Realty and Schiff Capital for redevelopment.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/the-new-pen-west-downtown-neighborhood-begins-to-take-shape

    #1098170

    News
    Participant

    Pen West Development Up for Approval, Pedestrian Bridge a Possibility
    October 19, 2015 8:00 am – Brent Warren

    Borror Properties is hoping for final approval from the Downtown Commission this month for its Pen West office and residential development. Submitted renderings show a re-oriented and re-designed office building at the western edge of Nationwide Boulevard, as well as additional pedestrian walkways connecting that building with a two-story parking garage and six-story apartment building.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/penn-west-development-bw1

    #1098184
    Josh Bauman
    Josh Bauman
    Participant

    Why not just add a level or 2 to the parking garage and eliminate some or all of the surface parking behind the apartments? Doing a little 2-level for just that office building is so short-sighted especially with how much development will eventually be going in there

    #1098191

    CB_downtowner
    Participant

    Why not just add a level or 2 to the parking garage and eliminate some or all of the surface parking behind the apartments? Doing a little 2-level for just that office building is so short-sighted especially with how much development will eventually be going in there

    I get the idea to add parking levels. I don’t see an issue with a surface lot. A complex like that it doesn’t hurt to have visitor parking and a lot of that space is being used as a swimming pool. It’s off the downtown core so I don’t think we have to be too picky about open spaces like we would if it was high and Gay.

    #1098194
    Kilgore Trout
    Kilgore Trout
    Participant

    Why not just add a level or 2 to the parking garage and eliminate some or all of the surface parking behind the apartments? Doing a little 2-level for just that office building is so short-sighted especially with how much development will eventually be going in there

    Many developers design these structures to add more levels in the future, so it’s an up-front cost savings item. That said, part of the reason may also be so that apts on the west side of the building aren’t all looking into the parking garage. Plus, I think there is an access road between the garage and the apts, so you would either come to the ground floor of the garage and walk to the apt building, or build a bridge at an upper level to connect to the apts building (again, mo money).
    It would be great if they could go underground with parking, but that’s always expensive and I don’t know what the water table is like there….or the flood plane issues that might prevent any underground parking.

    While not optimal, I can understand why they came up with the parking scenario they did. If they would have flipped the apt U-shaped plan, that would have generated fewer apts with possible views to the river side.

    #1098223
    Stephen43215
    Stephen43215
    Participant

    They should add some type of retail to the first floor of the apartment complex instead of making that entire stretch parking.

    #1098233
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant
    #1098242

    WJT
    Participant

    If Ginther is elected mayor, how much of a bribe do you think it would take to ensure this area is absolutely not named ‘Pen west’?

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