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Redevelopment of Downtown Power Plant — News & Updates

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    Stephen43215
    Stephen43215
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    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/04/city-seeking-redevelopment-ideas-for-former-power.html

    Sounds like construction of housing could start soon on the former casino site from the article.

    #1008820
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    I was hoping this part of the Arena District would be more densely developed than other parts. Of course though, it probably won’t be.

    #1009008

    Achekov
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    Speaking of the new casino, I don’t think I’ve heard about any new development proposals out around where the casino was ultimately located. Has anyone else heard anything?

    #1009017

    Graybeak
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    Um. Yes Ache, perhaps you haven’t been looking in the right places.

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-land-yacht-bbq-aw1

    #1009018
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    I was hoping this part of the Arena District would be more densely developed than other parts. Of course though, it probably won’t be.

    This power plant is on the outskirts of Downtown, bordered by a river and a highway to the west, a highway to the north, a highway to the south and an elevated freight rail track to the east. It’s pretty disconnected from the rest of the Arena District and Downtown in general.

    Perhaps it would be a good fit for another 600 Goodale style building or two? I wouldn’t expect a 60 story high-rise over there.

    #1009019
    derm
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    That is a great spot. Someone on here posted a website full of pictures they took inside the building a year or two ago if anyone remembers who. Right on the river, that spot could be absolutely awesome. Hope they keep the main building.

    #1009054

    A161830
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    This is all window dressing by the city before they sell the property to Nationwide.

    #1009056
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    This is all window dressing by the city before they sell the property to Nationwide.

    Would that be a bad thing?

    #1009061

    buckeyecpa
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    I wouldn’t call it a wink and nod formality with Nationwide. They will mostly be the chosen group considering the work they’ve done in the area. But if a better option is placed on the table I would imagine the city would support that. Nationwide has done great things to that area. They seem deserving of winning the bid.

    I do wish we could get crew stadium across the street. But that seems to become less likely as other projects move forward. The stadium is not a good fit for it’s current location. It also does not showcase Columbus to the visitors that attend for events. The neighbors in SOHUD continuously have issues with the traffic and noise. I know Franklinton is a viable option but I think that area will develop into its own even without a stadium.

    #1009065

    A161830
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    No, not at all, Walker. They own all the other developable land in the area so they are the logical buyer. They’ll do great things over there and I’m excited to see their plans once they’re ready. Just making light of the fact that the city has to do an RFP process when its all but decided who will buy. But such are the rules.

    #1009066

    jbcmh81
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    From past articles, the residential element of this area will be fairly low density, at least compared to the rest of the AD. Of course, it’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about this, so perhaps demand in the area may have changed that plan a bit.

    #1009068
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    From past articles, the residential element of this area will be fairly low density, at least compared to the rest of the AD.

    Correct. I believe Brian Ellis of NRI said their plan (at the time) was for something more along the lines of Harrison West than the rest of the Arena District. More of a residential neighborhood vibe, but still with density on par with our other urban neighborhoods (Victorian Village, Italian Village, German Village, OTE, etc).

    #1009093
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    This power plant is on the outskirts of Downtown, bordered by a river and a highway to the west, a highway to the north, a highway to the south and an elevated freight rail track to the east. It’s pretty disconnected from the rest of the Arena District and Downtown in general.

    Perhaps it would be a good fit for another 600 Goodale style building or two? I wouldn’t expect a 60 story high-rise over there.

    I know where it is. And I understand that it won’t happen for a numerous of reasons, but I was still hopeful in that aspect. Of course, a 60-story building wouldn’t really fit in anywhere downtown unless it was at Broad & High, so that’d be a no go. Of course, I know it won’t happen. Just a fantasy. That is all.

    #1009096
    Jason Powell
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    I think anything resembling 600 Goodale in this location would a huge loss of opportunity. That building is insular and literally features blank walls facing the street. There is no reason why the density of downtown – which, I consider this area to be an extension of – should not extend down this portion of Nationwide Blvd. The highest and best use of this site is for 3-5 story buildings – 75% residential, 10-15% retail, 10-15% office. The best scenario would be 1000-1500 units, predominately one bedroom, many more affordable for guys like me who have been priced out, with neighborhood retail lining most of Nationwide Blvd. Convert the power plant into retail/restaurant space and connect the bike bath on the west side of the river with a new bike/pedestrian bridge.

    It has the potential to be a more affordable option for many who currently cannot afford downtown rents. Who wouldn’t want to stop by the neighborhood pub in a revitalized and lively, but somewhat quaint, “Pen West” before taking in a baseball game just two blocks away. BTW, “Pen West” has such a great ring to it. If they are going to add a new neighborhood, might as well give a new name.

    #1009097
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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