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Redevelopment of Downtown Power Plant — News & Updates

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  • #1009100
    Caleb
    Caleb
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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.

    +1

    #1009104

    A161830
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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.
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    <P>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. </P>

    I think the highest and best use of this site would be a casino :)

    #1009125

    News
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    Historic Downtown Power Plant Building May Be Redeveloped
    April 18, 2014 4:17 pm – Walker Evans

    The historic Columbus Municipal Light Plant building located at 555 West Nationwide Boulevard may soon get a new lease on life. The Columbus Department of Development has issued a request for proposals for the redevelopment of this West Arena District site.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/historic-downtown-power-plant-building-may-be-redeveloped

    #1010985
    lazyfish
    lazyfish
    Participant

    this is one of the more polluted areas of downtown. The PCB contamination is extensive and will require a great deal of clean up and money. Glad to see they think they can save the building, but saving it could make the cost of clean up even more expensive.

    #1053520

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

    #1053721
    SIMMONS
    SIMMONS
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    The city and developers should make a deal with Amazon. Amazon could build its new facility at the western end of Nationwide Blvd. where their building would have visibility (if high enough) from I-670, 315, and 33; access to the downtown talent pool; proximity to OSU (for interns); and proximity to amenities like the Short North, good restaurants, Nationwide Arena, and Huntington Field.

    I imagine that Amazon would want an offer better than others it’s receiving. I imagine that they’d also want a new street made at the western end of Nationwide that connects it to 33.

    #1053725
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    The city and developers should make a deal with Amazon. Amazon could build its new facility at the western end of Nationwide Blvd. where their building would have visibility (if high enough) from I-670, 315, and 33; access to the downtown talent pool; proximity to OSU (for interns); and proximity to amenities like the Short North, good restaurants, Nationwide Arena, and Huntington Field.

    Is there enough room for it? The suburban proposals have been for 60-80 acres for development while the Penn West land is closer to 30 acres. My understanding is that their data center expansion would be a lot of room for servers without requiring a large staff (120 jobs) so they probably care more about cheap (or free) land and fast internet pipelines than urban amenities:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/amazon-eyeing-billion-dollar-investment-in-central-ohio

    Then again, who knows… it is Amazon, and they have been making some big waves with their commitment to their new urban HQ in Seattle:

    http://www.geekwire.com/2014/amazon-submits-plans-3-buildings-near-downtown-seattle/

    http://www.geekwire.com/2014/company-town-amazons-rapid-growth-sparks-housing-boom-seattles-urban-core/

    I imagine that they’d also want a new street made at the western end of Nationwide that connects it to 33.

    Could probably reconfigure Hocking Street to improve flow to/from 33 and get the job done.

    #1053758

    wpcc88
    Participant

    Are they going to somehow integrate the river into plans for this part of the Arena District? I would think a company like Clintonville Outfitters or Columbus Kayak would be able to get involved and maybe do a kayak or paddle board rental for the area.

    In general I was hoping this project would be kicking off a bit quicker than 2016 but I guess “good things come to those who wait.” So I’ll be waiting for this, no doubt!

    #1053801

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    Are they going to somehow integrate the river into plans for this part of the Arena District? I would think a company like Clintonville Outfitters or Columbus Kayak would be able to get involved and maybe do a kayak or paddle board rental for the area.

    Done:
    http://www.olentangypaddle.com/

    BTW since the downtown dam removal, the water is lower and that city-owned boat ramp is no longer rated for motorboats. You can still launch paddle craft but there’s a bunch of old demolition rubble presenting a navigation hazard. We (COWC) are exploring the possibility of having it removed.

    If you haven’t seen the area, it’s near the twin black “steamboat smokestacks” in the Olentangy.

    #1053836
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Are they going to somehow integrate the river into plans for this part of the Arena District?

    From the article: https://www.columbusunderground.com/city-to-partner-with-three-developers-for-office-and-residential-projects-on-west-nationwide-blvd-bw1

    “We’re excited to move Downtown, with all of our projects we are doing in the area,” said Jeff Baur of Borror, adding that parkland along the river – which would be developed with input from all of the developers, along with the city – has the potential to create a real destination. “We would love to connect to the path on the other side of river,” he said. “There are a lot of opportunities…we really envision a beautiful show-case park at the end of Nationwide Boulevard.”

    #1053860

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    That lowest part of the Olentangy has changed completely since the dam removal. It used to be a stagnant pool in the area of the end of Nationwide, but now it’s a running stream with a braided stony streambed. It would make an excellent centerpiece for a park development.

    #1053925

    Mike88
    Participant

    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.

    I 100% agree I wish we could make this happen; sadly it looks very unlikely though… : /

    #1053928

    wpcc88
    Participant

    Man I need to work a little on my reading comprehension!(I blame the Buckeye game and reading the article on my phone) Thank you all for the responses and I am glad something is being done!

    Also regarding Crew Stadium; how cool would it have been at this location!? Not sure where it would fit in over in Franklinton because there really is no entertainment in that area yet. My hope is that if the Ohio Historical Society does move downtown; we will see a development with some substance to it in it’s current location that will help the stadium out.

    #1088661

    ohbr
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    #1088680
    King Gambrinus
    King Gambrinus
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    Great, so now it’s gonna be haunted…

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