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Edwards Co Planning Apartments at Gay & High

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  • #97556

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    Edwards Cos. buys North High, West Gay property

    Jun 10, 2013, 12:56pm EDT

    Brian R. Ball

    Staff reporter-Business First

    A leading developer of downtown condos during the last five years may have the conversion of a downtown Columbus office building in its housing plans. Sources have hinted for months that Edwards Cos. had the eight-story, 91,000-square-foot property at 49-53 N. High St. in a sales contract with plans to convert it into housing, most likely apartments.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/06/10/edwards-cos-buys-north-high-west-gay.html

    #544365
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    #544366
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    Great location for apartments. In addition to the vacant lot, it would be great to see some action in the old Madison’s building across the street.

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    columbusmike
    Participant

    Yeah, great building and location. This will only strengthen that area of downtown.

    #544368

    heresthecasey
    Participant

    Would be cool if they kept the ‘tradition’ going on this building and added a few floors of a modern addition onto the top. ;)

    #544369

    Pablo
    Participant

    Do you think Edwards will remove the retail space and replace it with apartments?

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    columbusmike
    Participant

    Pablo said:
    Do you think Edwards will remove the retail space and replace it with apartments?

    I doubt it. They will probably use half the space for lobby, trash, workout facilities, etc. and rent the other half. First floor units never work very well, unless they are separated from the sidewalk level by a few feet. They should be able to get a fairly good rate on retail/office space once the building is updated.

    #544371
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Pablo said:
    Do you think Edwards will remove the retail space and replace it with apartments?

    Why would they?

    It’s a great draw for residents to already have a salon, a dentist and a latin american restaurant located in the building.

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    mrmann
    Member

    Just wondering, is there a particular garage associated with that building?

    #544373
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    mrmann said:
    Just wondering, is there a particular garage associated with that building?

    I don’t think there’s any parking attached, but multiple garages and lots within a block or two.

    It’s also got great bus access being basically at Broad & High and good bike infrastructure around it. Close to a lot of jobs as well, so many could choose to live here and walk to work.

    #544374

    Pablo
    Participant

    Walker said:
    Why would they?

    It’s a great draw for residents to already have a salon, a dentist and a latin american restaurant located in the building.

    Oh, I was just joking in light of Edwards’ proposed Dublin development that got a lot of flack on this board. I certainly agree at first floor retail is a plus!

    #544376
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Pablo said:
    Oh, I was just joking in light of Edwards’ proposed Dublin development that got a lot of flack on this board. I certainly agree at first floor retail is a plus!

    The project you’re referring to is being done by the “Edwards Communities” side of the business:

    Dublin Sees Apartment Project as Catalyst For Urban Neighborhood

    The “Edwards Companies” side of the business has a pretty solid track record for urban development with Neighborhood Launch, 570 Lofts, and half of everything in the Brewery District.

    A bit confusing to keep them straight. ;)

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    columbusmike
    Participant

    Walker said:
    I don’t think there’s any parking attached, but multiple garages and lots within a block or two.

    It’s also got great bus access being basically at Broad & High and good bike infrastructure around it. Close to a lot of jobs as well, so many could choose to live here and walk to work.

    Word on the street is that they purchased the parking lot across Gay Street (the one mentioned in the Wasted Space article) and there is talk about a new parking garage…not exactly the best use of that land, in my opinion, but the developers were apparently asked to provide evidence that they could provide adequate parking for the apartments.

    If that’s true, there is something seriously wrong with our downtown development commission. Downtown can’t possibly provide parking for every single resident.

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    billbix
    Member

    That kind of thing is what I was afraid of. The last thing we need is to waste critical locations on new parking.

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    columbusmike
    Participant

    billbix said:
    That kind of thing is what I was afraid of. The last thing we need is to waste critical locations on parking.

    I agree. I don’t know of too many urban places where parking is a necessity for development. If the residents need a place to park their car, I’m sure they’ll find a garage somewhere. It doesn’t need to be part of the development requirements!

    If this is true, it’s one step forward, and a giant step backwards for downtown.

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