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Nationwide building 5-story office at Front and Nationwide

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  • #459577
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
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    I wish it were “growing up”. IMO, a 5 story building is such a waste on what is likely one of the most expensive pieces of real estate downtown. I guess 5 floors is all they need though.

    #459578

    columbusmike
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    jpizzow said:
    I wish it were “growing up”. IMO, a 5 story building is such a waste on what is likely one of the most expensive pieces of real estate downtown. I guess 5 floors is all they need though.

    Five stories is pretty ideal for a successful urban environment…it’s about the right amount of density to support ground floor retail and allow light to still enter the streets below. Although, more density is always better than not enough.

    #459579

    cmhcow
    Participant

    Besides, everything is driven by economics. Who is going to pick up the tab for another three or four stories so that a building can be more dense? You? Me? Obama?

    #459580

    jbcmh81
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    columbusmike said:
    Five stories is pretty ideal for a successful urban environment…it’s about the right amount of density to support ground floor retail and allow light to still enter the streets below. Although, more density is always better than not enough.

    Except ground floor retail is not going into this building. It will have virtually zero street impact.

    #459581

    columbusmike
    Participant

    jbcmh81 said:
    Except ground floor retail is not going into this building. It will have virtually zero street impact.

    Yes, especially with the parking garage right next door, most of the Nationwide employees won’t venture out much without their SUV’s.

    Hopefully, with traffic as bad as it is, some Nationwide employees will maybe consider buying a house downtown to shorten their commute and keep their good job.

    #459582
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    jbcmh81 said:
    Except ground floor retail is not going into this building. It will have virtually zero street impact.

    Hopefully the increase in office workers will have a retail/street impact on a few of the empty spaces that still exist in the District.

    #459583
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    So glad to hear mroe development! Columbus is officially the best city in the midwest!

    #459584

    gramarye
    Participant

    There’s plenty of street retail in that area and five stories is a respectable amount of density, particularly in that area which is already full of many 5-story buildings.

    Given the amount of empty space in some of the central business district skyscrapers, I can understand why there might not have been significant enthusiasm for 15 or 20 stories.

    #459586

    surber17
    Participant

    Pic update – Lots of activity on site today

    #459587

    columbusmike
    Participant

    Site Plan:


    Pedestrian path in limbo at new Nationwide office project
    By Brian R. Ball, Business First
    Last Modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 12:10pm EDT

    Approval for a five-story building at West Nationwide Boulevard and North Front Street for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. proved a stroll in the park for the insurance giant’s real estate development arm even though the route a pedestrian path will take through the site remains somewhat unsettled. The city’s Downtown Commission on Tuesday morning approved the plans for the five-story, 214,000-square-foot office building slated for completion in late 2012 as well as two landscape plans presented to the downtown development panel by Brian Ellis, president of Nationwide Realty Investors.

    Ellis said the predominantly brick office property will have a “park setting” of sorts on the east side with a winding path for pedestrians. The path will connect Nationwide Boulevard to a pedestrian bridge to be built over a rail line. That bridge will connect to a parking garage the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority expects to expand in the next year. The parking garage expansion will serve employees working at the Nationwide office building during the day and visitors to the Hilton Columbus Downtown convention center hotel now under construction on North High Street between Vine and the rail line. The park “will preserve pedestrian movement throughout the site,” Ellis said.

    But a hoped-for connection along the rail line to North High Street will depend upon the developer or the convention facilities authority gaining control of a small parcel of land owned by Norfolk Southern Corp. The office project, however, won’t be affected by the land.

    #459588
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I rode past the construction today on the bus and noticed that angled wall on the south end of the new building. It looks pretty subtle in the image above, but it’s angled in a way that from Nationwide & High, you can still very clearly read “Nationwide Arena” on the Arena itself. If the angle wasn’t there (or if some other developer were building it) then it would block the sight line of the Arena signage.

    Very clever. ;)

    #459589

    columbusmike
    Participant

    I was sort of hoping they would “cap” the railroad trench and create an urban plaza on the corner of Nationwide and High (maybe even with a fountain and obelisque :)

    Hopefully the park is done well.

    #459590
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
    Participant

    Yea, the corner of Nationwide and High screams tiered plaza/park. It’s already sloped. It is sort of a gateway to the north and west and would be an ideal spot for some sort of large installation. I’m sure we’ll probably only get more grass and trees, maybe a few flowerbeds.

    #459591
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    That sounds like a great plaza to sit and look across the street diagonally to the underutilized Plaza at Sensenbrenner Park. ;)

    #459592
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
    Participant

    Well, the Sensenbrenner plaza, imo, is not a good space. It’s not very inviting from the street and is almost closed off to the buildings bordering it.

    As far as the Nationwide/High corner, it’s too small for anything else and it’s horrible as it is. There is absolutely no reason to hang out in it or even look at it for that matter. Even more of a reason to put something there that can catch the eye and make a statement because it currently has no purpose whatsoever.

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