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SN's Bollinger Tower being bought, possibly converted to hotel

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  • #1115979
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    BizFirst reports:

    The 11-story Bollinger Tower for low-income residents in the Short North is being acquired by an investor group, with a hotel or other redevelopment being considered.

    Schiff Capital Group and partners Kevin James and Micha Bitton of Colliers International are in contract to buy the 100-room tower at 750 N. High St., reaching a deal with affordable housing provider Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.

    #1115983

    ohbr
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    I hope that CMHA can relocate with a better urban design downtown to add to the mix but we’ll probably get something less exciting.

    As for Bollinger tower, will be really interesting to see if they tear it down. I hope they can at least keep the set back. It’s nice to have those pockets of green space.

    #1115984
    Eridony
    Eridony
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    I had the opposite idea. Build a ground floor addition to add retail space along High Street. The building feels disconnected they way it is now.

    #1115986
    lazyfish
    lazyfish
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    tear it down, there is no saving a dank musty deformed mess of a building

    #1115987
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    FWIW, $3.4 million in renovations were completed on the building in ’09.

    #1115988
    lazyfish
    lazyfish
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    FWIW, $3.4 million in renovations were completed on the building in ’09.

    lipstick on a pig

    #1115993
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
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    I don’t think the building looks too bad. As for the green space, I hope they keep it and don’t build more street level retail. It’s nice to have those little breaks of green within a concrete jungle and every good street needs places for people to linger.

    #1115994

    ohbr
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    I think it feels disconnected because of the design and how closed off the main entrance feels. I could see an addition off the front to open it up but leaving a small plaza. I love the Short North as much as anyone, but I do wish it had more plazas/respite from streetside retail, particularly on the east side of High.

    The big question, parking *gasp*…. I imagine a hotel would have a much greater parking need than the CMHA so that’s probably going to be the biggest challenge here… from a community standpoint.

    #1115999
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    I think it feels disconnected because of the design and how closed off the main entrance feels. I could see an addition off the front to open it up but leaving a small plaza. I love the Short North as much as anyone, but I do wish it had more plazas/respite from streetside retail, particularly on the east side of High

    Agreed and agreed. The SN doesn’t need a ton of plazas, but just a few well placed ones. And this space, utilized well, could be a really wonderful plaza. Throw in some permanent seating, some local art, complementary of whatever new goes into this building (or in replacement of it, which seems very unlikely), and I think you’ve got a great new public “square.”

    #1116001

    clancy12
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    Nice. People live there. Now they must be relocated. How would you like to be relocated? Is there only hue and cry when the building is deemed “historic”.
    In addition, there is already a deficit of affordable housing.

    #1116002

    clancy12
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    tear it down, there is no saving a dank musty deformed mess of a building

    You are talking about someone’s home. god the tone deafness here…

    #1116003
    lazyfish
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>lazyfish wrote:</div>
    tear it down, there is no saving a dank musty deformed mess of a building

    You are talking about someone’s home. god the tone deafness here…

    they will not be inside when it is torn down, lol…wondering if you have seen the apartments inside? they are glorified efficiencies and old dank ones to boot, a ramada inn has more class

    #1116004

    wpcc88
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    The big question, parking *gasp*…. I imagine a hotel would have a much greater parking need than the CMHA so that’s probably going to be the biggest challenge here… from a community standpoint.

    This same group is proposing a new garage right behind Bollinger on Pearl for this project…

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/new-shorter-design-presented-for-short-north-office-building

    Plus they have a large private lot in the rear of the building.

    #1116007
    lazyfish
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    the poor people will have to discover a new shitty neighborhood that their rent subsidies and buying power can help stabilize. Think of the restaurants and bars that prospered off the Bollinger Towers’ residents back in the day. Hello Linden, er east clintonville

    #1116009

    lbl
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    I hope the City is getting a huge amount for this. maybe (though doubtful) it can be put forward to new housing these displaced elderly will be forced to relocate to.

    as for the parking – this lot is more than ample to accommodate a large new hotel with an attached parking deck in the rear. I think a better use could be another mixed use structure along with the hotel. something with offices and extended stay suites and ground floor retail, etc.

    I also vote for keeping it somewhat set-back. this stretch will become very canyon like if a new building is up at the sidewalk. some variation is nice.

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