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  • in reply to: Millennial Tower #1126270

    drtom1234
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    This proposal reminded me of the Time Tower from 2007. Hopefully this one fares better.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2007/05/21/story7.html?f=et178&b=1179720000%5e1464302&hbx=e_vert

    Time Tower

    Huh, I don’t remember that proposal at all. Does the same owner still own those buildings? It could be the right time to revisit that site if he does.


    drtom1234
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    Seems to me they’ve run out of money or used what resources they have to acquire the additional land on Front Street. Money is usually the hold up. They seem to be quite committed to demolitions though.

    My concern is that Desantis is a major player in this Nationwide Energry Partners utility. Not only is this a money maker for him but it’s part of the equation for the funds to build the utilities in these apartments as well as many others not owned by him. If that is successful challenged (it’s pending in the PUCO and Court of Common Pleas where class action certification will be requested), he may really be out of funds and this whole thing will go belly up. Dan Garino of the Dispatch has been writing on the case for awhile for those who have not been following.

    I suppose it could be money. But I don’t think so; they’ve owned the land at Front for some time, and if they were really out of money, I’m not sure they would be ripping down buildings and ripping up asphalt at that site. Nor do I think we would be seeing any construction workers at the site of building 1. I think some sort of technical problem, either with the site itself, with the building plans, or with the construction materials, is more likely.


    drtom1234
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    Unfortunately, I think she was just talking about the one building that’s currently under construction. I actually asked her about the building that’s supposed to be going up across Rich St and she said she doesn’t have any information on that one right now. However she did mention that they are also beginning construction very soon on another project nearby (near the old red zone, I think)

    If that’s true about the Rich/High building, oof, terrible. They must have run into some sort of major problem if it’s going to take that long. In terms of the Front Street building, they’ve demolished the buildings that were there, and dug up the asphalt, so it could start anytime now.


    drtom1234
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    I called LC Communities directly a couple days ago and told them I was interested in possibly moving into the building going up at Rich & High. I asked them if they had any updates on when they are projecting it to be finished and she said they plan on it taking about 18 months from now to be completed.<br>
    I have noticed what appears to be more construction workers on site recently than there were in the last few months.

    Was that for just the one building, or for both? I could see it taking 18 months to get both buildings built, but 18 months for just the one seems way over the top.

    in reply to: Nationwide Realty buys more land in Franklinton #1123158

    drtom1234
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    My guess is that it will look a lot like Grandview Yard and the Arena District when it’s done. That is the ‘period design’ of the ‘right now’ period.

    I’m not a subscriber, so I can’t read the article, but the headline seems to dismiss that idea.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2016/04/15/nri-keep-franklinton-authentic-as-possible.html


    drtom1234
    Participant

    The crane at the building one site was active today. No steel going up, but it was definitely operating today.

    in reply to: Nationwide Realty buys more land in Franklinton #1122694

    drtom1234
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>jbcmh81 wrote:</div>

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>ohbr wrote:</div>

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>MichaelC wrote:</div><br><br>
    In terms of timelines, they’re waiting for “the right thing.”

    Doesn’t sound like they are wanting to be the catalyst or trend setter here. I get the feeling they just want to sit on a bunch of land in case Franklinton does become very popular. Interesting.

    At the very least, I would expect that a few thing happen before construction in Franklinton, such as the finishing of the new HQ in GY. The other thing is that they still have that big site in the Arena District that they have yet to announce any plans for. I think this gets developed before anything happens in Franklinton.

    The New HQ is wrapping up shortly. Building 1 will have employees in a month. Building 2 should be wrapping up in the months after. Beyond that, it’s just frustrating to see them buying up land seemingly waiting for someone else to make the first move or to have some really long term plan. I’d rather see them move on Franklinton first than Arena West tbh.

    Just because they haven’t announced a long term plan doesn’t mean they don’t have one. And, IMO, I don’t think moving on Franklinton before the former casino site makes tons of sense. Alot of what happens in Franklinton and the Scioto peninsula hinges on the completion of the parking garage and park in late 2017; once that is done, I suspect we’ll see things move pretty quickly on the peninsula, and for that developoment to rapidly spill over into Franklinton. Whereas the former Casino site has two other developers involved who are not going to want to develop around a big empty field now, and then have huge amounts of construction in their front yard later. Also, don’t forget, NRI also has the 3 new 12 story condo buildings and a parking garage going up in the Arena district already; NRI, while pretty flush, doesn’t have unlimited cash to work with.


    drtom1234
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    Interestingly, they’ve bulldozed the buildings and are ripping up the parking lot where the 3rd LC building is supposed to go. I have also seen a few more construction workers on building one, though there is still no steel going up. Absolutely nothing is happening at the building two site.

    in reply to: Two25 17 Story High Rise Proposed for SE Columbus Commons #1114126

    drtom1234
    Participant

    Let’s hope the Wolfe Family has enough vision for CBUS as well as deep pockets to make something great happen at that site. Now if the Wexner’s will bring to the table a wonderful museum for our riverfront….

    Four great museums. Between the existing COSI, the new Vet’s, and the rumored American Museum of Natural history and Smithsonian museum, the Scioto peninsula could be quite the jewel for Columbus. Hopefully they get a developer in there to build a walkable neighborhood between the various museum sites. My vote is for the Pizzuti company. We could see some great architecture between them and Wexner.

    in reply to: Two25 17 Story High Rise Proposed for SE Columbus Commons #1112835

    drtom1234
    Participant

    Miranova is actually 27 stories, but that’s a small point. However, keep in mind it took close to 10 years following its construction for the last condos there to be sold. I doubt that’s something that any developer wants to deal with.

    in reply to: Urban Grocery Store Concept in the Short North #1111411

    drtom1234
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>drtom1234 wrote:</div>

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>buckeyecpa wrote:</div><br>
    Walker, please get an interview with the powers and have them explain why the project was squashed. It really is the best use for the dead link to downtown. It’s a pitiful stretch that most see while visiting. The Hilton/tax payers excuse shouldn’t even be considered. We can handle the two hotels right there.

    I think it’s pretty obvious why it never happened. It was a project brought up by a developer, and not asked for by the convention authority. It would have taken away space from the convention center when they were looking to expand the size of the convention center, and they had just opened the Hilton across the street, and didn’t want another hotel to compete with that until they were sure it was established.

    It was a great project, but in retrospect, it doesn’t look like it was ever viable.

    Actually, I believe the convention authority had solicited ideas for redeveloping the northern plaza, so it wasn’t just a developer proposing something out of the blue. Everything about what went down with this was so wrong. As bad as disregarding some very cool proposals was and completely wasting an amazing opportunity to really ignite this intersection, the authority decided to go with a 100% publicly funded renovation project rather than something that could’ve easily been privately funded or had a mix of public and private dollars.

    Huh. That’s not how I remember it, but I’ll have to go back to the original article when I have time and see if it’s mentioned. But the primary thing you’re ignoring, is that the convention authority was looking to expand, and this proposal would have removed a sizable chunk of meeting space. I can’t imagine that was well received.

    in reply to: Urban Grocery Store Concept in the Short North #1110978

    drtom1234
    Participant

    Walker, please get an interview with the powers and have them explain why the project was squashed. It really is the best use for the dead link to downtown. It’s a pitiful stretch that most see while visiting. The Hilton/tax payers excuse shouldn’t even be considered. We can handle the two hotels right there.

    I think it’s pretty obvious why it never happened. It was a project brought up by a developer, and not asked for by the convention authority. It would have taken away space from the convention center when they were looking to expand the size of the convention center, and they had just opened the Hilton across the street, and didn’t want another hotel to compete with that until they were sure it was established.

    It was a great project, but in retrospect, it doesn’t look like it was ever viable.

    in reply to: Edwards Co Planning Apartments at Gay & High #1103339

    drtom1234
    Participant

    Interesting, that the Commons garage was brought up. I did not live here when the City Center was around, but, I have talked to one of the planners who was around back then. He told me that the large garage was built to hold up to a 10 story apt or office building at the corner of 3rd and Main and 3rd and Rich. So why hasn’t the City given this space to someone to build there.???

    Do you mean on top of the garage?

    in reply to: Edwards Co Planning Apartments at Gay & High #1102978

    drtom1234
    Participant

    A couple points. One, I think _Calebross’ question regarding adding levels to the existing City Center garage is worth an answer. If three or four more levels could be added, that could allow parking not only for Two25, but for other development around there, maybe even on top of the garage itself. Two, if indyout’s information is correct, that would be pretty amazing; a new museum downtown, an apartment or condo tower, and an office tower for a mystery company, which, if I had to guess, would be Ohio Health. That would be nice at a site like, say, State and Third.

    in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #1102331

    drtom1234
    Participant

    The facade was the best thing about these buildings, I hope it’s not too changed. Anyone have any of the new renderings?

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