Franklinton Shipping Container Park Delayed Until 2016
A shipping container park was originally planned to pop-up in Franklinton this summer on the site of a planned five-story 310-unit mixed-use apartment development for the neighborhood, but the concept has officially been pushed back to 2016.
“It’s been tough because the city of Columbus doesn’t have a process for this like some other cities do,” explained CASTO Development Manager Justin Bird. “We had to go through with structural planning, site compliance, work through engineering and get approvals from our architects. Once we got through all that we realized we wouldn’t have it up in time for a lot of the summer events in Franklinton.”
Bird said that they decided to shelve the shipping container park until 2016, rather than launching it this late in the season. As for the longer-term development, Bird says that construction should start sometime this winter, pending final approvals.
“We’re working through site compliance last week and we got some good feedback, but there’s still some more to work through before we go back for approval of the project,” he said. “Overall, it won’t change too much from what was originally presented… there’s just a lot of logistics with the public road going through the middle. It’s a partnership, so there’s a lot of pieces to it.
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Rendering provided by CASTO / EDGE.