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Gravity II Update: Demolition Begins, OhioHealth Facility Planned

Brent Warren Brent Warren Gravity II Update: Demolition Begins, OhioHealth Facility PlannedThe second phase of Gravity. Shown in the background is the proposed Scioto Peninsula development. Renderings by NBBJ.
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The second phase of Kaufman Development’s Gravity project in Franklinton will include a primary and urgent care facility operated by OhioHealth.

The news of OhioHealth’s involvement comes as demolition is scheduled to start on the overall project.

Located directly across the street from the first phase of Gravity (at 500 W. Broad St.), the second phase will include a 12-story mixed-use building and a six-story office building (both on Broad); a five-story apartment building featuring “co-living” units; an 889-space parking garage; a five-story townhome and apartment building that will line the west side of the garage; and a courtyard space accessible from Broad Street that is now being called an “Immersive Community Experience Zone.”

Also included in the project is the renovation of a one-story building at the corner of McDowell and State streets that will hold a restaurant or retail tenant.

The OhioHealth facility will take up about 13,000 square feet of the office building. It will be located on the ground floor of the building, which will sit at the southeast corner of McDowell and Broad streets.

“Easy access to primary care is crucial in prevention, screening and management of chronic conditions,” said Roland Tokarski, OhioHealth VP of construction, real estate and facilities, in a statement. “Urgent care is a great option when you can’t see your doctor right away but you don’t need an emergency department.”

“OhioHealth’s facility at Gravity will bring essential health services to Franklinton,” added Gravity Founder Brett Kaufman.

Mount Carmel Health Services operated a full-service hospital in the neighborhood for over a century, but decided to relocate inpatient services to its new Grove City facility, which opened last spring.

The Mount Carmel West campus currently holds a new stand-alone emergency department, some primary care services and community programing, as well as the Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Work has started on the new plans for the campus, which will include single family homes and apartments.

Related: Updates to Gravity Project Approved

A view from across Broad Street of the 12-story mixed-use building and six-story office building.
The courtyard in between the two buildings, looking north toward Broad Street.
Another view of the courtyard.
Apartments will line the parking garage on McDowell Street.
The co-living apartment building on State Street.
The courtyard in the co-living building.
View from the corner of McDowell and State streets.
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