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Hard Hat Tour: 800 North High

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800 North High, the 10-story building rising in the Short North spot where the Haiku restaurant once stood, is on track for a late September opening. A team from Crawford Hoying, the developer of the project, recently gave Columbus Underground a hard hat tour of the project.

The Moody Nolan-designed building will feature office space on floors three through five, restaurant and retail space on the first floor, and a top-floor bar featuring Downtown views. A 116-room Marriott Moxy Hotel will occupy floors six through nine and will operate an amenity area for guests on the second floor, featuring a bar and lounge that will be open to the public.

The focus of the Moxy brand, which is new to the Columbus market, is on “urban areas…with smaller, well-designed rooms and bigger common spaces,” said Kristin Randall of Crawford Hoying.

The goal is to “be in great locations, experience the neighborhoods, and spend less time in the room,” said Allison Srail, Crawford Hoying’s Director of Finance.

Cleveland-based TownHall is set to occupy the restaurant space, and a new concept from the same owner is being developed for the rooftop bar. A tenant for the nearly 50,000 square feet of office space in the building has yet to be announced, but news could be coming soon on that front.

The building also offers 150 valet-only parking spaces; about a third of those in a second-floor space and the rest in the basement. A u-shaped drop off lane on the first floor, accessed from Pearl Street, will allow cars to be taken either up or down a floor via a car lift.

This approach to parking means that there are no ramps in the building, and that eventually that second floor space could be used for something other than car storage.

“Long-term, if we’re thinking about the future here in Columbus, and parking’s not necessary,” explained Srail, “we could convert this space, and maybe only keep parking in the basement…it certainly opens up lots of options for us.”

Scroll down for more pictures from the tour and additional information on the project.

The entrance to the hotel lobby, on East Hubbard Avenue. A yet-to-be leased retail space also fronts Hubbard, stretching to North Pearl Street.
Stairs will take hotel guests to a second-floor bar and lounge for check-in. Separate elevators serve hotel guests and office workers.
Cleveland restaurant TownHall will be bringing its concept to the first floor of the building. Large doors will open to a sidewalk patio.
An elevator will bring cars to the second floor garage space, where cars will be stacked vertically to maximize space. Cars will also be parked in the basement.
A second-floor bar and lounge space will serve hotel guests and also be open to the public.
Office space will occupy floors three through five.
A view of Victorian Village from one of the office floors.
The crane is scheduled to be disassembled in about a month.
Outdoor space for office users, with views to the south.
Some of the hotel rooms have access to an outdoor patio.
A view up North High Street from the hotel balcony.
A view to the south.
A 10th-floor bar will feature a new concept from Bobby George, the restaurateur behind TownHall.
View from the outdoor patio on the tenth floor.
Looking north from the 10th floor.
Another shot of the bar area on the top floor of the building.
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