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Hard Hat Tour: Quarry Trails Development and Metro Park

Brent Warren Brent Warren Hard Hat Tour: Quarry Trails Development and Metro ParkSingle family homes under construction in the Quarry Trails development. All photos by Brent Warren.
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Work has been steadily progressing on the much-anticipated Quarry Trails Metro Park and the 80-acre mixed-use development that is integrated into its design.

Steve Bollinger, Principal and Executive Vice President of Development for the developer of the project, Thrive Companies, said that he expects the first move-ins to happen in “October or November.” For-sale townhomes and flats, as well as for-rent apartments, will be the first products available, with detached single family homes coming online a little bit later.

The first phase of the Metro Park, which will eventually occupy a total of 220 acres, is also on track for a fall opening.

Both the park and the development are located at the northeast corner of Trabue and Dublin Roads, on former quarry land that was bought by Thrive Companies (then Wagenbrenner Development) in 2017. An additional 250 acres of land to the north is also controlled by Thrive – it is still an active quarry site but could be developed in the future.

Bollinger recently gave Columbus Underground a tour of the site, starting at what will be the development’s main entrance, off of Trabue Road. A new road winds down through the construction site, with new buildings coming up to the right and open parkland to the left.

A trail system will weave through the development and the park, connecting up eventually to the nearby Scioto Trail.

Elevator shafts and the steel frame of a three-story office building are visible at the southern end of the development. Bollinger said that two tenants have committed to occupying the second and third floors of the initial office building, and that the Thrive team is hoping to sign more leases soon (the development will contain a total of 43,000 square feet of office space and 16,000 square feet of retail space).

At the top of the list is a brewery and an outfitter of some sort; a company to rent out kayaks, rock climbing gear and other equipment people can use at the park.

Thrive is currently developing its own concepts for a new gym and coffee shop, Bollinger said. Both will be open to the public, and could eventually find their way into one or more of the developer’s other projects, such as Founders Park or Grandview Crossing.

The first phase of construction will see a total of 293 apartments and 520 for-sale units completed (both townhomes and single family homes), in addition to a 11,000-square-foot community center (with a pool).

Meyers & Associates Architecture designed the clubhouse and the retail buildings, while New Avenue Architects & Engineers worked on the office buildings, apartments and for-sale offerings. MKSK and EP Ferris round out the design team.

Two model homes are now open and available for touring, with several of other homes in various stages of construction. Many of the detached homes will face out onto pedestrian-only green spaces.

“We want it to have a pocket park sort of vibe and feel to it, more or less a greenway,” said Bollinger, explaining that the pathways will extend through the development, “all the way to the Scioto River…with sidewalks, Adirondack chairs, and lots of landscaping.”

Although the opening of the Metro Park has been pushed back – initially officials were hoping to open a portion of the park in the fall of 2020 – plenty of progress has been made on many of its most spectacular features.

A new stairway provides access to a 20-foot waterfall, steep mountain bike trails have now been carved into the landscape, and a giant sledding hill is taking shape near a cliffside that will be available for rock climbing. Other park features include a dog park and multiple access points for kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and fishing.

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

Read More: Renderings Released for Quarry Trails Development

A view of the development from just inside the Trabue Road entrance. Office and apartment building are currently under construction, and two additional apartment buildings are planned for the cleared area to the left.
A historic railroad bridge over the Scioto River is just visible (through the trees), from a new car and pedestrian bridge along the main road into the development.
The new bridge spans this creek, which flows from the Scioto River into the quarry lake.
This pedestrian bridge is part of a trail system that connects the development with the surrounding Metro Park.
Steel going up on what will be a three-story office building.
A 20-foot waterfall is one of the natural highlights of the new Metro Park.
A new stairway has been constructed to provide access to the falls.
A stream flows from the waterfall.
Stones have been placed to direct water from the stream down a steep grade and into the central quarry lake.
A view of the development from the section of the park that contains the waterfall. Most of the cleared area will be green space.
Single family homes along the future Quarry Trails Drive.
Pedestrian-only greenways will run between the single family homes, stretching from the Scioto River to Quarry Trails Drive and the parkland across the street.
The homes will face onto the green space, while alleys will provide vehicular access to rear garages.
Homes range in size from about 1,900 to 3,400 square feet.
More single family homes, with townhomes visible in the distance.
A look inside one of the model homes.
View from the second floor patio of a model home.
Looking out over future parkland from the same patio.
Work is pretty far along on the planned mountain bike facility, which is located in the northwest section of the site, separated from the rest of the land that is under development by existing homes and the River Oaks apartment complex.
An overview of the mountain bike area, with still-active quarry land to the north visible in the background.
A view of the cliffs that could be utilized for rock climbing when this portion of the park is complete.
An overview of the site, with Trabue Road at the bottom and the still-active quarry land at the top. Map courtesy of MKSK.
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