In Limbo: Still No Shovels in the Ground For These 56 Projects
At the end of each year, we like to group the urban development projects that we’ve been tracking into categories – completed, under construction and announced. We’ve also come up with this fourth category for all of the projects that don’t fit neatly into any of the other three. That could mean proposals from previous years that have been dropped, projects that are still very much alive but just haven’t started construction yet, or, in a few cases, development sites where construction began but has now stopped.
Read on for a list of those projects, and our best guess for what might happen with them in 2021.
Two other historic buildings that were declared unsafe by the city in 2019 remain empty.
There was no news in 2020 about a plan for a mixed-use development on three acres of prime real estate on Capitol Square.
No further action has been taken on a plan from late 2019 to renovate and add onto a historic warehouse building.
Several other proposals from 2019 were also quiet in 2020 – Columbus Partnership’s plans for a vacant building on Front Street, a seven-story building on Mound Street, the renovation of the Salesian building, new restaurant space on Fourth, and two apartment buildings proposed for small lots.
The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation seems to have dropped the COSI Corridor idea.
Near East Side
Two buildings have been demolished but work hasn’t started on the new-build portion of this project near East High School.
A plan for the Holy Rosary Convent building doesn’t appear to be moving forward.
At the south end of the corridor, there have been no updates on a plan for a large office building in Jeffrey Park.
There was no news this year about either of these three projects – a mixed-use development at the former Patrick J’s site, the renovation of the former Hudson Theater, and the renovation of the former Indianola Junior High.
Work is scheduled to start in 2021 on McDowell Place, a 50-unit affordable housing development on the site of the former West Side Spiritualist Church.
The second phase of the River and Rich project has yet to break ground.
After the Bellows School building was struck by lightning in September, its owner repaired the damage and hinted that a new plan for the building was in the works.
At Grandview Yard, work has not yet started on an office building at 840 Yard Street that was announced in 2019.
Nothing has happened at Cooper Stadium since a new redevelopment plan was floated in 2019.
Work hasn’t started yet on a planned 11-story tower at Westminster-Thurber on Neil Avenue.
A new plan has submitted for the long-stalled construction project on Michigan Avenue, but work has yet to resume at the site.
An updated plan for the former Village Bookshop on 161 was scheduled to be heard by the Far Northwest Coalition in late December.
A plan to develop a large site at the corner of Henderson and Olentangy River Road has not been brought back since getting a cold reception from neighborhood groups in 2019.
Work has yet to start on the Arlington Gateway development, although the project was approved by the suburb.
There were several new updates to the ongoing saga of the redevelopment of the former International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers site.
It looks like the latest plan to restore the original Port Columbus Air Terminal building will proceed in 2021 after a new nonprofit organization signed a long term lease for the building.
The City of Dublin hit pause on a plan to build a new field house at Bridge Park.
All was quiet in 2020 for these projects – a Brewery District tower, a massive entertainment complex in Delaware County, a 10-story Short North proposal, the redevelopment of a Reynoldsburg Kmart, and this plan for a large Worthington site.