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Details Unveiled For New Mixed-Use Development in Clintonville

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It was revealed on Tuesday that Clintonville may soon be home to three new residential developments, although details on those projects were a bit scarce at first. Today, Vision Development has shared more information on their proposal, located at 3632-3640 Indianola Avenue.

The largest of the three proposals — the Vision Development project features a four story residential building containing 300 units situated in the middle of the property with four outparcel retail buildings in front. The site will also include a parking deck for residents, a pool, and small community greenspaces.

An existing warehouse building belonging to the Dixie International Company would be demolished to make way for the new buildings, which is a trend that Vision Development President Brent Wrightsel would like to see continue.

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“To me, this part of Indianola has been blighted and with other development occurring just down the street, I look at this as synergy for everyone,” he explained. “We’re cleaning up the eyesores, and replacing a ten acre warehouse building with a $60 million upscale mixed-use project.”

Wrightsel said that while no tenants have been announced for the outparcel retail buildings, he imagine they’ll have at least one gastropub-style restaurant and one coffee shop or deli, which he said that everyone living within close proximity would be able to enjoy. New residents in the building would also find themselves just a short walk from a Planet Fitness gym and Weiland’s Market next door.

We feel there’s demand for this type of project, or we wouldn’t be moving forward with it,” he added. “The walkablity of this site is important.”

While the placement of retail in outparcel buildings is generally considered more suburban by design, Wrightsel said that the consideration of a different layout was never considered, as the site is currently zoned for this type of development. The same reason was given when asked about the decision to submit the project as an extended stay hotel instead of an apartment building.

“Current apartment zoning doesn’t allow this type of urban product,” explained Wrightsel. “By using the code for an extended stay hotel, you can do this type of mixed-use development that fits in very well in this location. This site is already zoned how we need it to be zoned to allow us to do what we want to do with our site plan. There was no thought given to rezoning.”

Without a need for rezoning, Vision Development can bypass submitting the project for review by the Clintonville Area Commission, and will take the project through the proper building approvals with the City of Columbus. Wrightsel said that they hope to break ground on construction this fall.

“The extended stay building would be built in two phases with the drive-under bridge drive and the north building as phase one,” he stated. “Depending how quick that leases, we’d proceed with the rest of the structure afterwards. The outparcel buildings would be constructed on their own time schedule, depends on when we find the right fit for tenants. But there’s already been a lot of chatter and a lot of interest.”

The 300 residential units will feature a mix of nine different floor plans that include studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units ranging in size from 474 square feet to 1145 square feet. Pricing is still being determined, but Wrightsel said that he expects the studio units to start at around $750 per month.

While many of Vision’s residential communities are located in suburban area of Central Ohio, their interest in the Clintonville market indicates that there’s a strong and growing demand for more urban housing.

We love the urban core as a lot of people do,” said Wrightsel. “People are gravitating back to the urban areas and so we have interest in that as well.”

For more information, visit www.visiondevinc.com.

All renderings via Meyers+Associates Architecture.

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