More Details Emerge on Downtown “Micro Living” Developments
Nearly a year ago, a redevelopment project at Front Street and Long Street was announced that would bring some much needed affordability to the Downtown core of Columbus. Three empty buildings in a prime location would be converted into “Workforce Housing”, a term used by Mayor Michael Coleman during the 2014 State of the City address.
“When we began this effort, I said that Downtown is everybody’s neighborhood — but when it comes to housing, it’s not,” stated Coleman last year. “Our success has been tempered because not everybody can live Downtown. If you cannot afford $2,500 rent for a two-bedroom apartment, then you cannot live Downtown, even if you work Downtown.”
Developer Brad DeHays of Connect Realty is one of the private developer partners in this initiative, and he says that his renovated buildings at Long & Front will contain 34 micro apartments, similar in size and structure to a 52-unit apartment development his company is working on over at the Stoddard Block at 260 South Fourth Street.
“Our Micro Living concept provides urban suitability with a focus on providing the desired amenities without paying for unused space,” explained DeHayes. “We are not flooding the market with these units, but we have two great locations that will provide a quality living experience at an affordable price.”
DeHayes noted that the Long & Front project will include space for ground-floor retail development, which will also be found on South Fourth Street. Earlier this month, it was announced that the South Fourth development will include new restaurants Late Night Slice and Tavernesque.
“Brian’s group and Mikey’s group are two successful operators that have excellent vision,” said DeHayes. “The South Fourth strip is becoming a destination place that will provide a backdrop to the density that is a result of the great developments around Columbus Commons.”
The South Fourth Street development is expected to be ready for residents in August, but the Long and Front development will take a bit longer due to pending state historic tax credits. DeHayes says his company is targeting August 2016 for occupancy there.
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