New Crew SC Stadium and Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Downtown
The Columbus Partnership and the prospective ownership group of Columbus Crew SC unveiled a plan today to build a $230 million soccer stadium and adjacent mixed-use development at the western edge of the Arena District.
The long-awaited announcement calls for the new stadium to be built on 13 acres of land on the north side of West Nationwide Boulevard, a parcel that is owned by Nationwide Realty Investors and that was at one time slated to hold a casino.
An additional 15 acres of land to the west and south of that parcel will hold a dense mixed-use development – dubbed Confluence Village – containing 270,000 square feet of commercial and office space as well as 885 residential units. A minimum of 20 percent of the new units would be affordable, according to a press release.
Five acres of land would be dedicated to public amenities, including a new park along the Olentangy River.
Renderings of the proposed 20,000-seat stadium show multiple levels of steeply pitched, covered stands. Over 3,000 seats would be reserved for supporters groups – a new Nordecke, complete with standing areas and patio decks.
Information released today breaks down the funding for the stadium project like this:
- The new Crew SC owners will contribute $645 million to purchase the team and to build the new stadium and a new training facility at Mapfre Stadium.
- The City of Columbus will not provide any money for the stadium itself, but will contribute $50 million for infrastructure improvements and to build the Columbus Community Sports Park proposed for the Mapfre Stadium site.
- Franklin County will contribute $50 million toward a Community Authority that will be created for the new development.
Assuming the project moves forward, groundbreaking is planned August of 2019 with completion by March of 2021.
Brian Ellis, President & COO of Nationwide Realty Investors, said that the company “continues to engage in conversations related to the potential development of a soccer stadium on our property west of Huntington Park…although there is still much more work to be done, we are encouraged by all of the hard work and planning to keep the Columbus Crew in our city.”
“This is the next step in what some may have thought was an impossible dream,” said Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, in a statement. “Today’s announcement showcases our community’s commitment, in partnership with the Haslam and Edwards Families, to MLS soccer in Columbus.”
Details of the proposal and the city’s role in funding it will be presented tonight at a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.
All renderings via HNBT/MKSK.