OSU Moving Forward with Plans for Arts District
The last month has seen the release of detailed plans for the next phase of the 15th and High project – designs were unveiled for WOSU’s new headquarters and for a series of new buildings on the east side of North High Street, between 14th and 16th avenues.
Today, plans for the west side of High Street took center stage. Keith Myers, Vice President of Planning and Real Estate at Ohio State University, presented new renderings and site plans for the $160 million Arts District.
The main elements of the district are a new Department of Theatre building and an expanded School of Music facility. The Drake Performance and Event Center, which overlooks the Olentangy River and currently holds the Department of Theatre, is likely headed for demolition as part of the ongoing Cannon Drive relocation.
Also included in the plan is a redesigned Annie and John Glenn Avenue, which will connect High Street to College Avenue and serve as a gateway to the new district.
The presentation was intended to provide an update on both the Arts District and the 15th and High projects to the Master Planning and Facilities Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees.
Materials prepared for the meeting state that construction of the Arts District is scheduled to start in May of 2019 and conclude by August of 2021. The architect of record is DLR Group.