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Project Update: Easton Expansion

Brent Warren Brent Warren Project Update: Easton ExpansionA look down Worth Avenue, which will be lined with new buildings on both sides of the street. All photos by Brent Warren.
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Several key businesses remain on track to open in time for the holidays as work continues on the $500 million Easton Town Center expansion.

RH Gallery, Forty Deuce, Forbidden Root, The Beeline and Arhaus are all expected to be open for the holiday shopping season. The spring will see more openings, including Pins Mechanical, True Food Kitchen and Crimson.

The 136-room Aloft Hotel is scheduled to open sometime in 2020.

The dozen buildings currently under construction represent the first phase of the 16-acre expansion. Clustered on either side of Worth Avenue – north of Macy’s and east of Nordstrom – the new buildings contain over 125,000 square feet of office space, in addition to all of the retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings.

An additional 1,500 parking spaces are also being constructed – the existing Worth Garage is being expanded, and a new, six-story garage is being built next to the Aloft Hotel.

Lori Bongiorno, Principal and Director of the Commercial Studio for M + A Architects – the locally-based firm that serves as the architect of record for Easton Town Center – said that the expansion marks the latest in what she sees as a tradition of innovation at Easton.

“The new expansion at Easton is a great demonstration of longevity strategy, in response to the shift of retail trends in the modern market,” she said.

“Easton takes shopping and turns it into an experience, creating…real-life moments that engage and excite consumers,” added Bongiorno, who also serves as Director for Ohio for the International Council  of Shopping Centers.

Easton Town Center was co-developed by L Brands, The Georgetown Company and Steiner + Associates. Representatives of the developers have declined to share any detailed plans for the next phase of construction, although they did confirm to CU that the expansion will include a total of 750 new residential units.

Scroll down for more pictures of the buildings currently under construction at the site.

A site map showing the first phase of the expansion.
This five-story building, located just east of the expanded Worth Garage, will hold a Pins Mechanical on the first floor.
A new Aloft Hotel rises in the foreground, with a new parking garage behind it.
The blue building will hold an Arhaus Furniture store.
The brick building will hold Forbidden Root brewery, while the gray one will hold the new RH Gallery.
Another part of the future Forbidden Root brewery.
Two levels were added to the Worth Garage, which sits just north of Macy’s.
This building will hold a True Food Kitchen.
Another view of the True Food Kitchen building.
This street runs parallel to Worth Avenue and marks the northern limit of the current phase of construction.
This central plaza, dubbed The Yard, will be framed by Crimson, The Beeline, and Forbidden Root.
The Beeline will occupy this building.
The north side of the RH Gallery building (officially known as RH Columbus, The Gallery at Easton Town Center).
Another view of the Arhaus building.
A five-story building on the eastern edge of the new development that will likely hold offices. A representative of the Easton Town Center development team declined to provide any additional information about the structure.
A bird’s eye rendering of the buildings that are currently under construction along Worth Avenue (looking southwest). The white blocks show where new buildings will eventually fill out the northern and eastern edges of the Town Center area.
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