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Project Update: Legacy Pointe at Poindexter

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Work continues at the Legacy Pointe at Poindexter on the Near East Side, with construction on the last phase of the development scheduled to start soon. When we checked in on the project in 2016, senior apartments had just been completed and work had started on the second phase of residential buildings. Recent updates have shown even more buildings being completed over the course of 2017.

The 16-acre development, which was first announced in 2014, is designed to provide residential options for a mix of income levels. The demand for each type of unit has been strong so far, according to Robert Bitzenhofer of the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

“We didn’t really know what to expect; this is the first new mixed-income project in the neighborhood in a long time,” he said, “So we were hoping that this would work…and then the market rate units went incredibly quickly, and the pace has continued in the preleasing for (the next phase) – one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, folks are snatching them up.”

Of the 87 residential units in the project’s first phase, 86 are occupied. That includes the 30-unit, three-story building at the northern edge of the development, which contains a gym, a community room and three small commercial storefronts facing Mt. Vernon Avenue.

The final phase of the project will see a similarly-sized building constructed to the east of that one, as well as an additional 20 multi-family buildings featuring a mix of townhome-style units and smaller one- and two-bedroom apartments. That phase will add a total of 159 units to the development.

The buildings shown in blue are the only ones that haven’t been built. Plans call for them to be completed some time in 2019. Map courtesy of CMHA.

An additional 10 market-rate units will be developed as part of a renovation of the historic building at 162 N. Ohio Ave. Also, the transfer of the two remaining original Poindexter Village buildings to the Ohio History Connection was completed last month, so the renovation of those buildings into a museum will be proceeding soon.

CMHA sold a separate section of the original Poindexter Village land to Ohio State University last fall – a 2.7-acre parcel on the eastern edge of the development, adjacent to the parking lot for OSU Hospital East (it’s marked as “Future Development” on the map above).

On the public infrastructure side, plans still call for a city-owned park on Hawthorne Avenue, and for both Winner Avenue and Phale D. Hale Street to be extended so that they better connect with the neighborhood’s original street grid.

Rendering shows a building planned for Mt Vernon Ave.

For more information, see www.legacypointeaptliving.com.

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