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CDDC Looking to Build Apartments Near Topiary Park

Brent Warren Brent Warren CDDC Looking to Build Apartments Near Topiary Park

A new plan for an empty lot across from the Topiary Park Downtown could bring a five-story, 90-unit apartment building to the site. The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) bought the 0.7-acre parcel in February for $1.8 million. Located at 497 E. Town St. and once owned by Franklin University, the lot held a three-story […]

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Opinion: Forestalling a Coming Housing Crisis and Planning for Columbus’ Future

 Zeb Larson Opinion: Forestalling a Coming Housing Crisis and Planning for Columbus’ Future

There’s no shortage of talk about housing problems in Columbus. The city’s growth has sent housing prices shooting up, and there was an affordable housing shortage in the city even before the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic damage wrought by COVID has only made this worse, and at present, the city (like many other cities) is […]

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New Board Members, Retiring CEO Point to New Direction for Downtown Development Group

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Board Members, Retiring CEO Point to New Direction for Downtown Development Group

The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, the non-profit entity behind many large projects Downtown, appears to be shifting course after the appointment of new board members and the announced retirement of its President/CEO. Guy Worley’s last day will be May 31, according to a statement put out by the organization earlier this week. Worley led the […]

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Is the City’s Tax Abatement Policy Meeting Affordable Housing Need?

Brent Warren Brent Warren Is the City’s Tax Abatement Policy Meeting Affordable Housing Need?

In the summer of 2018, the Columbus City Council passed legislation that would change the way the city used tax abatements to incentivize development projects moving forward. At the time, council members and city officials described the new policy as a way to both encourage the building of more affordable housing and to target the […]

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New Group Formed to Take On NIMBYs

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Group Formed to Take On NIMBYs

A new group has formed to advocate for more housing in urban Columbus. The founders of the organization, called Neighbors for More Neighbors Columbus, are hoping to push back against the Not-In-My-Backyard arguments that tend to dominate most discussions of new development in the city’s established neighborhoods. “We’re here to raise the voice of community […]

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Renter’s Choice Legislation Would Mandate Alternative to Security Deposits

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renter’s Choice Legislation Would Mandate Alternative to Security Deposits

Columbus City Councilmember Shayla Favor sought feedback this week on a legislative package designed to assist renters at a time when many are facing severe economic uncertainty. The package has three main components: Adding source of income as a protected status under the city’s fair housing law, meaning landlords couldn’t discriminate against tenants who receive […]

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Zoning Code Update Could Lead to Big Changes in Development Process

Brent Warren Brent Warren Zoning Code Update Could Lead to Big Changes in Development Process

In the last few years a handful of cities – led by Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon – have receive national attention for making changes to their zoning codes. Although zoning reform is not typically the kind of story that makes it past the local paper, the New York Times, Politico and many other national outlets […]

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