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Two Downtown Buildings Now Empty After Being Declared Unsafe

Brent Warren Brent Warren Two Downtown Buildings Now Empty After Being Declared Unsafe

The City of Columbus has declared two historic buildings Downtown unsafe after a fire inspection revealed a host of issues, including significant water damage, collapsed floors and crumbling interior walls. The buildings – one is four stories tall and the other three – are located at 171 to 191 S. High St. and owned by […]

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Sale of Sears Property Bodes Well for Westland Mall Redevelopment Prospects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Sale of Sears Property Bodes Well for Westland Mall Redevelopment Prospects

Plaza Properties has acquired the former Westland Mall Sears store and parking lot for $3.15 million, bringing the entire 80-plus acre site under the control of one owner and removing a major barrier to the property’s redevelopment. Franklin County officials and neighborhood advocates have grown frustrated over the course of the last several years with […]

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In Limbo: Updates on 15 Urban Development Projects That Were Quiet in 2016

Brent Warren Brent Warren In Limbo: Updates on 15 Urban Development Projects That Were Quiet in 2016

Here’s a list of potentially big stories that we didn’t hear much about in 2016. They didn’t fit into any of the categories for our annual Year in Review — completed, under construction, or proposed — so we thought we’d compile another list, this one focused on projects that first came to our attention in […]

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Historic Buildings Downtown Sitting Empty Despite Demand

Brent Warren Brent Warren Historic Buildings Downtown Sitting Empty Despite Demand

Despite a strong market and a demonstrated demand for commercial and residential space with historic character, a number of buildings featuring precisely those types of spaces in Downtown Columbus have sat empty for years. It’s a dilemma that has Downtown boosters shaking their heads — lamenting the lost opportunity but also worried for the future […]

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Demolition Likely for Westland Mall — But What Comes Next?

Walker Evans Walker Evans Demolition Likely for Westland Mall — But What Comes Next?

The formerly iconic Westland Mall may soon be no more. Officials from Franklin Township are currently discussing options with mall owners Plaza Properties, and all signs are pointing toward the eventual demolition of the building. Local retail strategist Chris Boring, owner of Boulevard Strategies, says that while expensive, demolition is likely the best course of action. He’s […]

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The List: 11 More New Apartment Developments Around Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans The List: 11 More New Apartment Developments Around Columbus

Back in November, we provided you with a list of 12 new apartment developments located in or around Downtown Columbus. Since then there’s been more development announced, proposed and in some cases already under construction. Here’s another list of 11 more apartment developments scattered around the central city, from OSU to Marble Cliff to Gay […]

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Bexley Gateway Condos Not Selling As Planned

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A Dispatch article that ran today revealed that the Bexley Gateway condos have not been selling as well as originally planned. Only 5 of these 33 high-end units have occupants, which is the same number of buyers they had lined up in October 2007 when the Dispatch ran a more optimistic article about the mixed-use […]

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