In Limbo: Still No Shovels in the Ground For These 62 Projects
At the end of each year, we like to group the urban development projects that we’ve been tracking into categories – completed, under construction and announced. We’ve also come up with this fourth category for all of the projects that don’t fit neatly into any of the other three. That could mean proposals from previous years that have been dropped, projects that are still very much alive but just haven’t started construction yet, or, in a few cases, development sites where construction began but has now stopped.
Read on for a list of those projects, and our best guess for what might happen with them in 2020.
This year saw an updated North Market Tower proposal, but the project still hasn’t gotten the commission approval it needs. There was no news on the Millennial Tower, though, which was approved by the Downtown Commission in early 2018.
The street network for Confluence Village – a soccer stadium-adjacent mixed-use development – was approved, but we’ve yet to see any detailed plans for the project.
No progress was made this year on the renovation and redevelopment of the Madison and White-Haines buildings (or the smaller building in between them), although the owner of the newly-opened project across the street is reportedly interested in taking over the project.
Two other historic buildings on High Street were declared unsafe by the city and now sit empty.
A new plan for a Capital Law School parking lot was approved in October, but work on the site hasn’t started yet.
We got some more information about the COSI Corridor project, but no news on whether or not it is moving forward.
Near East Side
The Trolley Barn site has also been quiet, but is on track to move forward in 2020 after City Council approved a tax incentive for the project.
Work is scheduled to start in early 2020 on Adelphi Quarter.
We haven’t heard any updates on a planned Healthy Community Center in the old Martin Luther King Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
The second phase of the Gravity development got another round of approvals this fall and is expected to move forward in 2020.
Although new signage has been put up around it, the former Graham Ford site on Broad Street remains empty.
Another year has passed without any action on the Lucas Lofts development.
Work hasn’t started yet on a mixed-use project at the corner of Tompkins and High.
A proposal to tear down five buildings in Old North Columbus and replace them with a new mixed-use building has not been brought back after receiving a cold reception from neighborhood groups.
OSU still plans on building a second medical center tower, although we still haven’t seen a design for the structure.
A plan for a prominent site that straddles the Clintonville-University District border was approved in 2018, but work hasn’t started on the project.
Also no signs of movement in front of the Lantern Square apartment complex.
Grandview and Upper Arlington
Two major projects in Upper Arlington appear to be moving forward, although construction has not yet started on either.
A plan to renovate this Marble Cliff mansion and build apartments next to it was approved, but work hasn’t started yet.
The Parsons Avenue lot where a small office building was proposed remains empty.
We haven’t heard any more about a plan to redevelop a parking lot and building owned by radio station CD102.5.
A lawsuit was settled, but the future is still very uncertain for this mega-project in Delaware County.
Work hasn’t begun yet on a planned aviation hall of fame in a historic terminal.
The Cargominium project on Old Leonard Avenue remains stalled.
A four-story apartment building continues to sit, partially-built, on Michigan Avenue. Just down the street, the redevelopment of the APCO property across from the Trotters Park apartments has not started.
A prime Worthington site remains undeveloped, although some new plans have been floated for the site.
Union Cafe in the Short North has not moved forward with a plan for a major addition.
There were also no updates this year on the Parkside on Pearl project, which was approved by the Italian Village Commission in 2018.