By John Gardocki, Greater Ohio Intern The tide is turning in the Columbus metro area from low density to high density development and redevelopment. Over the past few months developers have been announcing projects to bring mixed-use to fruition for our residents. The concept of mixed-use development has gained popularity with American people in the past decade and is the symbol of America’s great “Main Street” downtown. For more detailed discussion on Main Streets visit Ohio Main Streets or APA Great Streets.
High density is not only being utilized in the downtown, it is being used in the suburbs and locating around universities. It seems that many cities are taking note of the successes developers and communities are having because they are utilizing mixed-use development.
- LeVeque Tower Apartment- The building will renovate existing office space and add a new boutique hotel into the mix, creating a new mixed-use vibrancy to the building along with renovating floors for new apartments. The importance of renovating this building is enormous, it is the iconic symbol of Columbus and people will want to flock to it once they see what is being done to the interior and exterior.
- Columbus Commons Apartments- 300 unit apartment project that will contain 23,000 square feet of new retail space located next to Columbus Commons Park. This development is one of a kind because it is located next to an urban park and will include amenities for its residents when they are leased. Aspirations of retail include restaurants/cafes, service retail, and a small urban grocery. Having access to a food supply is a hot topic in Columbus right now, with the planned redevelopment of Hills Market by Columbus State.
Short North Development:
- The Fireproof Building- Total of 58 rental units with a five story addition. The development will also contain a total of 15,000 square feet of retail space with a mix of restaurant, retail and office tenants. With the recent addition of high rise development in the Short North, it is going back to its once former glory of being a sustainable place for the young and the old.
Grandview Heights Development:
- Edwards Communities at Third Avenue- 205 new apartments located next door to a new Giant Eagle and the Grandview Yard development. This development will bring even more family style living to an up and coming suburban neighborhood that has excellent walkable amenities and access to alternate transportation.
Lane Avenue Development:
- Lane Avenue Apartments: New five-story building across the street from The Ohio State University. These apartments will be targeted at students in their layout and price point and will include a covered parking garage within the structure. The importance of adding these affordable housing to students right next to the university will be one of the first of its kind in quite a while to improve students living conditions in off-campus housing. While this development does not have mixed-use in the plan, it is a start to the lack of new housing available on Lane Avenue, most of the housing has been on High Street.
Many more projects are taking place around Columbus that will bring a whole new community vibe. It will be interesting to see what effect these developments have on other communities considering moving to higher density development.