MORPC Transit and Road Survery




MORPC has once again put up a site to allow the public to comment on hundreds of potential road and transit projects, as well as pedestrian and biking infrastructure. You can click on any segment or choose from project types to add your views on each proposal. Additionally, you are able to add your own project suggestions as well. Take a look.

http://morpc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/CrowdsourceReporter/index.html?appid=5b842ecac9e64683b092a9b5f3dcd2ca#

Year in Review 2014: March-May



Development News
March

-Plans were announced to redevelop Poindexter Village with 350 residential units, as well as community center and park space.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/poindexter-plan-calls-for-350-multi-family-units-urban-farm-bw1
-A new brewery announced it would be moving into space on West Town Street in Franklinton.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/03/land-grant-brewing-finally-finds-home.html
-A new 42-unit residential development was announced for Downtown Dublin.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/03/crawford-hoying-planning-42-luxury.html
-101 residential units were proposed for 991 Dennison Avenue in Victorian Village.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-five-story-101-unit-apartment-building-proposed-for-victorian-village
-Columbus announced plans to use $2.5 billion to build infrastructure to reduce runoff and pollution issues, including creating water gardens and new parks across the city.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/green-infrastructure-and-neighborhood-pocket-parks-part-of-blueprint-columbus-plan-bw1
-Reeb Elementary on the South Side was announced to be turned into a community center.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/03/21/south-side-community-center-gets-go-ahead.html
-New caps, similar to the existing retail cap on High Street over I-670 were announced to be in the works as part of the 70/71 rebuild. The caps would replace the highway bridges on S. High and S. Third between Downtown and German Village.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/caps-planned-for-high-and-third-street-bridges-south-of-downtown-bw1

April
-A vacant 1880s building a 140 N. Grant was announced to be renovated into mixed-use and residential.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/04/10/former-inkling-printing-building-on-east-long-to.html
-40 units of affordable housing was proposed for vacant buildings at Long and Front Downtown.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/affordable-housing-development-proposed-at-long-front-downtown
-Plans to renovate the Citizens Building at the southwest corner of Gay and High Downtown were announced, as well as building a new mixed-use building on the northwest corner.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/edwards-communities-contemplates-infill-at-gay-and-high
-Plans were also announced to renovate hundreds of apartments in the Metro West complex behind Westland Mall.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/04/mitt-romney-affiliate-buys-most-of-metro-west.html

May
-The Short North Donatos announced plans to rebuild into a new restaurant with 2nd floor patio and additional spaces for more retail.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/short-north-donatos-demolition-and-new-build
-The Byers Chevrolet site on West Broad Street in Franklinton was purchased by Nationwide Reality for a potential mixed-use project.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/nri-to-redevelop-byers-chevrolet-site-in-franklinton
-Casto announced plans for a 152-unit residential complex overlooking the Scioto River near Hayden Road.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/05/casto-to-build-apartments-overlooking-scioto-river.html
-41 new homes were coming to N. Grant Avenue in Weinland Park.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/05/wagenbrenner-adding-market-rate-homes-in-weinland.html
-A small condo development was proposed for Summit in Italian Village.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/condos-proposed-for-first-and-summit-in-italian-village-bw1
-Children’s Hospital announced plans for 2 new buildings on Livingston Avenue.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/05/28/Nationwide-Childrens-Hospital-plans-expansion.html
-The Stoddart Block, a historic residential building, would be renovated into micro apartments.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/stoddart-block-affordable-housing-downtown

Economic News
-Home sales declined in all 3 months of March-May, as demand far outpaced supply.
-The unemployment rate continued to fall to multi-year lows.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/05/20/regional-central-ohio-unemployment-falls-april.html
-Columbus was named the 6th most affordable metro in the nation.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/05/ohio-cities-ranked-among-most-affordable-housing.html

Other News
-Columbus’ population was announced to have grown by more than 12,000 people between 2012-2013, and reached a population of 822,553 in 2013.
-Columbus was named one of the top cities for entrepreneurs.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/05/columbus-tops-in-ohio-among-best-cities-for.html
-Columbus was named a top city where people could accomplish their dreams/goals.
http://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-ranked-6th-on-list-of-american-dream-cities-jb1

April 2013 Project Updates- Downtown



These monthly updates do not include all ongoing projects, but just updates on the most significant or those that have recently made news. To see the full list, check out the Columbus Development page.

Downtown
1. The ongoing Neighborhood Launch expansion continues The current expansion includes a pair of 5-story buildings along E. Long Street at N. 5th. The two buildings will contain about 260 new apartments. The foundations are mostly complete and the buildings are now going vertical. The former Faith Mission at 315 E. Long will be renovated and converted into an event and meeting space for new residents of the project.
2. Construction continues on the High Point residential project at Columbus Commons. Just over 300 apartments as well as ground floor retail and a handful of park-side restaurants will be included once complete. Work is well underway on the 2nd story of these twin 6-story buildings.
3. An application for architectural review has been submitted to the downtown commission for Discovery Commons, a 5-story residential project at E. Spring and Neilston that will include 102 apartments and 70 underground parking spaces. This project has been floating around for over a year, so the recent submission suggests this may finally start to move forward.
4. The historic corner building at 101 S. High Street was recently announced to be renovated into mixed-use. The 4-story building will have Heartland Bank take over the bottom floor with the top 3 floors being residential. No word on how many units it would be, but the renovation is expected to start later this year.
5. The Hills Market at 96 Grant Avenue finally opened a few weeks ago after long construction delays put off the original opening date by almost 4 months.
6. The Atlas building will finally begin its renovation and conversion to 186 apartments and ground-floor retail later this spring. Historic preservation credits were issued for the building at 8 E. Long Street earlier this year.
7. Renovation and expansion of the old Police HQ building at N. Ludlow and W. Gay is nearing completion. The building will allow consolidation of local offices from other buildings. The fate of the vacated buildings nearby remains unannounced.
8. The LeVeque Tower’s renovation and conversion to mixed-use continues. A hotel, offices and several dozen residential units are in the works once complete later in the year.
9. The Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch at S. Grant and E. Town Streets recently announced purchase and expansion plans for the adjacent old Deaf School. Construction should begin sometime this year.