Unless you live under a rock, you probably heard the big news buzzing around Columbus yesterday.
The largest development project in Columbus’ history is underway, and 4 finalists have been chosen as possible master developers. The Scioto Peninsula is positioned to become a great addition to the capital city, so it makes sense that choosing the right group to lead this group would be a huge decision for the city.
Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, aka the people in charge of this project, has narrowed down 14 submissions. The remaining 4 developers vying for the 21-acre project are:
• Buckingham Companies of Indianapolis
• Crawford Hoying of Dublin and SunCal, from Irvine, California
• Carter, Kelley Companies, The Robert Weiler Company and CASTO
• Georgetown Company, the Daimler Group and Kaufman Development
So what does that mean? Well, let’s take a closer look at what these developers have done before, some in Ohio and some around the country, to get a better understanding of the amazing things they may build here in the capital city.
Option 1: Buckingham Companies
Buckingham Companies out of Indianapolis has been developing mixed-use facilities in the midwest for nearly 30 years. Their project in downtown Indy, called CityWay, could be an indicator of the type of development they’d bring here to Columbus.
Option 2: Crawford Hoying and SunCal
Crawford Hoying already knows what it takes to create a beautiful Riverfront district, even if it is on a smaller scale. The Water Street District in downtown Dayton is a mixed-use development that first launched back in 2014. The project, when completed in 2019, will have 3 residential buildings, 58,000 square feet of office and retail space, as well as 593 parking spaces. SunCal will bring an excellent resource to the project, having built some of the best waterfront communities across the country including California, New York and Washington D.C.
Option 3: CASTO, Kelley Companies, The Robert Weiler Company and Carter
Casto, Kelley and Weiler all have developments right in here in Columbus that you’re probably familiar with. Kelly and Weiler brought us Polaris, while Casto and Robert Weiler just broke ground yesterday on a new mixed-use development in Franklinton yesterday. The biggest addition to this already powerful group is Carter. They are the developers behind The Banks in Cincinnati, a river district that is already transforming the Queen City.
Option 4: Georgetown Company, the Daimler Group, and Kaufman Development
Georgetown is best known around here for their development of Easton, the mega shopping center that set the tone for mixed use development we’ve seen over the past 10 years here in Columbus. but they aren’t the only ones with something to offer. The Daimler Group is teaming up with Georgetown and Kaufmann for the bid on this massive project. Daimler and Kaufmann previously worked on 250 S High St, a mixed-use complex in the heart of downtown Columbus.
This project is a massive undertaking, quite possibly the largest development project in the recent history of our city, so it’s important that the perfect master developer is chosen to take the helm. That’s why now all 4 of the groups are being asked to submit their plans on how they will fill and create 3.1 million square feet of mixed-use space, primarily residential areas, office space, hotels and of course retail businesses.
Due to the scope of this project, it’s expected that it will roll out in multiple phases, the first of which will begin Spring 2018 and continue for the next 10 years.