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A New Micro Apartment Building Could Be Coming To Downtown Columbus

Micro apartments could soon be the hottest new housing option downtown.

Downtown areas across the country have undergone a revitalization in recent years, with new investments and developments transforming once-neglected areas into thriving urban centers. A proposed new building in downtown Columbus is aiming to add to this trend by providing high-quality, micro-sized dwelling units to the area.

The proposal is from SHYFT Collective, which is hoping to build a 7-story residential building with 50-60 micro-sized dwelling units at 204 E. Main Street. The building will be situated on a 30’ x 187’ parcel that is currently utilized as a surface parking lot.

The applicant has submitted two concept designs for the Columbus Downtown Commission’s review, with the aim of creating a unique and visually striking building that is also compatible with its surroundings.

One of the two designs presented to the commission. Rendering via SHYFT Collective.

The guidelines for the project state that surface parking has had a detrimental impact on the character of the area, however, those same surface lots provide an opportunity to accommodate new investment and development.

Building height, scale, and design quality relate to the City’s development goals for the broader Downtown, while also addressing the context and compatibility of a proposed building with its more immediate surroundings.

The proposed north, south, and west elevations generally meet the guidelines. However, the commission has encouraged SHYFT Collective to incorporate artistic elements on the east elevation.

The layout of the building. Rendering via SHYFT Collective.

The Commission encourages maximizing the investment potential of a given site, but stressed compatibility with surroundings and creative solutions to any site-specific issues. Unique design expression is encouraged.

Per the commission, ground floor uses on major commercial streets, including High, Broad, Third, Fourth, and Gay streets, Nationwide Boulevard, and Capitol Square, should generally consist of retail, restaurants, drinking establishments, personal services, arts, and entertainment uses. A high degree of transparency is encouraged for ground floor spaces.

The proposed residential building has the potential to be an excellent addition to the Downtown area, offering much-needed housing options for residents. With its unique design and attention to detail, this building will be a standout addition to the urban landscape.