These King Ave. Student Apartments Are Some Of The Most Visually Distinctive In Columbus

Columbus is in the middle of a building boom, which means practically every day new construction projects are announced.

Announcements are fun (it’s always enjoyable to dream, right?), but given how many steps there are between an announcement, ground breaking, and completion, I find myself more interested in completed projects. Sometimes, project announcements are covered breathlessly, and then the resulting construction and finish (sometimes years later than expected) is ignored.

While we will still be covering announcements here at Navigator, we are also going to be putting more resources into covering completed projects. The final result is what matters, plus it’s interesting to remember what was lost to the new development, and it’s also intriguing to look at some before and afters with the original renderings.

One project completed in the last 18 months is “The King”, Ohio State student luxury apartments at King & Highland Ave. just south of campus. Since it’s student housing, it’s not surprising to see a bold, distinctive exterior, but even with that caveat I would say these are unique looking apartments.

The 50 unit, $10 million project was announced in 2014 for the former Church of the Nazarene site, with developer Dan Schmidt paying $2.15 million for the 1.5 acre site. There was some controversy over variances, with the Short North Civic Association urging city council not to allow the project, which is in a single and multi-family district:

“The proposed development is clearly a ‘campus-style’ development … and is not appropriate for the neighborhood,” the association said in a newsletter.”

The project obviously received the variances and moved forward anyway and began leasing in the fall of 2016. Here were some of the initial renderings:

The King rendering

The King Rendering 2

The King Rendering 3

And here is the Church of the Nazarene that it replaced:

Church of the Naz King Avenue

The Finished Result

The finished result has floorplans from 1-4 bedrooms. According to a Yelp review, the 2 bed / 2 bath was renting for $1500 per month in 2017.

And here’s what they look like:

That’s very bold fencing and stairs. It’ll be interesting to see how that ages.

For some interior shots, you can see The King’s leasing website.

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