Kaufman Doing Funky Franklinton Five Story Retail office Mixed User

Franklinton Five Story Retail office

Finally, there’s a bunch of action pending for Franklinton including this one. Planned by Brett Kaufman is 241 apartments with 50,000 square feet  of office space plus 30,000 square feet of Columbus nnn retail and restaurant  space. Plus, fitness space, both indoor and outdoor, public art, dog park, food truck court, co-working space. Also planned is a 560 space parking garage on the northwest corner of the site.

The Kaufman development will replace the one story National Office Warehouse at 500 W. Broad and replace it with the five story building designed by the architectural firm NBBJ that’s more contemporary than Kaufman’s buildings downtown . The proposal , to go before the Franklinton Area Commission tomorrow the 21st, reveals a funky and eclectic design sure to be a hit with the artistic and creative communities.

Kaufman plans numerous features that will mix public and private use of space creating a unique live / work experience for residents and office users similar to another area I work with regularly, Venice, California. This development, including the funky architecture, is very similar to the hot new and repurposed live / work space I see in the Venice Beach area for $1,000 to $3,000 per square foot and rents up around $70 per foot.

I expect this to be a catalyst that moves Franklinton long much faster than Short North. Lots of potential here.

If someone wants to take a crack at master leasing a bunch of space to create incubator / accelerator / co working space, this would be an excellent building to do it.

As always, if you’re interested in any of the retail or office space, feel free to contact me, Scott Harris Realtor, at 614-905-6614.