The first major segment of the long awaited renewal of the east side of High Street across from the OSU main campus entrance received approval from the University Area Review Board. The new development encompass the entire block bordered by 16th on the south and 17th on the north with Pearl Street on the east and will require the demolition of eight existing buildings. The building that housed the former Bernie’s Bagels & Deli and Johnny Go’s House of Music (The Wellington Building) will be one of them. The Sigma Nu building at 22 East 16th is another.
The much revised plan got unanimous approval of the University Area Review Board and board members were satisfied with the architectural changes made over many months of meetings.
The redeveloped block will include 50,000 square feet of net lease retail and restaurant space, which will make potential tenants who have been looking for space for years and Columbus commercial real estate agents very happy. We’ve had virtually nothing new come on the market for years in the OSU retail and restaurant areas.
There will be 164 new apartments with a total of 448 new beds and a 171 space parking garage.
There will be existing tenants who will want to relocate into the new building so no one is certain at this time how much truly new space will be available for additional new net lease retail and restaurant tenants. I’m staying closely in touch with all involved so if you have interest, give me, Scott Harris Realtor a call at 614-905-6614.
I expect the process to be quite competitive so it’s best to start early. Occupancy will be the start of fall semester 2018 so you have plenty of time to prepare, but the triple net retail and restaurant spaces will long be leased up. So again, start now.