by Aaron M.
In the past few years Columbus, Ohio has become a stylish city. This has resulted in rapid population growth, a seller’s housing market, and therefore, lots of new development.
The development is often urban-oriented, with the focus shifting from the suburbs to the city’s urban core. The areas to the north and northwest of Downtown have been some of the fastest-growing areas in the metropolitan area.
Along with neighborhoods like Harrison West and Grandview Yard, the High street corridor from Downtown to Beechwold has been one of the “hot” places for developments. Many of these developments are in Short North, the University District, and rather surprisingly, Beechwold.
In Downtown and the Short North, the developments are mainly sleek, modern luxury apartments. They are expensive to construct and live in, and get a lot of press attention when they are first built.
As you continue north, you come to the new Northside Branch library and the South Campus Gateway district. This whole commercial district has been built within this century, with modern buildings and parking garages.
At the intersection of 15th and High to the east of the OSU campus, there is another major development currently taking place. It consists of office buildings, parking, and a plaza. Currently, this project is in the demolition stage, with many small businesses lining High street being torn down.
Closer to Lane Avenue and still on campus, there are new luxury student housing buildings on the west side of the street. As you continue north on High street, there are a few new developments as you continue into Clintonville.
To the north of Whetstone park in Beechwold, there is much more development. There is a new commercial space at Deland Avenue and there is a new sushi restaurant, Fusian, across the street.
At Dominion Blvd and Weisheimer Rd there are two similar developments. They are commercial spaces with apartments above them. The building at Weisheimer is currently occupied by Bareburger. The construction of the Dominion building is still in the construction stages.
As you cross Morse Rd and continue toward Worthington, there are a few new suburban-style fast food restaurants and a car wash. Past this, you are in the suburbs where development has been slowing.