The Hubbard is located on the northeast corner of Hubbard Avenue and High Street, which
has been of the most widely discussed plots of land in Columbus for the past five years.
The Hubbard is a five-story mixed-use urban development project located in the heart of
the Short North area, just north of downtown. The project includes seventy-one high-end
apartments, over 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail and a 332 space pre-cast
parking garage, which will be shared between the residents of the Hubbard and the
general public. The project is being codeveloped by Elford Development and Wagenbrenner
Development. NAIOP member EMH & T participated in this project.
For the last 8 years, the Short North Alliance (formerly the Short North Business
Association) has honored those who have made a difference in the Short North Arts
District. Across each of our award categories, honorees are chosen for the contributions
they have made in promoting art, community, diversity, and the spirit of the Short North
Arts District. The Hubbard is located on the northeast corner of Hubbard Avenue and High
Street, which has been of the most widely discussed plots of land in Columbus for the
past five years. The Hubbard is a five-story mixed-use urban development project located
in the heart of the Short North area, just north of downtown.
When we asked our readers to select the best urban development project of the year, that
project would be The Hub, the long awaited replacement to the failed Ibiza project that
never managed to break ground on this prominent corner in the heart of the neighborhood.
“There’s a pretty deep market for Millennials who want to live near where they play,”
said Mark Wagenbrenner, president of Wagenbrenner Development, during a CU interview in
January. “We also look to the suburbs and ask ourselves what percentage of the people
living out there would move back closer to Downtown if given the opportunity.”
Design by Wagenbrenner Co. and Architectural Alliance; Owner - Wagenbrenner Co. The
Windsor Project, 1400 Grandview Ave.
This award is in recognition of the two groups working together to modify Habitat’s
existing plans so that their six houses in WP would fit in with our existing historic
houses. Extra costs to change the plans were supported by the Columbus Foundation, and
Rob Harris of Wagenbrenner Development volunteered his personal time to do successive
drawings of the modifications (which was a big task). It took 9 months of work, mostly
in the housing committee, to achieve these modifications. And as civic association
president Joyce Hughes said at the awards ceremony last night, those meetings were
“spirited.” But we never let it get personal - we all hung in there and learned about
the details and worked to understand each other. The end result for WP is that our new
neighbors will live in houses that fit right in with everyone else’s and are a real
asset to our neighborhood. Now Habitat is advocating with their national organization to
change its governing policies to permit more house-plan flexibility, and they’re going
to use similar plans to work on neighborhood revitalization in other older neighborhoods
in Columbus, which is really cool. It was also really cool to be in the room with some
of the city’s best-known architects, planners, and developers and be able to say “we did
this.” I don’t know of any other neighborhood in the country that has done anything like
The Phoenix Award winners represent outstanding revitalization projects from each of the
10 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions as well as projects having a special
community impact. The winning projects were selected by a panel of environmental
professionals and business and government leaders based on a set of five criteria:
magnitude of the project, innovative techniques, solutions to regulatory/social issues,
and impact upon the community. In 2010 the Phoenix Award for Region 5 went to the Gowdy
Field Landfill Redevelopment Project. Created in 1997, this prestigious award honors
individuals and groups working to solve critical environmental or social challenges,
transforming blighted and contaminated areas into productive new uses and sustainable
development projects. The Phoenix Awards are widely recognized as the outstanding award
for achievement of excellence in Brownfield redevelopment, and often are called "the
Brownfields equivalent of Hollywood’s Oscar.” The Phoenix Award winners represent
outstanding brownfield or environmental projects from each of the 10 U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency regions and a project selected for special honors.
In 2005, the Columbus Port Authority received a Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant of$3
million to assist Gowdy Partners, LLC in the remediation and redevelopment of the site.
The goal of the project was to return the property to productive economic use,creating
jobs and increasing tax revenues. Today, the results are clear. Not only has this
project removed an urban eyesore and replaced it with a 160‐square‐foot office building,
but it has also retained or created more than 1,200 jobs with a total investment of more
than $75 million. Soon, it will also be home to The Ohio State University’s new Eye and
Ear Institute, a 140,000‐square‐foot medical office building.There is also a possibility
of adding another 80,000‐square‐foot expansion building for Time Warner, as well as
another 120,000‐square‐foot medical office building.
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