The Downtown/Scioto Mile area of Columbus, Ohio has experienced a dramatic improvement, thanks to the vision of the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. (CDDC), and Capital South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. Projects such as Columbus Commons and the renovation of the Lazarus building are breathing new life into the area.
A recent profile in Columbus CEO magazine of Guy Worley, CEO and president of CDDC/Capitol South, discusses the changing face the area. With the first phase of Columbus Commons complete and HighPoint at Columbus Commons under way, Carter is playing a significant role in the vision to reshape downtown.
HighPoint at Columbus Commons will bring 300 apartments and townhomes to Downtown. “Across the country, young people are interested in living Downtown. Columbus has a head start on that,” said Conor McNally, chief development officer for Carter.
The resurgence started in 2007 with the redevelopment of the former Lazarus department store into a 700,000-square-foot office building, which is fully occupied by city, county and state agencies. A public-private partnership that includes the mayor’s office, Columbus City Council and major local corporations such as American Electric Power, Nationwide and Huntington Bancshares, has fueled the transformation of the once-blighted area.
The next undertaking includes the removal of the Main Street dam to make way for 33 acres of green space along the Scioto River. The plans include natural areas and a bike path. Completion is slated for 2015.