Just over a year ago, news first broke that a joint-venture led by local developers Robert Weiler Co. and CASTO would develop the 13 acres of former Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) land along W Rich St in East Franklinton.
Today, we’re now getting a first look at the details for those plans, and what this new, major development would entail.
Plans submitted to the City of Columbus for conceptual review by the East Franklinton Review Board at their May meeting tomorrow night show the first phase of the project would consist of a 5-story mixed-use building lining Rich St between the CSX Railroad tracks and Lucas St.
The first phase – Building A (L-shaped structure to the East in the below site plan), would contain 20,000 sqft of pedestrian-oriented commercial or live-work space on the ground floor, along with 124 residential units on the four floors above.
Parking would be provided in a concealed parking deck at the approximate ratio of one space per residential unit.
The design theme of the building, (shown in renderings below), is intended to consist of contrasting older-styled ‘warehouse’ elements alongside contemporary ‘corrugated metal’ portions meant to emulate recycled shipping containers.
Building B, to be built in the next phase, would contain 176 more residential units, alongside an as-of-yet undetermined amount of commercial or live-work space. Future subsequent phases South and West of these two buildings would be developed as the market allows.
The site for this CASTO project is located in the midst of a flurry of other recent and proposed development also happening in East Franklinton – including 400 W Rich, the Columbus Idea Foundry, Land Grant Brewing, the Lucas Lofts live-work project, and the Warner Junction townhomes.
For more information on CASTO visit their website, castoinfo.com.
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