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Redevelopment of Former Columbus City Center Continues

Construction

By Matt McKinnon

Early last month, ground was broken on the next phase of the former Columbus City Center mall. After demolition in late 2009, an urban park and green space were constructed, taking the place of the defunct shopping center. Appropriately named Columbus Commons, the park was opened in May 2011, intending to revitalize a downtown area that is dormant after the business day. The park’s nine-acre footprint includes the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion, gardens, two cafes, an outdoor reading room, and a hand-crafted carousel. Since opening, Columbus Commons has been extremely well-received by the public— attractions such as concerts, movie nights, yoga and food trucks have drawn a significant audience back downtown to enjoy this outdoor space.

Atlanta-based real estate investment, development and advisory firm Carter was charged with the next redevelopment step. A $50 million mixed-use project is planned for the west side of the park. Two acres abutting South High Street will hold this 325,000-square-foot facility, consisting of approximately 300 residential units atop first-floor retail space. A noteworthy feature includes restaurant space with outdoor seating views of the park and pavilion stage.

Site work for utilities and foundations has already begun for the project, now known as HighPoint at Columbus Commons. Anticipated completion date is December 2013. Stay tuned for more information as construction continues.

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