Columbus Commons continues to evolve. As promised when initially proposed in February 2009, Columbus Commons will become a mixed use development. Due to demand, this is happening even sooner than anticipated and construction has begun on the apartment buildings that will border Columbus Commons. Situated on the eastern edge of High Street, these buildings will also feature more than 20,000 square feet of retail.
Carter is the developer for the project, which is called Highpoint on Columbus Commons. Carter, the third largest commercial developer in the country, will be making a $50 million investment in our community.
In 2009, when Capitol South first announced the plan to demolish the City Center mall and create a clean, green slate, Columbus Commons was presented as a mixed use development, filled with privately developed residential, retail and commercial space, all anchored by a public greenspace.
The greenspace was the natural first step, so demolition on the mall began in October 2009 and the creation of Columbus Commons began in 2010. Since its opening in May 2011, the Commons has been a place where folks gather and this sense of community will only be enhanced by the residential and retail.
As presented in the original plan, the nine-acre site was always envisioned to have a residential and retail component along High Street.
The site is nine acres. The apartments will be built on approximately two acres and the future commercial site (on the corner of Third and Rich streets) is one acre. The remaining six acres of the site will remain open space, including the Town Street entrance, The Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion, the Grand Lawn and the Bosque of Trees.
Carter is building 302 apartments along the eastern edge of High Street. Five stories of apartments will sit over street-level retail.
No. Even after the residential buildings are complete, Columbus Commons will maintain visual and pedestrian access from High Street through two connections – the Town Street entrance and a breezeway in between Town and Rich streets.
The addition of the residential component to Columbus Commons will make the events and activities currently offered at the Commons even more successful. The apartments will provide a built-in audience and will make the experience of being downtown more authentic. After all, that’s what all great cities have, vibrant parks populated with people who live there and enjoy it day to day, as well as downtown workers who enjoy it during the week and suburban dwellers who come downtown specifically for the unique experience of being in the heart of a city.
Yes! Greenspace has been both a catalyst for redevelopment and a successful programming site in the midst of a residential and office community. This is seen all over the country and right here in our Downtown. The Arena District was created around strong greenspaces, including McPherson Commons, which has served as the finish line for races, the site for kickball games and home of festivals and events.
Carter acquired the land in late August, 2012. Construction is scheduled to begin in September. Move in dates for the north building are scheduled for Fall 2013 and for the south building by the end of 2013.
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We are pleased to offer more than 240 programs at Columbus Commons for the 2012 season. In 2013, we expect that number to continue to grow. From large scale concerts to local bands…from free fitness to family activities, Columbus Commons will continue to be a gathering place for the community. Events will continue to take place in the Commons, including returning events like Picnic with the Pops, Shakespeare in the Park, Capital City Half Marathon, Commons for Kids, Holiday Fair, Family Fundays and many more. The parking garage will also remain open during construction as well.
More details can be found at the official Highpoint on Columbus Commons website at http://www.highpointcolumbus.com/.
View a map of the future development at Columbus Commons.