As early as Saturday, March 2 and continuing through mid-March, the sidewalk on the east side of High Street, between 13th and 14th Avenue will be closed. Businesses in the surrounding area will remain open and accessible. Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians to the west side of High Street during this time. The closures support utility work required for 15+HIGH construction.
The most noteworthy redevelopment work that Ohio State has going are the 15+HIGH and Arts District projects along North High Street.
Major changes have been taking place on the east side of High Street since 2008. That has been part of the plan since the beginning, said Amanda Hoffsis, president of Campus Partners, Ohio State’s real estate offshoot.
“Our mission from day one has been to affect change around the university area,” Hoffsis said. “That’s an easy goal to see, but it’s hard to actually implement.”
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22 and continuing through February, High Street, between 14th Avenue and 16th Avenue, will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. Turn lanes as well as on-street parking in this area will be closed during this time. Traffic delays are anticipated, so motorists should plan accordingly. The closures support utility work required for 15+HIGH construction.
Beginning Monday, December 10 and continuing through late December, construction fencing will be installed around the 15+HIGH site in preparation for project infrastructure work. Pearl Street, between 14th Avenue and 16th Avenue, will close. 14th Avenue, west of Pearl Street, as well as parking along this section of roadway, will close. The fencing and associated closures will remain in place through the completion of 15+HIGH. Fencing will also be removed at this time. Detour signage will be on-site. Delays in the area are anticipated as motorists and pedestrians adjust to alternate routes. Dates are weather dependent and subject to change.
In June 2016, Campus Partners and the university announced a comprehensive vision for the 15th Avenue and High Street area, and construction on the east side is under way.
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Campus Partners was honored with the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio History Connection for their work on the preservation of the Grant Commons rehabilitation project. Campus Partners supported Wagenbrenner Development to preserve 23 buildings in the Indianola Historic District along 11th Avenue. The Preservation Merit Award is for preserving Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture, or culture. Other organizations involved in this project include the Columbus Foundation, the City of Columbus and Judith Williams, Historic Preservation Consultant.