Hard Hat Tour: Quarry Trail Development and Metro Park

Work on the long-awaited 80-acre multipurpose development integrated into the Quarry Trail Metro Park and its design is steadily progressing.

Steve Bollinger, Principal and Executive Vice President of Development for Thrive Companies, the developer of the project, said he expects the first move-in to take place in “October or November.” Townhouses and apartments for sale, and rental apartments will be available first, and single-family homes will come online a little later.

The first phase of Metro Park, which ultimately occupies a total of 220 acres, is well on its way to opening in the fall.

Both the park and the development were on the northeastern corner of the Traview and Dublin roads, on the land of the former quarry. bought Created in 2017 by Thrive Companies (then Wagenbrenner Development). Further north, 250 acres of land are managed by Thrive. This is still an active quarry, but it may be developed in the future.

Bollinger recently offered a tour of the site to Columbus Underground. It starts at the main entrance to the development, off the Traview Road. A new road will pass through the construction site, with the new building on the right and the green space on the left.

The trail system goes through development and parks, eventually Nearby Scioto Trail..

At the southern end of the development, you can see the elevator shaft and the steel frame of the three-story office building. According to Bollinger, the two tenants have promised to occupy the second and third floors of the first office building, and the Thrive team hopes to sign more rental agreements soon (to develop). Includes a total of 43,000 sq ft of office space and 16,000 sq ft) of retail space).

At the top of the list are breweries and certain outfits. A company that rents kayaks, rock climbing equipment and other equipment that people can use in the park.

According to Bollinger, Thrive is currently developing its own concept for a new gym and coffee shop. Both are open to the public and may eventually go into one or more of the developers’ other projects, such as: Founder Spark Or Grand view crossing..

In the first phase of construction, a total of 293 apartments and 520 units for sale (both townhouses and single-family homes) will be completed, in addition to the 11,000-square-foot community center with pool.

Meyers & Associates Architecture designed clubhouse and retail buildings, and New Avenue Architects & Engineers designed office buildings, apartments and buildings for sale. MKSK and EP Feliz conclude the design team.

Currently, two model houses are open and can be used for tours. Some other homes are in different stages of construction. Many single-family homes face pedestrian-only green spaces.

“We want it to have a pocket park feel and feel more or less the Greenway,” Bollinger said, explaining that the route will grow through development. Chairs and lots of landscaping. “

The opening of the metro park was postponed, but initially officials I would like to open a part of the park in the fall of 2020 – Many advances have been made in many of its most spectacular features.

The new staircase provides access to a 20-foot waterfall. Steep mountain bike trail Today, it is engraved in the landscape, forming a huge sleigh hill near the cliffs that can be used for rock climbing. Other park features include a dog park and multiple access points for kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and fishing.

Scroll down to see tour photos and additional project information.

read more: Rendering released for quarry trail development

View of development from just inside the entrance to Traview Road. Currently, an office building and condominium are under construction, and two more condominiums are planned in the vacant lot on the left.
A historic railroad bridge over the Siauto River can be seen from new cars and pedestrian bridges along the main road towards development (from among the trees).
The new bridge spans this stream that flows from the Saioto River to the quarry lake.
This pedestrian bridge is part of a trail system that connects development with the surrounding metro parks.
Steel that will be a three-story office building.
The 20-foot waterfall is one of the natural highlights of the new Metro Park.
A new staircase was built to provide access to the waterfall.
A stream flows from the waterfall.
The stones are placed to guide water down a steep slope from the stream to the lake in the central quarry.
A state of development from a part of the park with a waterfall. Most of the cleared areas will be green.
A single-family home along the future Quarry Trails Drive.
A pedestrian-only green road runs between the houses, extending from the Saioto River to the Quarry Trail Drive to the green space across the street.
The house faces the greenery and the alley provides vehicle access to the rear garage.
House sizes range from approximately 1,900 to 3,400 square feet.
More single-family homes with a view of the town home in the distance.
Look inside one of the model houses.
View from the 2nd floor patio of the model house.
You can see the future green space from the same patio.
Work on a planned mountain bike facility, located in the northwestern part of the site, separated from existing land and other land under development by River Oaks apartments, is well underway.
Overview of the mountain bike area. In the background, you can see the still active quarry in the north.
A view of the cliffs available for rock climbing when this part of the park is completed.
Site overview. There is a Traview Road at the bottom and an still active quarry at the top. Map courtesy of MKSK.
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Brent Warren

Brent Warren is a Columbus Underground staff reporter covering urban development, transportation, urban planning, neighbors, and other related topics. He grew up in Grandview Heights, lived in the University District, and studied city planning and regional planning at OSU.

Hard Hat Tour: Quarry Trail Development and Metro Park

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