A breakdown of Downtown's figures of growth
Anyone with a view of the skyline can see the Downtown transformation underway, with construction cranes jutting outward like Erector Sets writ large. While the expansion is most evident in these steel and concrete skeletons, there are massive financial and human shifts fueling the upward growth. A recent report prepared by the Capital Crossroads and Discovery special improvement districts—“State of Downtown Columbus: Mid-year 2017”—sheds some light on the urban rejuvenation. Here's a look at some of the most revealing figures.84,367
Number of employees working Downtown96%
Apartment occupancy rate32.5%
Increase in median sales price of new Downtown owner-occupied units from the first half of 2016 ($388,899) to the first half of 2017 ($515,308)10 million
Downtown visitors in 201657%
Ratio of projects completed in 2017 that fall into the residential sector11,745
Projected number of ?Downtown residents in 2020, up from 3,488 in 2000.69%
Ratio of proposed projects that fall into the transportation sector, nearly all of which comes from an $845 million I-70/71 interchange overhaul138%
Increase in Downtown population since 200017%
Increase in COTA CBUS Circulator ridership from 2016 to 20171,214
Number of new residential units under construction8
Number of new retailers that opened in 2017, of more than 240 goods and services businesses$2 billion
Private and public investment since 2007
*** Timeline: A Fantastic Voyage
Developer Ron Pizzuti announces Miranova, a $150 million luxury condo high-rise.
Nationwide Arena opens.
Mayor Mike Coleman announces his RiverSouth revitalization plan.
The $134 million Franklinton Floodwall is completed.
Due Amici restaurant opens on Gay Street.
City Council approves the Discovery District Special Improvement District.
The Columbus Clippers play their first game at Huntington Park.
City Center mall demolition is completed.
Columbus Commons officially opens.
The city dedicates the Scioto Mile along Civic Center Drive.
Columbus Commons hosts its first Picnic with the Pops.
The mixed-use Highpoint on the Commons project is announced.
The Scioto Greenways project begins with the Main Street dam demolition.
The Franklin County Veterans Memorial is demolished.
The Two25 Commons mixed-use tower is announced for Rich and Third streets.
The Columbus Museum of Art opens its new $37.6 million wing.
Scioto Greenways is dedicated.
Plans to build the Millennial Tower, a 28-story skyscraper, are announced.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library completes a $35 million main branch renovation.
City officials endorse the 35-story North Market tower proposal.