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.


Number of employees working Downtown


Apartment occupancy rate


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 2016


Ratio of projects completed in 2017 that fall into the residential sector


Projected number of ?Downtown residents in 2020, up from 3,488 in 2000.


Ratio of proposed projects that fall into the transportation sector, nearly all of which comes from an $845 million I-70/71 interchange overhaul


Increase in Downtown population since 2000


Increase in COTA CBUS Circulator ridership from 2016 to 2017


Number of new residential units under construction


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

November 1995

Developer Ron Pizzuti announces Miranova, a $150 million luxury condo high-rise.

October 2000

Nationwide Arena opens.

April 2002

Mayor Mike Coleman announces his RiverSouth revitalization plan.

March 2004

The $134 million Franklinton Floodwall is completed.

December 2004

Due Amici restaurant opens on Gay Street.

July 2005

City Council approves the Discovery District Special Improvement District.

April 2009

The Columbus Clippers play their first game at Huntington Park.

March 2010

City Center mall demolition is completed.

May 2011

Columbus Commons officially opens.

July 2011

The city dedicates the Scioto Mile along Civic Center Drive.

May 2012

Columbus Commons hosts its first Picnic with the Pops.

September 2012

The mixed-use Highpoint on the Commons project is announced.

November 2013

The Scioto Greenways project begins with the Main Street dam demolition.

January 2015

The Franklin County Veterans Memorial is demolished.

March 2015

The Two25 Commons mixed-use tower is announced for Rich and Third streets.

October 2015

The Columbus Museum of Art opens its new $37.6 million wing.

November 2015

Scioto Greenways is dedicated.

May 2016

Plans to build the Millennial Tower, a 28-story skyscraper, are announced.

June 2016

The Columbus Metropolitan Library completes a $35 million main branch renovation.

April 2017

City officials endorse the 35-story North Market tower proposal.