The City of Whitehall has an unprecedented opportunity to bring a one-of-a-kind development to the corner of Broad and Hamilton. As announced in mid-March, the City has partnered with national real estate developer, N.R. Investments who will lead a dynamic public-private partnership to develop the 50-acre site. The City and N.R. will work closely with Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Co (DPZ), a national leader in planning, urban design and architecture, to create a comprehensive, phased-plan to develop the site in a way that truly reflects Whitehall.
To engage the community in the planning process, the City will ask for your feedback at different stages of the development process. Thank you to all who gave feedback prior to the initial site design phase. Stay tuned for next steps as this project progresses.
dThe 50-acre site at the corner of Broad and Hamilton is envisioned as a dynamic, mixed use environment that provides high quality residential options, alongside commercial and office uses. Building off of the $50 million investment made into the new Norton Crossing mixed use development, the site has the opportunity to change the face of Whitehall for those entering our community from I-270. Some key site elements under consideration include:
CONNECTIVITY AND ACCESS
An on-site transit center and ample green space with multi-modal pathways creates a destination that is accessible by foot, bike, public transit or car. Parking lots should include landscaped islands that provide shade and can accommodate stormwater infrastructure.
Green space throughout the site is anticipated, both to act as a centralizing element and to enhance beautifully re-naturalized 80-acre Whitehall Community Park and the access to Big Walnut Creek.
Residential options on site should support a range of housing options and price points, integrating market rate and workforce housing to create a diverse neighborhood. Already, N.R. has committed to 20% of the housing units being dedicated to workforce housing, with a qualification of being at 80% of less of the area median income (AMI) for Franklin County. Housing should support residents that currently live within the City as well as attract new residents that may work nearby.
COMMERCIAL AND OFFICE SPACE
It is projected that the site can accommodate hundreds of thousands of square feet of new commercial and office space, bringing new services to our residents and economic base to our community. Commercial and office uses are likely to be situated along E. Broad Street and N. Hamilton Road, where increased visibility by passerby can help support businesses.
Miami Florida based N.R. Investments has an annual acquisition and development volume exceeding $100 million of commercial and residential projects and the principals have over 60 years of combined experience in residential, office and mixed-use development.
Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Co (DPZ) is a national leader in planning, urban design and architecture. With over 300 inner city and greenfield projects, DPZ shares a passion for place making that reflects the surrounding community.
The Columbus, Ohio-based firm’s collaborative and holistic creative process is service-oriented and solution-driven, designed to deliver sustainable and sophisticated built environments tailored to meet client needs.
Founded in 1945, Columbus-based Ruscilli has grown from a small trade contractor to one of the largest full-service construction firms in the Midwestern United States.
Tentative Project Timeline
The following timeline is for illustrative purposes only. Given the expansiveness of the site, development will be phased. The timeline below represents what the first phase of that development might look like:
March 11, 2020: Public-private partnership announced
March 30-April 15, 2020: Initial public feedback period (CLOSED)
April-May 2020: Comprehensive land planning
Summer 2020: Final concept and design presented to public
Fall 2020: Existing structure demolition and groundbreaking
Thank You for Your Feedback
The City fielded a survey from late March to mid-April to collect feedback from the community to be used by N.R., DPZ and the City as the initial site plan was developed.
Stay tuned throughout the process to see the results of your feedback in action.