COLUMBUS, OH – Parallel, an Austin-based real estate development company, broke ground on Thursday for a new 143-unit student housing development within walking distance of Ohio State University (OSU). The community is scheduled to open in summer 2023.
The five-story project will be located at 76 E. Ninth Avenue and provide upper-class OSU students, OSU graduates, and young professionals with upscale housing near campus, Short North, and downtown.
The development offers fully furnished studios to five-bedroom apartments that incorporate innovative design features with numerous amenities that create a luxurious experience. Amenities include a patio-level courtyard with a pool and jacuzzi, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a parcel lock area controlled by Luxor One, and a sturdy bistro and lounge on the first floor. Upscale design elements include Bluetooth shower heads, quartz countertops, washers and dryers in the unit, and fireplaces and smart home automation in select units.
This project intends to receive multi-family certification according to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) upon completion. “We are honored to have helped shape this special project. We appreciate the constructive contribution of various interest groups, which has led to a high-quality design with an appealing street presence and a unique silhouette in the skyline, ”says Brett Rhode, founder of Rhode Partners, the architect.
The effort was collaborative as Parallel had to seek a re-zoning from a single-family zoning to a five-story multi-family zoning that required multiple approvals from the University Area Commission and the Weinland Park Neighborhood Association. The project also required approval from the University Impact Design Review Board's (UIDRB) architecture assessment panel.
"We're excited to be part of this community with this incredible project," said Kristen Penrod, Principal at Parallel. "We appreciate the collaboration and effort that community members and our design team have put into developing a project that is innovative in design and blends in with the fabric of the existing neighborhood."