Oh, there goes Gravity: Communal living, shipping container retail at New Franklinton development

Kaufman Development has already taken one helping of Franklinton with its five-story mixed-used Gravity project at 500 West Broad Street but now, they’re coming back for more.

Gravity is a six-story building facing Broad with an interesting, angular design—making possible things like outdoor movies, yoga, and food truck access—with about 40,000 square feet of office space, 250 residential units, over 30,000 square feet of restaurant (including plans for a new Phillip’s Original Coney Island restaurant as Gravity will taking over the restaurant’s original location and retail space.

A more traditionally-designed 564-space parking garage will sit behind it.

The buildings have been approved by the East Franklinton Review Board but some details like landscaping and lighting still need approval.

Columbus Underground reports the first office space in Gravity is scheduled to open next month, with retail moving in before the end of the year and the first residents some time in early 2019.


Directly across the street from Gravity where construction has already begun, Kaufman Development wants to build four new buildings including a 12-story office and residential building, a parking garage, another five-story residential building, and six-story addition to the former Murphy Company building at the corner of McDowell Street and Broad on a five-acre parcel of land.

Columbus Underground refers to this project as Gravity 2.0.

Plans for the residential component is quite novel: Communal living, meaning residents may share a bathroom, living area, or even kitchen.

Levels of affordability will vary.

The six-story addition would be used for large-scale ventures like a brewery or food hall.

Development plans also call for a parking garage with a green roof with townhouses that wrap around one side, and a small retail area made from shipping containers.


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