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Columbus Commons Blog

Returning to Downtown Columbus

Celeste LaCour-Belyn grew up in Columbus’ Eastgate neighborhood and for 20 years she lived Downtown at the Americana Apartments, first in a 1 bedroom, then a 2 bedroom, and by the end of her tenure there, she was living in the penthouse with her growing family. The decision to move out of Downtown came after putting her children’s kiddie pool out on the penthouse patio one day and realizing the Downtown lifestyle probably wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Celeste and her family moved to New Albany, her two young children enrolled in school, and life continued.

These days, Celeste runs Leigh’s Legacy Foundation, named in memory of her daughter, and works for the City of Columbus, in the Department of Development. Her current role with the City – Celeste says she’s had several hats in the nine years she’s been with the Department – is as a Business Development Specialist working on Downtown residential development and small business development in the Hilltop area and along Parsons Avenue. She is passionate about her role with the City and the progress Columbus has made in terms of Downtown revitalization. A good example of this revitalization is the transition of City Center (a nearly vacant regional mall) into Columbus Commons and the subsequent residential development, Highpoint on Columbus Commons. And although Celeste admits she used to enjoy walking around City Center Mall when she lived at the Americana Apartments, she is excited about how much more is going on Downtown now, and at the Commons in particular.

Celeste first found out about Highpoint on Columbus Commons through her work with the City. One of Celeste’s primary residential development projects is actually Highpoint. So, not surprisingly, when she saw the “Now Leasing” sign go up at Highpoint on Columbus Commons, she was the first to call! Her call came so soon after the signs went up that it even caught Nathan Kuether, sales manager for Highpoint, by surprise. When Celeste met with Nathan, she asked for the largest two bedroom apartment – although her son is away at college at OSU, she plans to have an office for her foundation in the second bedroom. The largest two bedroom, though, faces south and doesn’t have a view of the park. Instead, Celeste opted to reserve a slightly smaller two bedroom on the fifth floor, overlooking the pool and the park, in the south Highpoint on Columbus Commons building.

Celeste anticipates moving into Highpoint in January. The south building, where she reserved her apartment, will be completed a couple months after the north building, which is scheduled to be completed in October. Celeste is also looking forward to being within walking distance of work – her commute will be a whopping 1 block long – and the many great neighborhoods bordering Downtown, like the Short North and Franklinton. She’s also excited about all of the amenities Highpoint has to offer; who wouldn’t want a park, concert venue, pool, and gym within feet of their apartment?

For Celeste, the happiest days she remembers were when she was living Downtown. So although she’s a little nervous about downsizing from a 2,800 square feet condo to 1,100 square feet, Celeste is eager to be in the heart of Columbus, where she can take advantage of all that it has to offer. She’s even hoping some of her friends who currently live in the suburbs will follow suit and move Downtown; with how much they’ve been talking about it, she’s hopeful!


An apartment at Highpoint on Columbus Commons could be yours! For information, call (855) 258-8345 or visit http://www.highpointcolumbus.com/.