New retailers and restaurants have signed on for storefronts along Columbus Commons, bringing the prominent Highpoint on Columbus Commons mixed-use complex by the downtown park to full occupancy by next spring.
Swan Cleaners will open in the last remaining street-level retail space in the north building of Highpoint, said leasing agent Todd Schiff of Robert Weiler Co. That portion of the complex counts De-Novo Bistro & Bar and Condado as restaurant tenants.
Opening in the complex’s south building, joining Pure Pressed Organic Juicery and Hai Poké, will be a new location for the Arizona brewpub Blasted Barley Beer Co., nail salon Posh Nails and art studio Pino’s Pallete.
Schiff has high expectations for Blasted Barley, perched over the landscaped walkway connecting High Street with the public park.
"It's a signature space that’s going to mirror where De-Novo is," Schiff said of the 6,200-square-foot space. "We’re very excited to get them. They’ll kill it there. They do a Sunday brunch, they have great food. It’s perfect for Highpoint and downtown."
Blasted Barley's sole site for now is in Tempe, Arizona. The company acknowledged it is coming to Columbus but hasn’t given any details. The business has an interesting beer list and seems open to collaborations, with four of the offerings listed as team-ups with other Arizona breweries. The kitchen promises food beyond the typical pub grub.
Highpoint's pair of six-story buildings opened to apartment renters in 2013, adding commercial tenants as retailers and restaurants committed to customizable storefronts.
“I think it gained momentum in the last year. We started leasing this about three years ago, (but) to try and pre-lease retail obviously is very difficult when retailers are not going to open for two to three years – they can’t commit to that kind of schedule,” Schiff told me. “We knew once the buildings were up and running and apartments were all leased, they’d all fall in place. And that’s what’s happened.”
The 301-apartment Highpoint, commanding some of the most-expensive rents in Central Ohio, was a guinea pig of sorts for the site of the former City Center Mall, torn down in 2009. Kicked off by Atlanta’s Carter USA and now owned by Robert Weiler and business partner Don Kelley of Donald W. Kelley & Associates, the project has been joined by other projects nearby.
Kaufman Development and Daimler Group Inc. opened a 12-story mixed-use building to the south at 250 S. High St., and are planning a similar project east of the Commons. To the west of High Street across from the downtown park, Lifestyle Communities Ltd. is constructing a multifamily high-rise.
Evan Weese covers real estate, money and the business of sports for Columbus Business First.