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September 30, 2007
Columbus Cool

The New York Times recently announced to the nation that which we here at Jeffrey Place already knew: Columbus is Cool!!

In the Travel section insert of the New York Times, Monica Khemsurov explains that "in the last few years, Columbus has undergone a transformation....and gained an unexpected new profile as a Midwestern style capital." And where you may wonder, did that new change occur? Why, it has "taken place in the Short North" of course! According to the the NY Times the capital city owes its new hip status to the Short North Arts and Entertainment District. No surprise there, with bars, restaurants, fashion boutiques, and art galleries 43215 is the hot zip code in Columbus, Ohio.

Our fabulous neighborhood is at no shortage with residents and visitors that will happily gush on endlessly about the advantages of living, working and playing in the Short North neighborhood. And so it is extra nice to be vindicated by a nationally respected publication!

Click on the link below to read the whole article on the New York Times website.

Then go ahead and pat yourself on the back, Columbus.

THE REMIX; Columbus Cool   


Published: September 23, 2007 New York Times
September 30, 2007 in In the News, Urban Living | Permalink
September 28, 2007
You'll Love Columbus
You'll love Columbus
So you're flying Skybus? Use that layover time to get out and explore Ohio's capital city
Sunday, Sep 30, 2007

It's not only Columbus that loves the Gallery Hop. Read this article in the Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia) titled "You'll Love Columbus." 

Katherine Calos describes her surprisingly pleasant 7 hour lay over in Columbus, "Window shopping makes walking a pleasure. The occasional mural adds another surprise when an 'American Gothic' design has the farmer's wife hanging upside down.

There's a great sense of discovery here," said Suzi West of Collier West home d├ęcor. "We specialize in one-of-a-kind, old and new, eclectic."

Read the rest of the article, and see how outsiders view our fantastic city!

September 28, 2007 in In the News | Permalink
September 08, 2007
More Paving at Jeffrey Place

They have been busy building at Jeffrey Place this month. But they've been busy paving as well! New public streets have been put in as the site progresses. Stroll through, ride your bike, or just come visit and check out what we're doing at Jeffrey Place!


Newly Paved Sixth Street at Jeffrey Place.


September 8, 2007 in Construction Updates, In the News | Permalink
September 05, 2007

    With a large range of price points, home designs and options, Jeffrey place fosters a diverse community at every step. However, one common trait can be found in Jeffrey Place home: our residents are discerning consumers.

    We here at Jeffrey Place strongly encourage questions. And we pride ourselves on our knowledgeable staff. We are confident that the more you know, the easier the decision is to make your home at Jeffrey Place. With that in mind, we have compiled some frequently asked questions to help keep you informed. If your question is not answered below there are lots of ways to get a hold of us. Stop into our model or sales center during open house hours, email us at sales@jeffreyplace.com or call us at 614-297-7448, and we will answer it promptly!

What is Jeffrey Place?

      Jeffrey Place is a 41.5 acre development, consisting of 1100 residential units, including townhomes, lofts, flats, and single family homes. Jeffrey Place is also home to more than 200,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. Some of the retail space has been set aside for a grocery store and a 16,000 square-foot fitness center with a rooftop pool. And membership to this state of the art facility is free to the estimated 4,000 people working and enjoying life at Jeffrey Place.

     Jeffrey Place is one of the densest urban developments in Columbus, but because of more than four acres of dedicated public parks, esplanades, and heavily landscaped streets surrounding the area, Jeffrey Place is also one of the most heavily planted urban sites in the city.

     This $400 million dollar development is one of the largest mixed-use redevelopments in the history of Columbus.

For More Frequently Asked Questions, click the link below!

Where is Jeffrey Place?

    Jeffrey Place is located in the heart of Italian Village, one of the city's most historic neighborhoods. Conveniently situated between I-670 and First Avenue on Fourth Street, Jeffrey Place is within walking distance to the galleries, nightlife, and dining located in the Short North, the Arena District, and Downtown.

    Jeffrey Place offers easy access to public transportation and the city's main thoroughfares, including I-670, I-70, I-71, I-270, and Route 315. this well-situated location makes it easy to get from Jeffrey Place to anywhere in Central Ohio and back home again.

When Will Jeffrey Place be Finished?

     The first block of Courtyard Townhomes along Fourth Street in Italian Village is already up and occupied. From there you will be able to see the first of The Lofts. Groundbreaking for the eco-friendly North Block condos and the next phase of Courtyard Townhomes is scheduled for Fall 2007. The first six designs for the Jeffrey Place's Neighborhood homes are currently under review by the Italian Village Commission and will go on the market soon after final approval.

     Progress has been deliberate and comprehensive and all of Jeffrey Place's underground utility lines have been installed. Street paving is expected to be completed by the end of the Summer 2007. The landscape architect can now finish the designs for the parks and begin laying down seed in some of Jeffrey Place's more than four acres of parks and green space.

Who Will Live at Jeffrey Place?

     Jeffrey Place is designed to be a diverse and vibrant community. In that spirit Jeffrey Place offers condominium units within a wide range of price points. Young professionals, families, senior citizens, empty nesters, and every one in between will find the space and amenities they want at Jeffrey Place.

How Much Should I Expect to Pay to Live at Jeffrey Place?

     Jeffrey Place has condos ranging from the mid-140's to custom homes priced at over $1 million. The options, floor plans, and design features available at Jeffrey Place are endless. Each individual has the opportunity to create a one of a kind home to suit their tastes, needs and budget. A Jeffrey Place sales associate will help guide you through all the possibilities to find the right space for you.

     Jeffrey Place is located right in the heart of the fastest appreciating neighborhood in Columbus. Property values in Italian Village have appreciated 63.8 percent in the past three years and the Jeffrey Place site has appreciated dramatically during that time.

     Also, Jeffrey Place offers the most competitive pricing per square foot in the area, especially considering the level of craftsmanship, artistry, and community focus that went into the planning and building process. No matter how you look at it, Jeffrey Place is a value.

What is Green Building and How Were These Eco-friendly Practices Incorporated at Jeffrey Place?

     Jeffrey Place's North Block condos are setting high standards in Columbus for green building practices. The North Block condos have the largest residential solar panel array in Ohio and the largest geothermal heating and cooling system in Ohio, as well as carport roofs planted with year-round vegetation, and a rain water reuse irrigation system.

     The North Block condos at Jeffrey Place are the only development in the city chosen by the U.S. Green Building Council's nationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for inclusion in its Neighborhood Development pilot program. This is an honor and it's just another way the North Block condos are setting an example of green building in Columbus.

What is a Brownfield Site and What Did Jeffrey Place do to Revitalize One?

     The term brownfield refers to a piece of land that was previously home to an industrial or commercial facility.

     Often, brownfield sites are located in urban areas and sit for years, taking up space without providing greenery or other benefits for the surrounding area. The investment and redevelopment of the sites positively affect the surrounding community by recreating the space, cleaning it up, and offering the area a new and beneficial purpose.

     Jeffrey Place is the former site of the Jeffrey Manufacturing Co. The buildings on the site were demolished in 1986, creating a vacant slab of concrete in the middle of Italian Village.

     Jeffrey Place is one of the most thoroughly documented sites in Columbus. The remediation plan leads to its certification for all of the planned uses for the site, including residential and park land. Now, where once there was nothing but an unsightly sea of concrete stands the first signs of a new and lively community- Jeffrey Place.

What is New Urbanism and How does Jeffrey Place Embody this Philosophy?

     New urbanism is the concept of revitalizing and restoring urban neighborhoods. It involves the redesigning of urban spaces to create pedestrian-friendly communities with a mix of residential, commercial and retail spaces, and a diverse population - hence the term new urbanism. Easy, walkable access to public transit, public spaces, and community institutions are also key components of the new urbanism and all of these facets of new urbanism have factored into the design of Jeffrey Place from the beginning.

What about Parking?

     Jeffrey Place offers plenty of off-street indoor parking for residents and on-street parking for visitors. Over 2,500 parking spaces have been planned for the individual building designs. In addition 700-900 parking spaces will be available on the new streets!

Does Jeffrey Place have Tax Abatement?

     Jeffrey Place has Tax Increment Financing, better known as a TIF. The TIF is a tax assessment equivalent to Columbus property taxes. However, all but a percentage allotted to Columbus Public Schools comes directly back to Jeffrey Place and is reinvested in the community to pay for infrastructure and maintenance- things that have a positive effect on the value of the property. It has tax abatement for 10 years from the date of occupancy however the Jeffrey Place New Community Authority has determined to create a community assessment that is equivalent to these property taxes. These funds revolve back to the Community and pay for the parks, infrastructure and the wide array of amenities that increase the quality of life in the Jeffrey Place Community.

Is there a Model I Can Tour?

     The Courtyard Townhome model is located on North Fourth Street between Warren St. and 1st. Ave. It is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. The model is staffed with knowledgeable Jeffrey Place sales associates that can give you more details on floor plans, features and pricing. The Loft building is open for tours during open house hours and a North Block model will be available in the first phase of build.

September Events

     September might bring a close to our summers, but don't get ready to hibernate yet! The neighborhood surrounding Jeffrey Place has plenty in store to help prolong those last summer days. Whether you are looking for a festival, a concert or a party, the Short North, Victorian Village, Italian Village and Downtown Columbus have plenty to offer you. As you head back to work, make sure you make time to enjoy yourself. Take pleasure in the lively urban experience of the Short North and downtown Columbus! Click below for some things you definitely won't want to miss!!

Goodale Park Art Festival

     Spend a day strolling through the beautiful Goodale Park in Victorian Village. To make that stroll even better, make sure you schedule it for the weekend of September 22-23. In addition to the gorgeous scenery, nearly 130 local and national artists will have their wares on display at the annual Goodale Park Art Festival. Produced by Jay Snyder, former director of Columbus Winterfair, the event will showcase art as well as include metalwork and jewelry making demonstrations by the Cultural Art Center's Advanced Jewelry Studio. Admission is free, so bring your family, your friends and your dogs and keep a look out for the next Picasso or Monet, right here in our neighborhood! For more information visit www.byhandevents.com.

Official Unofficial Via Colori

     We mentioned it last month, but even if you missed our memo- don't miss this event! After an indefinite postponement of the beloved Via Colori, we thought we'd have to go a whole year without this fun sidewalk decorating event. But thanks to the North Market and Couchfire Collective, we can still watch or participate as talented artists turn a common sidewalk into a work of art! Head on over to the North Market September 8th and 9th to be a part of this neighborhood tradition!

Green Building Expo

     Thursday September 13th the Columbus Green Building Forum will be hosting the Green Building Expo at the Columbus Athenaeum at 32 N. Fourth St. The trade show from 11:00-4:00 is free to the public and will feature seventy vendors showcasing the latest in green building technologies. At 12:00, Mayor Rocky Anderson of Salt Lake City, Utah will give the keynote address. For ticket information and event agendas visit www.cgbf.org.

Columbus Food and Wine Affair

    Don't miss the final night of this charming occasion. This Friday, September 7, 2007 beginning at 6:30pm the Franklin Park Conservatory will host the 5th annual Grand Tasting of the Columbus Food & Wine Affair. Offering more than 450 international wines and delicious tastings from 25 of Columbus' finest restaurants, this elegant fundraiser is sure to be a perfect evening out on the town. In addition the evening includes a silent auction offering exciting trips, wonderful wines, and appealing restaurant packages! For more information or to purchase your tickets go to www.foodandwineaffair.com. Proceeds from the even benefit the Central Ohio Restaurant Association, WBNS 10TV Family Fund, Adventures for Wish Kids and the United Way of Central Ohio.

Victorian Village Tour of Homes and Gardens

     Our neighbors in Victorian Village are having their 33rd annual Tour of Homes and Gardens on Sunday September 16, 2007 from 10:00-6:00pm. This year twelve beautiful homes will be open for the event. Ranging from gorgeous renovations to brand new builds, and including urban swimming pools, ponds and fountains, this tour offers it all. Come see the best of the best in Victorian Village! For more information about this event and to find tickets, visit www.victorianvillage.org.

Ohioana Book Festival: A "Good Roots" Celebration

     Sponsored by the Ohioana Library, the 1st annual Ohioana Book Festival includes a full day of free activities on September 15 at the State Library of Ohio at 274 E. First Avenue in Italian Village. Showcasing the recently published Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio, authors, editors, book critics, publishers and First Lady Frances Strickland will be present discussing writing, publishing, and growing up in Ohio. Panel discussions, readings, book signings and more are all part of this literary festival.

    Tune in to WOSU 820's Open Line with Fred Andrle on Friday September 14th at 11:00am to hear interviews with guest writers Jill Bialosky, Michael Dirda, and more. To find out more information about the Ohioana Book Festival visit www.ohioanabookfestival.org.

North Market's 2nd Annual Microbrew Festival

     Are you a beer lover? If not, perhaps you just haven't found the perfect ale? On Sunday September 15 from 12:00-7:00pm the North Market will be hosting the 2nd annual Microbrew Festival. Besides showcasing handcrafted ales, the event features fun activities for the whole family! Live music, cooking demonstrations and kids activities ensure good times for everyone.

    Are you an amateur beer brewer yourself? The North Market is even holding a Homebrew contest during the festival. Submit your homemade brew for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the North Market and a trophy!

    Admission to the festival is free. Admission to the Beer tasting including a commemorative pint glass and 8 tasting tickets is $12.00; additional tasting tickets are $0.50. For more information about the festival and the Homebrew Contest visit www.northmarket.com

Slice of Columbus

    Calling all Pizza Lovers!! Stop by the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on September 12 from 5:00-10:00 and support the Pediatric Cancer Research at Children's Hospital, while filling up on Columbus' best pizza! Columbus pizza masters will be vying for the title "2007 People's Choice for Best Pizza." Sample unlimited pizza and cast your vote for Columbus' best!

     Long day at work? Don't worry about dinner, bring your friends or family and let someone else do the cooking! Advanced tickets are $10.00, at the door they are $12.00, kids under 12 are free! For ticket information or more event information visit www.columbuschildrens.com/sliceofcolumbus

      There is so much to do in our neighborhood we couldn't possibly include every event! However, if there is something you think we should know about, or if you have had a particularly great meal, wonderful evening or amazing experience in our neighborhood, let us know! Email your suggestions and stories to laura@jeffreyplace.com; help us keep our Jeffrey Place community informed!


September 5, 2007 in In the News, Urban Living | Permalink
Mindfully Chic: The North Block Lofts and Townhomes at Jeffrey Place

     No Birkenstocks required. You can maintain your chic lifestyle and tread lightly on the Earth. Jeffrey Place's North Block lofts and townhomes bring you the best of both worlds. Designed by visionary architect George Acock, the North Block condominium's stylish modern design elements frame a wealth of eco-friendly technology.

    The North Block condominiums started as a challenge: pack as much environmentally sustainable technology into an affordable and stylish home.

    It had never been done before in Columbus. It took a think-tank of green building experts more than 200 hours of meetings, but in the end the North Block was born. Now, the North Block lofts and townhommes at Jeffrey Place are poised as the city's benchmark of beautifully conscious design.

    "I think everybody is interested in the environment, but they don't find solutions to be accessible," said Jeffrey Place developer, Joseph Recchie, CEO of National Community Builders. "It takes a lot of forethought to do this."

   Most people long for that warm fuzzy feeling you get from doing the right thing, but converting a traditional single-family home into a green home is a big undertaking. The cost is substantial and it isn't the easiest DIY project. The North Block gives homeowners conventional luxuries, such as stainless steel appliances and gorgeous bamboo floors, along with innovative eco-technology.

    The 66 North Block lofts and townhomes have the largest solar panel array in Ohio and each home's panels are tied into AEP's power grid. Meaning not only will North Block homeowners enjoy a significant cut in energy costs, but some residents will have an opportunity to sell their excess power back to AEP.

    The North Block didn't stop at solar panels, though. The geothermal heating and cooling system uses the Earth's constant below-ground temperature to help heat and cool the North Block homes. Geothermal technology is clean, renewable, and a big money saver.

    Other green elements at the North Block include, reusing rainwater to irrigate landscaping, planting carport roofs with year-round maintenance-free vegetation, and using modular construction to significantly reduce the amount of construction waste and keep the homes affordable.

    The North Block homes give you the future faster. Come to Jeffrey Place and be moved.

September 5, 2007 in Green Design, In the News | Permalink
September 04, 2007
Why Parks Are Important

As Americans start moving away from the suburbs, a need for vibrant urban centers is inevitable. "[They] look to the city to provide many of the features house-owners take for granted. In this sense, life in [the city] has become more European; we no longer just live in the city, we inhabit it. The city is where we eat, drink, sit outside, meet friends, or simply watch the passing parade."

And with urban growth, a need for green space is gaining increasing importance. Parks and green space are no longer "civic frills but urban necessities." The Jeffrey Place master plan strives to serve that need at every turn. With over 4 acres of the area dedicated to public green space, a home owner at Jeffrey Place will never be left for want of green. In addition to the courtyards, esplanades and parks throughout the development, ample yards, and rooftop gardens abound at this urban site. Finally, Columbus home owners can have all of the conveniences of city living with the green scene of the suburbs!

Chris Hume discusses the need for green space in urban settings in the Toronto Star. Hume also describes what his home town, Toronto, Canada, is planning to serve that particular need in Why Parks are Important.

Why Parks Are Important                                                                                                                                 

No longer considered frills, green spaces are integral to intellectual and physical growth.

Click here to read the full article; Why Parks Are Important by Chris Hume, the Star columnist.

September 4, 2007 in In the News | Permalink
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