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March 03, 2008
Allow Me To Introduce... George Acock


The team behind Jeffrey Place, the city's only holistically sustainable development in historic Italian Village, is committed to the power of business as a force for change. Defined by what we've learned, and how we work and play, we're looking to do more than just build more condos. We're seeking to redefine what it means to build a community.

We would like to introduce our team to you one person at a time. To know and understand what we have undertaken with the Jeffrey Place development it is vital that you meet the people who have given their hearts, minds, and time over to the project with the belief that we are truly helping to transform the city and create a new standard of living for our urban residents. Our past introductions have included sales team member, Julie Wood, and CEO Joe Recchie.

This month, architect George Acock, will be introduced. George has designed dozens of Columbus landmarks and he has designed every building on the Jeffrey Place site. While George's accolades and masterpieces are hardly limited to the Columbus area, his work has without doubt helped create the Columbus we know and love today. From public projects, such as the $105 million Ohio State University's Thompson Library renovation to commercial projects, such as the award winning Arena District designs and the newest addition to the Abercrombie headquarters, George Acock has become a Columbus icon.

Click below to read more about the innovative architect, George Acock.

George has been with Jeffrey Place from the beginning. As a participant, observer, presenter and consultant, George attended dozens of public charetts, tons of meetings with the Italian Village Commission, and meeting after meeting with buyers designing their dream homes at Jeffrey Place. He has seen the enormous changes the development has made in Italian Village and his commitment to that continuing transformation, sustainable development and beautiful architecture, make Jeffrey Place incredibly unique.

Acock and Associates Architects was founded in 1967 and over the past three decades George Acock has had a hand in building up the city of Columbus. Drawing inspiration from all over the world, George has designed Jeffrey Place akin to the most successful and popular urban centers in the world. His particular aptitude for designing these urban centers makes everyone invested in Jeffrey Place so grateful to have George Acock's talented vision as the heart of the development. Understanding urban scale and an ability to marry elegant forms with practical function are the qualities behind every one of George Acock's Jeffrey Place designs.

As an artist, George has a finely tuned sense of color, proportion and design. We are grateful that he is involved in every aspect of the home designs at Jeffrey Place, master planning everything from each window's view to the the tint and angle of the bricks in the homes. Taking into account the grade of the land, the curve of the street and the surrounding neighbors, every view at Jeffrey Place is guaranteed to be beautiful. In the high density neighborhood, your window won't look onto an obtrusive concrete wall, or a mundane stairwell. At Jeffrey Place George's designs are works of art themselves.

George begins each design process with an individual water color. He has created a beautiful water color renderings of every structure planned for Jeffrey Place. We encourage you to come to our gallery and model located in the Courtyard Townhome model on North Fourth Street and tour George Acock's work for Jeffrey Place.

Interested in what else George Acock has done? Check out his website at www.acock.com for a full photo gallery.

You deserve a home designed by a thoughtful, innovative American icon. Come to Jeffrey Place and be moved.

March 02, 2008
The Loft Culture. From Seattle to Columbus

Jeffrey Place Loft buyer, Brady Konya, talks about why he chose to call Jeffrey Place home.       


Brady Konya moved to Columbus from Seattle this summer. He was feeling a bit disheartened about leaving his ultra-modern Seattle loft behind- until he found the Loft building at Jeffrey Place. The Lofts felt like home and as Konya prepares to move in next month he's  still raving about why.

"We fell in love immediately with the sensibility of the modern design," Konya said.

Read more about future resident Brady Konya and the "loft culture" below.

Konya purchased his Seattle loft, located in the 12th Avenue District, in 2000 before the urban neighborhood was completely transformed from blight to bright, vibrant downtown district. He was a pioneer in the neighborhood and the loft he bought was one of the first development projects in the area.

"Seattle didn't have models for this at the time," he said. "It was a mixed-use project that got a lot of attention because at the time it was still a very transitional neighborhood."

Much like Jeffrey Place, the development was a purist vision of how to bring back an urban neighborhood. Small local businesses, a lack of big chains, and commercial spaces that complimented the residential essence were brought together to create a vibrant urban community.

"Like my neighborhood in Seattle, Jeffrey Place is introducing a new edge to what has been, in some sense, a transitional neighborhood," Konya said. "It's exciting to see Jeffrey Place come up in Italian Village and become a conduit between the Short North and something that's a little more progressive, a little more urban."

Konya shopped other urban condos in Columbus before deciding on the Lofts at Jeffrey Place. Other products in the Columbus market were intriguing, he said, but the uniqueness of the Loft's industrial design and the neighborhood planning at Jeffrey Place really resonated with him.

"Columbus is going through an urban renewal," said Konya. "We shopped a lot when we first came here, but the Loft building has all the fundamentals for a great investment, and the fundamentals for a great community."

Konya is also very aware of what the Lofts at Jeffrey Place will mean to what he's dubbed the "loft culture."

"Loft people are fanatics about it, absolute fanatics." Konya explained. "To walk in and fall in love with the view and be able to micro customize from a very early stage was a huge factor in our decision to buy at Jeffrey Place."

Konya is excited to see a project in Columbus that is so similar to the successful experiment of eight years ago in his home city of Seattle. And the Jeffrey Place community is happy to welcome Konya home.

Modular Building is good for the planet and your pocketbook


The North Block's urban lofts and townhomes bring high-design to earth friendly modular building.

You love the sleek modern design, you strive to live an environmentally conscious life, you're on a budget. It would be quite the hat trick to find all of these needs satisfied in one downtown condo.

Where does an eco-conscious, aesthetically sensitive, first time homebuyer go to find an affordable downtown condo? Why, Jeffrey Place's North Block, of course.

Pre-fabricated, modular housing has been reborn. No longer does the word "pre-fab" conjure up images of trailers and small bungalows- instead, in the minds of North America's architects, designers, builders and upscale homeowners, "pre-fab" means "luxury." It's an idea that is catching fire. And with the eco-friendly and stylish North Block condos, Jeffrey Place is fanning the flame.

Read on to see more about the fascinating trend of modular!

Why build Modular?

Many modular homes boast a fresh, modern design, and people find them to be an innovative alternative to traditional homebuilding. Modular construction is also inherently green- less than two percent waste is produced with modular building. That is in stark contrast to the 30 percent waste that accumulates with the average conventional build. The North Block at Jeffrey Place is satisfying this green living need in Columbus.

Architects and designers are constructing modern manufactured housing that screams luxury. According to various architects, many are predicting that modular homes will be the most sought after design concept for second home ownership in the years to come. The modular trend satisfies the baby boomer's who are interested in second homes, or city homes but also the first time home buyer who is looking for a quality build at a price that fits in their budget. Homes like the North Block provide the perfect alternative to throwing away money on rent!

"People are drawn to the movement for many reasons: environmental, aesthetic, and logistic," said Joseph Recchie, developer of Jeffrey Place and a leader in green build. Recchie is excited to be a part of this upsurge, "Our North Block lofts and townhomes are a critical part of this green living movement in the Midwest, from both a functional and design perspective."

Designed by visionary architect George Acock, of Acock Associates Architects, the NB1 lofts and townhomes are a perfect example of the marriage between design and function.

The modern design is pleasing to the senses and the sensibility of the project's green living components make it an easy choice for forward-thinking homebuyers.

Is the phrase, "affordable, stylish house" an oxymoron? Certainly not. Come to Jeffrey Place and be moved.

March 01, 2008
What To Do In Our Neighborhood: March

March Event Spotlights:

Build Wealth with Real Estate

Happy hour event and presentation by Joseph Recchie, CEO of real estate development firm Community Building Partners. Thursday March 27, 2008 at Spice Bar in the Arena District

You don't have to be Donald Trump to build a nice little nest egg by buying real estate. Shelter is one of the three basic needs, so why line the pockets of a landlord when your shelter could be earning you extra income? Joseph Recchie, CEO of Community Building Partners will explain how owning a home is like having the income of a second job- without all the work!


Stop by Spice Bar Thursday, March 28th to get all of the details. Joseph Recchie will give an informative presentation on the ins and outs of making real estate work for you, today! Whether you're in Columbus, Chicago, Houston, or beyond, learn the tools of the trade and get a head start on home buying and wealth building.

Happy Hour specials, free food, and lots of mingling will follow the presentation. Don't miss this first installation in Jeffrey Place's Last Thursday's happy hour event series!

Last Thursday's Happy Hour: Give Yourself a Raise- March 28th, 2008
Spice Bar; 491 N. Park St; 614-297-7448; www.jeffreyplace.com

St. Patrick's Day Spotlight

Irish Family Reunion
The whole city turns green for a day. The St. Patrick's Day parade will start in the arena district and end, in true Irish style, with a party! Get your Irish gear and your Irish beer and join in this open family reunion. Don't miss the crooning bagpipes, the rocking Hooligans or the entertaining Irish dancers!Whether you're shouting “Kiss my I’m Irish”, or “I’m not Irish but you can Kiss me anyways," you're invited. Throw on some Green and add an “O” to the beginning of your name. And for the day, experience the luck of the Irish.

Irish Family Reunion
March 17, 2008
Veterans Memorial; 300 W. Broad St; 221-4341;

Our neighborhood offers a little something for everyone. Take a look at some of the best it has to offer and start planning your month now! Whether you're looking for an art show, a magic show, an auto show, or an Irish show - you can find it in Columbus!

Taking Shelter- Now until April 5, 2008
Columbus College of Art & Design; 107 N. Ninth St; 614-224-9101;
This fantastic exhibit portrays photos, sculptures, social interventions and other forms of media covering the vast topic of shelter, homes and homelessness. Participate in this artistic discussion of an important issue by acclaimed artists such as Anthony Hernandez, McCallum & Tarry, Jackie Sumell, Jonathan Calm and more.

Currents:Jason Salavon- Now until May 4th, 2008
Columbus Museum of Art; 480 E. Broad st.; 614-221-4848;
www.columbusmuseum.orgHailing from the windy city, Jason Salavon uses video and photographs to bring together art, technology and daily life. Using software he creates masses of communal material for presentation,. His work references mainstream media, annual sales reports and even census data.  Forging ahead a the forefront of a new genre, Salavon's work is the art of the 21st century. Don’t miss your opportunity for a preview of what’s next in art!

Columbus International Auto Show - March 8-16, 2008
Greater Columbus Convention Center; 400 N. High St.; www.columbusconventions.com

Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, oh my! Where can you see all the finest in international cars all under one roof? The International Auto Show, of course! Do you collect Aston Martins like ties? Or perhaps you visit the Benz dealership the way art lovers visit the Louvre? Whether you are in the market for a new chariot, or just in love with cars, the International Auto Show will not disappoint. With comedian shows, appearances by Jim Tressel, Clint Bowyer the Cat in the Hat, and Columbus Zoo residents this event will excite and please the entire family. For a full event line up, or preview of the cars on exhibit, check out the website. But for the real deal, stop on by to see your dream car, up close and personal!

David Copperfield- March 26, 2008
Palace Theatre; 34 W. Broad St; 614-431-3600;
Hailed as one of the greatest entertainers of the 21st century, David Copperfield continues to astound audiences all over the world in his latest national tour. Join Copperfield at the Palace Theatre as he captivates, astounds and entertains the young and old alike!

The Magician’s Nephew: performed by Columbus Children’s Theatre- March 13-20, 2008
Park Street Theatre; 512 N. Park St.; 614-224-6672;
Based on C.S. Lewis’ classic of the same name, this play contains all of the drama and fantasy for which the author of The Chronicle’s of Narnia is most famous. Join the Columbus Children’s Theatre as they weave the tale of the young Digory and his friend Polly as they traverse mythical kingdoms and enchanted lands.

Aladdin- performed by BalletMet March 7-16, 2008        Genie

Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center; 77 S. High St.; 614-229-4848;
Lose yourself in the magical world of genies, princesses, sultans and evil sorcerers. Root for the young Aladdin as he faces down the evils of this world and beyond. Whether you’re familiar with the book or the popular Disney movie, don’t miss the opportunity to see this old favorite in a new light. Brought to the stage by the same artistic directors that did Alice in Wonderland in 2006, Gerard Charles and Steven Anderson, have out done themselves. This world premier of Aladdin is sure to wow you and your family.

STOMP - March 25-30, 2008                       Trash_can
CAPA; Ohio Theatre; 39 E. State St; 614-469-0939;
You’ll never look at your kitchen broom in the same light. Watch as this international percussion sensation takes ordinary objects and turn them into fantastic musical instruments. Imagine an entire percussion ensemble created with only zippo lighters! This experience is sure to captivate, and leave you begging for more! Don’t miss this explosive one-of-a-kind performance!

Second City Touring Company: One Nation Under Blog- March 21, 2008
CAPA; Southern Theatre; 21 E. Main St.; 614-469-0939;
Serving as the farm team for Saturday Night Live, Second City is the birthplace of some of the most famous comics of our time. From John Belushi and Dan Akroyd, to Mike Meyers and Chris Farley, to Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert, Second City breeds funny. Don’t miss today’s cast of tomorrow’s hits, in this hilarious revue addressing current events, relationships, politics and family life. It’s in Columbus for one night only, and you’ll be able to say “I knew them when..” !

Paying Attention- Until March 29, 2008
Ohio Art League; 954 N. High St.; 614-299-8225;
Kathleen Pepicello uses the spiral as the basis for the in depth examination of genocide in Africa. Pepicello utilizes a variety of different surfaces, materials and techniques to question the world’s inability to conquer this raging illness in our society.

Adi Nes: Biblical Stories- Now until April 13, 2008
Wexner Center for the Arts; 1871 N. High St; 614-292-3535;
Adi Nes is one of Israel’s most famous photographers. His provocative staged portraits and tableaux have made him a critically acclaimed artist. This exhibition includes 11 images from his most recent body of work. Drawing on the abandonment of the characters in the Old Testament, he places these familiar figures into scenes of contemporary homelessness. His work speaks to a Jewish history of displacement as well as the universal feelings of abandonment, loss and the inherent right to have a home.

C-Note Art Show- March 7-8, 2008                         100_bill
JunctionView Studios, Grandview; www.cnoteartshow.com

Organizer Ashely Voss set one guideline for this innovative art show: every item must be priced at $100. More than 170 artists are participating, and including their work in this fun event. Painters, mixed media artists, photographers, and more are showing and selling their work, for the set price of a c-note. Come find the perfect piece of art for your home this weekend. Support the next Picasso without losing your shirt in this one-of-a-kind event.

St. Baldrick’s Cancer Research Fundraiser- March 14, 2008      Bald_2                         Lodge Bar; 165 W. Vine St.; 614-221-2824                                        
Need to trim some inches off your hair? Thinking of getting ready for spring with a new head shave? Or maybe you just want to show your support for the brave cancer patients of Columbus? No matter the reason, St. Baldrick’s  Cancer Research wants your locks of hair. The Lodge Bar is hosting this event to help raise money for cancer research. Participants can have their locks shaved for cancer patients, and receive a free gift bag for their generosity. Join in the silent auction as Ohio State items are sold off for charity. Food and drink specials will be available as well. So have some fun, and do some good at the same time!

Third Thursday- March
Short North; www.shortnorth.org
Do you count down the days until Gallery Hop every month! Due to the overwhelming popularity of the monthly Gallery Hop, the Short North businesses have agreed to extend their open hours on the third Thursday of every month, creating the "Third Thursday" series that is being kicked off this month. Take a break from your work week, or start getting ready for your weekend, with a nice dinner out, perhaps some drinks, and of course, a little shopping!

Gallery Hop- First Saturday of the Month- March 1st, 2008
Short North; www.shortnorth.org
Brave the cold, and join your fellow Columbus fans in the Short North for the March Gallery Hop. Duck into one of the fabulous pubs and bars on High St. for a quick drink to help keep you warm! Stay tuned for news of April's Gallery Hop. Starting in April, the Short North businesses will keep one running theme for each month. Keep watch for April's theme- but I'll give you a hint- it's so great, Jeffrey Place will be kicking off their parties once again!

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