Neighborhood Placemaking in the Riversouth District

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Following up on its success with the residential development Annex at RiverSouth, Lifestyle Communities recently began construction on the nearby Trautman Residential Development. The new apartment building is located at the corner of High and Rich Streets, where the Trautman building and a three story bank building formerly stood.

The eight story tower, which includes street-level commercial space and underground parking, is Lifestyle Communities’ first venture into building an urban highrise. With the popularity of downtown housing continuing to expand, the developer is taking the opportunity to turn the area into a multi-block neighborhood, with various amenities housed in structures of diverse scales. The classic architectural elements of the tower  – from pediments and pilasters to traditional building materials – impart a timeless feel to the structure. A “sister” tower is currently being planned for the southwest corner of the High and Rich Street intersection, expanding the neighborhood further.

See David B. Meleca of David B. Meleca Architects, LLC and Chase Miller of Lifestyle Communities at DesignColumbus 2015, where they will discuss placemaking in the development process, the importance of architectural language as branding, and the challenges of incorporating design-build into the urban context.

DesignColumbus 2015 will take place at COSI on April 20.

This year’s keynote speaker, Doug Kridler, is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation’s Green Funds.

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