A company with roots in Ohio State University-area housing management has evolved over 20 years into a local leader in the kinds of compact, mixed-use development envisioned in the insight2050 scenarios. Because of the local success, Dublin-based Crawford Hoying Development is now making its mark in other Ohio cities.
Matthew Starr, the company’s director of development, said communities in Central Ohio and beyond have begun knocking at Crawford Hoying’s door because of its work on projects with a walkable mix of homes, offices and retail.
Insight2050 identified population and demographic trends that suggested a growing need for walkable communities that suit both Millennials and empty-nest Boomers. Crawford Hoying – founded by two men who came of age between those two generations – entered that emerging market with the success in 2014 of The Lane, across from Lane Avenue shopping center in Upper Arlington.
The company went on to major mixed-use communities now coming on line in Dublin’s Bridge Park. Those, along with smaller, retail-driven mixed-use projects in Clintonville, have taken Crawford Hoying’s reputation for this type of development to other cities – such as the Water Street District in Dayton. The work in Dayton included adaptive re-use of old industrial buildings in addition to new construction. It’s now working on a 100-acre town-center project north of Cincinnati.
Another current project is in downtown Columbus, on S. High Street, where Crawford Hoying has to deal with one of the most intractable challenges of urban redevelopment.
“Parking really drives everything,” Starr said, and it will continue to do so “until we have more artificial-intelligence cars or other alternative transportation.” For now, he said, the 10-story retail-office-residential building is expected to include a mix of off-site parking at a nearby garage and a mechanical car-storage elevator. The building would have 120 apartments, but only 21 parking spaces on site. Because it is downtown — near transit, shops, offices, amenities, and public parking garages — it works as a test-case for being well-below parking minimums.