Leasing Ground Floor Active Use Tenants in Downtown Columbus

Jim Weiker, The Columbus Dispatch

A lack of density and evening traffic makes it challenging for developers to find and keep restaurants and retailers on the ground floor of Downtown apartment buildings. High-end restaurants in isolated locations especially struggle.

Developers are finding that it can be hard to put the mix into mixed-use projects.

While Downtown apartments continue to fill up with ease, ground-floor space in those buildings is a different matter. With Downtown lacking the density of larger cities and having fewer than 10,000 residents, retail and restaurant space can sit empty for years or struggle to keep tenants.

We need more bodies. It’s really challenging to build out first-floor space for retail.

Michael Copella, managing director of the Columbus office of the commercial real estate firm CBRE

Dollar General recently announced that it plans to build one of its new DGX stores in the Highpoint on Columbus Commons building on South High Street, filling a space that has been vacant for more than five years.

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