The Cap at Union Station
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Metro Area: Columbus
World Region: North America

Development Case Study
Project Summary
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Project Type:
Neighborhood/Community Center
Profile Summary

Land Use(s):
Lifestyle Center, Specialty Center, Retail, Bridge

Site Size:
1.1 acres/0.5 hectares

Location Type:
Central City

Date Posted:


Bridge Development, Infill Development, Main Street Design, Pedestrian-Friendly Design, Public/Private Partnership, Air Rights Development, Bridge Development

Project Summary

The Cap at Union Station is a $7.8 million retail development constructed as part of a bridge that reconnects downtown Columbus, Ohio, with the burgeoning Short North arts and entertainment district. Opened in October 2004, the project effectively heals part of a 40-year scar that was created by the construction of the city's Interstate 670 (I-670) inner-belt highway. Composed of three separate bridges---one for through-traffic across the highway, and one on either side for the retail structures---the Cap provides 25,496 square feet (2,369 square meters) of leasable space, transforming the void caused by I-670 into a seamless urban streetscape with nine retail shops and restaurants. While other cities like Seattle and Kansas City have erected convention centers over urban highways, the I-670 Cap is one of the first speculative retail projects built over a highway in the United States.

The Development Team

Continental Real Estate Companies

Meleca Architecture and Urban Planning
Benjamin D. Rickey & Company

Site Statistics

  Acres Hectares
Site Size 1 0.5

  Square Feet Square Meters
Office Space NA NA
Retail Space 25,496 2,369
Industrial Space 0 0

Residential Units NA
--Single-Family Units NA
--Multifamily Units NA
Hotel Rooms NA
Parking Spaces NA
Max Floors 3
Use Data Status Unknown

* NA = Not Available

Date Started 2002
Date Opened 2004
Date Completed 2004

Project Web Site

Project Street Address

Goodale and High Streets
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Primary Data Source

DCS:ULI Development Case Study

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