The Ave continues to take shape in Clintonville, minus the rooftop deck

Jim Weiker - The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

Residents have begun moving into the second building of The Ave, the $60 million residential and commercial complex that dominates Indianola Avenue south of Cook Road in Clintonville.

Residents will be treated to amenities such as a pool, workout room, dog park, fire pit, volleyball court, tiki hut, coffee bar and balconies, but they will miss one feature.

The complex’s developer, Vision Development, had to rethink The Ave’s most-unusual offering: a two-story club room that was originally open to the outdoors. The club room, which faces west, captured so much wind, rain and snow that Vision President Brent Wrightsel decided to enclose it.

“We were disappointed to close it, but now we can use it all the time,” he said.

A series of garage doors were installed to open the space to the elements when weather permits. Inside, tenants can play pool, catch a game on the big screen, work or just hang out. And even though the space isn’t outdoors, a live wall with 1,500 plants helps bring some greenery inside.

Otherwise, the 12-acre Ave complex is proceeding according to plan. The complex’s first building, containing 108 apartments, is about 90% occupied. The second building, with 193 apartments, just welcomed its first occupants into one end while workers finish the other end.

Still to come are three commercial buildings planned along Indianola Avenue in front of the apartments.

The northernmost building, with construction scheduled to begin in the spring, will include 24 condominiums and ground-floor office and retail space. The second building, on the south end, will be reserved for a single restaurant that Wrightsel hopes to announce early next year.

The use of the third building, in the middle, has yet to be determined.

“We wanted to get heads and beds in first,” Wrightsel said.

Between the two residential buildings, The Ave offers 10 apartment floor plans, ranging from a 539-square-foot studio for $945, to a 1,256-square-foot two-bedroom-plus-den plan that rents for $1,650. The complex offers 14 two-story loft plans.

Tenants tend to work nearby at OhioHealth or Ohio State University, and many hail from Clintonville, said property manager Jessica Gillis.

“We see a lot of people who want to stay in the neighborhood but no longer want to maintain a home,” she said.

With its frequent references to Clintonville on its website, and its partnerships with Clintonville businesses, The Ave attempts to capitalize on being one of the few new apartment complexes in the neighborhood.

Jim Weiker

The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

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