There are some wonderful new developments underway in the Short North Arts District, as evidenced by the ongoing construction and new buildings popping up throughout the District! With completion dates ranging from September 1, 2011, all the way until 2014, there’s always something to look forward to here in the Short North Arts District!

One of the first reveals to get excited about is the relocation and transformation of Tigertree. The trendy retailer, known for an eclectic and finely edited collection of apparel will soon expand into the space formerly owned by Collier West! To bring the district even more of the Tigertree style we love, the shop will be introducing furniture in the new store as well as increasing their merchandise in order to fill the spacious new digs.

With Tigertree moving to a bigger location, their neighbors, Karavan Treasures from Turkey, saw the opportunity to also  expand the business and will extend their store into the former Tigertree space. Karavan currently carries decorative items From Turkey, including carpets, killims, copper trays, scarves, jewelry & ceramics, and will now also carry furniture. The new Karavan expansion will be a welcomed treat for Short North shoppers to escape the ordinary and add unique pieces to their home decor.

Further down the street you will notice the large but shockingly unintrusive renovations around Northstar Cafe. Though it doesn’t look like much now, The Wood Companies are underway with a construction project atop the shops between 1st Avenue and Price Avenue creating three floors of office space and 24 desirable condo-quality apartments, a 4,500 square foot rooftop terrace, and – how great is this? – a parking garage! Currently, there are only two stairwells as evidence of this brilliant project, but there is much more to come this fall as the next phase in construction is the completion of the second floor!

In addition, The Wood Companies have purchased the historic Leafy Dale building on 789 Dennison Avenue and plan to completely renovate the building into 26 residential apartments. Ideally, the project will also include a rooftop terrace with covetable views of Goodale Park and the Downtown skyline.

Hyatt Regency Columbus is proud to announce the completion of their grand, 633-room renovation. The rooms, as well as the elevators and corridors, underwent a massive $12 million remodeling. All rooms have now been fitted with large 42” flat screen TVs, updated lighting, contemporary flooring, and wonderful local photography of Columbus landmarks!

The new Hilton Columbus Downtown will soon become a member of what is being referred to as the Big 3 (the Hyatt Regency, the Hilton, and the Westin). The new Hilton Columbus will provide the needed accommodation when large events, such as the Arnold Classic, hit the city. Conveniently located across the street, guests will have access to the convention center via a glass skywalk connecting the buildings. The hotel will feature 532 spacious guest rooms with great views of the city. The hotel is making a tremendous effort in sustainability and is proud to announce their LEED and Green Seal Certifications!

It’s not just all about real estate and hospitality though! The dilapidated Garden Theatre, the second oldest theater in the city, has received a complete makeover and will soon reopen under the management of Short North Stage! The new, and much needed, theater will present primarily musicals as well as providing a space for more experimental productions. The first performance will be a concert version of a classic Follies production with curtains scheduled to open mid-October.

As you may have noticed, the classic drive-in diner, Goody Boy, has been getting a bit of a facelift as well. The landmark restaurant unfortunately went out of business in 2008, but new owner and restaurateur, Jimmie V., hopes to breathe new life into the location with a healthier dining concept. Though the restaurant’s name has yet to be decided on, that dynamite outdoor patio is reason enough to get excited!

The highly praised restaurant L’Antibes, known for its fine, French cuisine, has also just recently added to its splendor. L’Antibes, previously only a formal dining environment, has refreshed its image with a gorgeous outdoor patio as well as a selection of small plates to the menu to suit the tastes of a variety of customers. A few of the new small plates include: delicious pomme frites ($8), served with three dipping sauces, a delicate avocado and shaved fennel salad ($11) complete with a drizzling of rich truffle oil, and simply the best crispy calamari ($11). On your dining adventure in the District, savor the few remaining warm summer nights and visit the L’Antibes patio for what is sure to be any foodie’s fantasy.

All this sounds great but, you’re worried about traffic? Thankfully, there’s a new I-71/670 project underway this September that hopes to decongest the heavily traveled route where physical capacity has long been exceeded! The I-71/670 project aims to improve safety and travel time by adding a new lane on I-670, as well as twenty-two new bridges throughout to connect local neighborhoods. The first phase of this grand interstate project will be complete in 2014.

The Short North Arts District, famed for its transformation from a forgotten, dangerous strip on High Street into the epicenter of the city’s art and cultural scene, is ever growing and changing. Be sure to keep an eye out as all of these developments go from concept to completion!