Developer continues to clean up brownfields


GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — Columbus native Joel Lilly is the director and chief financial officer of successful businessesa mixed-use developer focused on brownfields or on land that has already been developed but is not currently in use.

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  • The state recently authorized $192 million for 112 brownfield projects to help clean up contaminated properties, paving the way for future economic development
  • Thrive Companies is one of many developers taking advantage of Ohio grants to clean up contaminated properties
  • Grandview Crossing is one of the projects Thrive is working on

prosper sees Grandview Crossing as one of his successes. The development sits on 55 acres near Dublin Road, the site of a former landfill which took several years to clear.

Lilly said it was a matter of doing due diligence before undertaking projects of this magnitude.

“All the infrastructure work, all the grading work, the land clearing work, so these projects are very time-consuming, very labor-intensive, compared to a lot of the little one-acre sites where you can sort of put the hands on,” Lily said.

Although there have been some setbacks with COVID and supply chain issues, Lilly is finally seeing the progress he’s been hoping for since 2012.

“Thirteen hundred apartments. We have approximately 100,000 square feet of retail under construction and/or planned. Additionally, we hope to have a 140-key hotel,” Lilly said.

The Grandview Crossing project was made possible in part by brownfield grants from the state of Ohio.

The state recently authorized $192 million for 112 brownfield projects to help clean up contaminated properties, paving the way for future economic development.

“The Brownfields Grant and the Stormwater Loan from the Hot Water Authority was essential for us to get those dollars to help us. It’s a big site, no utility is installed there. And to make the vertical projects work, we really needed those funds to help get the project started,” Lilly said.

Lilly said that although Thrive Companies has been hit hard by inflation like everyone else, he hopes that with the demand that exists in and around central Ohio, they can continue to finance and build for the years to come.

“It’s been a while to come, but we feel like we’re at the top of the hill and we’re preparing to go down the easy side of this project as we continue to build. We’re really excited for Columbus, Ohio. We think we’re really optimistic about Columbus in the long term. We think there’s a lot of growth and job retention. And we’re excited about this project and our other projects we’re doing in the city. “said Lilly.

Lilly expects all phases of the Grandview Crossing project to be completed by 2026.

His team is also working on the development of a former landfill on McKinley Avenue along the Scioto River in Columbus.

This project is scheduled to start next year and is funded in part by the Ohio Brownfields Grants.


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