First Look: Nationwide unveils renderings for corporate campus at Grandview Yard

Nationwide presented plans for its new corporate campus at Grandview Yard to a packed special meeting of Grandview Heights City Council Monday evening.

The insurance giant expanded on what it revealed Friday about its ambitious expansion of Grandview Yard, unveiling plans for a 135-room hotel and 13,000-square-foot conference center in addition to the 500,000 square feet of new office space it’s adding to house 3,000 employees it’s moving in from the suburbs.

Brian Ellis, president of the company’s Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. development arm, put a price tag of $100 million on the project, which would bring the total private investment in Grandview Yard to $275 million since NRI first bought land to begin redeveloping the former Big Bear warehouse complex back in 2006.

Nationwide’s proposal calls for three four-story office buildings straddling Yard Street on the north end of the project, served by three parking garages and surrounding 2 1/2 acres of new green space.

by Doug Buchanan, Columbus Business First