German Village Gazette

Hospital plans new ambulatory center

Construction of the 200,000-square-foot building at Livingston and Grant avenues is to begin in January


Nationwide Children's Hospital revealed a new development plan that would put a seven-story, 200,000-square-foot building on the outskirts of German Village.

Construction on the Livingston Ambulatory Center building, at the northeast corner of Livingston and Grant avenues, is set to begin the first week of January.

Angela Mingo, community relations director for Nationwide Children's, made a presentation about the project at the German Village Society Board of Trustees' meeting Aug. 10.

The site, which is nearly 11 acres, was rezoned by the city of Columbus earlier this year, clearing the way for the expansion, she said.

Mingo said the hospital will take over the space adjacent to the former Columbus Africentric Early College, 300 E. Livingston Ave.

Students still attend the school but will be relocated to a new site in 2016. Columbus City Schools owns the property but would not speculate on its future beyond 2016.

Hospital officials will clear a football stadium, track fields and other sports amenities to make way for the clinic, which will house numerous facilities.

It was named an ambulatory clinic because the care will be done on an outpatient basis, Mingo said.

Some of the clinics now located at the hospital will be moved to the new site, including the center for healthy weight and nutrition, dental services, behavioral health and teen pregnancy care. Other offices also will be located inside the building, which will have a 1,000-car parking lot.

Mingo said hospital officials are considering building a parking garage but stressed that all plans are preliminary.

Nationwide Children's has hired the architectural firm of NBBJ and Gilbane Smoot as the construction manager Mingo said. The plan is to complete construction by late 2016 and move in shortly after in 2017.