Work is underway on several development projects that are poised to transform the central Ohio landscape for years to come. Among the highlights: a new soccer stadium, a new look for the North Market and a new front door for Ohio State University.

Work will begin this year on a new stadium, a new look for the North Market and dozens of other developments that will continue the transformation of central Ohio. Despite the surge of construction in the past few years, experts say this year could be the most significant yet.

"It’s hard to tell what inning we’re in in terms of growth, but I think our biggest days are still ahead of us," said Dan Wendorf, managing director of the Columbus office of the commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle.

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Although most of this year’s major projects remain in the center city — Downtown, Franklinton and the Arena District — significant changes are planned across central Ohio.

"2019 was a very strong year, but I anticipate 2020 to be stronger," said Brian Mooney, general manager of Turner Construction Co.’s Columbus office, which is building several major developments, including the new Crew stadium, Hilton hotel tower and CoverMyMeds headquarters.

"Every sector is hitting on a lot of cylinders — multifamily, private commercial, public work, health, industrial. We see opportunities everywhere we look."

The verdict is still out on plenty of drawing-board proposals, including the overhaul of the former Westland Mall, Downtown’s Millennnial Tower, the Arcadia entertainment complex in Sunbury and a major mixed-use project on the Whittier Peninsula.

For now, these 10 projects underway this year are poised to reshape the central Ohio landscape for years to come.

• Scioto Peninsula. After years of talk and preparation, work is expected to start this spring on two apartment buildings, a hotel and an office building on the west side of the Scioto River, opposite Downtown. The four buildings are the first phase of what is projected to be a mini downtown of its own, with up to 1,800 residences, 2 million square feet of office space, 400 hotel rooms and 200,000 square feet of retail space.

The development is the most dramatic example of the transformation of Franklinton, which also will see work this year on the second phase of the innovative Gravity development and the redevelopment of the Mount Carmel West site.

• Crew stadium. Ground has been broken on the new Crew stadium, on West Nationwide Boulevard in the Arena District. When it opens in the summer of 2021, the $300 million stadium, capable of seating 20,000 fans, will complete the transformation of the Arena District into the sports hub of central Ohio, joining Huntington Park and Nationwide Arena.

The stadium also will anchor the western extension of the Arena District, in a 23-acre development scheduled to include more than 400 apartments and 120,000 square feet of offices along with other new uses.

• Campus. Ohio State University has been undergoing a building boom, especially around the hospital, for years. But for many visitors, the most noticeable change is at the university’s front door, at 15th Avenue and North High Street.

On the east side of High, work is progressing on five office and retail buildings that, combined with changes on the west side, will create a "front door" to campus. The work continues the transformation of High Street between 14th and 17th avenues launched several years ago.

• North Market Mixed-Use Project. The long-discussed development of the North Market parking lot is expected to get underway this summer. The multi-part development will include a 26-story residential tower, a 200-room hotel, a four-story parking garage, 90,000 square feet of offices, bars and restaurants, and an extension of the North Market itself.

The development fills one of the last vacant spots near High Street in the Arena District or Short North. The tower and the 28-story Hilton hotel rising on the east side of High Street will be the two tallest buildings in Columbus constructed in almost three decades.

• Capitol Square. The Dispatch Printing Company and Elford Development expect to present details soon for a redevelopment of the last large vacant parcel around the Statehouse. The team plans to build several buildings on the east side of South 3rd Street north of East State Street that would include residences, parking and offices.

The project will be the most visible of several major developments that stand to revive the traditional core of Downtown. Two high-rises — the PNC building and the Fifth Third building — are poised for major overhauls while another — the Chase Bank building — is anticipating renovations.

• Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s Livingston Avenue campus will continue its rapid expansion this year, with the opening of three projects and the start of a fourth. Scheduled to open in March is the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, a 258,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment center on Livingston Avenue. Just to the east, Nationwide’s conference center will open in the fall, while the second phase of the hospital’s child-care center on 18th Street will open in March.

Work also will begin this year on a 300,000-square-foot fourth research building for the hospital’s Abigail Wexner Research Institute. The hospital’s expansion has fueled the revitalization of the Parsons Avenue strip, along with the residential communities of Old Oaks, Southern Orchards, Schumacher Place and Olde Towne East.

• Polaris. Work is expected to begin this year on the redevelopment of the empty Sears store at Polaris Fashion Place. The store will be torn down and replaced by a FieldhouseUSA sports complex, which will anchor a mixed-used development on the site.

The project dramatically illustrates how developers are reinventing indoor malls and finding new uses for old retail space. Across town, the Mall at Tuttle Crossing converted a former Macy’s store into a massive entertainment center called Scene75. Look this year to see if plans move forward on the conversion of Westland Mall into a mixed-use center called Weston.

• Beulah Park Living. The first phases of the $300 million redevelopment of the Beulah Park racetrack site in the heart of Grove City are on track to open this year. When completed, the 212-acre development is expected to include close to 1,000 residences around a 32-acre park (part of 58 acres of green space) with a pavilion, in addition to office and retail space.

The first phase alone will include 264 apartments, 104 ranch homes, 94 assisted-living apartments, 80 town houses and 136 single-family homes. Some of those homes will be featured in this year’s Parade of Homes, the first time since 2007 that the Parade has been held in Grove City.

• CoverMyMeds. Work is well underway on the Franklinton corporate headquarters of the healthcare IT company. The $240 million development is expected to eventually include two buildings totaling 400,000 square feet on 15 acres southwest of the Route 315/Interstate 670 interchange. The first building, with about 218,000 square feet, is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021.

The development stands to be transformative for Franklinton, helping to attract residents, investment and employers to the neighborhood. CoverMyMeds employs 1,300 and continues to add jobs.

• Jeffrey Park. Work is expected to kick into full gear this year on the final phase of the redevelopment of the 41-acre Jeffrey Mining site off North 4th Street in Italian Village. The phase is scheduled to include a park, almost 90 condominiums and about 850 apartments in three buildings, including a 10-story building with a view of Downtown.

The work will wrap up a development that jump-started and anchored the revival of the entire Italian Village neighborhood.