THE FORGE SHORT NORTH - SITE VISIT
January 10, 2019 @ 711 N. High Street, Columbus
Lauren and Nate took us on a tour of the new Forge space in the Short North. Even though it’s still under construction, we could see the story unfold.
The Forge will occupy the top two floors (8th and 9th) of the building at 711 N. High Street. The 8th floor opens to the Innovation Pathway, a tech-heavy gathering jump space that runs through the center of the office. Right now, it’s a big empty space with plastic sheets as walls, but when the renovation is complete, the signature orange ceiling will create a striking entry. Surrounding the pathway will be several multi-purpose work stations and conference rooms with sleek glass partitions.
At the end of the corridor is a grand stair with bench seating that leads to the 9th floor. This floor will include a conference room and makerspace, but it will mainly serve as an event space. It will feature a full industrial kitchen and bar, lounge seating, and room for a live band and dance floor.
The building at 711 N. High offers a new approach to the Short North Arts District. Almost every floor will be mixed-use, with a combination of parking, offices, dining, and a fitness center. The glass and brick façade adds height and a modern touch to the historic area, while offering rare 360˚ views of the city.
We’re anticipating invites to future dance parties.