Welcome to Astor Park, the mixed-use neighborhood that will be adjacent to New Crew Stadium that pays homage to the origins of soccer in America.
On Tuesday, The Pizzuti Companies and Columbus Crew SC owners Haslam Sports Group released details regarding Astor Park, which will include offices with ground-floor retail, multi-family living and easy access to natural resources. The master plan ultimately focuses on creating an active, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood within a park-like, riverfront setting.
“We are committed to designing and programming a walkable neighborhood that not only adds to the vibrancy of the community, but provides opportunities for people to gather, live with art, enjoy outdoor activities, and experience one of the nation’s most dynamic, world-class soccer stadiums,” Joel S. Pizzuti, president and chief operating pfficer of The Pizzuti Companies said in a statement.
The neighborhood’s name is derived from the Astor House, an esteemed New York City hotel where Thomas Cahill founded the United States Football Association, which later became the United States Soccer Federation, in 1913.
A two-acre public park and a new currently under construction pedestrian bridge connects Astor Park to surrounding communities. Situated on the east bank of the Olentangy River, the park will connect Astor Park to the west side of the Olentangy River where visitors and locals will have direct access to the Olentangy Trail and the Central Ohio Greenway network.
“We love how Astor Park is evolving and are excited for the Columbus community to experience the neighborhood in so many unique and exciting ways," said Dee Haslam, Chief Executive Officer of Haslam Sports Group. “We’re certainly thrilled that New Crew Stadium within Astor Park points to the exciting future of Crew SC, Major League Soccer and the world-class city of Columbus. While the name Astor Park was derived from its historic soccer roots, we know the neighborhood itself will be vibrant and dynamic with great energy year-round from people working, living, and enjoying the beautiful green space.”
New Crew Stadium is scheduled to open in July 2021, while the second phase of construction will focus on the residential component with groundbreaking expected last this year with an estimated completion date of spring 2023.
Check out a few more of the renderings below: