Central Ohio developers say pandemic has changed, but not stopped, growth

The COVID-19 pandemic has “called much into question about how people will live and how communities are designed,” but several local developers say new projects continue to move forward despite a slowdown, Columbus Business First reports. Brad DeHays, whose Connect Realty has been busy with several development projects in Central Ohio, said while COVID-19’s impact has changed consumer interaction, his projects are “largely stabilized” and he is “banking on the city’s continued growth,” according to the article. Brent Racer, principal at New Avenue Architects & Engineers, estimates his company’s business “has dropped by 20%” but it has used the time “to help restaurants and retailers design for social distancing while they reopen.” Market president of Pepper Construction of Ohio Paul Francis expects retail and hospitality will be the hardest hit, while logistics “has moved right ahead.” For more, read the full article.

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