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Quality and Community

Starting in the early 1970s, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company began planning a modern high-rise office tower and public plaza in downtown Columbus where it could serve as a strong, vibrant contributor to the growing Columbus community. The designated headquarters location, where the Arena District is now located, was in a blighted state; however it once was a bustling warehouse and transportation hub, and was home to the Ohio Penitentiary.

Nationwide broke ground on their One Nationwide Plaza headquarters building in July of 1974 at the corner of High Street and Nationwide Boulevard. The 40-story, 1,328,000 square foot tower and related garages, walkways and green space was a catalyst for the remarkable rebirth of downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods.

Nationwide Realty Investors was formed in 1997 as Nationwide’s dedicated real estate development affiliate. The newly formed development company lead the creation of a holistic plan to transform the entire area around Nationwide headquarters into a lively neighborhood. The Arena District would include 75 acres of offices, housing, restaurants and entertainment venues. The design would seamlessly integrate new and old buildings with city streets, sidewalks and public gathering places.

Today the Arena District expands over 100 acres, with 1.5 million square feet of commercial office space, over 1000 residential units, and top entertainment destinations including Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, Huntington Park where the AAA baseball Columbus Clippers play, EXPRESS LIVE! featuring indoor and outdoor concerts, numerous hotels, an athletic club, and dozens of bars and restaurants.

Nationwide Realty Investor’s $1 billion Arena District is a premier model of urban neighborhood development – a synergy of urban living, downtown working and city nightlife.

In addition to the catalytic Arena District, Nationwide Realty Investors is actively developing large-scale, complex, mixed-use projects across the country. The company’s $2 billion portfolio includes the 250-acre mixed-use Rivulon development in Gilbert, Arizona, a 1,700-acre community called Jerome Village featuring single-family homes and commercial space in Dublin, Ohio, multiple private golf course communities in California, 125-acre mixed-use Grandview Yard development in Grandview Heights, Ohio, Gainey Ranch Corporate Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, luxury and boutique hotels in the Central Ohio region, and a variety of apartment and condominium projects.