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Core South

Core South is the district bordered by the Oval to the north, High Street to the east, 9th Avenue to the south, and Neil Avenue to the west. It includes academic buildings, the South Residential District, and the Gateway buildings on High Street.

Planning Strategies


Strategies for this district include:

  • Activate and define open spaces. 
  • Provide gathering, dining, recreation and wellness spaces to support community. 
  • Accommodate unmet housing demand. 
  • Improve housing quality. 
  • De-densify housing rooms. 

Proposed Long-range Plan


Map rendering of the proposed Core South district on The Ohio State Campus. A detailed list of construction and renovation projects are in the dropdowns below.
Potential New Construction
  • Near-term New Construction:
    • Mirror Lake Hollow
    • Off-Campus Apartments
    • Ohio Union Lawn
    • Residence Halls
    • South Recreation Center
    • Traditions Dining Facility
  • Long-term New Construction:
    • Off-Campus Apartments
    • Residence Halls
Potential Renovation
  • Near-term Renovation:
    • Baker Hall
    • Bradley Hall
    • Canfield Hall
    • Kennedy Commons
    • Mack Hall
    • Morrison Tower
    • Orton Hall
    • Paterson Hall

In the Core South, improvements to Mirror Lake Hollow and the Ohio Union Lawn will strengthen connections between Core North and Core South. Improvements to Mirror Lake Hollow and the Ohio Union Events Lawn further differentiate these green spaces from each other and the Oval, promote their intentional use as more than a pass-through to other destinations, and preserve their functionality as an ecological corridor. 

When Thompson Library was renovated in 2009, the project also transformed the west and north sides of the Oval. Framework 3.0, like the Framework plans before it, proposes to extend that transformation to the remainder of the Oval promenade, including removal of parking on the south side that interrupts the pedestrian traffic. Activating the forecourts of buildings fronting the Oval will create shared amenity space between building users and the general campus community, increasing the vibrancy of this iconic space. 

District Transformation

11th Avenue

Photo of the current 11th Avenue area on Ohio State campus in 2023
Rendering of the proposed 11th Avenue area on Ohio State campus

Major renovations to the historic south low-rise residence halls, in addition to a replacement of Jesse Owens South and a new Traditions Dining facility, will transform Core South into a thriving and modern residential community, with amenities equivalent to those found in the North Residential District. 


The Ohio State Alumni magazine recently highlighted Ohio State's latest long-term master plan, Framework 3.0 and the benefits of planning ahead to ensure a thriving campus for future Buckeyes. 

Columbus Business First highlighted the recent opening of the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center. 

In October, The Lantern highlighted how connectivity, one of four Framework 3.0 planning principles, could help shape improved mobility and increased infrastructure for cyclists on Ohio State's Columbus campus.