"The more open it is to innovative developments with public-private partnerships, the better off Columbus will be."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Brian Schottenstein

President, Schottenstein Real Estate Group

About: Brian Schottenstein leads the family owned real estate development company that has projects spread across Central Ohio, including the first large multifamily development ever approved in Powell called Powell Grand. He also was recently in charge of obtaining approvals of the Jerome Grand development in Jerome Township, Northlake Summit in Berkshire Township, Orange Grand in Orange Township and a 1,000-unit mixed use development in Liberty Township.

Schottenstein has helped Schottenstein Real Estate Group expand into markets outside of Central Ohio such as Cincinnati, Kentucky and Florida with more than 4,000 units in construction since he started working at the company. He was responsible for receiving zoning approvals for the new Central Gardens Grand development in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Schottenstein recently became president of the Columbus Apartment Association, which has more than 330 members and represents more than 104,000 multifamily units.

Outside of work: Schottenstein is involved with the Urban Land Institute, Jewish Columbus board, LifeTown board and the Ohio State University Hillel board.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “Columbus is a great place to live now, but it has potential for even more growth and attracting new people in the future as the population estimates show. Solid municipalities understand that new developments will ultimately correlate with job growth and attract young people to move to Central Ohio. The more open it is to innovative developments with public-private partnerships, the better off Columbus will be in the future.”

Schottenstein’s idea: “Develop a memorial park that shows the history of Columbus and recognizes the pioneers of our great city. This project would be to celebrate the remarkable history of Columbus and inspire others to do the same. I would also like to have a project to help students grow outside of the classroom.”

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