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From ThisWeek German Village, 1/12/06:

 

GRANT AVENUE

Plan would convert commercial space to condos

Thursday, January 12, 2006

By TRISTAN CROWE

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

German Village Commissioners held the year's last business session Dec. 29 to address several key projects in the area. One such project is considered among the largest in memory for the district: the creation of 20 new residential units on 645 S. Grant Ave.  An old industrial structure currently sits at the location, owned by Taggart Management, and is expected to be developed into condominiums within the year.

 

"This will be one of the biggest undertakings for the district," assistant Historic Preservation officer Heidi Harendza said, adding the commission's purpose is to guide property owners with the proper understanding for their applications filed through Columbus Department of Development

 

"The property owners of 645 S. Grant filed an application to demolish the modern structures at the location, and rehabilitate the original historic structure into residential homes as well," she said. "The original structure lining Beck Avenue and Jeager Street dates to 1920, and the new town homes will also be situated along Beck Avenue."  With new construction come some concerns about the structure aesthetically fitting into the neighboring area.

 

Read more at http://thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=GermanVillage&story=thisweeknews/011206/GermanVillage/News/011206-News-78377.html

 

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From the 1/20/06 Columbus Dispatch:

 

 

GERMAN VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT

Condos planned for office building

Friday, January 20, 2006

Mike Pramik THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Throughout the past century the building at 645 S. Grant Ave. in German Village has been the site of a bakery, a newspaper-delivery launching point and office space for creative types.  A partnership led by local developer Bob Taggart wants to turn a 41,600-square-foot office structure at S. Grant Avenue and E. Beck Street into 20 condominiums. That might not sound impressive in size, but Beck Place would be the biggest residential project in decades in landlocked German Village.

 

"It is a huge project for German Village with the housing inventory as steady as it is," said Katharine Moore, executive director of the German Village Society, which has been working with Columbus architects John Behal and Juliet Bullock on the project since May. "We don’t have many condos, and a new build is very rare."  The developers want to remove only half of the building, part of which has served as a warehouse. The other half would be renovated. Taking its place would be 12 two-story condominiums and eight three-story townhouses, all of which will face the village’s brick streets.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/business-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/01/20/20060120-G1-01.html

 

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GRANT STREET PROJECT

Design firm focuses on window options

Thursday, January 26, 2006

By TRISTAN CROWE ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

German Village commissioners may get another look at design plans for new town homes planned for 645 S. Grant St. during the Feb. 7 meeting.  For several months, commissioners and architectural representatives from Behal Sampson Dietz have addressed plans for the area, which is expected to become the site for 20 town homes.

 

According to John Behal, his recent meeting with commissioners was an-other step forward as parties work to find suitable compromises for the new development.  Commissioners held off voting on the firm's design plans in early January, requesting additional resources and information from Behal before a final vote.  Behal's next appearance before the commission will include samples of windows, manufacturer information and measurements.  "Considering the scope of this project, there are very few issues," he said.  "The commission had some minor comments that we are working to resolve."

 

Read more at http://thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=GermanVillage&story=thisweeknews/012606/GermanVillage/News/012606-News-85583.html

 

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From ThisWeek German Village, 2/9/06:

 

 

Commission okays Grant Avenue plans

Thursday, February 9, 2006

By SUE HAGAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Eight months after it was first introduced, the German Village Commission on Tuesday evening approved plans to convert former office space into 20 residential town homes and lofts.  The project, to be called Beck Place, is located at 645 S. Grant Avenue, at the corner of Grant and Beck Street.

 

The approval came after about 90 minutes of discussion, and is contingent on the architect making some changes to window, dormer and door designs, and landscaping most of the courtyard spaces.  The architects also agreed to meet with neighbors and the German Village Society to develop a "good neighbor agreement" that would spell out construction hours and parking arrangements for construction workers, among other things.

 

Read more at http://thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=GermanVillage&story=thisweeknews/020906/GermanVillage/News/020906-News-92494.html

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Village to make a splash with June 25 tour 'Splish, splash' -- Water augments village gardens

 

Thursday, June 15, 2006

 

By SUE HAGAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

"Making a splash" is the theme of this year's German Village Haus und Garten tour, which will be held Sunday, June 25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

The tour, the 47th annual, will feature nine homes and four gardens, highlighting pools, fountains and baths and kitchens...

 

For more information on the Friday and Saturday events, call the German Village Society at 614-221-8888.

 

 

http://www.thisweeknews.com/?edition=common&story=thisweeknews/061506/GermanVillage/News/061506-News-171483.html

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Schiller Park may get information kiosk

German Village Gazette, 6/14/06

 

The German Village Society wants to install an informational kiosk in Schiller Park, but it be awhile before it happens.

 

The idea of bringing a kiosk into the park has long intrigued the society.  "We realized that there's nothing in the park that gives you a lot of information about the park," society Executive Director Katharine Moore said.

 

The park is visited by a wide variety of people, some of whom may not be aware of all its uses and available activities.  "Schiller Park is so heavily used by so many different groups of people that we wanted to be able to share any information we can," said Jody Graichen, historic preservation officer for the society.

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From ThisWeek German Village, 8/31/06:

 

 

Merion Village to discuss Racequip

Thursday, August 31, 2006

 

The Merion Village Association will likely vote at its Sept. 6 meeting on a proposal to convert the former Racequip Safety Systems building and parking lot into condominiums.  MVA President Bob Leighty said the panel also will hear a short update on the city of Columbus's planning effort regarding Schumacher Place and the northern section of Merion Village.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/index.php?sec=germanvillage&story=sites/thisweeknews/083106/GermanVillage/News/083106-News-215110.html

 

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RENDERING: A rendering of a Truberry Group home-renovation project in German Village  TRUBERRY GROUP

 

Truberry Group to rebuild, sell German Village cottage for charity

Monday, September 11, 2006

Mike Pramik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The dilapidated cottage in German Village is smaller than most efficiency apartments, and the Franklin County auditor’s Web site lists its construction date simply as "old."  But its reconstruction could mark a new beginning for a central Ohio custom-home builder.  Truberry Group, known for its work in the suburbs, recently bought the cottage at 639 Mohawk St.  It plans to rebuild the structure and add on to create a 3,000-square-foot home.

 

Truberry owner Scott Shively said his company plans to sell the house and donate the proceeds to a nonprofit organization. Truberry sold a residence in Westerville in 2004 and donated proceeds to the Columbus Housing Partnership.  Shively said the house, located just south of Lindey’s restaurant, was built in 1867. It has a driveway, alley access and enough space for a three- or fourcar garage, which would be rare in the area.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/business-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/09/11/20060911-F4-01.html

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From ThisWeek German Village, 9/14/06:

 

 

MVA approves Racequip condos

Thursday, September 14, 2006

By SUE HAGAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

By a vote of 37 to 26, the Merion Village Association approved plans to convert the former Racequip Safety Systems property, 106 E. Moler St., into condominiums.  The project still must be approved by the city of Columbus, but developers Jim Deen and Merion Village resident Doug Tenenbaum hope to begin construction next spring.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/index.php?sec=germanvillage&story=sites/thisweeknews/091406/GermanVillage/News/091406-News-221432.html

 

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From ThisWeek German Village, 11/2/06:

 

 

PHOTO: Dingy Movers begins moving two homes from the 1500 block of South Fourth Street to East Morrill Avenue Wednesday, Oct. 25.  By Darrin Bryan/ThisWeek

 

PHOTO: Todd Bohanan of Dingy Movers makes the turn from Fourth Street to East Morrill Avenue.

 

The houses are moved; now what?

Thursday, November 2, 2006

By SUE HAGAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer  

 

Nearly a year after efforts began to save them from being demolished, two Merion Village homes have been moved to new lots on East Morrill Avenue.  A third wasn't so lucky; it was torn down late last month, and as of early this week, rubble still remained on the lot in the 1500 block of South Fourth Street.

 

Originally, the nonprofit Community Housing Development (CHD) had found parcels for all three, but the deal for one of them fell through.  Now, the two houses that were saved will sit off to the side of the lots while foundations are dug.

 

Gary Davisson, CHD executive vice president, said the houses will be moved over the dug-out spaces and the concrete block foundations will be built up from the bottom of the hole to match the "footprint" of the houses.  "These houses are old and we don't know if they are square," he said. He said the foundations should be completed sometime in December.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/index.php?sec=germanvillage&story=sites/thisweeknews/110206/GermanVillage/News/110206-News-253363.html

 

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From ThisWeek German Village, 2/7/07:

 

Collapsed building will be rebuilt as planned, owner says

Thursday, February 7, 2007

By SUE HAGAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The owner of the Schumacher Place apartment building that partially collapsed last week said he will complete construction of the complex as planned.  Mike Ferris, who owns the building at 356-358-360 East Forest Street, said on Monday that he plans to rebuild the collapsed apartment on the east end of the building and add a fourth unit.  The addition had already been approved by both the Schumacher Place Civic Association (SPCA) and the city of Columbus, but now the collapse will delay its completion.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/?story=sites/thisweeknews/020707/GermanVillage/News/020707-News-367182.html

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Cleveland Plain-Dealer story about German Village - posted via the columbus43215.com site.

 

blog link: http://columbus43215.com/?p=24

 

Columbus gets a little love from the Cleve

Sometimes we take our surroundings for granted, and then there’s something that comes along that puts everything back in perspective. You may remember the previous article from the San Diego Union-Tribune that was passed around town as an affirmation that Columbus had made it to the big time and could even impress visitors from metropolitan West Coast cities. Here’s another praising article about one of Columbus’ most storied neighborhoods, this time from a publication a little more local:

 

Of course, her first visit is to Katzinger’s Delicatessen, a common practice amongst outsiders (i.e. President Bill Clinton). Not my favorite deli in town (that title goes to either Brown Bag or Danny’s Deli downtown), but worth a stop if you’ve never been there, and for the self-serve pickles if nothing else. I liked how she picked local favorite Cup O’ Joe over Starbucks for her smoothie. I think she puts it best though when she quips, “The neighborhood is more antique than ethnic, more hip urban enclave than living-history museum.” Definitely a sentiment we can all agree on…

Posted on September 17th, 2007 by Ryan

 

LINK TO THE ARTICLE: http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living-0/1189942214194090.xml&coll=2

 

Step into charming German Village and you're not in Columbus anymore

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Laura Johnston, Plain Dealer Reporter

 

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I'm not in Ohio anymore. This must be Charleston, S.C. Or Back Bay Boston. Or some hidden corner of Brooklyn.

It feels too cosmopolitan, too old and too stylish to be Columbus. But I look up. The skyline's still there, towering over the peaked roofs and chimneys.

 

In typical PD fashion. At least they're consistant.

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Beck Place condos to be ready by summer

Thursday, February 28, 2008

DAVID J. CROSS

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Beck Place, an area condominium project, is expected to be ready for buyers in mid to late summer this year, despite initial plans for the project to open in summer 2007.  Jason Taggart, marketing director for Taggart Management & Real Estate Services, said the delay is the result of economic issues.  "We thought the housing market was slowing in early '06," he said.  Taggart said he expects the development, 645 S. Grant Ave., at the corner of Grant and Beck Street, to be ready for buyers in August.

 

Demolition of the site began in July.  Currently, Taggart said, most of the framing is complete.  About 10,000 square feet of the 40,000-square-foot building -- the section of the building that fronts Beck Street -- will be retained and renovated.  The project includes eight three-story town homes that will face Grant, four two-story units with rooftop terraces that will face Beck, and eight two-story lofts that will face Jaeger Street. Units will average 2,400 square feet.  Other amenities include access to courtyards, separate entries, lower levels, private elevators and two-car attached garages.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/?sec=home&story=sites/thisweeknews/022808/GermanVillage/News/022808-News-502487.html&tab=tab1

 

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Jason Taggart took the time to post some additional insight on Columbus Underground right <A href="http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=12567&start=15">here</a>.

 

An excerpt:

 

My name is Jason Taggart and I am the project manager for and an owner of Beck Place. I appreciate your comments about the rendering and our community in general. We have owned this building for over 20 years and we have spent 10 months in front of the German Village Commission getting their approvals. They helped us preserve the charm of the Village while also preserving the history of this site which has been several different uses since 1847. In fact, the corner of Jaeger and Beck that is curved is the oldest part of the project which is part of what we were asked tp keep in addition to the Jaeger and Beck buildings.

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Agreed. It was a former bakery/warehouse site. They preserved a lot of the existing architecture. I'm sure they had to comply with some pretty strict regulations set in place by the GV Society.

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Rehabbed 'castle' fit for a king

Sunday, March 9, 2008

By Tim Feran

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Castle for rent.  Downtown view.  Moat not included.  That's the Schwartz Castle, a German Village landmark for more than a century and an enduring subject of gossip, ghost stories and speculation.  After an expensive yearlong update -- its second in the past 25 years -- the castle is up for rent or sale.  The condominium on the top two floors is, anyway.

 

The 5,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a penthouse view of the Columbus skyline is available to any prince or commoner who can pony up the $5,900 monthly rent or the $1.65 million asking price.  The bottom two floors -- another 5,000 square feet -- have been converted into offices.  "I guarantee you've never seen anything like this," said Mike Ferris of Mike Ferris Properties, which owns the building and did the most recent renovation.  "It's one heck of a building."

 

More at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/home_garden/stories/2008/03/09/CASTLE_FOR_RENT.ART_ART_03-09-08_I1_UR9GKPE.html?sid=101

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Beck Street secrets

German Village tour reveals home's hidden assets

Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 3:39 AM

By Tim Feran

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The story seems to get juicier with every telling.  The latest version goes something like this: A certain house on Beck Street has bulletproof glass, a "panic room" and, for quick getaways, a secret tunnel from the basement to the garage.  As is often the case with urban legends, though, this one has a chewy nugget (or two) of fact at its core, which in turn is surrounded by some delicious fiction. The house, at 180 E. Beck St., will be among seven open to the public today during the 49th annual German Village Haus und Garten Tour.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/home_garden/stories/2008/06/29/HAUS.ART_ART_06-29-08_H1_8GAIUTD.html?sid=101

 

View an audio slideshow of three houses in German Village at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/multimedia/audio_slideshows/2008/06/haus1/index.html

 

NCL_6_HAUS_bedroom_06-29-08_H1_SLAIUVK.jpg    NCL_6_HAUS_Tunnel_06-29-08_H1_SLAIUVM.jpg

(LEFT) The view of this backyard from the master bedroom offers no hint of the tunnel that lurks just below the surface.   

(RIGHT) Jacquie Mahan pauses near the end of the tunnel that links her Beck Street home to the garage.

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GERMAN VILLAGE

Brick street rehabilitation slated to start

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

By DAVID J. CROSS ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

German Village residents can expect to see crews marking and working on brick streets.  Barring poor weather, contractors are expected to start the city's brick street rehabilitation project July 8.  "What the people will see is we will be going out and putting markings down on the brick," said Mary Carran Webster, Columbus' assistant public service director.  "It doesn't necessarily mean they are digging up the whole road."

 

Still, Webster said the program, which is undertaken about every other year, is to fix any dips and rough patches in the brick.  "We may not be fixing the whole stretch of that road because it may not need to be repaired, but there are sections that may need to be repaired," Webster said.  "Sometimes there are dips in the road where the base under the brick has given way, sometimes it's age, sometimes it's a combination of weather water and sump pumps."

 

Rest of article and map of brick street rehabilitation locations at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/germanvillage/stories/2008/06/25/0626gebrickstreets_ln.html?sid=10

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Condos bank on German Village

Prime location will spur sales of project in slow market, developer says

Monday, August 11, 2008 - 3:03 AM

By Mike Pramik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Condominium sales have tumbled this year in central Ohio, but the developers of Beck Place aren't worried.  They think they'll achieve success with a second-to-none sales pitch.  It's the oldest one in the book: location.  Rising from the site of a century-old warehouse, the 20-unit condo project is nestled in the heart of German Village, where restaurants, shops and services abound.

 

Beck Place condos won't come cheaply.  Prices average $621,725.  For that price, buyers will get, on average, a 2,430-square-foot unit with an additional 1,000 square feet of basement space that can be finished.  All units have attached, two-car garages, separate entries and outdoor space of some kind, whether terraces, rooftops or patios.

 

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Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/08/11/ZONE0811.ART_ART_08-11-08_C14_20AVEVE.html?sid=101

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Variances sought for S. Third fitness center

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 3:44 PM

By DAVID J. CROSS ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Representatives of a small, franchise fitness center made their case Monday for why the business should be allowed to move into a vacant building on South Third Street.  German Village residents Eric Ferch, along with three partners, wants to open Snap Fitness, which has more than 750 locations nationwide, in the vacant building at 866 S. Third Street.  The German Village Commission is expected to review the application at a special meeting 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the City Preservation Office, 109 N. Front Street.  The society held a separate meeting Monday to give residents more opportunities to learn about the project.

 

In seeking the business, Snap Fitness owners are asking for two variances from the city to allow the move into the village -- to allow a mixed-use property that would house the fitness center of the first floor and two apartments above the location, and to reduce the city mandated number of parking spots required from 12 to zero.  According to the owners' variance application, they also plan to restore the building's façade and to demolish a metal shed in the rear of the location to create four residential parking spots.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/germanvillage/stories/2008/10/22/1023gefitness_ln.html?sid=104

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This I like. I like a lot.

 

In seeking the business, Snap Fitness owners are asking for two variances from the city to allow the move into the village -- to allow a mixed-use property that would house the fitness center of the first floor and two apartments above the location, and to reduce the city mandated number of parking spots required from 12 to zero./b]

 

Why there is a mandated number of parking spots is stupid, especially such a large number for a building of that size. Where are the mandated bike racks and scooter/motorcycle parking spots? This is not a suburb and yet the city has stuff like this on the books that calls for ridiculous amounts of parking. It's a vestige of urban renewal and should be promptly removed.

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