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Huntington Bank renovating Brewery District law office building for new branch

 

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Huntington National Bank is leaving Kroger’s Brewery District grocery store, with plans to renovate a nearby office building for a larger standalone branch.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/03/23/exclusive-huntington-bank-renovating-brewery.html

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Townhomes coming to prominent corner in the Brewery District

 

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A vacant industrial building in the Brewery District will be demolished to make way for 20 townhomes starting in the mid-$400,000s.

 

Having earned city approval, developer Dennis King expects to begin tearing down the Praxair Distribution facility at 876 S. Front St. sometime in August. The site is at Front and Whittier streets, at the entrance to the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/07/29/first-look-townhomes-coming-to-prominent-corner-in.html

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Wasserstrom announced today that it will be leaving its headquarters of 50 years in the Brewery District for a building at 4500 E. Broad Street in Whitehall.  The restaurant-products supplier will move its HQ and 225 employees next summer:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/08/31/wasserstrom-moving-225-workers-to-new-hq-in.html

 

Which is certainly good news for Whitehall.  But it also might be good news for the Brewery District.  The Wasserstrom building has been an interesting but incongruent modern landmark at the northern gateway into the Brewery District at 477 S. Front Street.  Below is a view of the building from the corner of Livingston & Front looking south:

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The good news for the Brewery District is that Wasserstrom owns the property and said in the Business First article that it expects its headquarters at 477 S. Front Street to be redeveloped.  And the property is much more than just the narrow modern building along Front Street.  It also includes the historic three-story brick warehouse behind the modern building.  Such a large building at such a prominent location should attract much interest from developers.  Below is an aerial from the County Auditor website that also shows the entire Wasserstrom property outlined:

 

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I was under the impression that Wasserstrom also controlled the southern portion of the building to the west as well, which has only been partially redeveloped.

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I've had several meetings in that building and it should be an embarrassment for a company of that size to occupy it.  Their customer service section is basically a dungeon and their offices aren't much better.  This is long overdue and I'm very happy for their employees to get out of that place and into something more modern.  That being said I know that Via Vecchia is part of that complex as well.  There is a lot of potential for that area, hopefully Wasserstrom sells it and removes themselves completely from the new project.

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Former warehouse by Scioto Audubon Metro Park being renovated for creative office space

 

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A downtown warehouse once run by F&R Lazarus & Co. is being renovated for creative office space.

 

E.V. Bishoff Co. said it is spending several million dollars to transform the single-story, 200,000-square-foot complex at 371 Maier Place bordering the Scioto Audubon Metro Park into the Audubon Park Office Center. The Columbus-based real estate company purchased the building in the early 1990s.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/11/18/former-warehouse-by-scioto-audobon-metro-park.html

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Some more info on the impending redevelopment of Wasserstrom's HQ from BizFirst today. Also, the potential here is even larger than Columbo indicated above. Wasserstrom owns all of the property I've indicated on the map below. This could really be transformative for the district, and inject a lot of new activity into the neighborhood.

 

Wasserstrom selling former Hoster brewery for redevelopment

 

Wasserstrom, a restaurant products supplier, is taking proposals from developers for an adaptive reuse of the 140,000-square-foot complex of buildings at 477 S. Front St.

 

The company is not bound by a specific deadline, but executives say they would like to have a deal in place by next summer.

 

“We showed the building to many, many developers. Some are working on lining up financing to come give us proposals," President Brad Wasserstrom said. “There’s no doubt this property’s going to sell to a developer. We’re talking to all the typical names, it’s all the big names (in Columbus).”

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/12/16/photos-wasserstrom-selling-former-hoster-brewery.html

 

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Some more info on the impending redevelopment of Wasserstrom's HQ from BizFirst today. Also, the potential here is even larger than Columbo indicated above. Wasserstrom owns all of the property I've indicated on the map below. This could really be transformative for the district, and inject a lot of new activity into the neighborhood.

 

Wasserstrom selling former Hoster brewery for redevelopment

 

Wasserstrom, a restaurant products supplier, is taking proposals from developers for an adaptive reuse of the 140,000-square-foot complex of buildings at 477 S. Front St.

 

The company is not bound by a specific deadline, but executives say they would like to have a deal in place by next summer.

 

“We showed the building to many, many developers. Some are working on lining up financing to come give us proposals," President Brad Wasserstrom said. “There’s no doubt this property’s going to sell to a developer. We’re talking to all the typical names, it’s all the big names (in Columbus).”

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/12/16/photos-wasserstrom-selling-former-hoster-brewery.html

 

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Thank God they are doing this; I was in that building for work several times and a company of their size should've been ashamed to call that their HQ.  It is a very diverse property with a ton of potential so it will be interesting to see what someone does with it.  It is suited best for commercial but that 1960's addition in the front needs to come down for sure. 

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Praxair Distribution buildings at the southeast corner of Whittier and Front have been demolished for a 20-unit townhouse project - http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/07/29/first-look-townhomes-coming-to-prominent-corner-in.html:

 

- February 2017 photo from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-february-2017

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- Previous buildings at Whittier & Front:

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- Aerial rendering of the 20-unit project for the southeast corner of Whittier & Front:

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Some news about two new-build properties in the historic Brewery District.  The first is about 555 S. Front Street, a four-story, 41,460 square-foot office building that was built by the Edwards Cos. in 1997.  The 555 building had fallen into financial trouble for Edwards and was returned to its mortgage holder in 2012, before being purchased by an out-of-town entity in 2013.

 

Now this prominent Brewery District office building has been purchased by a prominent local real estate developer, Kyle Katz.  The deal also includes a 5,193-square-foot building at 551 S. Front Street that is leased by Holy Water Spirits, a distillery that plans to open soon.  According to the below linked Business First article, the 555 S. Front Street office building is 90 percent leased:

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/08/14/kyle-katz-buys-prominent-brewery-district-office.html

 

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The second bit of news is about the prominent 12-story office tower at 500 S. Front Street built in 1989 - aka the sliding facade building:

 

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A local ownership group purchased 500 S. Front Street one year ago and announced plans to spend more than $1 million to modernize the lobby and update the building's infrastructure, such as heating and cooling, security system and energy-efficient lights within the parking structure.  According to the Business First article linked below, since the renovations were announced the building occupancy has increased from 71 to 98 percent.

 

The building’s new largest tenant, taking 26,000 of the building's 146,000 square feet, was announced last month.  Woda Group Inc., an affordable housing developer active in 15 states, is consolidating 60 employees from its Westerville and Columbus offices at 500 S. Front Street, with plans for additional employees.  The renovations at 500 S. Front are set for completion in December, which includes the preparation of Woda’s office space:

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/09/15/renovated-brewery-tower-fills-up-strategy-paid-off.html

 

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Here is what is being called Southern Tier at Front and Whittier streets. It is adjacent to the entrance to Scioto Audubon Metro Park. The corner opposite here has a sweet old brick factory for lease for office space that would be perfect for residential conversion if you ask me.

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Developer eager to turn Wasserstrom property in the Brewery District into 'front door' to downtown

 

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A developer has plans to turn a prominent Brewery District property into a "front door" to downtown, with ideas that include offices, a hotel, lofted condos and even a market where Interstate 70 funnels visitors to the area.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/12/22/developer-eager-to-turn-wasserstrom-property-in.html

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Proposal Calls for Three-Story Building at Maennerchor Site

 

A proposal to build a three-story, 18-unit residential building at 966 S. High St. was presented to the Brewery District Commission last night.

 

The plan calls for the demolition of a two-and-a-half story building – along with its one-story front addition – that sits immediately north of the Valters at Maennerchor restaurant, where the Columbus Maennerchor currently meets.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/proposal-calls-for-three-story-building-at-maennerchor-site-bw1

 

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Praxair Distribution buildings at the southeast corner of Whittier and Front have been demolished for a 20-unit townhouse project - http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/07/29/first-look-townhomes-coming-to-prominent-corner-in.html:

 

View of the first townhouses in this 20-unit project at Whittier & Front from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-short-north-university-district-more-we1

 

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Is that some kind of joke over there at Columbus Underground about a plan to demolish the antiques mall building for a fast food joint with a drive thru? It has to be. That is crazy...exactly the opposite of what they should be doing-which is following the example of the Short North and getting rid of these stand alone fast food joints with drive thrus...not creating more of them by demolishing a nice old building.

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Is that some kind of joke over there at Columbus Underground about a plan to demolish the antiques mall building for a fast food joint with a drive thru? It has to be. That is crazy...exactly the opposite of what they should be doing-which is following the example of the Short North and getting rid of these stand alone fast food joints with drive thrus...not creating more of them by demolishing a nice old building.

 

Yeah, that is a crazy proposal:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/proposal-would-demolish-south-high-building-for-drive-thru-restaurant-bw1

 

What makes it even more crazy is that it has zero chance of happening.  Not only does it requires Brewery District Commission approval, but it also goes against every major standard of the city's Urban Commercial Overlay that governs this property.

 

https://www.columbus.gov/planning/commercialoverlays/

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Is that some kind of joke over there at Columbus Underground about a plan to demolish the antiques mall building for a fast food joint with a drive thru? It has to be. That is crazy...exactly the opposite of what they should be doing-which is following the example of the Short North and getting rid of these stand alone fast food joints with drive thrus...not creating more of them by demolishing a nice old building.

 

Yeah, that is a crazy proposal:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/proposal-would-demolish-south-high-building-for-drive-thru-restaurant-bw1

 

What makes it even more crazy is that it has zero chance of happening.  Not only does it requires Brewery District Commission approval, but it also goes against every major standard of the city's Urban Commercial Overlay that governs this property.

 

https://www.columbus.gov/planning/commercialoverlays/

 

Yeah, I hope they reject the proposal with extreme prejudice and then laugh the developer out of the room. 

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New Plan Calls for Moving Historic Antique Mall Building

 

The developer behind a plan to demolish the Greater Columbus Antique Mall building is coming back to the Brewery District Commission this week with a new idea for the site.

 

The latest plan calls for moving the historic, front portion of the building to a grass-covered lot about 500 feet to the south. The two-story cinderblock addition that extends to the rear of the property would then be demolished, creating an “opportunity for redevelopment of the site with an appropriate commercial use,” according to a letter submitted to the city in advance of Thursday’s meeting.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/new-plan-calls-for-moving-historic-antique-mall-building-bw1

 

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I don't get why they want to go through all that effort to move the building all for a drive through. First of all, the city should be making zoning code changes to prevent auto oriented uses going in on inner city urban streets like this. The demolition of a historic structure is a separate issue. This type of use would be fine on a street like Bethel Road but not in the Brewery District. Is it that hard to build a non-drive through restaurant with a 0 setback building and parking in the rear? 

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9 hours ago, cityscapes said:

I don't get why they want to go through all that effort to move the building all for a drive through. First of all, the city should be making zoning code changes to prevent auto oriented uses going in on inner city urban streets like this. The demolition of a historic structure is a separate issue. This type of use would be fine on a street like Bethel Road but not in the Brewery District. Is it that hard to build a non-drive through restaurant with a 0 setback building and parking in the rear? 

 

There's the urban commercial overlay which would apply here. But they can always apply for variances...somehow the rebuild of the Brewery District McDonald's got through, after all.

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I can't figure out why they are so hellbent on making this lot a drive-thru, like what chain could they possibly have lined up that is so dedicated to a specific plot. 

 

 

 

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I still say this Antique Mall property project is going nowhere.  It sounds like the developer got roundly rejected during their conceptual review back in April and this "we'll move the building" proposal is a last ditch attempt to win over the Brewery District Commission.

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Here's another project up for conceptual review at tomorrow's Brewery District Commission:

 

Apartments Proposed for CD102.5 Property in Brewery District

 

A new apartment development has been proposed for 1036 S. Front St., the current site of radio station CD102.5 and its music venue the Big Room Bar.

 

The proposal, from local company Gallas Zadeh Development, calls for a 42-unit apartment building on the half-acre site.  It’s listed on the agenda for this Thursday’s Brewery District Commission meeting as a conceptual review, meaning no vote will be taken on the proposal.  A site plan and elevations submitted to the city show a three-story building served by a 40-space parking lot.  The parking would be accessed from either Redbud Alley or the alley running parallel to Front Street.

 

The station moved to 1036 S. Front Street in 2011 and opened the Big Room Bar there in 2015.  Swiss Family Home, LLC — registered to CD102.5 owner Randy Malloy — is listed on the Franklin County Auditor’s site as the owner of the parcel.

 

MORE:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/apartments-proposed-for-cd-102-5-property-in-brewery-district-bw1

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On 10/31/2018 at 2:45 PM, Columbo said:

I still say this Antique Mall property project is going nowhere.  It sounds like the developer got roundly rejected during their conceptual review back in April and this "we'll move the building" proposal is a last ditch attempt to win over the Brewery District Commission.

 

I ain't sayin - I'm just sayin:

 

https://www.columbusunderground.com/schiff-properties-withdraws-plan-to-move-antique-mall-building-bw1

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Planning Underway for Major Redevelopment Project in the Brewery District

 

"Local architecture firm Schooley Caldwell is now attached to a plan to redevelop the former Hoster Brewing Company complex in the Brewery District.

The collection of large, interconnected buildings includes the former Wasserstrom Company headquarters, at 477 S. Front St., as well as the brewery’s former mash house, which has been empty for years. Also included within the scope of the project is a surface parking lot, which could potentially be developed with new buildings."

 

Existing:

 

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Preliminary drawing:

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/brewery-district-redevelopment-bw1

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$70M Brewery District project hopes to change the neighborhood

 

Developer Dwight McCabe has spent a year lining up plans for the former Hoster Brewing Co. properties at 477 S. Front St. that would turn a complex of brick buildings into a 245,000-square-foot mixed-use project with restaurants, retail, offices and a new hotel in the Brewery District.

 

A $70 million plan would bring a new mixed-use development to the former brewery complex at 477 S. Front St.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/12/06/70m-brewery-district-project-hopes-to-change-the.html

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^ More about this from Business First today (I don't know how much of this is viewable for non-subscribers, so a synopsis and the graphics for the project are included below):

 

$70M Brewery District project hopes to change the neighborhood

 

A planned $70 million development would transform a prominent block of the Brewery District near downtown.  Developer Dwight McCabe has spent a year lining up plans for the former Hoster Brewing Co. properties at 477 S. Front St. that would turn a complex of brick buildings into a 245,000-square-foot mixed-use project with restaurants, retail, offices and a new hotel. ... Phasing the project over a year and half will make it easier to get things done, McCabe said.

 

The first phase would focus on 120,000 square feet bound by Front and Fulton streets and Ludlow Alley, where a 40,000-square-foot addition would go.  It would include a 140-room hotel and 15,000-square-foot venue, 15,000 square feet of office space and 40,000 square feet of food service, restaurant, retail, coffee and a rooftop bar.  The key anchor for the first phase of the development is a "unique, boutique" hotel, McCabe said.

 

The second phase would redevelop about 100,000 square feet in the historic warehouse buildings west of Ludlow Alley.  That would include 30,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and loft apartments.

 

The third phase would be a new building – 66,000 to 100,000 square feet – south of the warehouses and west of the alley. It would house either office space or condominiums.  The fourth phase would be a parking structure with space above for either office or apartments based on market need.  The project would coincide with coming construction that will realign the I-70 exit ramp next to the property.  Once it's finished, a significant portion of traffic coming into downtown will pass the property.

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/12/06/70m-brewery-district-project-hopes-to-change-the.html

 

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This addition looked way cooler when it was more modern. Still kept the historic massing but made a really abrupt departure from all of the historic brick in the immediate vicinity. This is... a little 80s office park-y? Hopefully this continues to evolve and refine and we'll see some aesthetic improvements. Regardless couldn't be happier that such a prominent corner is getting some action and development!

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