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Historic Bryden Road Building Bought, Apartments Planned

Brent Warren Brent Warren Historic Bryden Road Building Bought, Apartments PlannedPhoto by Walker Evans.
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Another historic Olde Towne East building has been purchased by an owner with preservation and renovation in mind. A prominent three-story building at 738 Bryden Road – which has sat empty for years and at one time served as a dormitory for the Columbus School for Girls – was bought in January by a group of developers hoping to turn it into apartments.

The development group includes Arch City Development and Woods Development Group, the same team that is building a 40-unit apartment complex at 122 Parsons Avenue (which is set to begin construction this spring).

Brian Higgins of Arch City Development stressed that they have yet to develop formal plans for the Bryden Road building, although he was able to say that their plan would be less intensive than the most recent proposal for the building – in 2012 a plan to turn it into a 60-bed hostel was taken to neighborhood groups but eventually fell through.

“Our tentative plan is to develop approximately one dozen housing units,” he said. “We are looking forward to working with the neighbors and the community as we restore the building in accordance with the guidelines set by the Bryden Road Historic District.”

Recent weeks have seen two other renovation projects announced in the area; a mixed-use building at the corner of Oak Street and Ohio Avenue, and a renovation and new-build at the corner of Oak and Wilson Avenue.

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