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Artistic Apartment Building Opens in Franklinton

Brent Warren Brent Warren Artistic Apartment Building Opens in Franklinton548 West State. Photos by Brent Warren.
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A new apartment building at the corner of State and Mill streets in Franklinton is now complete and ready for its first occupants. It will add 12 one-bedroom apartments to the neighborhood, along with a new piece of art – a mural by local artist Andrew Lundberg that covers a large portion the building’s facade.

Units in the new building, which was first proposed in March of 2018, will rent for between $1,175 and $1,325 per month.

“We’re receiving great interest in the apartments, particularly with the re-opening of the nearby draws like BrewDog and Land Grant’s beer garden,” said Shawn Kichline, of Oxide Real Estate Development.

He added that the building’s 1,500-square-foot retail space, complete with rolling garage doors and room for outdoor dining, is available for lease. 

This is the first Columbus project for Oxide, a four-year-old company that has been active in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The architect of the building – which is named after its address, 548 West State – is Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design, and it was built by Compton Construction.

The project is coming online about 18 months after the Out of Town development opened – a 45-unit apartment complex developed by Arch City Development and Metropolitan Holdings that is located at 520 W. Town St., a block away from 548 West State.

Brian Higgins, Principal of Arch City Development, told Columbus Underground that Out of Town has been fully leased since around April of last year.

“Demand has been strong for a couple of reasons,” he added. “First, there is obviously a lot of interest in living in East Franklinton, but there aren’t a lot of new units at these price points, and second, the location is close to a lot of attractive amenities.”  

Other new apartment developments in East Franklinton include the Gravity project and River & Rich.

Additional Reading:

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Development Roundup: June 2020 Edition

Renovation Plan for Historic Franklinton Buildings Debated

The first floor holds a retail or restaurant space that has not yet been leased.
The entrance to the building, with Downtown in the distance.
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