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East Long Street Development Lands Approval

Brent Warren Brent Warren East Long Street Development Lands ApprovalThe proposed building at 800 E. Long St., rendering by ArchAll Architects.
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A plan to build a 72-unit mixed-use development on East Long Street was approved by the Columbus Development Commission yesterday.

The project, from Metropolitan Holdings, will fill a .85-acre site that is currently vacant on the south side of Long, between North Garfield Avenue and Talmadge Street. The newly-opened Adelphi Quarter development sits directly across the street.

The site was for years occupied by a boarded up gas station that was adorned with several murals by the late artist Jeff Abraxas.

Joseph McCabe, Vice President of Development for Metropolitan Holdings, told the Near East Area Commission last spring that before the gas station building was demolished in 2019, high-resolution photographs of the murals were taken. The plan is to recreate the murals on the new building, he said, and renderings submitted to the city in advance of the Development Commission meeting show the portraits on the Garfield Avenue side, across from the Lincoln Theatre.

In addition to the apartments, which will be predominantly one-bedroom units, the building will also hold ground floor commercial space, a leasing office and a parking garage with room for 77 cars. Similar in design to the Yardley in Olde Towne East (also developed by Metropolitan Holdings), the Long Street building will be four stories tall, with the fourth floor set back and not visible from the street. 

“The project will construct a crucial infill development, helping replace the many ‘missing teeth’ along the Long Street corridor,” said McCabe. “We are proud to have worked with the community and the Bronzeville Neighborhood Association on refining the design and even naming the building.”

The building will be called ‘The Ogden,’ which was once the name of the Lincoln Theatre.

“It is important that we help capture the heritage of Bronzeville and incorporate that into our project,” McCabe added.

The project is scheduled to be presented to the Near East Area Commission tonight, and after that will need to go before City Council for final approval.

For more information, see cbusareacommissions.org.

Editor’s note (11/18/21): This article was updated with more information from the project’s developer.

A view from the corner of Long and Talmadge Streets. Rendering by ArchAll Architects.
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