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Redevelopment at Main St and 5th St?

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  • #77508

    Brizrock
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    There appears to be some action at the corner of Main St and 5th St in the Red Brick District, across from Uncle Sam’s Pawn Shop. Does anybody have details?

    #293744

    Matthew
    Participant

    Brizrock wrote >>
    There appears to be some action at the corner of Main St and 5th St in the Red Brick District, across from Uncle Sam’s Pawn Shop. Does anybody have details?

    Are you talking about the old abandoned white building? If so I remember reading it was supposed to be a facadomy/condo type thing.

    #293745
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I haven’t heard any updates on what’s going on over there, but I believe the site you’re referring to was what was once supposed to become Time Tower:

    Developer sets plan for condo tower on E. Main

    #293746

    Roland
    Participant

    Whoa.. Time Tower! That feels like a blast from the past. I hope this, and other projects (cough.. Ibiza!), start moving along and upward.

    #293747
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
    Participant

    It would be so sweet if they decided to move forward with this. I think they were originally moderately priced.

    #293748

    patient_zero
    Participant

    I inquired about some of that activity in March, and one of the workers said that Lev’s Pawnshop owned the property and they were going to expand into the space. That was the last I heard.

    On a similar area note, I see that Capital Crossroads is storing cleaning equipment in the former Ray Johnson’s Fish Market.

    #293749
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Yeah, from what I heard, the Time Tower project never got the financing it needed to get off the ground. It was purely conceptual.

    #293750

    patient_zero
    Participant

    As I walked to and from work today, I asked some of the hourly laborers what kind of project they were working on today. Both groups confirmed in Spanish that it was going to be an apartamento, or dwelling of some kind. They couldn’t tell me a name or an owner or anything else.

    I went into Lev’s Pawnshop and inquired, but I have no idea what the man said to me – I was stumped. Accents usually don’t throw me off, today being an exception. So that visit was fruitless.

    There have been two and three man work teams in there, off and on since March. It smells like old, dirty attic. What a dirty and smelly job that must be, no? I am kind of curious what’s in there, though. I think it was the old FW Woolworth’s warehouse before it was Ohio or World Furniture.

    Walker, if they’ll let you walk around in there, I wanna come. I’ll bring a mask though.

    #293751

    ZHC
    Member

    patient_zero wrote >>
    As I walked to and from work today, I asked some of the hourly laborers what kind of project they were working on today. Both groups confirmed in Spanish that it was going to be an apartamento, or dwelling of some kind. They couldn’t tell me a name or an owner or anything else….
    I am kind of curious what’s in there, though. I think it was the old FW Woolworth’s warehouse before it was Ohio or World Furniture.

    That’s what I’ve heard as well Patient Zero although I don’t know for sure.

    Time Tower is most definitely dead, at least in that location. Too bad I really think it could have been a very positive development for downtown.

    I’m not positive but I believe my family’s old grocery store used to be in there (think 1920’s and before) as the previous owner showed me some old receipts he recovered from the inside.

    #293752

    patient_zero
    Participant

    @ZHC – That would be interesting to validate. I was on the computer for a while last night and came up empty handed. Any ideas where I can search?

    #293753

    HeySquare
    Participant

    You can look at Sanborn maps.

    They are available online through the Columbus Public Library, as well as other outlets.

    They are very useful, although sometimes it can be hard to find the right page that you are looking for. Sometimes you can search by street name, but other sites just have the raw images, and you have to figure out how to use the book.

    Remember these have all been scanned from large format atlas-type books. The pages are usually scanned in order, and filed as image files on a web page. When you use the physical books, there is an index page at the front of the volume, and from there you can identify the specific street-level page you want. So when you use the internet scans, you can still use it like a physical book to find the street you want. Check the index page (it’s usually one of the first few pages of the book) and try and locate the street-level map page you need from that.

    #293754

    HeySquare
    Participant
    #293755
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    patient_zero wrote >>
    As I walked to and from work today, I asked some of the hourly laborers what kind of project they were working on today. Both groups confirmed in Spanish that it was going to be an apartamento, or dwelling of some kind. They couldn’t tell me a name or an owner or anything else.
    I went into Lev’s Pawnshop and inquired, but I have no idea what the man said to me – I was stumped. Accents usually don’t throw me off, today being an exception. So that visit was fruitless.
    There have been two and three man work teams in there, off and on since March. It smells like old, dirty attic. What a dirty and smelly job that must be, no? I am kind of curious what’s in there, though. I think it was the old FW Woolworth’s warehouse before it was Ohio or World Furniture.
    Walker, if they’ll let you walk around in there, I wanna come. I’ll bring a mask though.

    +1, love stuff like that.

    #293756

    HeySquare
    Participant
    #293757

    patient_zero
    Participant

    Very interesting HeySquare. I remember browsing through these maps at the main library a few years ago without any purpose. They are a great reference if you are looking for something specific..

    In 1887 on this map, I see a Zettler Alley, but some of the buildings don’t seem to match up, they may have been torn down and rebuilt after that date.

    I see a wagon shop and paint shop just about where Dirty Frank’s would be today.
    At one time, D.F.’s was a globe shop, amongst other businesses.

    If I can get to a 1920’s version, and read the numbered index, I may be able to identify all the buildings.

    Any input is welcomed. :)

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