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Photos: Inside the Historic Hoster Brewery Complex

Brent Warren Brent Warren Photos: Inside the Historic Hoster Brewery ComplexAn interior shot of one of the buildings that make up the former Hoster Brewing Company complex. All photos by Brent Warren.
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The McCabe Companies’ plan to redevelop the former Hoster Brewing Company complex in the Brewery District is proceeding full steam ahead, according to Principal Dwight McCabe.

Despite the complexity of the project and a recent setback – it was not one of the projects awarded state historic preservation tax credits in December – McCabe said his team is poised to move forward immediately, pending the state’s announcement of the next round of tax credit awardees this summer.

The first phase of the development will encompass the block bordered by West Fulton Street, South Front Street, Brewers Alley and South Ludlow Street.

A site map shows Phase 1 of the project – all of the interior photos were taken in that collection of buildings. Visual by Schooley Caldwell.

Current plans call for a new boutique hotel to be built along Front Street, to be separated by a small pedestrian alley from the cluster of renovated historic buildings to the west.

The 120,000 square feet of space in the historic buildings will be renovated to accommodate office and coworking space, a spa and fitness facility, several event spaces, a coffee shop, and a limited number of neighborhood-focused restaurants and bars.

McCabe said that a partner has been identified for the boutique hotel, which he hopes will offer luxury amenities in a unique package that emphasizes local history and culture.

Also under consideration is a space that could host one or more craft brewers, an opportunity to add an actual maker of beer to a district that – despite its name – has been home to few working breweries in modern times.

A rendering of the proposed project that was presented to the Brewery District Commission in December. Rendering by Schooley Caldwell.

Future phases will include a parking garage on what is currently a surface lot on the western edge of the property. That garage would be constructed in a manner that would allow future development above it, although when that happens and the form it would take are still to be determined and will depend on the market, according to McCabe.

A second parking strategy will also be employed; McCabe said he has reached out to Franklin County officials about renting space in the large, county-owned parking garage on South Front Street (across the freeway in Downtown). The garage, a short walk from the development site, sits mostly empty after normal office hours.

Also slated to be developed in a future phase – as either office space or residential – are the two large, connected warehouses that sit on the west side of Ludlow Street. Each of the four-story-plus buildings has been vacant for years.

McCabe recently gave Columbus Underground a tour of the buildings that would be redeveloped in the first phase of the project. Scroll down to see the photos.

A view of the buildings from South Front Street. The newer building in the foreground was built by the Wasserstrom Company and will be replaced by a multi-story, mixed-use building featuring a boutique hotel.
A shot from inside the newer building of one of the original walls.
The ceiling shown here was put in by the Wasserstrom Company. Plans call for it to be taken out and the space opened up to a full two stories.
The lower levels feature many rooms with barrel vaulted ceilings.
Another lower level room.
Much of the plaster covering the brickwork will be removed as part of the renovation.
The Wasserstrom Company used the interconnected buildings for office space, showrooms and storage.
Most of the original interior finishes in the buildings have been lost over the years to the many waves of renovations, but one room retains some historic detail.
Another view of the room with historic details from the Hoster era.
The many columns in the building will remain.
Future office or coworking space.
A window looks out across the freeway and into downtown.
Renovation plans call for restoring covered-up windows.
Many of the rooms feature tall ceilings.
A spiral staircase connects two of the 15 different floor levels in the complex.
An upper level space with a wide-open floor plan.
Original windows will be restored where possible, allowing for views of West Fulton Street and South Front Street below.
The former Via Vecchia space, which is also a part of the project and connected to the other buildings.
This piece of graffiti art in the former Via Vecchia building will be preserved.

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