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Project Update: Adelphi Quarter

Brent Warren Brent Warren Project Update: Adelphi QuarterAnn B. Walker Plaza, in the Adelphi Quarter development. Renderings courtesy of Borror.
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Despite holding a ceremonial ground breaking last summer, actual construction work has yet to begin on Adelphi Quarter, the 130-unit mixed-use development planned for 818 E. Long St.

That may change soon, although a recent update provided by the developers of the project – Borror and Kingsley & Co. – did not identify a firm start date.

“We anticipate starting in the upcoming months…we continue to work towards making sure all the pieces and parts are aligned to ensure the most successful project possible,” said Borror Senior Vice President of Development Matt Canterbury. “This is going to be a project that is a catalyst for responsible growth for the area.”

The update on the development came in a press release announcing that Adelphi Quarter’s public plaza would be named for Ann B. Walker, a longtime community leader and Near East Side resident.

“We are thrilled to honor such a prominent member of the Near East Side community,” said Kingsley & Co. President Chinendum Nkukwe. “Ms. Walker’s legacy as an individual of high integrity, philanthropy and vision symbolizes the purpose and intent of the soul of the Adelphi Quarter.”

Walker, who recently celebrated her 96th birthday, has had a long and varied career that included stints as a print and radio reporter, a news director, host and manager at several different media outlets in Columbus, and an appointment as special assistant to the director of the White House Public Affairs Office. Walker also co-founded the Columbus International Program and remains active with the Franklin Park Civic Association, Near East Side Faith Leadership and the Bronzeville Neighborhood Association.

“I have always worked closely with the Near East Side community as a way to share my talents, due to obligations stemming from family and church encouragement and support,” said Walker. “I see myself as one among many who have made substantial contributions to the wellbeing of Bronzeville, and the Adelphi Quarter represents a continuation of this continuum.”

“Ms. Walker is really the keystone from the past to the present,” said Willis Brown, president of the Bronzeville Neighborhood Association. “She was a young lady when Bronzeville was in its heyday, from the 1930s to the early 1960s….she represents to those who are not here yet, there is a past in Bronzeville.” 

Brown also pointed out that there is a tradition in the King-Lincoln Bronzeville area of naming buildings after women – existing buildings in the neighborhood include The Theresa, The Edna and The Bernadine, all on East Long Street.

Borror and Kingsley were selected as the developers of Adelphi Quarter after the one-acre site was bought and cleared by Columbus Next Generation in early 2017. In addition to the 130 apartments – 80 percent of which the developers have promised will be “moderately priced” – Adelphi Quarter will contain about 9,000 square feet of retail space, which will include a restaurant and leasing office.

A close-up rendering of the building that will be adorned with Walker’s name.
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