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Project Update: Budd Dairy

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Although renovation work in the former Budd Dairy building in Italian Village is not set to begin for another month or two, the new-build development immediately to its north is nearing completion.

Kevin Lykens, owner of the Lykens Companies, said that the 36-unit, four-story building will likely open for residents by the end of September, with rents that will range from $1,150 to $1,690 per month.

Dubbed Fourth Crossing, the project marks the first of what could be several new buildings on the land that surrounds the historic Budd Dairy property.

That includes the renovation of a fire-damaged church at 285 E. Fourth Ave. into six townhomes, with a carriage house in the rear. Work on that project, which has been approved by the Italian Village Commission, is set to begin later this summer.

Lykens also owns the land directly east of the church building, and has proposed a 35-unit apartment building for the space. That idea has not gone over as well with the commission, which reviewed it in May and June, and raised concerns about its scale (because they were conceptual reviews, no votes were taken).

Last but not least, the latest plans for the former Durable Slate building at 1050 N. Fourth St. were presented conceptually to the commission last night. For that piece of land, Lykens Companies has proposed a 68-unit apartment building, with parking and a small retail space on the ground level. The four-story project would require the demolition of the existing one-story, cinder-block building.

As for the Budd Dairy building itself, Lykens is hopeful that the project – which calls for a Cameron Mitchell food hall concept on the first floor and part of the second, in addition to coworking and traditional office space on the lower level and in the rear warehouse buildings – will add energy to a stretch of North Fourth Street that is changing rapidly.

“It’s going to be an amazing project, a huge driver for the neighborhood,” he said. “I get so excited seeing the activity (on the corridor) with Seventh Son and Fox and the Snow.”

Lykens added that he sees the food hall as a regional destination, the kind of place where, “if you have a friend visiting Columbus, you will visit at least once.”

The timeline for the Budd Dairy renovation has been shifted back, with an opening now projected for spring of next year.

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