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Schiff Properties Withdraws Plan to Move Antique Mall Building

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The Greater Columbus Antique Mall building on South High Street in the Brewery District will not be demolished or moved anytime soon. The developer who had first proposed tearing down the historic building — and more recently floated the idea of moving the structure — released a statement today saying that the project would not be moving forward.

“We hereby respectfully withdraw our application to demolish the Antique Mall located at 1045 S. High St.,” said Jared Schiff, Vice President of Schiff Properties, in the statement. “If this building is that important to our City, then it’s that important to us and thus, our family has decided to move on from the deal.”

That means that the proposal to move the building will not be heard at tonight’s Brewery District Commission meeting and that the building will remain in the hands of owner Fred Altevogt.

Altevogt had previously indicated that he was entertaining Schiff Properties’ offer because of rising maintenance costs. The antique mall continues to operate in the building, as it has for nearly 40 years.

Still on tonight’s agenda is a conceptual plan to build a three-story apartment building on property owned by radio station CD102.5.

In other news from Schiff Properties, Jared Schiff confirmed to CU that the retail portion of the company’s Wilson Place development is now completely filled. Ninja Grill, a Cincinnati-based restaurant, has signed on to occupy the final first-floor slot in the mixed-use development at the corner of Lane Avenue and North High Street.

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