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Photos: Salesian Building Downtown Has New Owner

Brent Warren Brent Warren Photos: Salesian Building Downtown Has New Owner

The former Salesian Boys and Girls Club at 80 S. Sixth St. has a new owner. Franklin County Auditor records show that a Connect Realty- affiliated company purchased the five-story building for $3 million at the end of last year. Connect Realty is the developer behind some high-profile historic renovation projects in and around Downtown, […]

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Plan to Demolish Historic Marble Cliff Building Meeting Resistance

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan to Demolish Historic Marble Cliff Building Meeting Resistance

A building in Marble Cliff that was designed by one of Columbus’ preeminent architects is once again being threatened with demolition. The latest plan calls for replacing the tudor-style mansion with a three-story, 67-unit apartment building. The building, located on 1.25 acres at 2015 W. Fifth Ave., was designed by Frank Packard, architect of the […]

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Renovation Planned for Historic Franklin Avenue Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation Planned for Historic Franklin Avenue Building

A proposal to renovate a former car dealership on the Near East Side is working its way through the city’s approval process. The plan calls for 15 residential units on the second floor, about 7,550 square feet of first floor commercial space and three small outdoor patios. The first floor of the building, located at […]

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Proposal Calls for Three-Story Building at Maennerchor Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposal Calls for Three-Story Building at Maennerchor Site

A proposal to build a three-story, 18-unit residential building at 966 S. High St. was presented to the Brewery District Commission last night. The plan calls for the demolition of a two-and-a-half story building – along with its one-story front addition – that sits immediately north of the Valters at Maennerchor restaurant, where the Columbus Maennerchor […]

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Advocates Want to See Historic Buildings Saved on State Street

Walker Evans Walker Evans Advocates Want to See Historic Buildings Saved on State Street

Last week, local development company Borror announced plans to build a new six-story mixed-use apartment building on East State Street in Downtown Columbus. The project announcement doesn’t specifically address the role that demolition will play for preparing the site for the new project, but does indirectly indicate that all or some of the buildings between […]

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Tax Reform Could Mean Trouble for Local Historic Renovation Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Tax Reform Could Mean Trouble for Local Historic Renovation Projects

Although it is hard to predict what exactly will come out of the current push by House and Senate Republicans to overhaul the federal tax code, local developers and historic preservationists are raising the alarm about one proposed change that could have a big impact on future redevelopment projects. The first draft of the legislation […]

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