Located at 72-84 N High St, the Madison’s and White-Haines buildings have been vacant, neglected, and deteriorating eyesores located prominently along our city’s main commercial corridor for over two decades.
Last fall, after mounting pressure over code violations from the City of Columbus, long-time absentee landlord the Tonti Organization agreed to sell the buildings to local developer Day Companies, who own several other properties in the area.
That news paved the way to plans for a mixed-use renovation of the historic structures, which had been under the threat of possible demolition, and was followed by the city approving Green Columbus Fund grant money to support initial environmental abatement work. The developer also applied this spring for $2 million dollars in funding from the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits program, the results of which should be known within the next month.
The project, which altogether includes more than 100,000 sqft of leasable space, will be a major boon to a part of Downtown which has long struggled.
The mix of uses is tentatively expected to include office, retail, and restaurant spaces as well as a hotel. Proposed restored building elevations can be seen below.
In a statement, Ricky Day, principal at Day Cos. said, “[We have] a vested interest in the neighborhoods where our properties are located. We own 12 of the 18 historic buildings in the High-Gay Historic District including The Ruggery Building where our offices are located. We believe that maintaining the integrity of these historic assets revitalizes an important part of Columbus’ history and brings back the character and vibrancy to this long-neglected portion of High Street.”
According to the developer, work on all three buildings should be complete by Fall of 2017.
The two properties to the North – a surface parking lot adjacent to Atrium Lofts and the two-story former Convention and Visitors Bureau building at 90 N High St – are also owned by Day Cos. On both of those sites, the developer envisions new construction occurring at a later date.
In addition to these upcoming projects along High St, Day is keeping busy with Downtown development – he’s currently renovating several new retail and restaurant spaces on E Chestnut St.
The site for the Madison’s and White-Haines project is located in the midst of a flurry of other recent and proposed development also happening in the Gay and Long St area, including a new apartment building at Neighborhood Launch and the residential conversion of the historic 12-story Atlas Building.
For more information on Day Companies visit their website, daycompanies.net.
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