It’s been all hysteria and no history on the Weinland Park blog lately so it’s time for a change of pace. Let’s look at what happens when the system works. And in Weinland Park it actually does more often than not. In fact, we can barely keep track of all of our awards and then some. The restoration of the New Indianola Historic District on 11th Avenue is really beginning to take shape on paper. It looks like the developer, Wagenbrenner, has the historic tax credits lined up and the renderings are out. The project is in line for both State of Ohio and Federal tax credits. For those real estate types out there the credits are stackable, parlance that your local blogger learned at the UC Carl Lindner School of Business meaning that one does not cancel out the other. And it’s a tax credit not a deduction so it comes right off the top. Fortunately, the State of Ohio resurrected the tax credit program because there are quite a few historic structures in Ohio that might be dozer bait without it. As much as community action might count there is no place, above or below the line, on a pro forma for peevish neighbors. So, the tax credits are a formidable preservation tool.

It’s the yellow part. The green is the verdant paradise known as Weinland Park. If you live in Weinland Park you can probably see your house.

Two buildings were too structurally unsound but the remainder of most of the block is due to be  restored. FYI – the white buildings are not being torn down but are owned by other people.

Weinland Park residents have their fingers crossed that this will spur retail or restaurant development in the block between 11th and Chittenden along North Fourth that is now vacant except for a carryout and Oldfield’s. And don’t forget to patronize Oldfield’s if you’re in the area – it’s a Weinland Park favorite.

Back in the day, 1923 or so, the occupant could stumble out and catch the street car. Or the interurban line at the end of Chittenden located on the Pennsylvania Line viaduct, more popularly known now as where they keep the cows at the State Fair. Although, by the time the restoration is done residents can take the new bike lanes down Summit or up North Fourth.

All market rate, the apartments are going to dovetail with the new development at the Columbus Coated Fabric Site around the corner.

All in all, yet another historic preservation success story for Weinland Park and when completed sure to give some other developers and architects a run for money when it’s time for the Recchie Awards. Granted, Jeff Speck and Andres Duany will never speak to your local blogger again but when they put out the second edition of the The Smart Growth Manual we are sure to be featured.  Now, if we only had a street car for complete historic veracity.

So, the next major chunk to be developed is another gateway to the neighborhood at the D.L. Auld site at North Fourth and Fifth Avenue. Maybe time for some contemporary architecture? A Jonathan Barnes new-build?

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