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Capitol South seeks buyer, ideas for remnants of former deaf school
Business First of Columbus, 6/26/06

Developers interested in revamping the remaining section of the former Ohio School for the Deaf complex in Columbus have until September 8 to present detailed redevelopment proposals for the property.  Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. on June 16 released its request for proposals to buy and redevelop the 107-year-old property at 400 E. Town Street. 

The city's desire to sell the downtown property comes after government officials determined in May that the cost of redeveloping the complex proved too high for the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks and the city Department of Technology to proceed with the project.

Capitol South has spent nearly $200,000 on capital improvements since the city directed the nonprofit affiliate to acquire the remaining leasehold interests in the property for $1.8 million from a Dallas developer in 2004.
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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2007, 12:08:53 AM »
FORMER OHIO DEAF SCHOOL
Historic building may be redeveloped
City consultants like Philadelphia group’s plans for upscale apartments
Friday, January 05, 2007
Mike Pramik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH



The historic Ohio Deaf School, a grand structure tucked along E. Town Street, is moving toward a luxurious rebirth.  A plan by a Philadelphia developer to turn the building into upscale housing has gained the approval of the city’s top real-estate consultant, giving the project the likely momentum it needs to be completed.  Campus Apartments Inc. has offered to pay the city $2.25 million for the former school for the deaf, at 400 E. Town St., and spend about $11 million to convert it into apartments.  The acquisition would end the city’s 25-year ownership of the building and breathe new life into a structure that was built in the 1800s and stands just west of the city’s Topiary Park.  Columbus recently scuttled plans to move some of its offices to the building.

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/business-story.php?story=dispatch/2007/01/05/20070105-G1-00.html

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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007, 07:32:46 PM »
Housing aimed at Deaf School building
Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball
Friday, January 5, 2007


A Philadelphia urban housing developer has tentatively won a three-way race to redevelop the former Ohio Deaf School building in downtown Columbus into housing.  Campus Apartments Inc., which is redeveloping the former Seneca hotel building at East Broad Street and South Grant Avenue, would pay the city $2.25 million to turn the late-19th century school property at 400 E. Town Street into 71 rental units.

Campus Apartments CEO David Adelman expects to spend $13 million on the Deaf School project, which would open in the 2008.  The project would mark the next development phase for Campus Apartments in Columbus, where it has the 80-apartment Seneca project under way.

Full article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2007/01/08/story1.html
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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2007, 02:53:23 PM »
The more residential development for downtown Columbus, the healthier and more vibrant the downtown will become. I think this is a very good idea.
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2007, 11:41:13 PM »
What I like about this is that more focus is on rentals, which are few and far between downtown. I'm guessing this might mean less people are buying condos.

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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2007, 05:16:46 AM »
I don't know if that is the case. This developer focuses on rental units, usually around urban campuses in central cities. They are not usually into the condo biz.  Also, they are from the east coast, where the condo market is dipping, so they are most likely nervous to enter the condo biz.  However, Columbus urban condo market is in the opposite mode and is still growing rapidly and units are selling.  Nationwide, wouldn't be constructing a 20 story condo tower in downtown if the condo market in Columbus is soft.

Im at odds right now over the details of this project, first this is a nice old building which has been used as offices for some time.

This conversion is an okay idea because the Old Deaf School is located in the old town st neighborhood and has the deaf school park right next to it.  Making it ideal for condo or rental.  There is a lot of rentals already in the area, so it is a nice little collection of apartment dwellers already.

However, the company that has been awarded the contract is already working on the Senaca Hotel (now sitting empty) into apartments,
The Seneca sits on broad st (anyone have a pic) and is a grand old hotel brick structure like 8 stories i believe (somewhere around that)
This same company (from Phili) announced that they would redo the Senaca into apartments over 2 years ago.  Still today the apartments are not completed.

Now the city or capital south , whoever, has awarded the same company, who hasn't fullfilled their existing rental conversion promises, another contract to convert a second historical building?

I find that a bit odd, in urban condo or apartment conversion projects the most important aspect is the developers history, not just the initial plan. 

There were some other local developers with experience in Columbus not Phili.  For instance, one was the developer who oversaw the construction of the Hampton Inn in the Short North.
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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2007, 07:06:18 PM »
From today's weekly column in the Dispatch by Mike Pramik, which covers Central Ohio construction projects and updates.

• Campus Apartments of Philadelphia is planning to unveil to the Downtown Commission on Tuesday its initial plan for the conversion of the Ohio Deaf School building into 71 apartments.  Campus Apartments said in January it wanted to spend more than $13 million to acquire and convert the historic building at 400 E. Town Street.  The project will include reconfiguring the parking lot to build an entrance plaza to the adjacent Topiary Garden.


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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2007, 09:08:47 AM »
Looks like a cool structure, and in this market it is probably a good thing to go with apartments over condos.

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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2007, 01:29:52 PM »
This building has always been one of my favorites.  Glad to see it being used for apartments/condo rather than government offices.

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2008, 07:52:03 PM »
Deaf School apartments: Redevelopment under way
Sunday,  December 30, 2007 3:37 AM
Mike Pramik, The Columbus Dispatch
 
The redevelopment of the Ohio Deaf School, 400 E. Town St., into apartments is proceeding according to plan.  Campus Apartments of Philadelphia plans to retrofit the 98-year-old building with 71 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Owner David Adelman is working with the Columbus architectural firm of Schooley Caldwell Associates on the project.  Campus Apartments acquired the building in the summer from Capitol Square Urban Redevelopment Corp. for $2.2 million.

Schooley Caldwell Chief Executive Bob Loversidge said the design has been completed and his firm is working on construction documents. Loversidge has worked on several planned reuses for the building over the years, including assisted living and offices. "Most of what was done to it in the past is going to be gutted," Loversidge said. "In some cases, we'll be taking it back to the bare building."

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/business-story.php?story=dispatch/2007/12/30/20071230-G1-00.html
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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2013, 07:05:20 PM »
More great news for Columbus' cultural institutions as the CML announces plans to purchase the former Deaf School building and associated property, which includes the Topiary Park:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/01/23/library-considering-purchase-of-former.html

CU write-up and discussion of the aforementioned news can be found here:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/expansion-of-downtown-columbus-library-proposed

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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2013, 10:16:50 PM »
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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2013, 01:11:58 PM »
More about the Columbus Metro Library system purchasing the Old Deaf School building and property adjacent to the system's Main Library in downtown.  As stated previously, the purchase would allow the Main Library to open up its currently blank eastern wall that faces the Topiary Park.  Early renderings show a glass facade replacing the blank wall and a patio replacing part of the existing parking lot on the Deaf School property.

The Main Library is undecided about the use of the Deaf School building.  It might include some office space for the Main Library.  It might also be leased or sold to the Chicago-based Christo Rey school, a network of Catholic college prep high schools that currently has a location in Franklinton.  Or possibly some combination of the two.  Below is the most recent Dispatch article about the Deaf School:


Buying old Deaf School won’t hinder library upgrades
By Dean Narciso, The Columbus Dispatch
Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 11:38 AM


Library officials on Wednesday announced plans to purchase the former deaf school, allowing access to a parking lot that would be converted into an outdoor patio along the rear of the Main Library.

Renovation costs of up to $11 million, in addition to the $2.1 million purchase price, would be necessary if the library moves its administrative offices into the turn-of-the-century building.  More likely, the library would sell the deaf school portion of the property, possibly to a school.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/01/27/buying-old-deaf-school-wont-hinder-upgrades.html
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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2013, 01:18:02 PM »
Renderings about the Old Deaf School building and property adjacent to the system's Main Library in downtown.  As stated previously, the purchase would allow the Main Library to open up its currently blank eastern wall that faces the Topiary Park.  Early renderings show a glass facade replacing the blank wall and a patio replacing part of the existing parking lot on the Deaf School property.

The Main Library is undecided about the use of the Deaf School building.  It might include some office space for the Main Library.  It might also be leased or sold to the Chicago-based Christo Rey school, a network of Catholic college prep high schools that currently has a location in Franklinton.  Or possibly some combination of the two.  Below are some conceptual renderings:



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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2013, 03:06:59 PM »
Catching up on the redevelopment news for the historic Ohio Deaf School in downtown Columbus that was lost during the July server crash.  The Columbus Metropolitian Library Board of Trustees voted to sell a portion of the property that included the historic school to the Cristo Rey catholic high school for $1 million.  The Metro Library retained the portion of the property immediately east of the Main Library branch for a future redevelopment of the Main Library.

Below are links to articles from Columbus Business First about the sale.  The bottom two articles discuss the Ohio Deaf School's new owner - Cristo Rey. 

Library selling former Deaf School for $1M to Cristo Rey high school

Rehab 35 years in the making for Cristo Rey Columbus High School

Cristo Rey Columbus High School opening doors to underprivilged learners

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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2013, 03:08:12 PM »
And now some current news about the Deaf School renovation from Business First.  Below is a link a Business First article from last week about the City of Columbus' Downtown Commission and Historic Resources Commission approving the exterior work to be done as part of the building's renovation.

Exterior improvements to future Cristo Rey Columbus High School to begin in August

Here are some photos and renderings for the Ohio Deaf School renovation.  The first photo is an historic photo of what the Deaf School originally looked like.


Here is a current photo of the Deaf School looking west from the Topiary Park.  Note the elaborate tops of the two towers are missing from the building.  In the Business First article, the project architect noted that the tops were removed for maintenance reasons quite a few years ago.


Below is a rendering of the same view showing the renovation work that was approved.  The project consists primarily of fixing the stone masonry and replacing the windows, roof, gutters and downspouts.  The only major change to the outside would be a new at-grade ground-level entrance that would meet current accessibility and security requirements.

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« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2014, 11:15:50 PM »
Business First had a slideshow of the construction taking place at the Ohio Deaf School.  The 1898 building is being renovated for the new Cristo Rey Columbus High School.  According to the Business First report, two floors are estimated to be completed by July 30, 2014 and the rest of the building by Dec. 31, 2014.

Below is a view of the work being done to the side of the Deaf School building facing the Topiary Park.  Part of the Columbus Main Library, which sold the building to Cristo Rey, is visible in the background.  The full slideshow of the renovation work is at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2014/02/14/cristo-rey-renovations-an-inside-look.html

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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2014, 10:45:03 AM »
Cristo Rey gets $10.5M in tax credits for rehab of Ohio School for the Deaf
By Evan Weese, Staff reporter
Columbus Business First - May 20, 2014, 2:38pm EDT


Cristo Rey Columbus High School has received $10.56 million in low-income tax credits for its renovation of the historic Ohio School for the Deaf building.  The project was awarded an $8 million federal New Markets Tax Credit and $2.56 million in state credits, said Finance Fund, which facilitates debt and equity financing to development projects in blighted neighborhoods.
 
Cristo Rey – a work-study Catholic school for students from disadvantaged households – plans to have the facility ready by year’s end. ... The property served as the Ohio School for the Deaf from 1899 to the early 1950s, when the school’s operations were moved to a campus on Morse Road.

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Re: Columbus: Ohio Deaf School renovation
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2014, 03:04:49 PM »
What was the building used for between the 1950s and present? I see mention of the city owning it for 25 years, but did they do anything with it?

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« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2014, 03:25:02 PM »
I believe the state actually continued to own the property into the 70's. I am not sure if the city ever used the building, but it was converted by private developers in the early 1980's into office space. The 1980's rehab was cheap and the building was empty by the early 2000's.

As I understand it, Mel Dodge, the former Director of Parks & Rec, called Governor Rhodes out of a meeting to stop the demolition of the building. Crews had started prepping to demolish the structure as they demolished the larger original Deaf School building (now the site of Topiary) that had burnt. There are still marks on the brick where crews damaged the building.

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« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2014, 02:17:26 PM »
Cristo Rey, a Catholic high school for low-income families of all faiths across the Diocese of Columbus, is almost ready to open in the old Ohio Deaf School at 400 E. Town Street in downtown.  More about this from the Dispatch:

Cristo Rey brings students back to old Deaf School
Catholic college-prep academy for low-income families opens new chapter for renovated, historic Downtown building
By JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 4:39 AM


Cristo Rey is moving to the 88,000-square-foot Discovery District building that once housed the Ohio State School for the Deaf.  That building, constructed in 1899 at 400 E. Town St., had been vacant for about seven years after housing state and other offices.  The site is south of the Main Library, which purchased it from Pennsylvania-based Campus Apartments for $2.16 million in 2013.  The library then sold the building to Cristo Rey for $1 million while keeping the land and part of a parking lot.
 
Jim Foley, Cristo Rey president, said the school is undergoing $18 million in renovations, paid for through tax credits and a loan from the Columbus diocese.  The building retains its ornate architecture and hardwood floors while being updated with the replacement of more than 300 windows and the addition of a chapel and state-of-the-art teaching tools and science and music labs.
 
Students are preparing now for their work-study experiences.  Classes begin on August 25, when the first three floors of the school will be open.  The fourth and fifth floors are expected to open in November, Foley said. ... The school is part of the nationwide Cristo Rey Network based in Chicago, and it hopes to eventually admit about 140 freshmen each year.

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« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2014, 02:18:05 PM »
There's also a brief 1:50 video at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/08/11/fresh-start.html showing the renovation of the old Ohio Deaf School and explaining the Cristo Rey School.  Below are some photos of the renovation from the same link:

Exterior of the building's short-side facing Town Street:


Exterior of the building's long-side facing the Topiary Park:


Interior finishing work in a hallway overlooking the school's gymnasium:
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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2014, 02:20:21 PM »
They should still put back on those turrets.
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« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2014, 02:39:55 PM »
They should still put back on those turrets.

+1

The renovation looks great, and I know they have other priorities for funds, ... but restoring the turrets would be the icing on the cake for the project.

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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2014, 05:46:49 PM »
They should still put back on those turrets.

+1

The renovation looks great, and I know they have other priorities for funds, ... but restoring the turrets would be the icing on the cake for the project.

I agree with you on that!

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Re: Columbus: Downtown Main Library and Ohio Deaf School renovations
« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2014, 10:50:10 AM »
When Columbus Metro Libraries (CML) purchased the Deaf School property and later sold it to Cristo Rey High School, they reserved a portion of the Deaf School property to allow them eastern access to the Topiary Park.  At that time CML showed an conceptual rendering of what renovations to the Main Library might look like - posted previously here in this thread.

Now CML has released more renderings of their renovation plans for the Main Library.  There will be some renovation work done to the historic 1907 Carnegie portion of the downtown library.  But the majority of the work will focus on the 1991 addition.  Much of that work will involve adding windows to existing blank walls.  Below is an exterior rendering of what this would like in the front facing Grant Avenue.


In the back portion of the 1991 addition, adding windows will connect the library to the neighboring Topiary Park and outdoor reading space that will be built as part of this project.  Below is an interior rendering of what this would look like.


The renovations are scheduled to start in early 2015 and expected to be completed in several phases through 2016.  Business First and Columbus Underground have more renderings at the links below.

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/10/first-look-main-library-renovation-plans.html

http://www.columbusunderground.com/downtown-columbus-library-to-undergo-expansion-and-renovation-in-2015
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« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2014, 12:35:05 PM »
I don't even know what goes on in the Carnegie part any more. It seems mostly off-limits. Haven't really been in it since the 1991 work. I remember working on a presentation about nosebleeds in the basement during the late '80s.

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« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2014, 01:37:55 PM »
^Much of the second floor is offices and meeting rooms. Much of the first is just circulation (building, not book).

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« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2014, 07:05:19 PM »
Renovation plans for the Downtown Main Library received positive feedback in its first review before the city's Downtown Commission: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/10/21/design-team-shows-off-main-library-renovation.html
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