Tentative plans are within the works to renovate a former manufacturing facility that has been sitting empty for the previous 17 years.
If the town provides its blessing, the previous Vernco/Ventra constructing at 1804 22nd St. can be transformed into business tenant areas, in keeping with an software submitted Jan. 13 by Clinton Mann of Mann Properties in Columbus.
Potential makes use of for the property listed by Mann embody retail shops and a worship facility. He additionally mentioned within the software that there’s at the moment curiosity from a soccer membership to find in one of many areas.
However particular occupants is not going to be recruited till the town approves plans to renovate a dilapidated parking zone west of the constructing on the opposite aspect of Cottage Avenue, in keeping with Clinton Mann’s son, Justin Mann.
The matter was postponed by the Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) in January to permit Mann Properties the chance to adjust to unresolved points, comparable to submitting a phasing plan for road enhancements to Cottage Avenue, in addition to to each 22nd and 23rd streets. Metropolis planners are additionally asking for constructing elevations for assessment and approval.
The 2 key points for metropolis planners is whether or not secure pedestrian entry could be offered throughout Cottage Avenue to the newly renovated parking zone Mann Properties needs to assemble, in keeping with the applying. The extent that the developer ought to go to meet rezoning commitments made earlier on the property are additionally being thought-about by planners.
In his Jan. 13 software, Mann said he needed to ask the Board of Zoning Appeals for parking zone variances relating to setbacks from Cottage Avenue, landscaping and buffers.
After the January listening to on the zoning was continued, Justin Mann mentioned he’s undecided when the matter can be introduced again for consideration by the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The board’s subsequent assembly is scheduled for six:30 p.m. Feb. 25 within the FairOaks Mall. Metropolis conferences have been moved to the mall property whereas upkeep work is accomplished on the Columbus Metropolis Corridor elevator.
Though the previous Vernco/Ventra constructing could also be largely unnoticed as we speak, the manufacturing facility employed a considerable variety of Bartholomew County residents over the past century.
Inbuilt 1935, the economic facility initially housed the V.E. Sprouse Co., an Indianapolis-based agency that made humidifiers, followers, electrical motors and auto components. It wasn’t till 1953 that the enterprise modified its title to Vernco Corp.
A couple of milestones had been reached by Vernco throughout the next decade. One features a $90,000 workplace addition accomplished in 1962 that, if adjusted for inflation, can be about $762,000 as we speak. The opposite milestone was employment development that reached 325 employees in 1968.
After the enterprise was bought by Emerson Electrical in 1977, the corporate saved the Vernco title. However three years later, firm officers introduced they had been contemplating closing their Columbus plant and transferring all manufacturing to different services.
When bought once more in 1985, the manufacturing facility adopted its father or mother firm’s title: Ventra Corp. The corporate made air tanks for truck braking methods.
Regularly, the variety of Ventra staff fell to 120 in 1999 — after which to 86 in 2001 — after which to 52 throughout their last 12 months of operation.
A short while after being acquired by the Flex-N-Gate Corp., metropolis officers made the announcement that Ventra Corp. would shut the Columbus facility no later than January 2003.
Through the firm’s last 12 months of operation, the land and enhancements for the 71,610-square-foot manufacturing facility was assessed at $948,600. However after being vacant for therefore a few years, the 2019 constructing and property evaluation was listed at $340,100.
Whereas an older part of the manufacturing unit on the constructing’s west aspect has already been demolished, Justin Mann says no renovation has but taken place on the rest of the constructing..
Beside the parking zone that Mann Properties needs to enhance, the block west of the previous manufacturing constructing additionally contains Carpet Mania on the north aspect. Clinton Mann, who additionally owns that enterprise, moved the retail outlet to 2258 Cottage Avenue after a devastating fireplace destroyed the previous location close to 10th and Michigan streets in January 2018.