Old School Property Drawing Interest As Apartments
From 7-foot tall windows, residents of the future Barrett apartments will view the modern skyline of downtown Columbus, tall buildings bearing financial names like Huntington, Key, Fifth Third, U.S. Bank and Chase, not to mention the State Office Tower.
Those same residents, entering their building after work, shopping or perhaps playing at nearby Schiller Park, will see a concrete plaque with names like Jacob Stout, President, and J.A. Shawn, Superintendent – from the Columbus Board of Education of 1900.
Building a future, saving the past, construction workers for developer Casto, Homeport’s partner at Barrett, are creating a unique blend of living sure to be popular when the building officially opens in late spring or early summer 2016.
It is an upcoming merger of stainless steel, energy efficient appliances, granite countertops, and turn of the 20th century lumber floors and tin ceilings that served children first as South High School and then Barrett Middle School. (Charles Barrett was South High principal, 1900-1920).
Lockers will be saved to keep the school décor alive, as will chalkboards and school bells. Stripes along the gymnasium floor will remain intact for two-story loft apartments.
Project documents estimate a $12.7 investment, including $8.9 million for the rehabilitation of the old building. Funding includes $2.2 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.
As construction advances, Casto is fielding calls from those who walked the hallways or sat in classrooms at 345 E. Deshler. “I went to high school there,” or, “I went to middle school there” is heard often, said Hilary Deason, marketing coordinator for Casto.
The merger of new and old, proximity to downtown, will be a hit, Deason predicts.
“People are going to be ecstatic with what we are doing,” she said. “It is such a unique product. Being close to a neighborhood park, being in a neighborhood like Merion Village not far from German Village,” Deason said.
The original school building will consist of 52 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Fifty-two townhomes, with attached garages, will be built on the adjacent old school ground. Rents are still being determined. To learn more visit www.barrettcolumbus.com.