Milo-Grogan Revitalization boosted by grant for businesses
The second of what is expected to be five grants for Milo-Grogan businesses has been awarded to the North High Brewing Company, providing opportunity for the craft brewer to freshen up the outside of its busy production facility.
The grant for a new awning and re-painting of the business’s exterior at 1125 Cleveland Avenue is part of a larger initiative by Homeport and several partners to revitalize the once vibrant working-class community northeast of Downtown Columbus.
“We are helping to stabilize businesses and beautify the commercial corridors,” said Homeport Project Manager Rebecca Eddy.
Homeport is currently building 33 new homes that it will lease at an affordable rent in the section of Milo-Grogan east of Interstate 71.
North High Brewing is in its fourth year of production on Cleveland Avenue, but until the recent repairs sported an awning from an auto body shop previously operated there.
“As a business in ‘growth mode’ we invest all of our profits back into equipment and personnel,” said North High Brewing co-owner Tim Ward. “This grant (allowed us to fund) a project that we wouldn't have been able to otherwise complete this year -- and the building looks great.”
The awning change will also help delivery trucks find the location easier, said Ward.
The first business revitalization award by Homeport in Milo-Grogan -- from grant funds provided by Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing -- allowed Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative, 979 E. Fifth Avenue, to replace a leaking roof.