event space, offices and retail space.
On Thursday evening, McCabe gave an informal update of his plans at the monthly meeting of the Brewery District Commission, which first heard the broad strokes of his plans a year ago. No action was taken; according to city of Columbus assistant historic preservation officer Cristin Moody, the project was well-received by the group in its initial airing.
“I wanted to get out there with information before information started getting out in other ways,” McCabe said.
McCabe plans to spread out the large project in several phases. He has applied for $5 million in state historic tax credits in the round that’s set to announce recipients next week. If he is successful in getting those
credits in competition with dozens of other projects, McCabe hopes to start on the first phase next year, with a projected completion date by early 2021. It would include the hotel, event space, restaurant/retail space and 15,000 square feet of offices.
In a project outline provided to The Dispatch, McCabe said he has selected a “worldclass hotel operator” for the boutique hotel and has “commitments for several of the food service/bar spaces.”
A future phase is expected to include a new building south of the existing warehouses, west of Ludlow Alley. It could contain up to 100,000 square feet of offices or condos, depending on market demand.
Founded in Columbus in 1836, L. Hoster Brewing Co. closed in 1919 after the 18th amendment establishing Prohibition passed. The brand was bought and continues as a consumer beer brand.