BREW­ING

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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.

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