You may have noticed something different happening around the intersection of 13th Street and Second Avenue. What you see is the new Highside Market development in Columbus underway!
What is Highside Market?
Local real estate development and investment firm, The Cotton Companies, has a vision for a once-thriving area of Columbus. To summarize, plans include the repurposing of two historic buildings along with the construction of one new building.
The total square footage for the Highside Market development in Columbus is 55,000! It will include restaurants, shops, galleries, office space, green space, lounge areas and more. As the area is revived, the developers hope Highside Market will become the “heartbeat of the city.”
Developing in Phases
The Highside Market development in Columbus will take place in phases. First of all, renovation has begun on the development’s flagship building. The 211 Building was formerly a premier Uptown Columbus car dealership for 55 years.
Now, it is being prepped to become a much more versatile space. For example, plans include a bakery, retail shops, two dine-in restaurants and office space. There is also enough space allocated for pop-up special events and workshops.
Phase one is expected to be open by September 2021 with a tentative total project completion date sometime in the third quarter of 2022.
More on the Other Buildings
While the public will be able to enjoy the 211 Building, they will have to wait for the remodeling of the nearby former bank building. Now referred to as 201 Building. During renovations, a ground floor restaurant and basement bar will be constructed. The second floor will include either retail or an art gallery as well as an outdoor common area.
The newly-constructed building will be the 207 Building. It will also house a restaurant and a second-story bar with a rooftop deck. Finally, a 7,000-square-foot Highside Park and Event space will be created.
To watch the progress and stay current, like Highside Market on Facebook or follow them on Instagram. In the meantime, be sure to check out the beautiful, repeated face of nine-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. in a mural featured on the old Regions Bank building.
According to a story by WRBL, the mural was painted with a stencil and spray paint by Opelika street artist R.C. Hagans. The smiling face of the young Dr. King was painted with impressive depth almost 70 times on the building! Residents and visitors can enjoy the art for about four months. Then, renovations will change the face of the overall building.
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