May 11, 2022 - Business

Former Kroger Bakery site to become housing, retail space

An overview shot of a former commercial bakery and factory site.

The former Kroger Bakery site on Cleveland Avenue is being restored for mixed-use development. Photo: Doral Chenoweth III/Columbus Dispatch/USA Today Network

The site of a former car assembly plant and bakery near downtown is being redeveloped into an apartment complex and retail space.

  • Developers Casto, Kelley Cos. and The Robert Weiler Company want to turn the historic 9.3-acre site into 49,000 square feet of offices, and another 8,850 square feet into shops and restaurants, along with 364 apartment units.

Driving the news: Columbus City Council approved rezoning of the property this week after it was previously cleared by the Historic Resources Commission.

  • Councilman Rob Dorons noted at Monday's meeting the project is located near the city's urban and transportation corridors in a spot "where we know we need more housing."

Flashback: The complex at 427 and 457 Cleveland Ave. was originally a Ford plant where Model Ts were assembled.

  • Kroger then operated a commercial bakery on the site for over 90 years until it was shut down in early 2019.
  • The Columbus Landmarks Foundation immediately placed the property on its annual Most Endangered Sites list, suggesting it offered "unique adaptive reuse opportunities."

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