Newark Station opens and reveals massive multi-use redevelopment plans
NEWARK – The 10-acre West Main Street property, where Newark-area residents have gone to work in factories for over a century, will become a place they now go for recreation, entertainment, food, drink, the arts, shopping and accommodation.
Newark Station, a large, multi-purpose, $ 11 million redevelopment project already includes four lighted sand volleyball courts, an outdoor taco bar and live music in the first phase of a four-phase redevelopment that opened on Friday. evening at 325 West Main St.
Todd Alexander, president of property owner A4 Ragtime Band Development, and Seth Stout, co-founder and COO, announced plans for the three additional phases that will be developed through 2024.
The former White-Westinghouse, Pharis Tire and Rubber and Simpson Soap industrial site will house a 140,000 square foot development that includes a cafe, living room, 22 loft apartments, a rooftop bar, a modern trading post with craftsmen and entrepreneurs. , an office space, an Italian restaurant and possibly a city park along Raccoon Creek.
“I obviously invested a lot of money in this area,” Alexander said. “Adaptive reuse of buildings like this is a difficult thing to achieve. It has a lot of innate challenges.”
Alexander said the view of West Main Street crossing Raccoon Creek, heading west, reminded him of Pittsburgh, where he was born. This piqued his interest in the property and its potential, but more was needed to convince him to continue with the project.
“I started talking to the city about a vision for West Main Street,” Alexander said. “I didn’t feel like a project of this magnitude could be done without having a bigger vision on Main Street. You know, something that provided direction.
“And then I started looking at the building, and I thought the arts really had to be a part of it. We called it the Renaissance Arts District. We will work with a group of stakeholders to define exactly what this means. “
Alexander said the Arts Corridor already had many rooms in place, from downtown to Newark Station, with Licking County Players, Heisey Glass and adjacent museums, Licking County Library, Old School Apartments, The Works, Courthouse Square and Canal Market District.
“It’s pretty easy to throw a hoop around that and define a neighborhood,” Alexander said. “Districts are really the engine of success. So we felt that was important. That there be a vision for this corridor.
“We absolutely wanted the arts district to be in conjunction with the values of the community, that it corresponded to the community.
Another piece of the puzzle was finding someone with the expertise to help lead the operation. He found Stout, who worked on other warehouse redevelopments in Columbus.
“So, I contacted him,” Alexander said. “I think he was blown away by the opportunity, the potential of the project.”
Stout said it didn’t take long for him to be on board, especially after visiting the 122,000 square foot building set back from West Main Street and just behind the front door.
“I had goosebumps, to be honest,” Stout said. “There’s a lot of difficulty with adaptive reuse, but I’ve never seen a building that looks so good for all of these different use groups. We’ve put an incredible amount of thought into the design and everyone’s intention. these different components, but to be honest the building was really designed for these different use groups.
“We weren’t forcing anything. Even on the very first day, we could start to see how this could come together naturally, and this is the component that drove me to do it 100%. For me, I knew it was immediately doable. “
The other large old factory building on the property, the old Pharis Tire building along West Main Street and near the creek, will be demolished, with the exception of the 10,000 square foot far west and the overhead connector. from the main building of Newark Station, the 122,000 square foot former Westinghouse warehouse.
Alexander said the plan is to unveil Phase II of the project this fall when Earthworks Coffee and Goods opens in the main building’s loading dock area at the same time The Yard closes for the season.
“We hope to take the energy and the momentum and move it inside,” Alexander said.
Earthworks Coffee will be a café, bakery and lunch spot until 4 p.m. when it will transition to a lounge-dining space.
While Newark Station is all about the arts, entertainment, food and recreation, there will always be people going there for work.
Alexander estimates that the venue will employ approximately 75 direct employees working in food service, banqueting, meal preparation, event management, property management, rental and maintenance.
Stout said the project will attract people from outside the region, but that’s not the main focus.
“We’re not building something that isn’t Newark,” Stout said. “We’re building something for Newark. We’re as thoughtful as we can get about creating hotspots for everyone. It will be a destination and people who haven’t been to Newark will be here now because of this project, but it’s more for the people who are here. There is already an incredible sense of pride in Newark. “
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The property located at 325 W. Main St., Newark, spans 10 acres from Raccoon Creek to 11th Street, with the exception of a cutout area along West Main Street and an area of cuts along Jefferson Street.
Phase 1 The Yard at Newark Station
A place of outdoor entertainment. Open Friday evening. Features four full-size, lighted sand volleyball courts (with summer recreation and competitive leagues), cornhole, concert hall and outdoor taco bar. It can host events such as graduation parties, weddings. Upcoming events include July 4, a summer festival of arts and music, Oktoberfest, and Memorial Day in 2022.
Hours: Open every day, except Tuesday, from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday .
Coffee and Goods Phase II Earthworks and Loft Apartments.
Earthworks Coffee & Goods will offer coffee and bulk products that reflect a product motif of the earth. At night, it turns into an evening lounge, with entertainment and activities, a full bar and cocktail service. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant, with outdoor seating and tilting glass doors, is slated to open in the fall.
The Loft Apartments will be 22 loft apartments available for rent in a renovated part of the former Westinghouse warehouse. They will feature exposed brickwork, large windows and stainless steel appliances. Opening scheduled for spring. Register at newark-station.com.
Phase III The lots at Newark Station and Lookout Taproom
The Lots pays homage to the history of the city’s manufacturers and seeks an ecosystem for today’s artisans and entrepreneurs, occupying the majority of the former 122,000 square foot Westinghouse warehouse. A modern trading post, with 40,000 square feet of office space and artist studios. Opening scheduled for spring 2023. Subscribe to the waiting list at newark-station.com.
The first floor will host artists and a retail micro-environment, where people can operate their businesses with public interaction and open doors, with entry from the cafe. The second floor will be a more finished product for offices and shared work environment, including printer, conference room, kitchenette. Also, a 7,000 square foot event hall that will be the centerpiece of the second floor, using natural light.
Lookout Taproom will use a 2,400 square foot mechanical room on the roof, accessible by an elevator and stairwell. It will serve cold beer with a unique view of the city skyline.
Phase IV The greenhouse
A 400-square-foot greenhouse constructed from glass salvaged from the demolished Pharis building and a restaurant named after him along Raccoon Creek in a former 9,000-square-foot glass foundry. It will offer fine dining and cocktails from an Italian-inspired menu including pasta, meatballs and wine, and offer cooking and dining options for events at Newark Station. Opening scheduled for 2024.