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Harnessing History to Revitalize an Entire Neighborhood


Owner Hackman Capital Partners LLC
Owner's Rep JLL
Architect Ford Architects; WSA
Lead Engineers EM Engineering (WSA), Prater (Ford)

The Warehouse District in downtown Columbus, Ohio, is reclaiming its vibrancy and growing its economic and cultural prominence. Thoughtful redevelopment is reviving the dynamic character of the area, located on the northeast side of the central business district, by harnessing its history. A center of manufacturing from the time of the Civil War, the area transitioned, with the warehouses eventually becoming office buildings by the 1970s when the railway system that spurred the area's growth declined.

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Hackman Capital Partners, a privately held real estate investment company, recognized the potential in converting the warehouses into modern commercial spaces. The company joined forces with design firms Ford and Associates Architects and WSA to capture the vision and with Pepper to construct it, part of a shared dedication to transforming urban environments while honoring qualities that distinguish them.

Transforming urban environments


Slide to see the historical 226 North Fifth Street building in 1917, when it was home to Central Ohio Paper Company, transform into a contemporary commercial space.

Beyond Preservation

Converting the vintage warehouses, once home to Model T auto repair, horse-drawn carriage and paper manufacturing, into contemporary, loft-like commercial spaces required the right team. “We selected an architect and contractor who understood our vision and could help make it a reality,” says Philip Hackman, Senior Associate, Hackman Capital Partners., “Our goal is to attract new tenants to the area, giving the district new life while adding, value to the portfolio.”

Form and Function

Maximizing existing infrastructure, the team used design as a tool for promoting functional, economic growth and cultural development. Construction capitalized on adaptive reuse of space and environmentally conscious materials, turning the industrial property into chic, creative commercial space with less environmental impact and preserving architectural roots, including exposed brick walls, wood and bow-truss ceilings, and ornamental columns. The space is designed with real thought given to the people expected to use it, and with a broader understanding of the dynamics in which the structure and its residents will function.


The Warehouse District is strategically located in an emerging mixed-use urban hub on the northeast side of downtown Columbus, minutes from the city’s major highways and blocks from the Short North, Arena District, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus State Community College, Ballet Met and Convention Center. Building on inherent assets, the project is bringing life back to the area, strengthening economic development and diversifying with a myriad of employers and employees. The revitalization is part of a plan adopted by Columbus City Council in 2000 to establish a mixed-use district that includes residential, commercial, office and light manufacturing. Redevelopment of existing buildings will preserve and restore exterior facades, while new in-fill buildings will reinforce the distinct architectural character of the area.

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“We picked Pepper because of the company’s preconstruction experience and ability to be a good thought partner. This project is going to be a beacon for the area.” 

Brent Iloulian
Managing Principal, Hackman Capital Partners

At 260 E Naughten Street, a warehouse originally constructed in 1914 for ice storage will become a future commercial space known as the "Ice House."

The Bigger Picture

Hackman Capital Partners is focused on continuing to expand on the city’s economic growth by creating spaces that serve the community. “Pepper is an excellent partner. The team demonstrated the willingness to roll up their sleeves and work side by side with us,” says Brent Iloulian, Managing Principal, Hackman Capital Partners, “They have been a valuable partner.” Next up: turning a former ice factory into hot, new commercial space.­­­

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