E.V. Bishoff Company Transforming 200,000 SF Former Lazarus Warehouse Into The Audubon Park Office Center
Multi-Million dollar renovation will offer tenants state-of-the-art office facility, boost downtown economy
Columbus, Ohio – E.V. Bishoff Company is happy to announce the transformation of the A&P Tea Company warehouse, located at 371 Maier Place in downtown Columbus, into The Audubon Park Office Center. The single story 200,000 SF complex marks the culmination of 26 years of patient planning on the part of E. V. Bishoff Company.
“The Audubon is our overnight success story that took 26 years to bring to fruition” David Bishoff, President of E.V. Bishoff Co., said. “As a result of the herculean efforts of Metro parks in the development of is THE most exciting park in Ohio, The Audubon Park Office Center is now the single best location to hold an office in Central Ohio. For anyone that wants to place their office and their office workers in an energy filled and exciting natural environment, complete with a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, volleyball courts, biking and jogging trails, and boating, this site is unmatched by any other. With the river on the west boarder and the Brewery district and German village on the East, both of which are a short walk along the river to downtown, this is the place to be!”
“We are delighted about the new Audubon Park Office Center adjacent to Scioto Audubon Metro Park,” said Larry Peck, Metro Parks Deputy Director. “This urban park with its trails and open space has been a source of positive economic growth in the area for many years and we look forward to new visitors enjoying the park during their lunch hour or exercising before or after work.”
The Audubon is not without its share of history to the downtown Columbus landscape. It served as the location of the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company for many years after its development. While owned by the A&P Tea Co., the building received its grocery shipments via railroad due to a lack interstate highways. Today the rail spur still remains in the Audubon and is being used as the means of getting into the covered attached garage.
As A & P faded out of the Columbus landscape another company was ascending to new heights – F & R Lazarus Co. Commonly known to Columbus residents as Lazarus, the department store gained popularity throughout the 1960s and 70s and transformed the department store business. With its flagship store in downtown Columbus, Lazarus enjoyed marked success and eventually found the need for more space, primarily for storage and distribution. The A & P building was purchased and served as Lazarus’ distribution and warehousing center, housing over 300 employees for many years.
Shortly after Lazarus’ merger with Macys many of the Lazarus warehouses were consolidated and as a result some were left abandoned and were sold including the A & P Warehouse. Seeing the potential, E.V. Bishoff Co., purchased the building in the early 1990s.
The building along with the entire Whittier Peninsula was largely unnoticed by Columbus residents for many years until it caught the eye of Columbus Metro Parks’ officials and City Planners.
“With the vision of City Planners along with the disciplined guidance of Columbus Metro Parks board member Tad Jeffrey, you now have the most exciting and beautiful urban parks in Ohio,” Bishoff said. “Nestled alongside the Scioto River on one side and the downtown skyline on the other, the park features jogging trails, a nature center, water features, boating launch ramps, volleyball courts, open fields, dog parks and a soon-to-be-constructed pedestrian bridge connecting German Village and the Brewery District to the Park.”
The Audubon will include a litany of features including: outdoor parking for over 300 cars along with 125 indoor parking spots, a beautifully landscaped exterior which includes the delivery of over 100 tons of stone and hundreds of new plants. The Audubon Park Office Center also will provide wide open interior offices all of which include high ceilings, and skylights.
“Meticulous planning and patience has been the cornerstone to The Audubon development.” Bishoff said. “With its wonderfully tough industrial feel, 20’ high ceilings, exposed ducts and a 400’ exterior terrace, the Audubon has enormous appeal to not only the millennials, but any organization that craves a creative environment where its employees actually look forward to working, all surrounded by the 150 acre Scioto Audubon Metro Park .”