400 W Rich Street in East Franklinton began a new chapter when it opened it’s doors to local artists on July 1, 2011. Twelve studios and a handful of adventurous tenants served as the beginning steps for transforming this former industrial, manufacturing warehouse into a dynamic, multi-functional arts complex, located within walking distance of downtown Columbus. 400 has since grown to become a home away from home to over 70 Columbus based artists, craftsman, designers and performers. The building functions an all inclusive, artistic community in the heart of East Franklinton and offers not only studio space but a place for the creative class to meet, network, collaborate, brainstorm and do what they do best…create.
During it’s first year, 400 W Rich expanded to house 30 first floor studios and 16 second floor studios with 20 more being built currently. Some of the common areas have even been rented out to aerial dancers and acrobat performers who were unable to find space elsewhere that could meet their needs. The former loading dock has been converted into Dinin’ Hall that serves as an indoor food court to accompany food trucks setup in the courtyard Monday through Friday 11-2. With 70+ tenants, as well as a waiting list of eager, soon-to-be tenants, the building has transitioned from a vacant property to a hub of traffic and activity featuring open houses, charity fundraisers, tenant potlucks, weddings, music performances as well as more elaborate events and collaborations.
One of the many highlights of the building is the 3,500 square foot gallery. Complete with brick walls, sawtooth ceiling and skylights, the space is presently undergoing renovations including restoration of the original red brick, installation of adjustable track lighting, climate control, security features, the addition of moveable display walls and pedestals, and a bar with a full liquor license. The newly rehabbed gallery/event space will officially re-open in early spring 2013.
Our existing studios range from 153 to 900 square feet, and rent for between $0.60 and $1.00 per foot. Our leases are month to month, and require one month’s rent as a security deposit. Our tenants have 24/7 access to our 105,000 square foot building as well as enclosed courtyard. We offer secure off street parking in a gated lot adjacent to the building. Each tenant has a personal security code for accessing the building, and a private key for his/her individual unit.
Management at 400 W Rich is led by Chris Sherman, who serves as Property Manager for all building operations, and includes Kris Howell as Development Manager and Jen Gable as Leasing Agent and Community Outreach facilitator. The website and social networking are maintained by Civitas Now.