Columbia Spy spotted these two gentlemen on Linden Street this morning. They entered the Colonial Metals building.
Their vehicle carried an Ohio license plate.
Minutes later, they left the building, accompanied by the man in the black tee shirt, and walked towards the employee parking lot. The Spy approached and asked if the company was going to make a statement. One of the men (shown above in the middle) said he doesn't work for the company.
They crossed the parking lot and entered the building near Third and Maple.
After months of apparent dormancy, a firehouse restaurant/brew pub project is in the offing for Columbia after all. Columbia Spy has obtained information indicating that plans for a pizza restaurant/brew pub are currently underway for the former Keystone Firehouse at 27-29 North Fourth Street. Tentatively named “The 1898 Firehouse,” the 3,000 square-foot establishment will feature a dining area with 11 tables, a pizza station with a pizza oven and 6-seat counter, and a brewing area with 8-seat bar.
At its June meeting, Columbia's Historical Architectural Review Board approved alterations to the building for changes to the existing garage door. Restaurant signage was also discussed.
The lease agreement for the property is with Toss Dough LLC, a Marietta-based limited-liability company organized last year by Stacey Vonstein. Shawn and Lisa Loucks are listed as owners.
According to real estate company Bennett Williams, the 1898 building has a total of 9,000 square feet, with a 3,000-foot 3-bedroom loft apartment on the second floor.
The building previously housed the Keystone Fire Company (formerly Keystone Hook & Ladder) until 2000, when it merged with the Vigilant and Shawnee Fire companies to form the Columbia Consolidated Fire Department, now defunct.
The tracts — two in Columbia and four in Lancaster city — were recently designated as qualified opportunity zones.
The designation allows incentives for investors to develop assets in economically distressed communities by providing cuts on their capital gains tax after the assets are owned for a certain number of years.