Rumors have been swirling for a while that a group of ambitious investors were trying to buy the vacant Wonder Bread factory in Italian Village and transform it into a creative hub. Today came the official word that it's happening, courtesy of Adam Brouillette (Couchfire Collective), Andrew Dodson (Central City Recording), David Hunegnaw (The Sandbox Columbus), Kevin Lykens (Lykens Companies) and Josh Quinn (Tigertree). The press release explains:
The project is being called “Wonderland” and it will combine artist studios, shared office space, band rehearsal and recording facilities, venue and performance space, gallery space, and a mix of start-up and established retail all under one roof. The goal is to provide a resource for artists, musicians, and small businesses to achieve individual success, as well as to establish an icon in Columbus that highlights our outstanding local creative industries to the world.
Awesome "fun fact" about the Wonderland plans: The performance space would have bands playing inside the factory's giant bread oven.
If they manage to pull this off, it will be a huge step forward for the Columbus creative community. They're holding an informational meeting Friday, Jan. 29 from 6:30-9 p.m.