What's the timeline?
The Wonderland guys say they hope to have their first tenants move in by August, with a goal of being completely up and running by the end of 2010. In the meantime, Lykens owns several other buildings where parties approved to inhabit Wonderland could get things started before they move in later this year, he said.
What's the state of the building now?
Wonder Bread is owned by Hostess, and the company will spend another two to three weeks dismantling and removing miles of conveyor belts, flour tanks and bread carts. Some components, including an oven in the center of the first floor, are permanent.
What will happen to the sign?
The red neon Wonder Bread sign that can be seen from I-670 is recognized as a historic landmark. It doesn't light right now, but it will be re-lit and otherwise untouched when Wonderland opens.
What about parking?
A rough, but paved, parking lot lies to the west of the building. The Wonderland team is talking to neighbors about additional parking options.
What's the neighborhood like?
The former factory is on N. Fourth Street between Warren and Lincoln streets in Italian Village. It's surrounded primarily by residences and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, within walking distance to the Short North.