PIQUA — Slate Design and Development, with offices in Brooklyn and Boston, in partnership with St. Louis-based UIC have purchased the S. Zollingers Company Building in Piqua, and they are planning a $4 million renovation of the site.
Constructed in 1914-1915, the Romanesque Revival building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 101 South Wayne Street in downtown Piqua. The building served as a commercial grocery warehouse for nearly a century and is currently vacant.
The development team is transforming the 40,000 square-foot, three-story building into a mixed-use destination adjacent to the Great Miami River and fronting Main Street. The renovated building will contain ground floor and lower-level commercial space with 16 units of residential apartments on the upper two floors. The total project cost is approximately $4 million. Architect of Record is Porter Fanna Architecture of New York City.
“We are excited to take this first step in investing in Piqua’s future and hope it is the first of several projects in the downtown area,” said Brent Crittenden of UIC. “City leaders in Piqua have been working hard to target redevelopment in concentrated areas that leverage public investment towards community revitalization,” added David Gamble, principal of Slate.
The reuse of the Zollinger building is an essential component of Piqua’s downtown revitalization strategy. Identified as a priority redevelopment opportunity in the city’s Riverfront District Development Strategy in 2013 and the Piqua Placemaking Initiative in 2016, the city is investing in downtown public spaces to celebrate and enhance the spatial relationships between destinations to promote private-sector development downtown and along the Great Miami River. Predevelopment financing for acquisition was provided by the Imagining and Investing in the Piqua Fund, or iPiqua, a fund established by local civic leaders to facilitate private investments in Piqua.
City of Piqua Community and Economic Development Director Chris Schmiesing stated, “We are very pleased to have Slate and UIC partnering up to implement the Zollinger building project. The renovation of the Zollinger building into a mixed-use product is one of three catalytic projects identified by the Riverfront District Redevelopment Strategy, and the plans Slate and UIC have for the building align perfectly with the vision for redeveloping the downtown riverfront area.”
About Slate Design and Development
Slate is a multi-disciplinary urban redevelopment company with offices in New York City and Boston. The firm combines design innovation with development expertise to revitalize and spur transformation in urban areas.
Founded in 2005, Urban Improvement Company (UIC), is a design-focused integrated practice group with expertise in architecture, urban design, real estate development, and general contracting. Through its three divisions – UIC Develop/Design/Build, Refine UIC and UIC Homes – the UIC practice offers both residential and commercial clients holistic building solutions with an emphasis on progressive design and sustainable methods. UIC has twice been named the Developer of the Year by the City of St. Louis for their work in transforming long neglected urban neighborhoods. In 2018, the firm launched several projects outside of their native St. Louis and is currently focused on expanding their practice and impact to other communities.