In the continuing efforts to create a physical home for Wonderland Columbus, to
better fulfill its mission to offer Columbus new cultural, educational and
collaborative opportunities, board and staff of the emerging non-profit are
currently investigating a variety of locations around Columbus.
Initial plans to locate the project within the former Wonder Bread factory in the
Short North ultimately proved unfeasible. Through a process involving input from
independent property appraisers and several developers consulting with
Wonderland, including a review of comparable properties in and around
Downtown, it was determined that the final asking price for the building was not
fiscally defensible for a tax-exempt organization seeking public support.
According to executive director Adam Brouillette, this development will do nothing
to slow the projectʼs momentum and may help expedite Wonderlandʼs application
for 501c3 non-profit status with the IRS.
The search for a new physical home for Wonderland Columbus has begun with
the help of a committee of trusted advisors who have volunteered their time to
the task. So far, several locations with great potential have been identified. The
architecture firm of BBCO Design will remain with the project and is also assisting
with the search effort.
“The community response to this project has been overwhelmingly positive,”
Brouillette said. “Iʼm encouraged by the continued support Wonderland is getting
in its efforts to find a new home. With the help of our community supporters, weʼll
be able to create an even better asset than what we had planned before.”
Representatives from Wonderland will be available to the public for questions
and feedback at a variety of upcoming programs on the Wonderland calendar,
starting with the creative networking event Wunderblender August 2 at The Jury
Room. Progress updates will also be shared at www.wonderlandcolumbus.com