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Realty company gets jump start on marketing former Columbus Castings site

The current owners of the former Columbus Castings property in south Columbus aren't wasting time marketing the 77-acre parcel along Parsons Avenue. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The current owners of the former Columbus Castings property in south Columbus aren't wasting time marketing the 77-acre parcel along Parsons Avenue.

For lease signs from commercial realty company CBRE began popping up in the past few days at the former steel foundry site.

Jon Reich, of Reich Brothers, who bought the property when Columbus Castings closed, said Monday even though demolition and EPA testing could take a year to complete, he's optimistic.

Southside Area Commission member Curtis Davis agrees.

"Now's the time to start having those conversations on land acquisition and buildings and design," Davis said while visiting the abandoned site Monday.

Davis said while no deal has been finalized for what will happen next at the property, he hopes the space returns to it's south Columbus roots.

"A mixed use of commercial and industrial, I think, is the ideal thing. I don't think it's right for residential because of the intersections," he added.

The Ohio EPA says that demolition of the property's is a slow process. EPA spokesperson James Lee said Reich Brothers is removing materials from the property and sending them to appropriate disposal facilities.

Lee added that the EPA has been periodically inspecting the process, which is going as planned.

Regina Nemec has lived near the plant for the past 14 years. She remembered when the plant was bustling with more than one thousand employees. Jobs were plentiful.

"You could tell a friend that 'hey, they were hiring over there,' and people would just go over," Nemec said.

Sue said the plant's closure was a major hit to the economy in south Columbus. While she waits for signs of new life, she's hopeful.

"I'd like to see more commerce. More warehouses would be nice. If they just had jobs that were close, that would be nice," Nemec added.

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