The Columbus Dispatch – Century-old Atlas Building bringing more upscale living downtown

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Published: 9/29/13

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Joel Lilly, left, and Michael Schiff of Schiff Capital in the lobby of the Atlas Building, which they are renovating into apartments.

Joel Lilly, left, and Michael Schiff of Schiff Capital in the lobby of the Atlas Building, which they are renovating into apartments (Photo by Adam Cairns).







Standing in the ornate lobby of the Atlas Building, local developer Michael Schiff sounded like a proud parent as he discussed his plans for renovating the historic Downtown skyscraper at the northeastern corner of N. High and Long streets.

“Look at all this marble,” Schiff said, sweeping his hand to point out the floors, columns and staircase covered in the crystalline limestone material that has been a prized building material for centuries. “There’s not a lobby like this anywhere else in Columbus.”

And then he pointed to the ceiling, which is covered in brightly colored sunken panels called coffers.

Work will start soon on the $20 million renovation project to convert the 1905 office building into a 98-unit, upscale apartment building with retail space on either side of the lobby. Continue Reading →


Columbus Underground – Construction Begins on Aston Row Townhomes in Victorian Village

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Construction is scheduled to start this week on the newly-redesigned Aston Row townhomes, which now feature a more contemporary look. The for-sale product will complement a 59-unit apartment building currently under construction at the corner of Third and Dennison Avenues in Victorian Village.

The ten townhome units, which will be about 1,800 square feet, all feature two-car garages and rooftop terraces. Jason Snyder of Snyder Barker Investments said he expects the units to be delivered by May of next year, with prices starting at $425,000. A second row of townhomes that would face Starr Avenue is still in the planning stages.

“We have a conceptual design for the Starr Avenue phase but won’t finalize the design and start construction until we sell at least a few units of the Aston Row phase,” said Snyder, adding that they started with the units facing the alley “because it creates a bookend development for our apartment building with it’s location, scale and design. It will dramatically change the experience along the alley which will be a real positive for the residents of both developments and the neighborhood.”

Snyder expects demand to be strong for the townhomes.

“At the moment, there are virtually no new construction ‘for sale’ options for people in Victorian Village. We believe people will find the combination of features that Aston Row provides very attractive.”


As for the Aston Place Apartments, windows are currently being installed and plumbing and electric work is ongoing. The hope is to have the first units available in early February and the building completely finished in early March. Pre-leasing will start in the near future.

More information on the project is available at

Ongoing discussion about the Aston Place development can be found on our messageboard.

Aston Row renderings by Sullivan Bruck Architects. Aston Place construction photo by Walker Evans.



Aston Place Construction Underway

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Aston Place is a 59-unit apartment community with contemporary one and two bedroom luxury apartment homes.  The community features a modern design, expansive windows, 10 foot ceilings on the top level, a private parking garage and a spacious 5,300 square foot courtyard on the second level.  The courtyard makes for a Short North private patio lounge in your own back yard!  This unique space is designed to include a water sculpture, fire pit, shaded cabanas and a bocce ball court.  The building will also feature a state-of-the-art business center and a workout facility.

The apartment homes feature elegantly designed interiors that include granite countertops in the kitchen and baths, under mounted sinks, stainless steel appliances, side by side refrigerators, full height backsplash in the kitchen, kitchen islands and luxury plank flooring that runs throughout the entry, kitchen, living and dining areas.  Aston Place offers the style and quality that you have been searching for!

An affiliate of Snyder Barker, a real estate development and investment company, is proud to introduce Aston to the Columbus market and the Victorian Village community.  The principals of Snyder Barker, Jason Snyder and Brian Barker, first had the idea for the Aston project in early 2011.  They shared a common goal of improving the neighborhood with a residential development that features contemporary design, multiple phases, each with distinctive architectural qualities and living options.  It was the design intent of Snyder Barker and the architect, Sullivan Bruck, for Aston to be respectful of the traditions of Victorian Village yet represent the style and demands of modern day living.

Aston Place will be managed by Homestead America and are now Pre-leasing this fall for January 2014!

View the website HERE!

With the support of many great people, companies and organizations Aston is now a reality.  Snyder Barker would like to give special thanks to following groups for their contributions in making Aston possible.

Schiff Capital Group, investor

SBI Aston LLC, investor

Sullivan Bruck, architect

Elford Development, contractor

First Merit Bank, construction lender

Victorian Village Commission



NorthPointe resident wins a 2013 Ford Mustang courtesy of Homestead U!

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NorthPointe resident, Efrain Gonzalez, won a 1 year lease on a red convertible 2013 Ford Mustang on August 24th in Tucson courtesy of Homestead U and Hertz car rentals. Gonzalez’s winning ticket was drawn from thousands of tickets that were entered from both NorthPointe and The Ranch at Star Pass residents. The giveaway was an incentive to renew, refer or sign leases at the Homestead U properties in Tucson. A party was held at NorthPointe to announce the winner on Saturday, August 24th. Congratulations to Efrain, and look forward to many more parties and incentives from Homestead U!


Employee Spotlight: Marcia Bond

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Name: Marcia Bond

Job Title: Controller

Property: Corporate

1.) How long have you been with Homestead? 6.5 Years

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Stayed at home for 4 years after relocating Chicago.

3.) Where are you originally from? Geneva, Nebraska

4.) What’s your favorite part about being a Homestead Employee? The People!

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? Read, hike, ride bikes, visit family and travel.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? Classical and Pop

7.) What’s your favorite website?

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? J. Alexanders

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Hiking in Bhutan (Asia)

10.) What’s the best TV Show you have seen recently? Don’t watch much TV, but probably Modern Family.

11.) What’s your favorite Homestead memory? Not sure about my favorite, but the rat in the bathroom was most memorable!

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