Orange Barrel Media, a multimillion-dollar advertising firm based in Grove City, wants to pull up stakes and move across town to Franklinton.

Orange Barrel Media, a multimillion-dollar advertising firm based in Grove City, wants to pull up stakes and move across town to Franklinton.

Citing space constraints at its current location, the company has proposed building a $6 million facility on the parcel once occupied by the Arrow Concrete batch plant on McKinley Avenue.

The 5-acre site would be transformed by construction of a 10,000-square-foot glass building and the adaptive reuse of an existing 10,000-square-foot building on the property, said Pete Scantland, president of the company, also known as OBM.

The glass building would be crowned with a 120-foot tall, three-panel digital sign.

The two panels facing Interstate 670 would contain messaging boards showcasing the work of OMB, which has been in Grove City for the past five years.

The sign's back panel, facing Franklinton, would contain tiled solar panels, providing enough energy to power the site.

"We've been trying to find a permanent home and we're really excited about what's happening in Franklinton," Scantland said.

"We're professionals but also artists," he said.

"We think it's going to be the center of creativity on Columbus."

Jim Sweeney, executive director of the Franklinton Development Association, said OBM's project is a positive development for the community.

"This looks like an exciting opportunity for Franklinton," he said.

"I'm pleased that such a high-profile company was looking to move into our community," said Trent Smith, executive director Franklinton Board of Trade, a business group that represents the area.

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