German Village Gazette

Cardinal Health founder wants to convert German Village property


The retired founder of Cardinal Health wants to turn the U.S. Bank building in German Village into an 13,250-square-foot private residence.

The German Village Commission Tuesday, May 7, considered but did not take action on Bob Walter’s conceptual plan to convert the commercial building at 673 Mohawk St. into a single-family house.

Walter and his wife, Peggy, who were not at the meeting, plan to spend a significant amount of money refurbishing the property, their architect, William Hugus, told the commission.

The three-story structure, which has a basement, was built in 1887 as an elementary school for St. Mary Catholic Church, which is adjacent to the west.

The school, which was expanded years later, was a high school until 1967, when St. Mary closed the facility. The parish then sold the parcel in 1972. It has housed a bank, and other commercial uses, since.

The plan calls for converting a portion of the basement into a three-car garage and ripping up much of the 37-car parking lot and replacing it with manicured green space.

“I think that’s a big asset for Mohawk Street,” Hugus said.

However, the couple, who live in Dublin, would keep seven spaces for guest parking.

For more on this story, see the May 16 edition of the ThisWeek German Village Gazette.