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Glass Axis finds its new home in Franklinton

Location outside Grandview offers more space in artist-rich neighborhood

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Glass Axis will say goodbye to the Grandview area when it departs for its new home this summer.

The nonprofit glass-art center will move to a 12,500-square-foot, turn-of-the-century warehouse at 610 W. Town St. in East Franklinton.

"It once served as a streetcar-repair shop, which I think is a fascinating bit of history," said Eva Ball, director of strategic development for Glass Axis.

The building Glass Axis leases on Norton Avenue in the Grandview area was sold last year and the center will close its operations there Sept. 14. It will open its new Franklinton site Oct. 1.

"The Franklinton site is an ideal location for us," Ball said. "We were looking for a centrally located building that was at least the same size or larger than our current location, and this will give us about 2,500 square feet of additional space."

The new site will be convenient for artists and visitors, as it is close to state Route 315 and Interstate 70, she said.

"We also needed a lot of parking and high ceilings so we could put in a sprinkler system," Ball said. "This building is in wonderful shape and it has high ceilings and lots of big windows. We're really excited about it."

The additional space the building provides will allow more room for the observation area, where visitors view glass-making demonstrations, and for the cold shop used by artists who work at the center, she said.

The West Town Street building is located within East Franklinton's artist and maker hub, an area filled with creative businesses, groups and artists.

"We're thrilled to be moving to such a dynamic location," Ball said. "The city and Mayor (Michael) Coleman have done so much to revitalize that area."

The city's East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan was awarded the 2014 National Excellence Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development. The award is presented by the American Planning Association.

Glass Axis has called the Grandview area home for a decade.

Ball said as the Sept. 14 closing date nears, Glass Axis will begin its transition to the East Franklinton location.

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