A branch of the development firm Yoakam Deagle Taggart and Co. recently announced construction of a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art office and warehouse facility in the Freeway Business Park off Interstate 71 in the Northland area.

A branch of the development firm Yoakam Deagle Taggart and Co. recently announced construction of a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art office and warehouse facility in the Freeway Business Park off Interstate 71 in the Northland area.

The existing four-story office building at 1050 Freeway Drive, which was used by the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for more than 35 years, will be demolished, according to the announcement.

In its place will be an office warehouse that can provide spaces as small as 5,000 square feet.

Each of the units will have a truck, as well as other amenities, Mark F. Taggart, president of Mark F. Taggart Co., said in a statement.

"This north-central location provides quick, easy access to all parts of Columbus," Taggart said in the statement. "It's hard to find available office-warehouse space in north-central Columbus, let alone highly functional facilities built to accommodate businesses of all sizes."

Lowendick Demolition Contractors and Fed One Dublin have been hired to tear down the existing structure and build the new one.

PNC Bank is the lender on the project.

The new combination warehouse and office building should be completed later this year, Taggart said.

"The area is slated by the city for bridge and roadway improvements, including the addition of sidewalks to Sinclair Road sometime in the next couple of years," the announcement said. "It is hoped that the investment being made by Yoakam Deagle Taggart can help accelerate this timetable."

The partnership of Yoakam Deagle Taggart and Co. was formed in 1968. Past projects, in addition to the Freeway Business Park, have included Sonnenblick Apartments and the East Broad Street Business Center.