The Caterina Ltd. building has a new occupant.

The Chaddock Group, a franchisee of Ameriprise Financial, is opening an office in the historic building, 571 S. Third St. in German Village.

NAI Ohio Equities announced Nov. 18 that it sold the 4,000-square-foot building for $1.3 million to Third & Beck LLC, the official purchasing name.

Kristen Kaufman, spokesman for Chaddock, said the office will open in the spring after a renovation project.

The Chaddock Group, a private wealth advisory practice, has three other offices -- two in Columbus and one in Athens.

Kaufman said it was unclear how many employees would move to German Village.

Believed to have been built in the 1870s, the three-story building is on the corner of East Beck and South Third streets.

The building's amenities include an elevator, usable basement and 10-space private parking lot, across Beck street to the north. The building most recently was used as office, gallery and retail space, including Caterina Ltd., a store that sold high-end European goods. It closed during the summer.

"There was a lot of interest from a variety of users and we were glad to find the right buyer for this unique property," said Philip Bird, who, with Peter Merkle, was the primary sales agent on the property.

Former Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka and his wife, Catharine Adams, purchased the building for $720,000 on June 2, 2006. On May 24, it was transferred to Gaute Laune LLC, owned by Adams and Lashutka.

Adams opened Caterina Ltd. in June 2003 in what is now the Stauf's Coffee Roasters, 625 S. Third. It moved to its final location a year later, Adams said.

Meanwhile, the real estate agent representing the vacant Max & Erma's spot at 739 S. Third St. is asking the community to submit ideas for the space.

Realtor Jennifer Kessel-White, who is working with the German Village Society, said comment cards soon will be available in a container at the site. The Max & Erma's closed Aug. 6 after 45 years in business.

Consumers are being asked to weigh in on a variety of potential uses, from restaurants to other retail, Kessel-White said. She said the results will be shared in a couple of weeks.

"This interactive approach will help us learn what will thrive in the space and will also provide the German Village Society with valuable insight on what the neighbors want to see in new businesses," Kessel-White said.

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