A plan to build 18 condominium units at the site of the old Maennerchor building is off of the table.
A 90-day contract between Galbreath Properties and Columbus City Schools to redevelop the 6,500-square-foot site at 966 S. High St. has expired, and the property is back on the market.
David Galbreath, owner of Galbreath Properties, which was trying to purchase the land through 966 S. High Development LLC, said the approval process with the Brewery District Commission simply took too long.
There were two 90-day contracts between CCS and Galbreath Properties. The first one involved the district officially dedicating a portion of roadway on the property to the city, which created the first timing issue, Galbreath said.
The school board issued a 90-day extension contingent on Galbreath getting commission approval on a lot split, which would have transferred the land from CCS to Galbreath, demolition of most of the former Maennerchor building and architectural plans, Galbreath said.
"What we would need would be a longer term (contract) with the school board to work with the city and try to get board approval, which we need on every count," he said. "We needed three and we didn't get one."
The condo project would have been 3 1/2 stories with underground parking. Units would have been priced between $350,000 and $450,000.
The Columbus Maennerchor, which moved its headquarters to the German Heritage House directly to the south, was part of the condo deal.
Maennerchor officials wanted to preserve 2,200 square feet of the old building for rehearsal space.
Meanwhile, preservationists from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation and the German Village Society argued the Maennerchor building had historic value and could be reused.
That was refuted by officials from the Maennerchor and Galbreath who said it would take more than $1 million to mitigate the damage and other outstanding issues with the building.
Galbreath said he hasn't ruled out seeking another contract with the school district but has not made any overtures to do so.
The original contract was to purchase the property for $460,000 contingent on plans moving forward.
"We have a lot of time and money in this," Galbreath said. "We would like to move forward."
Mike Knilans, a member and spokesman for the Maennerchor, said the club still is hopeful it can work with CCS, the Brewery District Commission and city on "a solution that works."
"Our need for more space has not gone away," Knilans said.
Jaqueline Bryant, a spokeswoman for Columbus City Schools, said the district is actively marketing the site, which was appraised for $325,000.
The district acquired the 0.3-acre property in 2011 when it renovated and expanded Stewart Alternative Elementary School.