People who wonder what "Wonderland" in the old Wonder Bread factory is all about can soon find out.

People who wonder what "Wonderland" in the old Wonder Bread factory is all about can soon find out.

A group of local entrepreneurs is seeking to turn the abandoned 65,000-square-foot factory in Italian Village into a facility and resource for the creative community in the Columbus area.

An informational meeting on the proposed Wonderland project was scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Junctionview Studios, 889 Williams Ave. in Grandview Heights.

"What we're trying to do is create a collaborative environment for artists, business people, musicians," said Andrew Dodson, president of Central City Recording in Clintonville.

Dodson and his partners -- Andrew Brouillette of the Ohio Art League, David Hunegnaw of the Sandbox Columbus "co-working community" and Josh Quinn of the Tigertree clothing and accessories store in the Short North -- are forming a nonprofit organization to manage the former bread company factory. The building would feature a combination of artist studios, shared office space, music studios, retail space and even a performance facility.

"The goal is to provide a resource for artists, musicians and small businesses to achieve individual success, as well as to establish an icon in Columbus that highlights our outstanding local creative industries to the world," according to a statement released by the quartet.

Each of the principals forming the organization would focus on his specific area of expertise -- Brouillette on art, Dodson on music, Hunegnaw on business and Quinn on retail -- as well as provide business counseling and information resources for tenants of the transformed former factory.

Wonder Bread moved out about a year ago, according to the announcement.

"From the meeting we're really hoping to get input from the community on what they're looking for," Dodson said.

Dodson said that the Wonderland group isn't exactly re-inventing the wheel.

"Clearly, all over the country there are examples of turning former industrial sites and underutilized buildings into artist facilities," he said.

The local recording studio executive said that he and his cohorts believe much artistic talent exists in Columbus and throughout central Ohio, but it's generally "under the radar."

Wonderland could help to change that.

"We're hoping that collaboration can bring out the strengths from all of these different groups," Dodson said.

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