Citing a need for a more centralized location, the Ohio Poultry Association is moving to the Brewery District.

The statewide trade association, which represents more than 600 Ohio egg, chicken and turkey farmers, is based at 5930 Sharon Woods Blvd. in Columbus' Northland neighborhood.

The new space, 707 S. Front St., should be ready in a few months, said Jim Chakeres, executive vice president of the nonprofit group.

"We hope to occupy in early summer, pending city of Columbus permit review and (the) construction schedule," Chakeres said.

The new building is about 500 square feet larger than the current space. It allows more flexibility and makes it more convenient for the association's members who are traveling from different areas of the state, he said.

The Brewery District Commission on Feb. 7 gave its blessing to the OPA's plans for the exterior remodeling of the building, former home of ABC Gas Repair.

The association purchased the building in November for $487,500, according to records in the Franklin County Auditor's Office.

The 3,900-square-foot space was built in 1927, records show.

Plans with the city of Columbus show the OPA wants to build a patio enclosure.

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