Developer proposes six-story art deco-style building at funeral home

A Columbus developer is proposing a six-story apartment and restaurant development at East Long Street and Hamilton Avenue that would serve as an entrance to the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville neighborhood.

The Kelley Companies is partnering with the Diehl family in the development, proposed for the site of the Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service, 720 E. Long St.

The proposal, recently submitted to the Near East Area Commission, calls for a six-story building on the northwest corner of Long and Hamilton that would include a restaurant, lobby and parking on the ground floor topped by 90 apartments above.

A 1,600-square-foot lower level would potentially house a jazz speakeasy, a nod to the Near East Side neighborhood’s roots as the city’s Black arts district and stopover for visiting greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton and Sammy Davis Jr.

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