The Idea Foundry in Franklinton

Franklinton Development Association

Funding Received: 2013
Columbus, OH
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

The dynamic and acclaimed "makerspace," the Columbus Idea Foundry, has become a partner and anchor tenant in the partially renovated neighborhood warehouse in Franklinton. With neighbors consisting of the Center of Science and Industry museum and a burgeoning arts collective, the Idea Foundry will complete an innovation triangle in Franklinton that blends the arts, the sciences and enterprise.  The Idea Foundry is now adding 10 members/month vs. 1/month in it's old location and activated the sidewalks in Franklinton with many events like open houses, "Maker Date Night", and even a large fashion show. The Franklinton Development Association continues to leverage the energy and attraction of the Idea Foundry to bring more investment in Franklinton.  Several business have now opened in the area since the arrival of the Idea Foundry.  The FDA now has a waiting list for its affordable homes!


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

By Jim Sweeney Update With Phase I construction completed (on time and on budget) the Columbus Idea Foundry (CIF) moved into the warehouse on May... Read More
By Alex Bandar + Jim Sweeney Updates After a quiet planning period at the end of 2013, our project has exploded into action in the... Read More