Evangelical Christian denomination behind proposed $200 million development in Columbus suburb

Andrew Bowsher, Reynoldsburg development director, at the site of a proposed $200 million development by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, where a vacant Kmart currently stands at the corner of Brice Road and Main Street.

A Christian organization is planning a $200 million development and headquarters in Reynoldsburg that one city official says will make the suburb a destination.

“It’s a huge catalyst for the city as a whole,” said Andrew Bowsher, development director for the city of Reynoldsburg.

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He sees the proposed development — envisioned as a mix of retail, restaurants, a hotel, an event center, green space and apartments — as something that will draw people to Reynoldsburg in the way that Bridge Park and Grandview Yard bring people to Dublin and Grandview Heights, respectively.

What makes it even better for the city, Bowsher said, is that the developer — the Christian and Missionary Alliance — will not just sell the property once it’s built up; it wants to be a part of the community for years to come.

‘Help the community take off’

The evangelical Christian denomination, currently headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is in the process of purchasing four parcels of land totaling about 15 acres on the corner of Brice Road and Main Street in Reynoldsburg for its new headquarters. Alliance officials declined to disclose the purchase price, which was not publicly available.

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The plan is for the group to have about 90,000 square feet of office space and an event venue in a new three- or four-story building that will take the place of a now-vacant Kmart building it plans to demolish, said Robb Childs, an alliance official who is working on the relocation.

“We have a heart to be an active part of the community. We’re just super excited to become part of the fabric of that community — to help the community take off and benefit from it as well,” Childs said.

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