Pump House tax break on council agenda

Columbus City Council members will decide whether to grant a tax abatement to Moravec Realty LLC and Upland Brewing Co, which are renovating the city’s former Pump House.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor City Hall chambers at 123 Washington St. to vote on the abatement.

The $3 million project is transforming the former utility building, pictured above, into a brewhouse restaurant. If approved, the project would be the second retail operation to receive a tax abatement in Columbus since 2014.

The council voted unanimously two weeks ago to designate the Pump House property at 148 Lindsey St. as an economic development target area and economic revitalization area, required before a retail operation receives a tax abatement.

Only one of three retail tax abatement requests have been approved by the council since 2014. Last year, the council approved a 10-year tax abatement for the new $20 million Kroger project on the 11.5-acre former Dolly Madison property at 3060 N. National Road.