Equitable Mortgage Corp. relocating to Dublin's Metro Heart following sale of its unique Columbus constructing – Columbus Enterprise First – The Enterprise JournalsAugust 19, 2022
Considered one of Central Ohio’s largest residence mortgage lenders is transferring from the unique location it opened practically 30 years in the past into a brand new workplace close by.
Equitable Mortgage Corp., which launched out of a 500-square-foot suite in 1995 earlier than increasing within the years since, will relocate from 3530 Snouffer Street in Columbus to 655 S. Metro Place in Dublin’s Metro Heart workplace park. Although the agency’s present location lists a Columbus handle, it is solely about 5 miles from the brand new workplace in Dublin.
Forward of the transfer, Equitable Mortgage is promoting its flagship workplace to a brand new purchaser. Zach Appleby, govt vp of Equitable Mortgage, mentioned he could not disclose the customer or their plans for the constructing.
What he may say is the agency pumping about $250,000 into its new workplace. That entails eradicating some current cubicles to create a extra open atmosphere, including 5 workplaces, redesigning the foyer and kitchen, and making some aesthetic adjustments like new carpet, paint, ceiling tiles and lighting.
The transfer was spurred by the need to have a extra trendy workplace that higher fits the corporate’s present wants. Although it is smaller — 7,000 sq. toes in comparison with 10,000 sq. toes — Appleby mentioned they’re gaining extra “usable area,” provided that the utility rooms and restrooms are in a typical space and never taking over area of their suite.
Along with having a more practical workspace, the brand new workplace will characteristic a contemporary look that was designed with youthful employees in thoughts. That is particularly essential in relation to recruiting and retaining younger expertise, who Appleby believes care extra about their work atmosphere than earlier generations of employees. It is also a ploy to get the corporate’s roughly 50 native workers again into the workplace after working principally distant these final two years.
“The brand new area goes to carry us all again collectively,” Appleby mentioned. “We’re hoping the nicer workspace, higher amenities and a brand new location will hopefully carry individuals again collectively to allow them to higher collaborate and work as a crew versus simply being distant. We even have a whole lot of youthful workers preferring neat workplace areas as a substitute of the cubicle farms of the previous.”
Appleby added those that did come into the workplace have been siloed because of the present constructing’s format. As an alternative of two flooring unfold throughout 5 or 6 suites, the brand new location will likely be extra centralized.
“Within the constructing we now have now, generally individuals would go upstairs into their workplace and it’s possible you’ll not see them the remainder of the day,” he mentioned. “We have been scattered throughout, however now all the pieces will likely be in the identical place. You may truly get to see everyone within the workplace.”
The Metro Heart location additionally can have what Appleby calls “drop-in workspaces” for individuals who solely are available at some point every week and don’t want a devoted workplace. There will likely be a number of drop-ins on the new workplace, together with a convention room and different areas the place individuals can work and collaborate.
Appleby mentioned renovations on the Dublin workplace will start within the subsequent few weeks, and buildout is more likely to take a pair months. The hope is to be totally operational within the new workplace by Nov. 1.
Matt Gregory of NAI Ohio Equities represented Equitable Mortgage on the Metro Heart deal, and Michelle Fude of Colliers represented the owner.
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