Columbus Club, where Dimebag was killed, has become affordable housing


Villa Alrosa, the Columbus concert hall where five people, including Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, were shot dead in 2004, is set to become the site of a new affordable housing district in the city of Ohio.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, more than 100 affordable apartments will be built on the land where the once popular rock club is located. Columbus City Council is expected to vote on Monday to use $ 2.175 million from the city’s Affordable Housing Bond Fund for apartments to be built on the site.

The bill states that the development would consist of three four-story buildings that would house one, two, three and four bedroom apartments. Initially, residents earning 30-60% of the region’s median income would be eligible to live there. For 30%, that would be $ 17,600 for one person and $ 26,500 for a family of four. For 60%, that would be $ 35,220 for a one-person household and $ 50,520 for a family of four.

The club hosted many of the best rock and metal bands of the day, but on December 8, 2004 gunman Nathan Gale walked into the room and opened fire while Damageplan performed their set. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell was killed, as were member of the public Nathan Bray, club employee Erin Halk and band security member Jeffrey “Mayhem” Thompson. Police officer James Niggemeyer entered the club and shot and killed Gale.

In 2019, it was revealed that the club had been brought to the market by Best Corporate Real Estate. The venue was originally built in 1970. While being offered for sale, the venue continued to host concerts.

Scott Scharlach, chief operating officer of ACSM, told the Columbus Dispatch that the current partnership to build affordable housing pays $ 1.3 million for the property, with the housing authority to own it. The property is owned by DRJ Family LLC, of ​​Westerville.

Scharlach said the project received social housing tax credits through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. According to city council legislation, the city plans to contribute a total of $ 4.35 million to the project over two years.

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