GREATER LINDEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Mr. Clarence D. Lumpkin
Mr. Clarence D. Lumpkin envisioned the
Point of Pride Building.
Linden Area - Point of Pride Building
The Point of Pride building is located at 1410 Cleveland Avenue, just east of I-71 off the 11th Avenue exit.
In 1974, community resident and activist Clarence D. Lumpkin presented a speech to Columbus City Council addressing the needs of the Linden community, a neighborhood located about three miles north of downtown Columbus that had suffered a severe economic decline in the 1960’s and 70’s. In that speech, Mr. Lumpkin stated, “We the citizens of this community feel that a place which would be a point of pride needs to be developed. This point would motivate more interest and give this community a sense of direction as to accomplishments that can be made when every effort is put forth to work with our officials for something worthwhile.”
In 2006, that vision became a reality with GLDC’s development of the Clarence D. Lumpkin Point of Pride Building on the northeast corner of Cleveland and Eleventh Avenues. Commonly referred to as simply “Point of Pride,” this 21,000 square-foot mixed-use office and retail building is part of the larger redevelopment project know as Four Corners. The Four Corners Vision Plan was first unveiled in 1997 by Columbus Urban Growth Corporation, a company formed by the City of Columbus to assist neighborhood community development corporations with large-scale projects. The Four Corners redevelopment project included several partners and both new commercial construction -- a COTA Transit Center, administrative offices for Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, a State Farm Insurance Building and the Five Precinct Neighborhood Policing Center -- as well as the rehabbed Crosstown Building. The Point of Pride Building completed the fourth and final corner of the project. Today, several tenants operate their businesses at Point of Pride, including Subway, Liberty Tax Service, Columbus Area Integrated Services-Project Linden, and Greater Linden Development Corporation.