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« Reply #1050 on: August 01, 2012, 01:09:48 PM »
^That should look nice and be more functional for events, although it will take away a common place for bus riders to wait.

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« Reply #1051 on: August 31, 2012, 03:22:40 PM »
News from Columbus Underground about additional one-way to two-way street conversions in downtown Columbus:

Front Street and Marconi Boulevard to go Two-Way in 2013

The conversion of Downtown streets from one-way to two-way continues with news that the treatment will come to portions of Marconi Boulevard and Front Street in 2013.  A portion of Front Street south of Broad Street was converted in 2009, with Civic Center Drive (what Marconi turns into south of Broad) following suit with the completion of The Scioto Mile.
 
“The two-way conversion of Front and Marconi north of Broad Street is one of the things we’re working on right now,” said Randy Bowman, Division of Mobility Options Administrator at the Columbus Department of Public Service.  “We would like to get it accomplished next year.”

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/front-street-and-marconi-boulevard-to-go-two-way-in-2013
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« Reply #1052 on: August 31, 2012, 03:27:46 PM »
More news from Columbus Underground about additional changes to a street in downtown Columbus.  This one involves adding parking meters to the downtown portion of High Street.

Parking Meters Coming Soon to High Street through Downtown

Look north and you’ll see parking meters. Look south and you’ll see parking meters.  But on the central Downtown stretch of High Street, there’s not a parking meter to be found.  That will soon change as the Department of Public Service plans to begin the installation of approximately 130 new parking meters on High Street before the end of the year.
 
The idea dates back to the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan, which called for a new vision of High Street with enhanced public transit systems, transit stations and on-street parking to service new retail businesses.  The funding to study these improvements to High Street (and other Downtown streets) was approved back in April of this year.
 
“The goal is to introduce on-street parking to serve existing and future businesses along High Street,” said Randy Bowman, Division of Mobility Options Administrator at the Columbus Department of Public Service.  “The city desires more retail along High Street to serve the growing residential population plus the Downtown workforce.”

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/parking-meters-coming-soon-to-high-street-through-downtown
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« Reply #1053 on: September 04, 2012, 10:38:11 AM »
From Columbus Underground (link below):

Columbus Landmarks Announces Finalists for 2012 Urban Design Award

East High School
1500 E. Broad Street
Designers: Moody∙Nolan Inc. and Schooley Caldwell Associates
Owner: Columbus City Schools



Huntington Park
330 Huntington Park Lane
Designers: 360 Architecture and MKSK Studios
Owner: Franklin County Commissioners/Franklin County Stadium Inc.



The Scioto Mile
233 Civic Center Drive
Designers: MSI, 360 Architecture, Schooley Caldwell Associates, HKI
Owner: City of Columbus
Developer: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation



Scioto River Bridges
Main Street Bridge Designer: DLZ Ohio
Rich Street Bridge Designers: Bridgescape LLC and Finley Engineering Group
Owners: ODOT and City of Columbus



Shadowbox Live! Theatre
503 South Front Street
Designer: Lion Real Estate Services/Urban Design and Shadowbox Live! Theatre
Developer: William Schottenstein
Owner: 503 South Front Street Limited Partnership


The winner of the award will be announced at the Annual Design & Preservation Awards Reception & Program on Thursday, September 27 at the Lincoln Theatre.  For more information visit www.columbuslandmarks.org.
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« Reply #1054 on: October 05, 2012, 12:50:05 PM »
Mildly interesting report from last week's Business First about a former Borders bookstore in northwest Columbus being redeveloped as a retail center.  But what really caught my eye was the two businesses that will anchor the new retail center - and the name of one.  Please see the excerpt below...

Former Borders getting new life as gym-anchored shopping center
Business First by Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Date: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:00am EDT


The former Borders bookstore at Henderson and Kenny roads in Columbus is targeted to be partially razed and redeveloped into a retail plaza.
(. . .)
The property has attracted two end-cap tenants.  The Title Boxing Club fitness center chain will fill about 7,000 square feet at the western end, and Average Joe’s Pub and Grill will lease space at the eastern end.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/09/28/former-borders-getting-new-life-as.html

Title Boxing Club and Average Joe's Pub and Grill. 
I've heard of "Average Joe's" before - but it was fitness related, not restaurant related. :wink:

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« Reply #1055 on: October 10, 2012, 12:32:50 PM »
There's another Average Joe's up there in the N. Hamilton/Old 161 vinyl zone in one of those 7-year-old, perennially half-empty strip plazas.
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« Reply #1056 on: October 18, 2012, 12:22:01 PM »
Removal of Fifth Avenue Dam Scheduled This Fall
By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Published on June 26, 2012 - 1:50 pm


After a decade of discussion, the removal of the Fifth Avenue lowhead dam will finally be moving forward.  The Ohio EPA and OSU have both signed off on allowing the Columbus Department of Public Utilities to remove the dam and restore the flow of this portion of the Olentangy River.  Yesterday evening (June 25), Columbus City Council passed legislation that will set the stage for the removal of the dam sometime this fall.
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The project is expected to cost approximately $6.9 million, which includes the redesign of the shoreline and the landscaping of native plants along the river.  The river will eventually connect Downtown where the Main Street Dam is also being planned for removal, creating an interconnected navigable waterway.

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/removal-of-fifth-avenue-dam-scheduled-this-fall
An update to this announcement from earlier this year:

WOSU: As 5th Avenue Dam Comes Down, Part Of The Olentangy Is Restored

This project will remove a lowhead dam built in the Olentangy River in 1935.  The dam removal will narrow the river's width and help restore natural river function from the Fifth Avenue location upstream to the Lane Avenue Bridge.  Removal of the dam began in late August 2012.  Reconstruction of river features will follow in the Fall.  Planting of the riverbanks will begin in Spring 2013.

This is a City-led project.  But because much of affected river frontage abuts Ohio State University property, OSU has been very involved with this project's development and implementation.  Much more information about the dam removal and the follow-up river restoration from the City of Columbus and Ohio State University links below:
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« Reply #1057 on: October 27, 2012, 01:56:21 PM »
Thought I'd share some photos of the 5th Avenue dam removal project that have been archived at the Dispatch.  The first shows the initial chipping away of the dam from the bike trail that parallels the Olentangy River.




The second shows some of the dam removal progress from downstream looking south.  Fifth Avenue Bridge is in the background.



The last photo was in today's paper - it shows the lowered water level of the Olentangy River looking north toward the Woody Hayes Drive Bridge and the Lane Avenue Bridge next to the OSU campus.
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« Reply #1058 on: October 27, 2012, 08:15:18 PM »
It's kind of surprising just how little crap they found once the water level dropped.  I was thinking maybe the bones of some Michigan fans.

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« Reply #1059 on: October 29, 2012, 03:25:04 PM »
Given the shallowness of the river, even before the dam demolition, any attempts to hide something it in might have turned out like this scene from Woody Allen's 1973 movie "Sleeper":

Sleeper part 6
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« Reply #1060 on: November 08, 2012, 10:31:56 AM »
Columbus Underground had a recent article about the Smith Brothers Hardware Building, the highly visible six-story fortress looking building on the northern edge of downtown Columbus.  Columbus Underground talked with a manager at Capitol Equities, the local company that renovated the building in the late 90's, about how the massive building was saved from demolition and how the building continues to evolve with new tenants.

CU: Historic Smith Bros’ Hardware Building Continues Ongoing Rebirth

 
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« Reply #1061 on: November 09, 2012, 01:21:30 PM »
Report on a proposal from the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and the City of Columbus to upgrade two alleys in the center of downtown Columbus.  Under this proposal, Pearl Alley between Gay and Broad Streets plus Lynn Alley between High and Third Streets would receive an upgrade.  More project information and multiple renderings at the Columbus Underground link below:
 
Columbus Underground: Pearl Alley Facelift Proposed for 2013

This is the current location of the twice-a-week Pearl Alley Market from May to October.  This proposal would support and enhance that seasonal retail market plus the other existing retail locations fronting these two alleys.
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« Reply #1062 on: November 13, 2012, 11:15:05 AM »
The beautiful 1934 Federal Courthouse on Marconi Boulevard in downtown Columbus is undergoing an energy retrofit and maintenance restoration.  Below is some historical info on the courthouse from the GSA, along with a photo of the building along Marconi and a photo of the work being done from Columbus Underground's Construction Roundup - October 2012:

GSA: Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse, Columbus, OH



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« Reply #1063 on: November 17, 2012, 10:54:32 AM »
Capitol Square Streetscape Improvements Planned for Spring 2013
By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Published on November 14, 2012 - 6:00 am


This winter, the sidewalks surrounding Capitol Square will undergo a transformation as new planters and signage pops up along the streets that surround the Ohio Statehouse.  The project is one of several new Downtown initiatives being launched by the team at the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District.
 
“We’ve heard comments from Downtown property owners that they really wanted some landscaping on Capitol Square,” said Cleve Ricksecker, executive director of Capital Crossroads.  ”A lot of people realize that it’s a really important space, but there’s been no attempt to do anything on the sidewalks opposite of the Statehouse that ties the square together.”
 
The poles anchored in the sidewalks that hold street signage will all be replaced by black posts with an emblematic design adorning the top.  Approximately 70 planters planters of various heights will also be installed on the square in the same black color and design.  The area targeted in this effort includes portions of High Street, Broad Street, State Street and Third Street.

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/capitol-square-streetscape-improvements-planned-for-spring-2013#comments

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« Reply #1064 on: November 19, 2012, 10:53:27 PM »
In 2010, a new plan for Downtown development was put together by the City of Columbus and its downtown development agency, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation.  There was a separate thread about the 2010 Plan here at Urban Ohio.  To execute some of these initiatives, a working document known as the “Downtown Action Plan” has been assembled to guide public infrastructure projects that fall under the helm of the Columbus Department of Public Service. 

Columbus Underground recently had an in-depth, three-part interview with the City Administrator tasked to implement these projects through the Downtown Action Plan.  Below are links to the three parts of this interview at Columbus Underground:

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 1

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 2

How the Downtown Action Plan will Change Columbus: Part 3
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« Reply #1065 on: November 19, 2012, 11:07:23 PM »
One of projects in the Downtown Action Plan was to install new parking meters and to return on-street parking along High Street in the downtown.  Decades ago on-street parking on High Street in downtown was removed to accommodate COTA buses.  Now a total of 120 parking meters will be installed on High Street between Goodale Street and Mound Street by the summer of 2013.

Today, the first set of 30 new Downtown parking meters has been installed and has become operational.  These new High Street spaces will not allow parking during weekday rush hours of 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm.  These parking restrictions are designed to allow buses to more easily commute along the High Street corridor during these peak hours.  More about this from Columbus Underground and Columbus Dispatch:

Columbus Underground: Downtown High Street Parking Meters Installed

Columbus Dispatch: High Street parking meters going live today
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« Reply #1066 on: November 20, 2012, 04:52:30 PM »
Business First published an update on the Westminster-Thurber 7 story addition that's been quiet for a while. Good news is that it's still moving forward despite some tougher economic times for the community's owner, possible groundbreaking in the spring as long as 10 more Seniors put deposits down... still wish that the original 14 story version was moving ahead for the sake of our skyline but 7 is better than a parking lot!

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/11/20/westminster-thurber-on-track-for.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2012-11-20




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« Reply #1067 on: November 28, 2012, 10:20:51 AM »
Business First ran a feature on the Benchmark Apartments that are opening at the corner of Kenny & Henderson Roads in northwest Columbus.  Benchmark is a nine-building 108-unit apartment complex on 4 acres at this corner site.  This site was previously a retail shopping center known as the Benchmark Center.  Below is a link to the Business First (unfortunatly subscription only for the full article):

Building goodwill via infill – Benchmark apartments designed with environment in mind

Below are some photos from the Benchmark Apartments website, Benchmark facebook page and a MetroRentals leasing page of the project.  The first photo showing a distant panorama of all the nine buildings at Kenny & Henderson is a summer construction photo from an earlier update.  The rest of the close-up photos are more recent:






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« Reply #1068 on: December 04, 2012, 12:21:41 PM »
I wonder if anybody is going to move in here specifically to be able to walk to Kahoot's.

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« Reply #1069 on: December 04, 2012, 05:37:26 PM »
I wonder if anybody is going to move in here specifically to be able to walk to Kahoot's.
Haha! Anytime I hear kahoots I think of a guy I used to work with, who was a surfer dude type character. Every friday before we'd leave he'd corner me and say" Hey brah, wanna go to kahooots?" I never did. Lots of family emergencies. :)

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« Reply #1070 on: December 11, 2012, 02:36:15 PM »
^That sounds like the Kahoot's demographic all right!  Not so much the Benchmark demographic though.
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« Reply #1071 on: December 12, 2012, 02:55:23 PM »


The above two buildings at 620 E. Broad Street and 630 E. Broad Street received an Historic Preservation Tax Credit Award from the state.  The two buildings are located on the north side of Broad Street and are immediately west of I-71.  Just barely within the downtown district and across I-71 from the Olde Towne East neighborhood.  Below is the press release from the Ohio Department of Development:

From the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards press release:

620-30 East Broad (Columbus, Franklin County)
 · Total Project Cost: $2,203,539
 · Total Tax Credit: $313,145
 · Address: 620-30 East Broad Street, 43215
Originally constructed as private mansions, 620-30 East Broad was converted to office space in the 1920's to house the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation which later spawned Nationwide Insurance.  Now largely vacant, the buildings will be rehabilitated to address deferred maintenance needs and install necessary upgrades to support new commercial office tenants.  The project is expected to create 25 permanent jobs.
One of the two mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street that received state historic tax credits is being occupied.  Below is an article from Business First about the 630 E. Broad Street gaining an office tenant.  According to the article, the renovations to the 620 E. Broad Street property will continue into 2013.

Business First: Vending company takes up residence in historic Rodgers mansion on East Broad
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« Reply #1072 on: December 14, 2012, 03:56:56 PM »
As the new Giant Eagle supermarket begins construction along W. Third Avenue in the Grandview Yard development, the project is having an impact beyond just its own construction.  Two existing nearby supermarkets are being impacted.  Below are two articles from Business First about this. 

The first talks about an existing 72,250 sq. ft. Kroger supermarket within one mile of the new 92,000 sq. ft. Giant Eagle getting a 19,100 sq. ft. addition.  The second talks about the existing nearby 67,000 sq. ft. Giant Eagle on W. Fifth Avenue being sold ahead of the new Grandview Yard supermarket opening:

Giant Eagle at Grandview Yard getting bulked-up Kroger rival supermarket

Giant Eagle on Fifth Avenue sold ahead of Grandview Yard opening

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« Reply #1073 on: December 21, 2012, 11:00:25 AM »
Another big box renovation might be coming to the Morse Road corridor.  The former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road might become the new headquarters for the Franklin County Board of Elections.  According to the ThisWeekNews article linked below, County officials would like to consolidate their operations at the Morse Road location.  Office space would be moved from a downtown location shared with other county departments - and stored voting machines would be moved from rented warehouse space.

This location is east of the international grocery going into a renovated Toys R Us store and directly across the street from Northland Village, the redeveloped former Northland Mall site.  The location also has a history with County Broad of Elections.  The former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Road served as the county's 2012 early voting center in the weeks leading up to Nov. 6.

ThisWeekNews: Move to Morse Road depends on commissioners
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« Reply #1074 on: December 27, 2012, 01:08:21 PM »
An excellent look back from Columbus Underground at urban development projects and construction in Columbus and central Ohio that took place in 2012.  The projects were broken down into four categories: Development Projects Completed in 2012, Development Under Construction in 2012, Development Projects Announced in 2012 and Urban Planning for 2015 and Beyond.  The full list with addition project information at the CU link below:

CU: 2012 Year in Review: Urban Development

Development Projects Completed in 2012:  Lots of big projects wrapped up construction in 2012 - like the $800 million expansion of the Nationwide Children's Hospital, the $400 million Columbus Hollywood Casino and the $140 million Downtown Hilton Hotel.  Noteable smaller projects were the recently finished Nationwide Office Building, FBI Building and McConnell Parking Garage in the Arena District, The Charles mixed-use building on East Long Street in the King-Lincoln District and the Rich Street Bridge in the downtown Scioto Mile.

Development Under Construction in 2012:  Tons of apartment projects broke ground in 2012 - like a new phase of the Neighborhood Launch development and 600 Goodale downtown, the Flats II in the Arena District, the HighPoint at Columbus Commons, a second phase of Liberty Place and the 570 Lofts in the Brewery District, a second phase of Lennox Flats, a new four-story apartment building in Harrison West, and three new apartment buildings in Grandview Yard.  As well as projects in the red-hot neighborhoods next to the Short North - like the Hubbard, Wonderbread Lofts, Wood Companies building, Yankee Trader building, Astor Place and Leafydale.

Projects breaking ground on the non-residential side were the new Columbia Gas Headquarters in the Arena District, the massive Joseph hotel/office/parking garage development in the Short North, the even more massive OSU Medical Center Tower, a mixed-use redevelopment of the LeVeque Tower, a new Giant Eagle at Grandview Yard and a new mixed-use development on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington.  Major public works projects include the continuing I-71/I-670 reconstruction and the removal of the Fifth Avenue Dam that will reshape the Olentangy River.

Development Projects Announced in 2012:  Some projects announced but not yet begun in 2012 were the massive Jeffrey Park residential project in Italian Village, redevelopment of the Fireproof Building in the Short North, new Art Lofts and headquarters for Orange Barrel Media in Franklinton, and a new seven-story mixed-use building next to Columbus Commons downtown. 

Urban Planning for 2015 and Beyond:  Columbus undertook several master planning efforts like the East Franklinton Plan, the Scioto Peninsula Plan and the PACT Plan for the Near East Side.  Dublin finished its radical revisioning of itself called the Bridge Street Corridor.  Ohio State University announced its North Campus Residential Plan that would rework the dorms for over 3,000 existing students and create new space for an additional 3,000 students.  Columbus College of Art and Design announced a master plan to add new dormitories and classroom buildings to their Downtown campus.
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« Reply #1075 on: December 30, 2012, 04:15:36 PM »
The State of Ohio's Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program announced their latest round tax credit awards earlier this month.  The city of Columbus came out pretty well, getting four projects awarded.  The smallest of the four projects awarded was the renovation a Second Empire mansion at 380 E. Town Street into three apartment units.  Below is the text of the announcement from the Ohio Development Services Agency press release and a 2010 photo of the building from the Franklin County Auditor's GIS website:


Lazarus House Apartments (Columbus, Franklin County)

Total Project Cost: $265,860
Total Tax Credit: $46,195
Address: 380 East Town Street, 43215


A Second Empire mansion dating to the 1880’s, the Lazarus House Apartments was once the home of Fred Lazarus, one of the partners in the F&R Lazarus Company, which operated the famous Lazarus Department Store.  Now severely deteriorated, the property will be renovated into three market-rate apartment units.

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« Reply #1076 on: December 31, 2012, 10:53:02 AM »


The above two buildings at 620 E. Broad Street and 630 E. Broad Street received an Historic Preservation Tax Credit Award from the state.  The two buildings are located on the north side of Broad Street and are immediately west of I-71.  Just barely within the downtown district and across I-71 from the Olde Towne East neighborhood.  Below is the press release from the Ohio Department of Development:

From the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards press release:

620-30 East Broad (Columbus, Franklin County)
 · Total Project Cost: $2,203,539
 · Total Tax Credit: $313,145
 · Address: 620-30 East Broad Street, 43215
Originally constructed as private mansions, 620-30 East Broad was converted to office space in the 1920's to house the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation which later spawned Nationwide Insurance.  Now largely vacant, the buildings will be rehabilitated to address deferred maintenance needs and install necessary upgrades to support new commercial office tenants.  The project is expected to create 25 permanent jobs.
One of the two mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street that received state historic tax credits is being occupied.  Below is an article from Business First about the 630 E. Broad Street gaining an office tenant.  According to the article, the renovations to the 620 E. Broad Street property will continue into 2013.

Business First: Vending company takes up residence in historic Rodgers mansion on East Broad
More about the vending machine company that bought and restored the two historic mansions at 620 & 630 E. Broad Street at the eastern edge of downtown next to I-71 in last Sunday's Dispatch:

Columbus Dispatch: 19th century mansion restored for company’s local offices
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« Reply #1077 on: January 09, 2013, 10:44:12 AM »
SWACO signs Florida recycler to develop 340-acre industrial park
Business First by Carrie Ghose, Staff reporter
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 1:47pm EST


The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is to vote Tuesday on land leases that would bring a $300 million investment and 300 jobs from a Florida company that intends to build a trash-to-cash industrial park across from the Franklin County landfill.
 
Team Gemini LLC, a developer based in Orlando, announced it will build a receiving center at a new landfill entry off London Groveport Road to sort reusable and recyclable material from incoming loads of garbage and become the anchor tenant in a 340-acre industrial park across the road, to be named Gemini Synergy Center.
 
Team Gemini plans to become the anchor tenant in the industrial park and has assembled a consortium of companies that will locate there to make recycled products and benefit from energy created from the waste stream.  The four years’ worth of construction are expected to require 500 workers.

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/01/08/swaco-signs-florida-recycler-to.html

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« Reply #1078 on: January 09, 2013, 10:53:42 AM »
More about this development from Columbus Underground:

SWACO Announces Renewable Energy Industrial Park
By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Published on January 8, 2013 - 9:50 pm


The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) Board of Trustees voted today to approve a transformational new initiative that would shift the duties of the organization away from landfill management operations toward recycling efforts and the creation of renewable energy.  SWACO entered into agreements today with Team Gemini, an Orlando-based sustainable project design firm, to develop a new receiving facility, recycling center and industrial park on 365 acres of land adjacent to the Franklin County Landfill south of Grove City.

Gemini will be required to build and operate a new Material Recovery Facility that will recycle a minimum of 1,000 tons of waste per day that would otherwise be headed to the landfill.  SWACO will be paid $4.81/ton for the material in addition to existing tipping fees paid by material haulers at the gate.  The new recycling facility is expected to be operational sometime in 2014.

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/swaco-announces-renewable-energy-industrial-park

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« Reply #1079 on: February 03, 2013, 12:11:03 PM »
Two recent articles about plans to modify two expensive sewer tunnels mandated by the EPA to fix combined sewer overflow problems in the city.  The city is looking at propsals to lessen rainwater drainage into these combined sewers as an alternative to the sewer tunnels.  Below is an excerpt from a Dispatch article and a link to a ThisWeekNews article about this.  The Dispatch article also has a map of where the two proposed tunnels would go and where an tunnel is currently being constructed underneath the downtown area.

Sewer-tunnels plan might get streamlined
New techniques to handle heavy rain could change plans for two
By Jeb Phillips, The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 5:02 AM

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is allowing Columbus to delay construction of the second of three huge tunnels while the city looks for ways to make a mandated, 40-year plan to stop sewage overflows a little greener.  A total of 18 engineering proposals for pilot projects in Clintonville and the South Side were submitted to the city by last week’s deadline.  If those and other projects go well, Columbus could reduce the scale of the two tunnels or eliminate them altogether.
 
The city announced plans in 2005 to fix sewer overflows after two settlements with the state.  Water from heavy rainstorms seeps into old sanitary sewer lines, overwhelming them and forcing sewage into the Scioto River and other waterways.  Together with sewage-plant upgrades and other work, the tunnels make up the largest public-works project in the city’s history. 

The city’s $2.5 billion proposal included building three deep tunnels.  One, from the Jackson Pike wastewater-treatment plant to near the Arena District, already is under construction to carry rainwater and sewage.  The two other tunnels designed to carry sewage only — a 14-mile-long one along Alum Creek and an 11-mile-long one along the Olentangy River — could be changed.  Construction on the Alum Creek tunnel was set to begin in 2014.  The Olentangy tunnel project would follow.  The Ohio EPA is giving the city until 2015 to present a plan for improvements.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/01/18/sewer-tunnels-plan-might-get-streamlined.html


ThisWeekNews:  Costly tunnel for sewage? Alternative sought here -- Clintonville's old system fills river during heavy rains; EPA looking for creative, less-expensive solutions
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« Reply #1080 on: February 08, 2013, 02:30:00 PM »
Driftwood finishes Sheraton renovations, readies DoubleTree improvements
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - Jan 18, 2013, 2:58pm EST


Driftwood Hospitality Management LLC has completed renovations at its Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square as it plans for $6.5 million in upgrades to the DoubleTree Suites it bought in November.
 
Florida-based Driftwood purchased the former Hyatt on Capitol Square in September 2011 and rebranded it a Sheraton, pumping $9.5 million of improvements into the hotel.

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/01/driftwood-finishes-sheraton.html
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« Reply #1081 on: February 08, 2013, 02:38:15 PM »
Two reports about the City's Development Director being appointed by Mayor Coleman to serve as the Executive Director of the Columbus Next Generation Development Corporation.  This would be a private, non-profit redevelopment agency charged with promoting housing, economic and commercial development projects within the city:

Columbus Underground: Boyce Safford to Lead New Urban Development Effort

Business First: Safford to head city’s Next Generation urban development agency
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« Reply #1082 on: February 09, 2013, 11:38:43 AM »
Northwest Career Center bought in redevelopment bid
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Business First - Feb 1, 2013, 6:00am EST


Former Klingbeil Capital Management executive Jim Schrim plans to redevelop the shuttered Northwest Career Center off Sawmill Road in Columbus.  Schrim’s Wills Creek Capital Management LLC put the 93,000-square-foot, 16-acre vocational school property into contract late last year with Columbus City Schools for $3.03 million.  The classroom space, he said, already has drawn interest from private schools and churches, and the former construction and automotive repair vocational training space could be redeveloped as commercial space.
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Schrim worked for 10 years at various Klingbeil divisions before launching Wills Creek in October.  Perhaps his highest-profile project in Columbus was the environmental remediation of the former Walker National Inc. magnet plant on Kinnear Road.  Klingbeil has since built apartments on the site, which is near Lennox Town Center.  “I’m very focused working on infill projects that have an environmental, conservation, remediation or education component in the redevelopment effort,” Schrim said.
 
He hopes to ask in early February for a rezoning of the 5.8 acres closest to Sawmill Road to commercial planned development.  The entire school site is zoned apartment residential allowing up to 12 apartments per acre, or more than 180 combined. “I don’t think (multifamily residential) is the highest and best use,” Schrim said, “and there are so many apartments under construction.”  Apartment construction, he said, could become a “backup plan.”

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« Reply #1083 on: February 10, 2013, 12:20:30 AM »
Wow, I have been out of the loop for far too long!  Nice to see how things are progressing lately!  Love it all.
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« Reply #1084 on: August 28, 2013, 01:57:23 PM »
Reposting some Capitol Square development news that was wiped out during the 2013 server crash.  Lots of good stuff happening in the heart of downtown Columbus, but first a project that is a mixed blessing...

Capitol Square corner to shine anew under Arshot redevelopment plan
Arshot signs Heartland Bank to give life to corner of State & High
By Rick Rouan, Staff reporter
Business First - Feb 8, 2013, 6:00am EST


Heartland Bank is joining Arshot Investment Corp. in an effort to transform the southwest corner of Capitol Square in Columbus into a gateway to South High Street.  The Gahanna-based community bank will do its part by moving its downtown office from 65 E. State Street, a block east to the corner of State and High, where it is buying space on the first floor of the former Cord Camera Centers Inc. building at 101 S. High Street.  Arshot affiliate Town Square Ltd. acquired the building for $465,000 in December and the developer will convert the top three floors into office space.
 
Heartland and Arshot hope to enliven that corner much like Columbus-based Casto has done with its redevelopment a block north at Broad and High streets, including large video boards.  The project has won approval from the city’s Downtown Commission to add tickers and a video mesh that would wrap around the top three stories of the building’s northeast corner.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2013/02/08/project-will-give-life-to-corner-site.html

Below is a before and after view of the Heartland Bank project at State & High.  If only they would nix that huge sign over the upper stories, then it would be perfect.
 
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