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« Reply #1050 on: July 10, 2012, 10:59:39 PM »
They are trying to push through a 500+ unit apartment complex between Polaris and County Line (along the new road Westerville is about to build). I have a hard time seeing Westerville letting this happen.

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« Reply #1051 on: July 11, 2012, 01:25:34 PM »
Especially considering how quickly many apartment complexes tend to melt down outside the Outerbelt.

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« Reply #1052 on: July 12, 2012, 01:25:27 AM »
I'm feeling like there were several projects missed on that map.  For example, with the Neighborhood Launch project, the 260 units are only for 2 buildings.  There will be at least two more buildings after that, so you can probably add at least 100+ more.   Also, where are the 288 units for the Jeffrey site coming from?  I didn't know any formal plans for the site had been announced.  The last I hear, the site layout was still in planning.
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« Reply #1053 on: July 15, 2012, 07:49:18 PM »
Hmm...so they were able to get grants, but none of that money will be going directly to the building improvements in the business district that doesn't start until a few blocks in. And here's looking in the opposite direction of the gateway. These neighborhoods finally get money, but no one knows how to properly spend it to make it better. At least the city now has a "Streetcar District". The only thing missing...

Seeking sculpture proposals for Streetcar District Gateway – Open to all Central Ohio Artists

The Neighborhood Design Center (NDC), Livingston Avenue Area Commission (LAVA-C), and The Streetcar District neighborhoods invite all Central Ohio artists to submit proposals for the Livingston Avenue Bicentennial Gateway.



This permanent free-standing sculpture will serve as a gateway into The Streetcar District. The gateway intends to celebrate the neighborhood history and the people who live there.

 The gateway feature is to be located on the East side of the Norfolk Southern Railroad Viaduct at Livingston Avenue and Nelson Road. The NDC has been working with LAVA-C and The Streetcar District neighborhoods over the past two and half years to make infrastructure improvements in the area as well as incorporate branding elements into the streetscape. This sculpture will serve as a catalyst for future improvements along the Avenue.

    The NDC in collaboration with LAVA-C and the neighborhoods received a Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant through the Greater Columbus Arts Council and a Joseph A. Jeffrey Grant through the Columbus Foundation to make this project possible. Support has been provided by Norfolk Southern as well.

Proposals are due August 3rd, 2012 and the selected artist will be notified August 10th. The design process and fabrication is planned to take place over the fall and winter with projected installation in March of 2013.

Download the RFP and more information below.
Questions: Contact Katie O'Lone by email at katieo@neighborhooddesign.org or by phone 614.221.5001.

http://www.neighborhooddesign.org/rfp.html
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« Reply #1054 on: July 16, 2012, 12:32:49 PM »
I'm feeling like there were several projects missed on that map.  For example, with the Neighborhood Launch project, the 260 units are only for 2 buildings.  There will be at least two more buildings after that, so you can probably add at least 100+ more.   Also, where are the 288 units for the Jeffrey site coming from?  I didn't know any formal plans for the site had been announced.  The last I hear, the site layout was still in planning.

You're right about all of that.  But like you have said about population figures from different sources - "No one source is 100% correct".
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« Reply #1055 on: July 16, 2012, 02:18:26 PM »
I missed this article when it was published earlier this year - so I'm playing catch up.  Business First had a lengthy article in January about a number of businesses moving into the area around the corner of Summit Street and Hudson Street in the South of Hudson (SoHud) neighborhood.  Short North real estate developer Kevin Lykens has attracted Rumba Cafe, Capital City Scooters, Spindle Studios, ReTagIt thrift store and Wild Goose Creative to buildings he owns near Summit and Hudson.  Lykens later moved his accounting business into the upper floor of one of those buildings.

The article then shifted to the newest property owner in the area.  A mother and son team brought a vacant building at the southwest corner of Summit and Hudson, renovated the inside and opened a food catering business called ‘Apps Food 4 Friends’.  While the mother and son team took care of the interior, a coalition of existing business owners led by Wild Goose Creative worked with Tim Lai and Eliza Ho, a husband-wife architect practice in the neighborhood, to design a mural to cover up the graffiti covered side of the building facing Hudson Street.

Below is the link to the Business First article about Summit and Hudson.  Also below is a link to a scanned copy of the article at the Facebook page of Tim Lai Architect:

Business First: A derelict North Columbus corner is on a path toward revitalization

Scanned Business First article at Tim Lai Architect facebook page



Below are some photos of the Summit and Hudson area showing the buildings facing Summit Street on the southeast corner and the buildings facing Summit Street on the southwest corner:






Below are some images of the side wall facing Hudson Street that received a mural to cover up the graffiti on the building.  The first image is a below photo of the graffiti covered wall.  The middle image is a rendering of the mural proposal.  The final image is a photo of the wall after the mural was painted from Tim Lai Architect's facebook page:





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« Reply #1056 on: July 24, 2012, 03:25:26 PM »
The same group that did the Summit & Hudson mural (shown above) did another beautification mural in the area.  The new mural location is three blocks north of the previous mural location.  This one is in Glen Echo Park.  The park is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  As part of the Centennial celebration, a kickstarter funded mural project was chosen to clean up a graffiti covered underpass within the park.

Here is a promotional poster of the Ohio Birds Mural proposed for the Indianola Avenue Underpass at Glen Echo Park from the project's Kickstarter page along with a view of what the underpass looked like before they started the project:



Below is a rendering of the Glen Echo Park Birds Mural:



Below is a photo of volunteers priming the area for the mural:



Below are the two sides of the finished mural project:




New mural, old park: Party celebrates both
By Kevin Parks, ThisWeek Community News
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 1:38 PM

Activities for children, adults and a tree are on the agenda Saturday, July 14, as part of a celebration marking the 100th birthday of Glen Echo Park.  Some birds - or at least oversize paintings of them - also will work their way into the mix.  The party with the purpose of noting the centennial of the 4.2-acre park at 510 Cliffside Drive is being put on by the Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Friends of the Ravines and ALTernative, the latter a nonprofit organization responsible for a bird mural in a nearby underpass that will be unveiled during the gathering.
 
Columbus artist Clint Davidson last week put the finishing touches on his mural, which is intended to dissuade taggers from spraying graffiti on a surface that's seen more than its fair share. ... The mural, featuring paintings of species native to the ravines in the area, was funded in part by a grant from the Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant Program, with supplemental funding obtained through a campaign on the online arts-project promotions website kickstarter.com.
 
The project was the brainchild of architect Tim Lai and his wife, Eliza Ho, the principals in an architectural firm that started ALTernative to help further neighborhood arts efforts such as the SoHud Mural project at the intersection of East Hudson and Summit streets.
 
READ MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/clintonville/news/2012/07/10/new-mural-old-park-party-celebrates-both.html
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« Reply #1057 on: July 29, 2012, 12:31:42 AM »
ECOT (Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow) announced they have purchased the 145,000 square foot Southland Mall and its 27 acre parcel at 3660 S. High Street in Columbus from Bob Evans Farms.  Bob Evans Farms currently has their headquarters in the renovated mall.  ECOT is also located in the mall and has been leasing space there since 2000 from Bob Evans.

Bob Evans is building a new headquarters building in New Albany and put the Southland Mall property up for sale.  According to the below linked press release from ECOT, Bob Evans will remain a tenant in the mall until their move to New Albany is complete in 2014.  The school also plans to invest in improvements to the exterior of the building and parking lot after Bob Evans vacates the building.

Press Release: ECOT (Ohio Online School) purchases Southland Mall in Columbus

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« Reply #1058 on: August 01, 2012, 11:52:42 AM »
It looks like the Statehouse grounds will be going "back to the future".  The State of Ohio has approved a plan by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board to install new 42 inch high fencing around the edge of the Statehouse grounds in downtown Columbus.  Below is a Columbus Dispatch article about this and a photo showing a sample of the new fence:

Dispatch: Officials opt for old-style fence around Statehouse



The new 42 inch high fence will match one in place at the Statehouse grounds from 1873 to 1964.  That fencing was removed during construction of the Statehouse underground parking garage.  Portions of that fence were moved to the Ohio School for the Deaf (which is now the Topiary Park) on East Town Street in downtown Columbus.  According to the article, there will be no fencing at the Veterans Plaza on the east side and access will be maintained to the plaza on the west side, which is the site of numerous public events.  Also, according to the article, the fence installation should be completed by the end of this year.

The new 42 inch high fence will be mounted atop the stone retaining wall that surrounds most of Capitol Square.  Below is a historic photo circa the early 1900's that shows the original 1873-1964 fence near the entrance to the west plaza along High Street.  The new fencing will have a similar appearance.

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« Reply #1059 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 #1060 on: August 29, 2012, 04:10:53 PM »
City restarts update of Northland Plan I
By Kevin Parks, ThisWeek Community News
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 1:33 PM


Plans for the plan are back on track.  The process for breathing new life into a 10-year-old document relating to land use and urban design in what's often called "traditional" Northland has been jump-started once again.  Slightly over a year after the Northland Community Council entered into an agreement with city officials to update Northland Plan I, which was expected to take about a year, the clock is ticking once again.
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According to a Facebook page created by city officials, Northland residents interested in participating can do so by "attending public workshops or by submitting your ideas and comments to the plan website."  That website is http://development.columbus.gov/planning/northland.aspx.  It includes links to not only the survey but also to a plan input form.
 
The Northland I planning area is located northeast of downtown, just east of Worthington and southwest of Westerville, according to information from the city. The planning area is generally bound by I-270 on the north and east; Cooke, Ferris and Morse roads on the south; and the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and Huntley Road on the west.  The area covers approximately 17.7 square miles.

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« Reply #1061 on: August 31, 2012, 03:19:59 PM »
A little more about the evolving Northland area of Columbus from this recent Dispatch article.  One of the neighborhood's community groups, The Northland Alliance, hosted its first international festival last weekend at the Northland Performing Arts Center - part of the renovated and rebuilt former Northland Mall site.

Festival will celebrate Northland’s immigrants
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:55 AM


The Northland area will host its first international festival this weekend in what is becoming one of Columbus’ most-diverse neighborhoods.  Organizers hope to connect more immigrants and refugees to the Northland community, a task that has been difficult as newcomers struggle with language and cultural barriers.  But they also hope to convince city leaders of the need for a welcome center to help thousands of immigrants connect with social services, job training and schools and get answers to their many questions about living in a new country.
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Northland has been changing for more than a decade as refugees from Somalia and Bhutan and immigrants from Mexico, western Africa and other places have moved to the area, lured by low rents in aging apartments and a growing number of retailers catering to them.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/08/23/festival-will-celebrate-northlands-immigrants.html
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« Reply #1062 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 #1063 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 #1064 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 #1065 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.
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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 #1066 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 #1067 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 #1068 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 #1069 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 #1070 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":

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« Reply #1071 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 #1072 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 #1073 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 #1074 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.

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« Reply #1075 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 #1076 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 #1077 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 #1078 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 #1079 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 #1080 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 #1081 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 #1082 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 #1083 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 #1084 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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