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Historic Downtown Power Plant Building May Be Redeveloped

Walker Evans Walker Evans Historic Downtown Power Plant Building May Be Redeveloped

The historic Columbus Municipal Light Plant building located at 555 West Nationwide Boulevard may soon get a new lease on life. The Columbus Department of Development has issued a request for proposals for the redevelopment of this West Arena District site. “We had a few people express interest in the property,” explained Steven Schoney, Director of the Department […]

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Denny Griffith Honored with Spirit of Columbus Award by Columbus Foundation

Walker Evans Walker Evans Denny Griffith Honored with Spirit of Columbus Award by Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation announced outgoing CCAD President Denny Griffith as the winner of their second annual Spirit of Columbus Award at a reception held last night. The award, dubbed “the Jerries” in honor of Jerrie Mock, was created to honor individuals in the community who showcase their affection for Columbus through their accomplishments, achievements and […]

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Hall of Justice Renovation to Complete ‘County Campus’ Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Hall of Justice Renovation to Complete ‘County Campus’ Downtown

A hard hat tour of the Franklin County Hall of Justice held this morning showcased the ongoing renovation of the 1970′s-era building; work is about 60 percent complete and the project on track to be finished by this fall. Project Manager Andrew Hunkins of Corna Kokosing led the tour, taking a group that included County […]

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Design Digest: mode architects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Design Digest: mode architects

Mode is a small firm with a broad portfolio that includes interior design, branding, and historic building renovations. Previously known as ON Architects, the German Village-based firm rebranded at the beginning of this year. Owner Mark Ours was kind enough to respond to our questions; providing some insight on the rebrand, the challenges of mixing modern […]

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School Issues: A Helpful Standardized Test?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: A Helpful Standardized Test?

Standardized testing is a hot issue on the local education scene. A growing number of Columbus parents are concerned that too much time and effort is dedicated in schools to standardized tests. In the midst of the controversy, researchers at The Ohio State University have announced the findings of a study that indicates at least […]

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Columbus Zoo Unveils Details of New Downtown Attraction

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Zoo Unveils Details of New Downtown Attraction

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium unveiled new details of their proposed “Downtown Adventure” attraction. The project, slated for a three-acre triangle of land across West Town Street from COSI, would feature interactive animal exhibits arranged around a multi-level tree sculpture. Visitors would climb up and through a rain forest habitat and be presented with options; […]

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Historic Discovery District Building to be Redeveloped

Brent Warren Brent Warren Historic Discovery District Building to be Redeveloped

Renovation work has begun on a historic three-story brick building at the northeast corner of Long Street and Grant Avenue downtown. Debbie Rosenfeld and development partner Bryan Savage have purchased the building, along with two adjacent, one-story warehouse buildings. Savage plans to use the first floor of the brick building as office space for his […]

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