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Owners of Vacant Franklinton Building Looking for Tenant

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Owners of Vacant Franklinton Building Looking for Tenant

Owners of the vacant Franklinton building sitting at 937 W. Broad St., near the closed Florentine, are looking to partner or lease with a restauranteur. The location, once eyed by Columbus Food League for the potential Franklinton Tap Room, has sat purposeless for several years, but co-owner Blake Compton isn’t rushing to put just any […]

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New 28-Unit Condo Development Proposed Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren New 28-Unit Condo Development Proposed Downtown

The build-out continues of Neighborhood Launch, the Edwards Companies’ seven-and-a-half-acre residential development in Downtown Columbus. With construction wrapping up on the first phase of Sixth Street Mews — a 13-unit condo project that sits just south of The Welsh community center — plans for phase two have been submitted to the Downtown Commission. Those plans call […]

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Over $1 Billion in New Development Proposed in Downtown Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Over $1 Billion in New Development Proposed in Downtown Columbus

"This is probably the most activity I've seen in Downtown in a couple of decades." — Marc Conte

The Downtown real estate market shows few signs of slowing down, according to the latest report from the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. Even though $116 million in new development projects were completed in 2016, there’s a collective $734 million still under construction at this moment, and another $1 billion in development still in the […]

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Two Brothers Continue Family’s Woodworking Legacy

Randi Walle Randi Walle Two Brothers Continue Family’s Woodworking Legacy

Curt and CJ Shaver, founders of Columbus Barrel Co., are fourth-generation woodworkers. The brothers were raised in a family whose motto was, “Don’t buy it – build it,” and they learned the trade from an early age. The story behind their own business started long before they were even born. Ninety years ago, Buckeye Savings […]

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Design and Location of New MLK Library Branch Revealed

Brent Warren Brent Warren Design and Location of New MLK Library Branch Revealed

The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has released the latest design concept for its new Martin Luther King Branch. It has also revealed a new location for that branch – about two blocks west of the existing library, which sits at 1600 E. Long St. CML Marketing & Communications Specialist Ben Zenitsky confirmed that the new library […]

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Opinion: Long and Garfield Building Does Not Have to be Demolished

Kathleen Bailey Kathleen Bailey Opinion: Long and Garfield Building Does Not Have to be Demolished

An Open Letter to Columbus Development Director Steve Schoeny in response to the demolition plans announced for two buildings on the city’s Near East Side. Director Schoeny, I took a look at the building today. I can only give a layman’s opinion but it appears to me that the part of the building that collapsed is a […]

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To COSI, From Pluto

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea To COSI, From Pluto

Not Yet Explored Last Wednesday, Dr. Alan Stern told a sold-out audience at at COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater how lucky they are. “You live in a very special time in which we are opening up the Solar System,” said Stern. Almost two years ago, Stern, the principal investigator for NASA’s New Horizon mission, […]

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