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The Confluence Cast: The Hilltop

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: The Hilltop

To kick off our neighborhoods series, we’re starting with one of Columbus’ largest, the Hilltop. On the occasion of their newly completed Camp Chase Trail, Jody Dzuranin and Betty Jaynes sat down to discuss the new trail, the renaissance that their fighting for on the Hilltop, some of the sensitivities and perceptions that the westside faces, and what they’re doing to […]

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New Dublin Branch Library Design Unveiled

Walker Evans Walker Evans New Dublin Branch Library Design Unveiled

Representatives from the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) officially unveiled their design concept for the new Dublin Branch that will replace the existing building located at 75 N. High St. in Historic Dublin. The new three story structure will double the size of the existing location, clocking in at a total of 41,000 square feet of space, […]

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New Grandview Mercantile Proposal Has Expanded Footprint, Shorter Buildings

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Grandview Mercantile Proposal Has Expanded Footprint, Shorter Buildings

What started as a 12-story proposal for the Grandview Mercantile site in the Short North – and was subsequently reduced to ten stories – now stands at four, although the footprint of the project is being expanded significantly. The latest proposal from the Pizzuti Companies, which will be presented to the Victorian Village Commission this […]

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Worst Commercial Property in Columbus Being Demolished Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans Worst Commercial Property in Columbus Being Demolished Today

Demolition officially begins today on the building that city officials have dubbed the “#1 Vacant and Blighted Commercial Property” in Columbus. The building, located at 3150-3218 Allegheny Avenue, has accrued nearly $600,000 in fines since 2015 due to a new law that allows the city of Columbus to apply $1,000 per day penalties to properties deemed […]

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Proposal for Hyperloop Between Chicago and Columbus Receives a Boost From Startup

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposal for Hyperloop Between Chicago and Columbus Receives a Boost From Startup

A proposal from the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission to build a hyperloop from Chicago to Pittsburgh (with a stop in Columbus) received a boost from a startup looking to build the first prototype of the futuristic transportation idea. Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles-based company that is researching the technology, which it describes as […]

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Woods Development Group is Betting on the Near East Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren Woods Development Group is Betting on the Near East Side

Over the past several years, Columbus Underground has featured in-depth interviews with many established developers in Columbus, including Brett Kaufman, Michael Schiff, Mark Wood, and Doug Borror. Those conversations focused on the Short North more than any other neighborhood, in part because that is where the developers were doing their most significant work, and in […]

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Construction Roundup: The University District

Walker Evans Walker Evans Construction Roundup: The University District

After checkin in on construction The Short North and Downtown Columbus, our third “Construction Roundup” stop this month is the University District, where multiple large-scale development projects are under way. While the High Street area may currently feel like one long construction zone around the Ohio State University, there’s still other projects likely to commence […]

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