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Hotel LeVeque Opens Today

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Hotel LeVeque Opens Today

The Columbus skyline’s most prominent building, LeVeque Tower, opened its long-anticipated Hotel LeVeque today. The hotel, one of 100 Autograph Collection Hotels in the nation, takes up floors five through 10 in the tower and offers 149 rooms. It’s the result of a partnership between Illinois-based First Hospitality Group and Tower 10. The 90-year-old building, […]

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Program Takes New Approach to Providing Affordable Housing

Brent Warren Brent Warren Program Takes New Approach to Providing Affordable Housing

A group of local academics and affordable housing advocates are working on a unique response to the issue of economic segregation in the region. The plan is to help 100 low-income families move to “high opportunity” neighborhoods, providing rental assistance, coaching, access to educational resources, and other types of support to the families for three […]

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Franklin County Now Largest in Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Franklin County Now Largest in Ohio

According to the latest US Census data, Franklin County is now the largest in the State of Ohio, surpassing Cuyahoga County for the first time. The data now indicates that Franklin County has an estimated population of 1,264,518 as of 2016, with Cuyahoga County clocking in at 1,249,352 — a difference of 15,166 people. Since […]

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Mixed-Use Development at First and High Will Include New UDF Store

Brent Warren Brent Warren Mixed-Use Development at First and High Will Include New UDF Store

When it was first announced last year that Elford Development planned to redevelop the United Dairy Farmers store and adjacent parking lot at the corner of High Street and East First Avenue, no promises were made about the convenience store being included in the new building. But, at Tuesday night’s Italian Village Commission meeting, it […]

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The Confluence Cast: Department of Neighborhoods

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Department of Neighborhoods

As we embark on our semi-regular neighborhoods series, we went to the person tasked with creating a one-stop shop for neighborhoods to access city-government services. In this week’s episode, Director Carla Williams-Scott discusses the various functions of the Department of Neighborhoods, the impetus for it, and what opportunities she sees in the diversity of our city’s neighborhoods and […]

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Mixed-Use Project in Franklinton to Break Ground Next Month

Brent Warren Brent Warren Mixed-Use Project in Franklinton to Break Ground Next Month

The long wait for actual construction to begin on the first new large-scale residential development in Franklinton appears to be over. Casto announced that a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for April 3rd for its 230-unit mixed-use project between Rich Street and the Scioto River. The nine-building project, now called River & Rich, has been developed […]

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Dan Sharpe Replaces Lisa Courtice as The Columbus Foundation Vice President

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Dan Sharpe Replaces Lisa Courtice as The Columbus Foundation Vice President

The Columbus Foundation has chosen Dan Sharpe to serve as Vice President for Community Research and Grants Management. The position was once occupied by Lisa Courtice, who was chosen last week to lead United Way of Central Ohio as their new CEO and president. “I am deeply honored to serve in this role for The […]

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