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Crimson Cup Expands into New 20,000 Square Foot Roasting Facility

Walker Evans Walker Evans Crimson Cup Expands into New 20,000 Square Foot Roasting Facility

Locally-based Crimson Cup Coffee officially opened their brand new 20,000 square foot roasting facility and distribution center today at 1450 Alum Creek Drive, just one mile south of their existing company location at 700 Alum Creek Drive. The expansion is allowing the business to double their production capacity, which has been driven by strong demand. […]

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COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 1986

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 1986

In November, COTA announced that ridership had broken a decade-high level, eclipsing the peak set in 2004. Today, COTA announced even higher levels of ridership, stating that local bus services were used more in 2014 than they have been in nearly thirty years. “We’re very pleased that our 40th Anniversary year ridership reached a 28-year […]

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Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East

Plans have been presented to the Near East Area Commission to build a two-story, mixed-use building on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Oak Street and Wilson Avenue. Before beginning the new construction, though, the developer plans to renovate the dilapidated building next door. Joel Simmons, CEO of the Gordon James Company, said […]

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Renderings Unveiled for New 12-Story Downtown Hotel

Walker Evans Walker Evans Renderings Unveiled for New 12-Story Downtown Hotel

It was announced last week that Indus Hotels has proposed the construction of a new 12-story Hilton Garden Inn hotel at 77 East Nationwide Boulevard, and today the preliminary renderings have been revealed that give an idea of what the development could look like. The building would be similar in height to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, […]

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Columbus Named Top7 Intelligent Community For Third Year in A Row

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Named Top7 Intelligent Community For Third Year in A Row

The Intelligent Community Forum announced today their Top7 Intelligent Communities for 2015, which includes Columbus for the third year in a row. The other six cities in the list this year include Arlington County Virginia, Mitchell South Dakota, Ipswitch Australia, New Taipei City Taiwan, Surrey Canada and Rio de Janerio. “ICF and our Foundation members worldwide congratulate […]

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Government Files Document Dozens of Columbus UFO Sightings

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Government Files Document Dozens of Columbus UFO Sightings

Urban legends about government conspiracies and men in black may be suspect, but it is a fact that between the 1940’s and the 1960’s, the US Air Force investigated thousands of UFO reports from across the country and across the globe. Now for the first time, declassified documents from the Air Force’s storied Project Blue […]

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Dublin Approves Plans for Eight Mixed-Use Bridge Park Buildings

Walker Evans Walker Evans Dublin Approves Plans for Eight Mixed-Use Bridge Park Buildings

Dublin City Council approved a basic development plan yesterday evening for the first phase of the larger Bridge Park project. The plan, presented by Crawford Hoying Development Partners, calls for the construction of eight mixed-use buildings in phase one, that will include a total of 371 housing units, 169,000 square feet of office space, 87,000 […]

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