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Power Plant Renovation Gets Tax Credits, Work to Start Soon

Brent Warren Brent Warren Power Plant Renovation Gets Tax Credits, Work to Start Soon

Plans to renovate the Municipal Light Plant building at 55 West Nationwide Boulevard took a big step forward yesterday with news that the project has been awarded $2 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. Developer Brad DeHays said that interior demolition work is scheduled to start soon and continue through October. Work on the […]

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Fast Forward: Gay and High

Walker Evans Walker Evans Fast Forward: Gay and High

Gay Street is often referred to as one of Downtown’s gems. Whereas many portions of Downtown Columbus are still home to vast blocks of surface parking, Gay Street represents several semi-solid city blocks of restaurant, retail, office, hotel, condo, apartment, higher education and governmental use. It functions as a crossroads of a lot of different […]

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Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Usher in a New Era of Suburban Sprawl

Walker Evans Walker Evans Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Usher in a New Era of Suburban Sprawl

The City of Columbus beat out 78 other cities who applied for the Smart City grant, which is a great accomplishment and an amazing testimony to the abilities of our local leaders to rise above the competition and win our city some national recognition as well as transportation funding. If you’ve read through the details […]

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With Focus on New Technologies, is Push for Rail in Columbus Losing Steam?

Brent Warren Brent Warren With Focus on New Technologies, is Push for Rail in Columbus Losing Steam?

Ask anyone involved in Columbus’ successful Smart City bid, and they will say that it was an extraordinary group effort – the region’s business, political and institutional leaders “stacked hands” to demonstrate a level of support for actually carrying out the high-tech ideas laid out in the application that was unmatched by any other city. Nothing […]

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Ohio House Reps Applaud Smart City Grant, Official Announcement Coming Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ohio House Reps Applaud Smart City Grant, Official Announcement Coming Today

Even though the news broke early on Tuesday via US Senator Sherrod Brown, local officials have not yet made the official announcement that Columbus has won the $50 million Smart City Grant. The news is expected to come later today during a press conference taking place at the Douglas Recreation Center at 12:30pm. Members of the […]

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Columbus Housing Market Continues To Heat Up

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Housing Market Continues To Heat Up

According to a new report from Columbus Realtors, the regional for-sale housing market has grown even hotter during the month of May. The total number of homes and condos sold last month was up 2.4 percent over May 2015, and up 7.4 percent year-to-date. Additionally, the average sales price in May climbed to $211,974, which […]

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LeVeque Apartments to Start Pre-Leasing in July, Condos Soon to Follow

Walker Evans Walker Evans LeVeque Apartments to Start Pre-Leasing in July, Condos Soon to Follow

While the exterior of the LeVeque Tower hasn’t changed too dramatically over the better part of the past century, the interior has seen a major transformation in the past several years. Every floor of the building is being renovated to accomodate new offices, a new hotel with a restaurant and bar, and a residential mix […]

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