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Development Project Updated to Preserve Historic High Street Buildings

Walker Evans Walker Evans Development Project Updated to Preserve Historic High Street Buildings

The controversial “View on Pavey Square” development planned for a stretch of High Street just north of Ohio State will soon be getting a major revision that will likely please many within the neighborhood. A legal representative from developer JDI Celmark wrote to the University Area Commission on Wednesday, announcing that plans would be presented […]

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Parcels to Places Wants to Transform Vacant Properties

Walker Evans Walker Evans Parcels to Places Wants to Transform Vacant Properties

Many neighborhoods in Columbus are plagued with vacant land where homes or businesses once stood, and some neighborhoods have struggled to fill those gaps back in with new structures. A new program called “Parcels to Places” will kick off next week, which aims to address this issue through public involvement and community creativity. “The kickoff […]

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HUD Secretary Announces Insurance Rate Reductions for Affordable and Green Housing

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega HUD Secretary Announces Insurance Rate Reductions for Affordable and Green Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro made an announcement in Columbus last week about a measure intending to boost capital investment in affordable and energy efficient housing. “Families across the country are struggling through an affordable housing crisis,” said Secretary Castro in a press release. “By reducing our rates, this […]

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Office Space Leasing Rapidly at Grandview Yard

Walker Evans Walker Evans Office Space Leasing Rapidly at Grandview Yard

While the much larger 500,000 square foot Nationwide Insurance offices are still under construction at Grandview Yard, Nationwide Realty Investors has announced that they’ve have little trouble filling in some of their smaller office spaces as well. The company announced today the addition of eight new companies to the development, which will fill in 24,000 […]

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Parks Edge Condos to Range from $427K to $1.3M

Walker Evans Walker Evans Parks Edge Condos to Range from $427K to $1.3M

The new twelve-story Parks Edge Condo building may sit in the shadow of the taller North Bank Condos next door, but the pricing of the new luxury units will not be lessened. Nationwide Realty Investors announced today that the 15 floorplans designed for the new building will range in price from $427,000 to $1,345,000. “Parks […]

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Education Issues: The End of the Road for Opt-Out?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Education Issues: The End of the Road for Opt-Out?

Although state assessments of student performance are still weeks away, the subject of opting-out has already become a hot-button issue in Ohio. Much has changed since testing season last year. Although Ohio is still listed as a participant on the website for assessments written by PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), […]

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Megabus Ends Columbus-Cleveland Service

Walker Evans Walker Evans Megabus Ends Columbus-Cleveland Service

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday afternoon that intercity bus service Megabus has recently ended its Columbus-to-Cleveland service as a part of a larger route cut between Cleveland and Atlanta. The PD reports that the scale back in service comes from declining ridership due to low gas prices across the US. A Megabus Customer Service Specialist […]

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