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Interview: COTA’s Curtis Stitt on the Next Generation of Transit in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: COTA’s Curtis Stitt on the Next Generation of Transit in Columbus

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) recently completed a comprehensive redesign of the bus network in Columbus – their Transit System Review recommended more-frequent buses in the urban core and a host of other changes, all without increasing the overall budget. While the new network will be slowly rolled out over the course of the […]

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Columbus Police Unveil New Recruitment Webpage

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Police Unveil New Recruitment Webpage

The Columbus Division of Police is preparing for another round of free recruiting expos for potential new officers this spring and summer. The expo dates are set for May 14, between 5 pm and 9 pm, and on July 11 between 10 am and 2 pm. Attendees to the expos at CPD’s James G. Jackson […]

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Adventures in PARCC Scoring

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Adventures in PARCC Scoring

The upside of standardized testing is that it does create significant job opportunities for central Ohioans to work as graders in scoring centers. Even the math sections of PARCC tests have essay answers. That’s terrific news for employment figures. Craigslist recently featured an advertisement for Columbus graders that directed applicants HERE. Having taken the application […]

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The Big Give 24-Hour Donation Event Returning on May 12th

Walker Evans Walker Evans The Big Give 24-Hour Donation Event Returning on May 12th

What happens when the entire city of Columbus comes together to set aside a full 24 hours for donating to nonprofits? The answer is The Big Give. Launched in 2011 by The Columbus Foundation, this biennial event has already raised $19.1 million for 569 Central Ohio nonprofits during its first two iterations. Today, leaders at the Foundation […]

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Second Phase of Aston Row Townhomes Approved

Brent Warren Brent Warren Second Phase of Aston Row Townhomes Approved

The Victorian Village Commission approved the second phase of Snyder Barker’s Aston Row development last Thursday night. Ten new townhomes in four separate buildings will be built at the northeast corner of Dennison and Starr Avenues. The new units will front Starr but share an alley with the ten townhomes that were built as part […]

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The Grand Event Center Announced at Grandview Yard

Walker Evans Walker Evans The Grand Event Center Announced at Grandview Yard

Grandview Yard quickly become a true “mixed use” development with an arrangement of office space, apartments, restaurants, hotels, a grocery store, a brewery, a fitness center, greenspace and more. One thing it lacks is event/conference space, but that is scheduled to change over the course of the next year. Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors […]

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Grandview Yard Adding Second Hotel with Courtyard by Marriott

Walker Evans Walker Evans Grandview Yard Adding Second Hotel with Courtyard by Marriott

Since 2010, the 126-room Hyatt Place has stood as the lone hotel at Grandview Yard, but that will change in 2016. Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI) announced yesterday that a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel would be added to the development’s plans. “The new hotel will complement our existing Hyatt Place, and with its’ strong appeal […]

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