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Top 10 Neighborhoods of 2017

Best of CU Best of CU Top 10 Neighborhoods of 2017

Columbus (and Greater Central Ohio) has a diverse range of neighborhoods, suburbs and regions that offer a wide variety of places to live. When we survey our readers annually about the top places to live, we don’t ask about specifically what they’re looking for (apartments vs homes, one bedroom vs five bedrooms, family arrangement vs […]

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Construction Begins on Ohio’s First Legal Marijuana Greenhouse

Walker Evans Walker Evans Construction Begins on Ohio’s First Legal Marijuana Greenhouse

The first marijuana cultivation facility in Ohio officially broke ground yesterday with a ceremonial event at the future site of Cresco Labs in Yellow Springs. The new project will include a 50,000 square foot greenhouse designed to grow and harvest specific strains of marijuana plants for dispensaries across the state. “We’re excited to be the […]

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Work to Start on 20-Acre Mixed-Use Development in Whitehall

Brent Warren Brent Warren Work to Start on 20-Acre Mixed-Use Development in Whitehall

A construction kickoff event is scheduled today at the southwest corner of East Broad Street and Hamilton Road in Whitehall. City officials and representatives of the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency will be on hand to celebrate the start of work on a 20-acre mixed-use development. The project, which […]

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Design Changes for Nine-Story Development to be Brought to Commission

Brent Warren Brent Warren Design Changes for Nine-Story Development to be Brought to Commission

Kaufman Development is coming back to the Victorian Village Commission tonight with an updated design for its nine-story mixed-use development at 23 W. Second Ave. The project, which has been before the commission multiple times since it was first proposed in the summer of 2016, still calls for a mix of office, retail and residential. […]

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Underemployed Find New Opportunities in i.c.stars IT Bootcamp

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Underemployed Find New Opportunities in i.c.stars IT Bootcamp

What if you could go from making a paltry $9 an hour to making something like $22 an hour in a matter of months? For students of Columbus’ i.c.stars program, that’s not outside the realm of possibility. The program focuses on honing technical skills in underemployed, minority communities, establishing relationships with local corporate partners to […]

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COTA to Interview Four Candidates for CEO Post

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Interview Four Candidates for CEO Post

Four candidates will be interviewed to be the next CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). A CEO selection committee was formed last summer after Curtis Stitt announced that he would be retiring in September. The committee, led by COTA board member Trudy Bartley, will conduct the interviews over the course of the next month […]

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The Confluence Cast: Besa

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Besa

How do we make the best use of our time and resources to make the biggest impact in our neighborhoods and in our city? I sat down with Matthew Goldstein, Executive Director of Besa, to talk about helping people and businesses give back to their community, innovative, technology-driven approaches to service, the important work being […]

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