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Neighbors Opposed to Proposed Check Cashing Store at Broad and James

Brent Warren Brent Warren Neighbors Opposed to Proposed Check Cashing Store at Broad and James

A proposal to build a check-cashing outlet on a prominent corner in Eastmoor has neighbors concerned. Charlotte, North Carolina-based Primax Properties has submitted plans to the City of Columbus to build a 2,500 square foot PLS Financial Services location at the southwest corner of East Broad Street and South James Road. Michelle Santuomo, president of […]

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Yes, The Amazon HQ2 Project Would Increase Your Rent

Walker Evans Walker Evans Yes, The Amazon HQ2 Project Would Increase Your Rent

Yesterday, it was revealed that Columbus was one of the top 20 finalist cities to make the short list of site locations where Amazon may build its new $5 billion HQ2 project. We don’t know when the final announcement will be made as to which city will be selected, but we do know that any […]

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Jest Jugglers of Columbus Welcome New Members

Randi Walle Randi Walle Jest Jugglers of Columbus Welcome New Members

Columbus is home to many things – great football, hot new restaurants, and a booming art scene. A lesser-known but equally as interesting fact is that Columbus lays claim to the oldest and longest-running juggling group. The Jest Jugglers of Columbus have been around since the 1970s, practicing the art of juggling. Contrary to assumptions, […]

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Six-Story Mixed-Use Building Planned for Capital University Lot Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Six-Story Mixed-Use Building Planned for Capital University Lot Downtown

Work could start as soon as this summer on a 100-unit apartment building at the northeast corner of South Grant Avenue and Oak Street Downtown. The project is a joint venture between Capital University – which owns the one-acre lot and has used it for parking for years – and the Pizzuti Companies. “Capital Law […]

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Columbus Makes Finalist List for Amazon HQ2

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Makes Finalist List for Amazon HQ2

Columbus, along with 19 other North American cities, has made the finalist list for the $5 billion Amazon HQ2 mega-project that will add eight million square feet of office space and bring 50,000 high-paying jobs to one city. Columbus is the only city in Ohio to make the cut. Other cities and regions still in […]

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New Transit Startup Coming to Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Transit Startup Coming to Columbus

Chariot, a commuter shuttle service that offers rides in 14-passenger vans, is starting operations in Columbus on Monday. Launched in San Francisco in 2014 and acquired by Ford in 2016, the startup currently operates in New York, Seattle, Austin and San Antonio. The initial service in Columbus will include six private routes offering rush hour […]

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First Look: Versa Coworking

Walker Evans Walker Evans First Look: Versa Coworking

The coworking trend continues in Columbus with the opening of the first Versa location at 1201 Dublin Rd. The shared working space includes opportunities that range in price from $99 per month for access to programming and a mailing address, to $799 plus per month for a private office and various amenities like free coffee […]

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