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Italian Village

Annexed to the city in 1862, Italian Village was one of Columbus’s first suburbs. It is bounded by I-670 on the south, Fifth Avenue on the north, North High Street on the west, and the Conrail railroad tracks to the east. A mix of Italian and Irish immigrants resided in the area in the 1890s, and Italianate style architecture is prevalent.

Unusual Drinks: Cray’s Buzz Worthy

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unusual Drinks: Cray’s Buzz Worthy

You may have heard about an African berry that made the bartending rounds a few years ago. Those who tried it said it switched up taste buds so sour things tasted sweet. This is not about that. Cray Eatery & Drinkery is running its very own little experiment with a proprietary beverage combo it calls […]

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Capitol Equities Defends Retail Proposal for Italian Village

Walker Evans Walker Evans Capitol Equities Defends Retail Proposal for Italian Village

Last week, the Italian Village Commission weighed in on a redevelopment plan for 995 North Fourth Street that proposed the renovation of two buildings for retail use and the creation of additional paved surface parking lot spaces behind the building. Most members of the commission voiced major concerns with both the renovation and the parking addition. […]

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Ideas Sought for Haiku Parking Lot Development

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ideas Sought for Haiku Parking Lot Development

Last week’s monthly Italian Village Commission saw the review of many large-scale developments along Fourth and Summit Streets, but only one large development on High Street. Project applicants from Elford Development and the Liu family (owners of Haiku) came before the commission to seek guidance on the appropriateness of developing their surface parking lot at […]

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Commission Prefers to See Budd Dairy Warehouses Preserved

Walker Evans Walker Evans Commission Prefers to See Budd Dairy Warehouses Preserved

A transformative proposal for the Budd Dairy site in Italian Village was announced last week, suggesting the replacement of several older single-story warehouse structures with new modern mixed-use apartment buildings, along with the restoration of the historic Budd Dairy building. The project went in front of the Italian Village Commission on Tuesday, and several commissioners asked […]

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Four-Unit Townhome Approved for Detroit Avenue

Walker Evans Walker Evans Four-Unit Townhome Approved for Detroit Avenue

At this week’s busy Italian Village Commission, one smaller development was approved after multiple previous rounds of architectural revisions and redesigns. A four-unit townhome building developed by Lykens Companies is slated to fill in an empty lot on Detroit Avenue, behind the St. James Tavern. The development will directly face another from Lykens right across […]

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Retail Proposal A Nonstarter for Italian Village Commission

Walker Evans Walker Evans Retail Proposal A Nonstarter for Italian Village Commission

A new proposal for a retail center on Fourth Street was reviewed by the Italian Village Commission last night, and the group had a fairly strong negative response to the project. Last week when we announced the initial details, commission member Jason Sudy weighed in critically, and echoed much of his previous sentiment to the […]

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Newest Jeffrey Park Apartment Building Continues to Refine Design

Walker Evans Walker Evans Newest Jeffrey Park Apartment Building Continues to Refine Design

The 219-unit Jeffrey Park apartment building first proposed in January returned to the Italian Village Commission tonight for a review of architectural changes. Many design elements were updated from the original proposal due to feedback from the commission, though the updates were not entirely well received. “I think you’re losing some of the elements that […]

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