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Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East

Plans have been presented to the Near East Area Commission to build a two-story, mixed-use building on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Oak Street and Wilson Avenue. Before beginning the new construction, though, the developer plans to renovate the dilapidated building next door. Joel Simmons, CEO of the Gordon James Company, said […]

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Historic Oak Street Building To See Retail and Apartment Renovation

Walker Evans Walker Evans Historic Oak Street Building To See Retail and Apartment Renovation

A prominently located vacant building at the northwest corner of Oak Street and Ohio Avenue is slated to get a new lease on life thanks to a plan from new owners (and Olde Towne East residents) Brad Hobbs and Krista Sparks. The husband-and-wife duo have been contributing to the rebirth of Oak Street for several […]

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Owner Now Looking to Sell Downtown Building, Not Demolish It

Brent Warren Brent Warren Owner Now Looking to Sell Downtown Building, Not Demolish It

Plans to demolish a three-story brick building at 330 Oak Street appear to be off the table, as the owner of the property now is actively looking to sell the former pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc.(BIRI), an affiliate of Roxane Laboratories, submitted an application to the Downtown Commission last month to demolish the […]

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Hot Chicken Takeover Going Mobile

Walker Evans Walker Evans Hot Chicken Takeover Going Mobile

Hot Chicken Takeover has been very successful in 2014. Since launching earlier this year, the pop-up fried chicken restaurant in Olde Towne East has served thousands of customers every weekend from the walk-up window at the Near East Co-Op at 1117 Oak Street. “It really has grown faster than we had ever anticipated,” said co-owner […]

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Supporters Rush to Save the Near East Side Co-op

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Supporters Rush to Save the Near East Side Co-op

The Near East Side Cooperative Market is safe for now. Earlier this week, the community-owned grocery store at 1117 Oak Street sounded the alarm that “based on current predictions, we cannot continue to operate past June 8th.” Luckily, supporters from the Near East Side community and beyond responded quickly to help out the store, and […]

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O Hi Yoga Opens Doors in Olde Towne East

Nancy Alkire Nancy Alkire O Hi Yoga Opens Doors in Olde Towne East

Columbus, say hello to O Hi Yoga! While taking a break from the full-time corporate world to raise her kids, Olde Towne East resident Heather Sheets saw a moving van emptying a business space in her neighborhood, and next thing she knew, she was telling her husband that she had signed a lease to open […]

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First Look: The Angry Baker Reopens

Walker Evans Walker Evans First Look: The Angry Baker Reopens

The Angry Baker reopened for business this morning, following a six-day closure for renovations and updates. Customers of the popular Olde Towne East bakery will notice new display counters in the front, a fresh coat of paint, a couple of extra seats, and a revamped menu that includes some new additions for breakfast and lunch, […]

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