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Fast Forward: Olde Towne East & Franklin Park

Walker Evans Walker Evans Fast Forward: Olde Towne East & Franklin Park

The renaissance of the Olde Towne East neighborhood on the Near East Side of Columbus began decades ago, but is certainly far from finished. This geographically large area is primarily a residential neighborhood, known for its 100-plus year old housing stock, but with a lot of room for new buildings on empty lots sprinkled throughout. […]

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Fast Forward: The Parsons Avenue Corridor

Walker Evans Walker Evans Fast Forward: The Parsons Avenue Corridor

The Parsons Avenue corridor on the South Side of Columbus has long been predicted as the future site of growth and redevelopment. Recent years have seen the beginning of that trend taking shape with plenty of potential yet to come due to the area’s current abundance of underutilized parcels of land and properties. When looking […]

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Black Creek Bistro Closes

Walker Evans Walker Evans Black Creek Bistro Closes

After 10 years in business, Black Creek Bistro has served its last meal. The Olde Towne East restaurant closed its doors after dinner service last night, and will not re-open. Black Creek was opened at 51 Parsons Avenue by Kent Peters in 2007 and quickly became a popular destination for a neighborhood lacking in traditional […]

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Former Parsons Drive-Through Will Soon Serve up Fresh Produce Instead of Beer

Brent Warren Brent Warren Former Parsons Drive-Through Will Soon Serve up Fresh Produce Instead of Beer

Work is scheduled to start soon on the conversion of a former beer and wine drive-through on Parsons Avenue into the new location for the Church for All People’s Fresh Market. The Parsons Avenue Redevelopment Corporation (PARC) purchased the building at 945 Parsons earlier this year, and plans to spend up to $30,000 on its […]

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Plan to Transform Block of Parsons Avenue Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan to Transform Block of Parsons Avenue Moving Forward

A plan to transform a cluster of run-down buildings on Parsons Avenue into a “cultural hub” is moving ahead after receiving support from multiple neighborhood groups. The buildings, located at 677 to 681 Parsons, have long been vacant but once held an assortment of businesses, ranging from a tire shop to an adult bookstore. Plans […]

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120 Units of Affordable Housing Planned for Vacant Lots on South Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren 120 Units of Affordable Housing Planned for Vacant Lots on South Side

Plans are moving forward to bring over 120 units of affordable housing to two city-owned vacant lots on the South Side. Community Housing Network (CHN) wants to build a 62-unit, three-story building at the corner of Washington and Barthman avenues, just west of the Maloney Health Center on Parsons Avenue. The building would house formerly […]

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Best Barber Shop of 2016: Old Familiar

Best of CU Best of CU Best Barber Shop of 2016: Old Familiar

After nearly five years in business in Olde Towne East, the Old Familiar Barbershop may not be quite that old, but is certainly a familiar neighborhood staple on Parsons Avenue. The shop has grown rapidly over the years from a two-man operation to serving customers in five busy barber chairs. In addition to in-store operations […]

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