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A collection of neighborhoods south of downtown Columbus, the South Side is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north and east, Frebis Avenue on the south, and Parsons Avenue on the west.

Community Grounds Plans to Open Parsons Avenue Cafe This Spring

Walker Evans Walker Evans Community Grounds Plans to Open Parsons Avenue Cafe This Spring

The project has taken a bit longer than expected, but Parsons Avenue on the South Side will finally gain a new coffee shop this year with the opening of Community Grounds. Founder Joel Cosme Jr. first told us about the concept back in August 2014, but a change in plans is shifting the cafe two […]

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Momentum Building in Historic Old Oaks Neighborhood

Brent Warren Brent Warren Momentum Building in Historic Old Oaks Neighborhood

While the campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital continues to expand – with two new six-story buildings currently under construction – redevelopment on a much smaller scale just a few blocks to the east has residents and city officials optimistic about the potential turnaround of a historic neighborhood. The Old Oaks Historic District (bordered by I-70 […]

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Construction Update: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Walker Evans Walker Evans Construction Update: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

When Nationwide Children’s Hospital completed the construction of a new 12-story main hospital tower in 2012, you’d think the additional 750,000 square feet of space would be enough to last the growing healthcare provider for awhile. Instead, two more buildings were announced in late 2014, and are currently under construction at their main campus. The Faculty […]

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Best Gyms & Fitness Centers in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Gyms & Fitness Centers in Columbus

Whether you’re looking for a casual workout spot or a place for hardcore strength training, Columbus has a lot to offer those who are interested in a new fitness regimen. In 2015, our readers voted for The Fitness Loft as their top spot to work out. The gym opened in late 2014 on Parsons Avenue […]

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Restaurant Review: The Crest Gastropub, Parsons Edition

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Crest Gastropub, Parsons Edition

It’s not completely clear what the design motif for the new Crest Gastropub is. Housed in a newer construction on Parsons, it’s not particularly modern decor. Modern typically implies sparse, and the space is deliciously and deeply cluttered with art and lighting installations. It’s not retro or woodsy either. Maybe it’s Restoration Hardware style. That’s […]

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Developer Sees Promise in Rehabbed Commercial Buildings on Parsons

Brent Warren Brent Warren Developer Sees Promise in Rehabbed Commercial Buildings on Parsons

Mark Longstreth hopes that the renovation of a two story building at the southeast corner of Whittier Street and Parsons Avenue is the first of many such projects in the neighborhood — he sees potential in the historic commercial buildings that line the avenue, and thinks that the neighborhoods on both side of Parsons represent […]

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Project Update: Barrett Middle School Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren Project Update: Barrett Middle School Site

With remediation work well underway on the Barrett Middle School building in Merion Village, Columbus Underground recently got a look inside the historic building. Hilary Deason of Casto – the developer of the project along with Homeport – pointed out original features like tin ceilings, large windows, and hard wood flooring. She explained that as […]

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