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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.

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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City Offices to Move into Former Bob Evans HQ on South Side

Walker Evans Walker Evans City Offices to Move into Former Bob Evans HQ on South Side

Since 2011, the former Bob Evans Headquarters building at 3700 South High Street has sat empty on the city’s south side when the company relocated to New Albany. Yesterday, Columbus City Council authorized legislation to move the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) into the building to enable its expansion. “After four long years […]

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Partners Lining up Behind South Columbus Fresh Food Campus Idea

Brent Warren Brent Warren Partners Lining up Behind South Columbus Fresh Food Campus Idea

A new production facility for Luna Burger, a hydroponic farm made out of shipping containers, and an edible forest are just three of the concepts being floated by Bob Leighty and a wide range of potential partners hoping to revitalize the southern end of Parsons Avenue. What started out as a proposal to build a […]

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New Deli Adds to Revitalization of Parsons Avenue

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner New Deli Adds to Revitalization of Parsons Avenue

Development on Parsons Avenue is continuing with the addition of a new bistro. Jimmyluka’s, a bar and deli, will open at 701 Parsons Avenue this August. Owner Jimmy Dragich bought the two-story space seven years back, just before construction started on the Nationwide Children’s expansion. Dragich, who owns Affordable Floor, a ceramic tile marble contractor, has always […]

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Explorers Club Closes Restaurant, Shifts Focus to Food Truck

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Explorers Club Closes Restaurant, Shifts Focus to Food Truck

Sad news for South Side residents: Explorers Club has closed their brick and mortar location at 1586 South High Street. The Merion Village restaurant opened in 2011, serving a global-fusion menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The closing was announced yesterday on Explorers Club’s website and Facebook page: It is with a heavy heart that Orlando […]

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Affordable Housing Proposed for Heyl School Site on South Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren Affordable Housing Proposed for Heyl School Site on South Side

A proposal to redevelop the former Heyl Avenue Elementary School on the South Side calls for demolishing the building and replacing it with 58 units of affordable housing. The plan has already received a vote of approval from the South Side Area Commission and has been granted the necessary zoning variances, although the final go-ahead […]

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