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Columbus Partnership to Buy Vacant Downtown Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Partnership to Buy Vacant Downtown Building

The Columbus Partnership plans to buy a prominent downtown building that has been vacant since 2006. The building, at 145 S. Front St., was once the home of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. As WOSU recently reported, several attempts to renovate the building ran into political and economic headwinds and were abandoned […]

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YMCA Plans to ‘Phase Out’ Operations at Downtown Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren YMCA Plans to ‘Phase Out’ Operations at Downtown Building

The YMCA of Central Ohio is planning for a future that does not include a presence at 40 W. Long St., the historic Downtown building that has served as a center of operations for the organization for nearly 100 years. “We are in the process of phasing out of the current building, which will take […]

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Boutique Hotel Proposed for Italian Village Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren Boutique Hotel Proposed for Italian Village Site

A proposal calling for a three-story hotel at 1020 N. Fourth St. will be presented to the Italian Village Commission this afternoon. The project would require the demolition of a one-story building that has been home to a hookah lounge since 2012 (originally called Village Cafe and Hookah, the business is now named Hyer Hookah […]

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Changes Coming to Surface Streets and I-70 Around Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Changes Coming to Surface Streets and I-70 Around Downtown

The next phase of work on the Interstate 70/71 split project is set to start soon. The first change will happen on October 12, when the traffic pattern of I-70 along the southern edge of Downtown will be altered. Both directions of I-70 between Grant Avenue and 18th Street will be diverted to what is […]

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Project Update: Easton Expansion

Brent Warren Brent Warren Project Update: Easton Expansion

Several key businesses remain on track to open in time for the holidays as work continues on the $500 million Easton Town Center expansion. RH Gallery, Forty Deuce, Forbidden Root, The Beeline and Arhaus are all expected to be open for the holiday shopping season. The spring will see more openings, including Pins Mechanical, True […]

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Pay-by-Phone Now Available on COTA Buses

Brent Warren Brent Warren Pay-by-Phone Now Available on COTA Buses

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced the roll-out of a long-awaited feature at its annual luncheon today. Bus riders can now pay for a ride on a COTA bus using a cell phone, something that the agency has been promising for several years. “We believe this first iteration of digital payment will draw new […]

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New Design Floated for German Village Hotel

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Design Floated for German Village Hotel

The developer behind a proposal to build a hotel at the corner of Livingston and City Park avenues is hoping a new design can help the project gain approval from the German Village Commission. The new design, from local firm Moody Nolan, features a mix of brick, stainless steel, metal tile, glass and wood. The […]

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