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Coronavirus Update: Level 4 Health Advisory, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: Level 4 Health Advisory, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, & More

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Numbers COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 198 cases of COVID-19 were reported as of Wednesday, April 14. As of Thursday, April 15, 86,500 total cases and 1,032 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington. In Franklin County at large, […]

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Church to Lead Redevelopment of Kmart Site in Reynoldsburg

Brent Warren Brent Warren Church to Lead Redevelopment of Kmart Site in Reynoldsburg

A new mixed-use development is planned for the southeast corner of Brice Road and East Main Street in Reynoldsburg. The Christian and Missionary Alliance – a national megachurch that is currently headquartered in Colorado Springs – will be moving its offices to the site and also plans to serve as master developer for the larger […]

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NEXT: The Future of Data Privacy

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Data Privacy

The Me.Ring is just a concept design at the moment. But if it were to be actually built and widely marketed, its impact would be dramatic.   The ring consists of a switch: when you are open to having your data shared, you flip the switch to the “on” position. To remain anonymous, a user would switch […]

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ODOT Spending Nearly $2 Billion on Highway Projects in 2021

Walker Evans Walker Evans ODOT Spending Nearly $2 Billion on Highway Projects in 2021

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will spend a total of $1.92 billion during the 2021 construction season, spread across 956 individual projects in Ohio. The funding will primarily go toward maintenance, safety and repairs for existing bridges and roads. “Ohio’s ability to safely and easily move people and goods is vital as we continue […]

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36-Unit Apartment Community The Jacqueline Opens on Near East Side

Walker Evans Walker Evans 36-Unit Apartment Community The Jacqueline Opens on Near East Side

On a quiet stretch of Oak Street in the Franklin Park neighborhood (just outside the official border of Olde Towne East) is a new apartment development that just wrapped up construction. Known as “The Jacqueline,” the 36-unit, two-building development at 1305 Oak St. is the first urban project from local developer Wilcox Communities, which has […]

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Whitehall Pushing for Density at Broad and Hamilton

Brent Warren Brent Warren Whitehall Pushing for Density at Broad and Hamilton

New renderings have been released and an overall development plan is starting to come into focus at the northeast corner of Hamilton Road and East Broad Street in Whitehall. Phase one of the 50-acre mixed-use development will hold 300 apartments and townhomes, as well as about 25,000 square feet of commercial space centered around a […]

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Plan Calls for 448 Apartments at Kroger Bakery Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan Calls for 448 Apartments at Kroger Bakery Site

A plan to transform the former Kroger Bakery site into a 448-unit residential development has been submitted to the Historic Resources Commission. The two existing buildings on the site would be renovated, and three additional apartment building would be constructed around them on what is now a large surface parking lot. The 9.4-acre complex, which […]

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