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Updated: Linden Proposal Pits New Affordable Housing Against Existing Jobs, Neighbors Say

Brent Warren Brent Warren Updated: Linden Proposal Pits New Affordable Housing Against Existing Jobs, Neighbors Say

Update (7/27/21): Ascent Development chose to withdraw its development proposal for Bonham Avenue before it could come up for a vote last night at City Council. Ascent Principal Michael Rodriguez told CU that the decision to table the vote was made because “we ultimately did not have the votes needed to be successful.” He added; […]

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ODH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Won’t Include Mask Mandate

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ODH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Won’t Include Mask Mandate

BY: SUSAN TEBBEN The Ohio Department of Health said new COVID-19 guidance for schools as they plan for a new school year will include safety recommendations, but no mandate for mask-wearing, even for the unvaccinated. In a press call on Monday, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the ODH, said guidelines would be released on […]

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Council Approves Development on Former Giant Eagle Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren Council Approves Development on Former Giant Eagle Site

The Columbus City Council voted last night to approve the zoning changes needed for the redevelopment of the former Giant Eagle store at 280 E. Whittier St. The project had already received support from the South Side Area Commission and the Development Commission, which normally would all but assure a positive vote from council. This […]

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King and High Project Approved After Two-Year Process

Brent Warren Brent Warren King and High Project Approved After Two-Year Process

A plan to redevelop the southwest corner of King Avenue and North High Street was approved last night by the University Impact Review Board (UIDRB). The approval comes after a long and at times contentious process in which the development team floated many different concepts and design iterations for the prominent corner. Subtext, the St. […]

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The Confluence Cast: Poet Maggie Smith

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Poet Maggie Smith

Everyone has the opportunity to document their lives in their own ways. On the eve of the release of her latest collection of work, I spoke with Columbus-based poet Maggie Smith. We discussed how she writes, how the publishing industry works, the inspirations for her work, and why she chooses to stay in Columbus.

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Planners Outline Vision for Connecting, Enhancing River Corridors

Brent Warren Brent Warren Planners Outline Vision for Connecting, Enhancing River Corridors

A group of Columbus-based planners were tasked with coming up with new ideas for the region’s five major river corridors. The results of those efforts were presented to the Columbus Metropolitan Club last night, and are also now available for anyone to look at and comment on at rapid5.org. The project is the latest effort […]

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COTA to Buy Greyhound Station, ‘Substantial’ Development Planned for Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Buy Greyhound Station, ‘Substantial’ Development Planned for Site

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is in contract to buy the Greyhound station Downtown for $9.5 million. The agency plans to tear down the aging facility and wants to see a mixed-use, transit-oriented development constructed on the 2.5-acre site, although there are many details still to be worked out about who would oversee the project […]

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