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In 25th Year, Kaleidoscope Youth Center Focuses on Homelessness

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega In 25th Year, Kaleidoscope Youth Center Focuses on Homelessness

Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) is marking its 25th anniversary with a range of new programs combatting youth homelessness.  Though the initiatives are relatively new to KYC, they’re not entirely new ideas, says Executive Director Erin Upchurch. They’re borrowing framework from programs out of Minneapolis (Avenues for Homeless Youth) and Cincinnati (Lighthouse Youth Services) to introduce […]

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Golden Bear Redevelopment to be Heard by Board

Brent Warren Brent Warren Golden Bear Redevelopment to be Heard by Board

Arcadia Development will present its plan to redevelop the Golden Bear shopping center to the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning on March 25. The proposal, which is similar to one that was presented conceptually to the board last fall, calls for a six-story, mixed-use building to replace the one-story shopping center. The existing […]

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Opinion: State of the News

Walker Evans and Anne Evans Walker Evans and Anne Evans Opinion: State of the News

Hostile takeover bids. Mergers. Consolidations. The race to the next ‘saving thing.’ This is the State of News. For years, many cities across the country have seen their local newspapers being bought up and consolidated into larger and larger companies. Companies that are willing to make deep cuts to local jobs to achieve higher levels […]

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Opinion: Sprawl is Alive and Well in Central Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Sprawl is Alive and Well in Central Ohio

While the development beat here at Columbus Underground tends to focus primarily on new construction happening within the urban center of our city, it’s worth noting that suburban sprawl is still going strong. Reporter Brent Warren wrote up a well-read story several weeks ago about two large suburban developments on the outskirts of the city […]

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Grandview Crossing Plans Finalized, Work to Start Soon

Brent Warren Brent Warren Grandview Crossing Plans Finalized, Work to Start Soon

Infrastructure work could start as soon as this month on the large mixed-use development known as Grandview Crossing. The first vertical construction on the site – which is located at the northeast corner of Grandview Avenue and Dublin Road – will likely start rising out of the ground this summer, according to representatives of Wagenbrenner […]

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Homeport Releases More Details on Linden Project

Brent Warren Brent Warren Homeport Releases More Details on Linden Project

With City Council approval secured, Homeport is now just waiting on financing before it can proceed with a 50-unit affordable housing project in Linden. The development will feature a three-story, 45-unit apartment building at 2959 Cleveland Ave. — across the street from the New Salem Baptist Church — as well as five single family homes […]

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Buying A Home: What’s Your Credit Score Got To Do With It?

Jaszmine Davis Jaszmine Davis Buying A Home: What’s Your Credit Score Got To Do With It?

March is National Credit Education month, which means there’s no time like the present to educate yourself on your credit score, how it’s calculated, and how you can improve it. But what does your credit score have to do with buying a home? Everything. Mortgage lenders have conversations daily with people who dream of owning […]

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