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  • in reply to: Hamilton Road and 161 Development #1116763

    MHJ
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    They’re building two apartment complexes, an office park and a few strip malls. It’s an insult to everyone’s intelligence to call this a “mixed-use, walkable development.”

    And how many lanes will that “S-curve” central avenue be? My guess is that an on/off-ramp from Route 161 to Hamilton Road is not gonna be much of a walkable boulevard.

    The design isn’t necessarily bad on its own terms, given the location, but the descriptions given by the developers are nothing short of ludicrous.

    in reply to: Local Cantina Replacing South High Einstein Bagels #1092939

    MHJ
    Participant

    Any news on when this will open? I have seen them doing work on the interior for the last couple of weeks. They already have an awning up with the name.

    in reply to: 876 S. Front St. – Old Praxair Site Redevelopment #1083848

    MHJ
    Participant

    No link to the drawings or site plan? I was hoping for some type of small retail, like a wine shop, to go in the corner along with residential. But I will wait to see renderings to fully form my opinion.

    in reply to: New Eight-Story City of Columbus Office Building #1074569

    MHJ
    Participant

    Honestly, I think having a bike hub for employees to bike to work is a great idea for that space.

    There’s a lot of vacant retail space downtown. A lot. Spaces on Gay between Front and High, on High between Gay and Broad, not to mention all the vacant spaces on the ground floor of Columbus Commons and across the street from it. Plus there’s nothing in the spaces at the southeast corner of Gay and High, and the former Madison’s building is still vacant.

    In other words, there are lots and lots of opportunities to put new retail in, not to mention the new retail that will come on line at the point they redevelop the “micro” apartments on the southeast corner of Front & Long and build something in the parking lots between Long and Gay along High Street.

    On the other hand, how much infrastructure is there for people who OWN bikes? And isn’t it a good thing for the city to actually encourage people to bike to work by building a space specifically dedicated to that?

    I guess I have a hard time lamenting the fact that the city didn’t put retail on the ground floor because that’s what urban enthusiasts want on the ground floor of every single building. There are other needs for downtown workers and residents besides another sandwich shop or artisanal stationery store.

    in reply to: Two25 17 Story High Rise Proposed for SE Columbus Commons #1070737

    MHJ
    Participant

    Sorry, but it gets bitterly cold here in the winter, so that’s a very useful amenity to provide for both office and residential tenants. I’m sure folks will be more than happy to come out onto the street in the spring, summer and fall, especially at lunchtime, after work, and when there’s activity on the Commons. I work in the complex of office buildings that runs up High Street across from the Statehouse, and honestly I did not go outside during the winter because I did not have to. Now that it’s warmer, I’ve gone out for lunch 3 or 4 times in the past 2 weeks alone. That’s anecdotal, of course, but I still think the point holds: a skywalk is not going to affect street traffic except when it’s below 20 degrees outside.

    Not only that, but at that location, plenty of people will be taking public transportation, walking or biking to work and not even using the garage. I think a great question is whether they will be able to secure a CoGo station nearby.

    in reply to: Columbus Mayoral Race 2015 #1070428

    MHJ
    Participant

    First thought: Terry Boyd wants City Center back…with a grocery store and a couple clubs?!?

    When he said that, I think I threw up in my mouth a little. What an absolutely horrible candidate.


    MHJ
    Participant

    While I’ve heard that retail rents are high at Highpoint (no pun intended) I’m kind of surprised we haven’t seen more interest in the older spots directly across the street. I imagine they’re cheaper. Perhaps everyone is waiting for the first move? Or waiting until the construction headaches are over (I’ve heard it’s been tough on the existing businesses) before opening new stores and shops?

    I suspect that once all these buildings come on line, we’ll rapidly see new retail coming into those spaces. It might be worth talking to CDDC to hear what they view as the strategy for downtown retail in light of the rush of new development.

    Personally I’m hoping to hear about someone coming in and re-purposing the bank building at the intersection of Town and High next to the Lazarus building.

    in reply to: Local Cantina Replacing South High Einstein Bagels #1064281

    MHJ
    Participant

    I’m sure the Panera opening up across the street made this an easy decision for them. Here’s to something unique, local and with much longer hours opening up in its place!

    in reply to: X106.7 – The Alternative Station #1043585

    MHJ
    Participant

    What the bajeebers happened here!??!?! Really right now? We have plenty have hip hop, rap to choose from in Columbus…what happened to alternative? Lost me…going to 102.5 or 90.5. It’s a shame..you mess around with my heart… smh.

    We did? Up until this station launched, Columbus only had one hip-hop/R&B station, 107.5.

    in reply to: Bexley Giant Eagle #1042420

    MHJ
    Participant

    When entering from the “main” entrance (where the light is, at Main and Alum Creek) you are forced up a bottle-neck of sorts. You can’t just immediately turn left or right to take a space in the back of the lot; you have to go up to the front of the lot, by the store entrance, before turning to either side (where, as someone mentioned earlier, there are often taxis or other vehicles stopped). You can avoid this by entering from either side (I’m partial to the entrance by the car wash, and parking by the loading docks). But to leave the store and head east, back to Bexley, you are forced back down the bottle-neck if you want to use the light to turn left. To add insult to injury, the bottle-neck is where a handful of choice spots are located. More often than not, you get stuck when you are trying to enter/exit because someone simply HAS to park in one of those dumb spots, and doesn’t care if traffic backs up while they wait for someone else to leave.

    <p url2image_parsed=”1″>Yeah, I’ve put too much thought into this…

    Exactly. I don’t think you put too much thought into it…that’s just how it is.

    Honestly, in thinking about it, that lot would be better off if they closed the entrance at Alum Creek, added more parking, and moved the main entrance over to Holtzman Ave. (adjacent to the KFC) and put a stop light right there. I know Kroger would prefer to have more direct access to the gas station right there, but honestly turning into the gas station from Alum Creek is a pain in the butt as well! Looking at the Google Maps view of the site, that would probably add ~24 spaces to the lot and improve its flow tremendously by creating a rear lane that runs parallel to Main Street. When I get access to a different computer, I will try to rig up a map of the improved traffic flow.

    Is that Kroger technically in Columbus or in Bexley?

    in reply to: When will Stauf's in German Village open? #1040349

    MHJ
    Participant

    Does anyone have any updates on this? The Cup O Joe sign is still up and I can’t find any information about when this will open.

    in reply to: Seedy motels on South High #1014607

    MHJ
    Participant

    You can check out Columbus crime maps here:

    <p url2image_parsed=”1″>http://www.raidsonline.com/

    <p url2image_parsed=”1″>Its a fascinating and slightly terrifying way to blow an afternoon.

    <p url2image_parsed=”1″>Anyway, the motels don’t seem to be wretched hives of scum and villainy.

    You’re right they don’t. I’m surprised by that. My impression was that there is a lot of sex work in those hotels. Maybe not.

    in reply to: Seedy motels on South High #1014421

    MHJ
    Participant

    …so how does that work exactly, someone just decides that the business isn’t cool enough and closes it down?

    Cities have been known to purchase properties for redevelopment.

    Also, if there is a lot of crime in these motels, they can be considered a public nuisance and shut down.

    in reply to: Need for Anchor Skyscraper #998971

    MHJ
    Participant

    I would agree that Columbus would benefit more from something along the lines of the Space Needle, the St. Louis Arch, or the CN Tower. Problem is, the views wouldn’t be as good from the top lol. The location of Vets Memorial would actually probably be the right location for such a thing, overlooking downtown and the river.

    in reply to: Need for Anchor Skyscraper #998116

    MHJ
    Participant

    4. Your friend from Indiana did not know that Columbus had a downtown!!?? I would consider that opinion an outlier.

    It’s not. Every person who has visited me in Columbus, down to a person, since I moved here a decade ago was surprised that it had a downtown. That’s people from Chicagoland, DC, and many other parts of the country. People think that Columbus is a college town like Bloomington, IN, or Athens, GA, or at most a sleepy capital city like Madison or Springfield.

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