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  • in reply to: New Eight-Story City of Columbus Office Building #976136

    MHJ
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    I’m not sure what other cities folks in this thread have visited, but no matter what, a block that is full of government office buildings is not going to be “vibrant.” And the government buildings on Front Street stretch from Rich Street to Long Street. It’s not meant to be the most walkable, exciting portion of downtown. The pedestrian can walk a block over to Civic Center Drive or High Street if he or she is interested in activity. Especially with the move of city offices from the North Side to downtown, there will be a need for parking for more city workers as well as for people coming downtown to take care of business. The vast majority of people are not going to take the bus to do their business.

    in reply to: Airport-Downtown Rail Line Proposed #559377

    MHJ
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    A line linking downtown, OSU, Easton and the airport sounds like a good start to me.


    MHJ
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    futureman said:
    – They are not developing the surface lot behind the building and it will continue to function as a parking lot. Bummer.

    If they built something on that parking lot, the apartments on the northeast end of the building would not have the big windows that make the apartments attractive.

    in reply to: The Clubhouse Sports Grill on Greenlawn Avenue #558234

    MHJ
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    JeepGirl said:
    Odd that this review selectively notes that they’re “adjacent to four major communities – Downtown, Merion Village, Brewery District, and German Village” but leaves out the fact that they are part of the Franklinton community.

    That’s not odd. It’s cut off from Franklinton by both 70 and 71, and no one who looks at that location in real time, as opposed to a map, would associate it with that neighborhood. It’s like pointing out the completely disconnected pieces of Clinton Township and wondering why people don’t usually consider them as a unit.


    MHJ
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    Unfortunately, neighbors successfully lobbied to make it virtually impossible to park anywhere near Westies and hang out for any period of time. I hope the neighborhood supports it with foot traffic.


    MHJ
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    Here is a quick picture I took yesterday.

    From googling, I see that Brooklyn Brewery is a brewer in, you guessed it, Brooklyn, while Rogue Nation is a brewer based in Oregon.

    I can’t seem to find ANYTHING online about the place, though. I don’t understand why they’re being so tight-lipped about this restaurant.

    in reply to: New Convention Center Parking Garage Proposed Along E Goodale #551271

    MHJ
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    So….this new parking garage might have some commercial slots near the Cap after all. The answer to CU’s dreams!

    Short North parking garage may get more than just parking

    Now about that twist: Jennison said the project could get some commercial uses on the section closest to the Cap at Union Station on High Street bridging over Interstate 670.
    “We may want to fold some mixed-use development in that corner,” he said.


    MHJ
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    It looks like this should be opening in the next couple months.

    in reply to: Columbus Metropolitan Library – News & Updates #470867

    MHJ
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    Land lined up for new Parsons branch library
    By Dean Narciso and Mark Ferenchik
    Saturday November 16, 2013 5:26 AM

    Columbus Metropolitan Library has purchased land along Parsons Avenue to relocate and triple the size of its branch there, welcome news for neighborhoods long known for their struggles.

    The new site is about a third of a mile south of the current branch at 845 Parsons, which, at 7,599 square-feet, is one of the 21-branch system’s smallest. Customers often have to wait for computers, and even furniture on which to read or study.

    On Thursday, the library completed the purchases of 1085, 1105, 1111 and 1131 Parsons Ave. and 461 Stewart Ave., said Ben Zenitsky, library spokesman. The library is expected to close on the purchase of 1125 Parsons on Monday, said Marc Borst, the longtime owner of the former auto-body shop at that location.

    “We’re excited,” Zenitsky said. “It’s a real investment in the community.”

    in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #520885

    MHJ
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    One would think that, with an all-Democrat city council and a longtime Democratic mayor, it’d be easy to get things like inclusionary zoning and affordable housing downtown done.

    One would think.

    in reply to: Cincinnati Streetcar News #193954

    MHJ
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    Cincinnati sure likes to have unfinished transit projects scattered around the city.

    in reply to: CMAX – Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – News & Updates #471764

    MHJ
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    Am I the only one who finds it completely inexplicable that this Cleveland Ave BRT line would stop at the Ohio Health Westerville Campus instead of jogging 3 miles to the west and stopping at Polaris? That defies logic to me. I understand that the medical center is a job center, but so is Polaris.


    MHJ
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    heresthecasey said:
    Looks like the final retail spot (corner of High/Hubbard) has been leased. The tenant will be Salon Lofts according both to the plan pictured below (found on the Hub’s website) and Salon Loft’s site, which lists the location as coming soon.

    Honestly, I’m a little underwhelmed (especially as they have an existing location in the area already at High/Price). Was hoping for something a little more unique, or along the lines of a ‘destination retailer’ for this spot.

    Perhaps they’re closing the location at High & Price, shutting down that little strip mall set-up, demolishing it and building something with more density!

    One can hope.

    in reply to: 250 High – New 12-Story Mixed-Use Building Downtown #547925

    MHJ
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    What a weird turn this post has taken. A few things:

    Pablo said:
    Oh boo hoo! NRI has sucked many firms out of the Broad and High area to the Arena District over the past 10 years. It’s just karma!

    Huh? The spokesperson for NRI in that article all but says “We’ll have no problem filling this space and we wish them well.”

    rory said:
    Downtown Columbus loses out to its fringe

    How soon we forget. ;)
    Pablo is right. Call it karma, what goes around comes around etc. I think the question is whether both areas can thrive without poaching.

    And then someone trots out an 11-year old article that’s almost completely obsolete in its particulars. Like literally nothing in that article is true about downtown today. It doesn’t look prescient, it looks….wrong.

    rory said:
    True, but imagine a downtown that was built using the 250 million dollars of tax payer funds that Easton used, for instance for light rail instead of a road, plus the money that Nationwide dumped into the Arena District. There was no good reason for developers to make what are essentially two new downtown areas that aren’t downtown. Talk about the wasted potential for density and a truly vibrant downtown.

    It’s very strange to argue that it was better to have an abandoned prison in the northern part of downtown than to have a thriving commercial & residential area — which is essentially what the misplaced schadenfreude directed towards the Arena District is arguing for.

    Easton is another discussion altogether: was the city prepared to let him tear down City Center and build Easton downtown in the 90’s? Um, probably not. But I probably mostly agree with the assessment about the money spent there.

    in reply to: New 3-Story Gym/Restaurant Building at Parsons & Livingston #553529

    MHJ
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    It’s not that huge IMO — Lifetime Fitness doesn’t have a downtown location, and this could possibly serve as such. I can imagine putting some healthy-oriented restaurants in the ground floor and having a crazy synergy right there.

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