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I’ll check tonight and report back. In the meantime, I have been to the park 3 times in the past two weeks, and there has not been a drop of goose dung to step in. So whatever they’ve been doing, it would appear to be working unless I’m jogging through right after they’ve swept the crap up.
This spot has a lot of potential, but I’m not sure that plopping a residential tower would be the best move here. This is within a block of a federal courthouse, the policy HQ, the new City of Columbus facilities, and two other parking garages. It’s also near the Courtyard by Marriott, which is otherwise not terribly near other hotels or any nightlife–as a hotel here would be, too.
This strikes me as a good opportunity for a mixed use commerical/parking/retail opportunity, given its proximity to other offices and the lack of any retail in the immediate vicinity, as well as to take advantage of the great views a high-rise may have for would be office tenants…and the chance to increase the number of parking garage spaces, as well.
We’ve had a lot of discussion of parking in this thread, so this seems like a decent place to drop this new article from Business First on downtown’s parking situation.
“The central point, however, is that we’re not going to park our way to prosperity,” Schoeny said. “More car storage is not the solution.”
Giving drivers alternative transportation options will be a focal point in coming years, he said. Columbus is a finalist for a $50 million U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge grant – Columbus’ application includes a number of alternative transportation improvements.
Convincing more downtown commuters to leave their cars at home is ultimately what it will take for growth to continue, Ricksecker said.
“The basic question is, do we really want to be a city? If you want to have density, and a vibrant downtown, you can’t have unlimited parking – that parking is a tremendous waste of good real estate.”
If a local developer were going to take a project like that on, it’d be Kaufman.
Interesting that they gobbled up both sides of the street.
Me too. Saw a turtle basking in the sun along the shoreline last weekend.
Canoe/kayak, absolutely. In terms of the quality of water flow and what not, it’s absolutely open for those recreational purposes.
As to the quality of the water itself, it’s an interesting question: I’m not sure that anyone has published any test results comparing the water quality now versus then.April 16, 2016 4:13 pm at 4:13 pm in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #1122751
Construction workers were working away around 10 AM this morning.April 15, 2016 3:59 pm at 3:59 pm in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #1122647
Business First has an update in its print edition today.
In the article, Evan Weese reports that whatever Nationwide does with the land it now owns, the development will not resemble Grandview Yard or the Arena District. In terms of timelines, they’re waiting for “the right thing.”
The lack of direct flights out of Cbus remains an Achilles Heel. It is good that our city is making efforts to remedy this, one additional flight at a time.
Maybe both will happen?? Seems like a stretch, though. If a separate satellite location was going to come, why would COSI get anything from them instead of dinosaurs just going into the new building? So yeah, if that’s all it ever was, that’s incredibly disappointing. Hardly “major plans”. It would basically be the equivalent of the Smithsonian, for their part of the news story, just donating some old military flags for the new Vets. Hugely misleading article from Columbus Monthly if true.
To be fair, it is possible the facts changed between then and now.
And Mike: Completely agreed. Of all the ways in which to describe the museum, that is among the worst. #GatehouseDispatch
So back when this story “broke,” here’s what was reported: The city was working with the American Museum of Natural History in New York to open a satellite along the riverfront.
Today, the Dispatch reported that COSI is working on an agreement with the museum that would bring dinosaurs to COSI.
The Columbus Partnership requested $5 million for the COSI project, that funding was included in the budget unveiled today. The request says the money will “create a regional attraction” by converting underutilized space within the building to create a dinosaur hall.
“Natural history is something our visitors have told us time and time again they would like to see more of in COSI,” said Jaclyn Reynolds, COSI spokeswoman.
COSI has been in talks with the American Museum of Natural History, the New York-based museum portrayed in the 2006 movie “Night at the Museum.”
“Obviously the American Museum of Natural History is internationally renowned for natural history,” Reynolds said. “We have been in conversations with them as part of exploring those opportunities to add a natural-history experience.”
My guess is that we’ll see White Castle keep its HQ on location, that we’ll see a White Castle restaurant open up, and that the rest of the acreage will be mixed use residential, office, retail, etc.
That view could be nice for a hotel, too.
It is possible to replace one landmark with another.
A discussion point, though: Is it more important to have a landmark that has reached its peak functionality, or is it better to have a lesser/newer landmark with more functionality?