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  • in reply to: Clintonville Area Commission needs Reboot #1117747

    Nancy H
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    Columbus actually needs some extended stay hotels closer to the downtown area, for everything from visiting professors at OSU, newly transplanted business executives, guest artists at the symphony and ballet, to traveling theater troupes.

    When Victorian Gate first opened in the Short North, about 25% of the units were used like an extended stay hotel. Since my retail shop was across the street, and the kitchens in the units were minimally furnished, I got to know a number of the short term residents. In addition to the above mentioned assortment of tenants, there were any number of European families staying there for a month while visiting family who lived in a small nearby apartment, or their child was attending OSU.


    Nancy H
    Participant

    Nice to see another entertainment place opening that is not solely focused on cocktails and light food offerings. I realize food and drink is a big attraction for our City’s young singles. But, more places where someone (like Walker) would feel comfortable taking their children from time to time is much needed in our urban areas.

    With the growing number of young couples moving into the urban core, in another ten years or so, we are going to need some tween/teen venues.

    I have never been in 16-Bit or Kingmakers (somewhat different concept). Anybody have any comments about either.

    in reply to: Restaurant Impossible Filming at Cray #1117126

    Nancy H
    Participant

    I’ve specifically avoided this place thanks to the dumbass name.

    The Factory on 4th is not the greatest name either. Sort of conjures up frozen, prepackaged and unappealing.

    in reply to: SN's Bollinger Tower being bought, possibly converted to hotel #1116713

    Nancy H
    Participant

    I would love to see CMHA get completely out of building ownership. The cost of buying/building, maintaining and staffing a property reduces their resources. Rent vouchers should be CMHA’s top priority.

    Having private developers use the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to build low income housing makes good economic sense. It becomes their responsibility to choose a suitable location with convenient transportation and local services. And their responsibility to maintain the property so it is safe and a desirable place to live.

    Most government agencies (be it city, state or federal) soon evolve into staff top heavy organization and less of the services for which they were established.

    in reply to: HD Antenna #1116294

    Nancy H
    Participant

    I cut the cord last year when I moved but occasionally missed local over the air news broadcasts. I purchased a 1byOne HDTV Antenna on Amazon and am quite happy with it. <http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IF70QCW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00&gt; I am in the Short North and reception for the major channels is great. Have not tried any of the other channels that show up in the scan-for-channels.

    Before you go out an buy another antenna, you might experiment more with the location of the antenna you already own. Some helpful tips here <http://disablemycable.com/blog/antenna-tips/&gt;

    You can check your distance from the local broadcast antennas on this website, by entering your zip code <http://www.antennapoint.com&gt;

    It might be worthwhile asking a few neighbors if they use an HDTV antenna, and if they get good reception. Maybe they would even let you borrow their antenna to see if it works for you.

    in reply to: SN's Bollinger Tower being bought, possibly converted to hotel #1116151

    Nancy H
    Participant

    Did some digging this afternoon…

    A quick check of CMHA’s website indicates they operate 1,323 low income housing units, 589 of which are designated for seniors. With the exception of Bollinger, a building in Franklinton and one in the King-Lincoln area, the CMHA properties are all scattered in outlying areas, such as Linden, Greater Northland area, West side, East side, etc. There is even one near Easton.

    I could not track down exactly how many rent vouchers are distributed in the Columbus area. Best number I could find was about 13,000 vouchers were issued in Franklin County in 2015. If the 100 voucher-based units in Bollinger can be converted (as they vaguely stated) to 300 vouchers by selling the building, that is a nice increase in rent vouchers. The rent voucher system has its problems but allows recipients to live anywhere they find a suitable apartment.

    The most interesting thing I found was “The U.S. Department of the Treasury issues tax credits to state governments and requires that Low Income Housing Tax Credit funded housing stays affordable for at least 30 years.” Bollinger was built in 1985, so it is now at the end of that requirement. The living units are in serious need of renovations. CMHA implies the building was completely renovated in 2010, but that was predominately exterior work. With the rising cost of property in the Snort North and the cost of renovating the interior of Bollinger, it makes financial sense for CMHA to sell it.

    Living on Social Security & subsidies:
    • January 2016 average monthly SS benefit $1,275.00
    • Average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Columbus $716.00
    • Actual rent cost with voucher $291.00 (voucher covers rent costs above 1/3 of monthly income / 1275 income x .333 = 425 / 716 rent less 425 = rent of 291)
    • Average subsidized utilities (gas, electric, phone) for a senior living in a small apartment in Columbus $150.00
    • Average monthly food costs for a senior $270.00
    • Remaining monthly balance for all other expenses $564.00

    in reply to: SN's Bollinger Tower being bought, possibly converted to hotel #1116086

    Nancy H
    Participant

    No, they didn’t get the tax credits needed for the affordable senior housing at Grant and Fifth for three years running. As far as I know they haven’t tried again for them this year and I don’t believe they have plans to do so again.

    Perhaps Wagenbrenner could still build some senior housing in the Weinland Park area and work out something with CMHA to reduce the rent with the voucher system. Maybe even get the City to add a Recreation Center. A RC would be good for the area children and the seniors.

    Expecting private developers to build this kind of housing is a pipe dream. Unless there is government funding involved, they could not get financing to build anything.

    in reply to: SN's Bollinger Tower being bought, possibly converted to hotel #1116065

    Nancy H
    Participant

    Bollinger is one of the ugliest buildings in the Short North. I hope they tear it down and start over. I watched that building being built. Really cheap construction. New construction would mean a better looking building, quality construction and the ability to easily add whatever parking they need.

    I, for one, object to having a set back on High Street. If people want green space, IV and Goodale parks are about a block and a half away from Bollinger. Not to mention parks and public plazas are publicly owned spaces, rather that privately owned. There are any number of locations that would accommodate more places like Poplar Park, without disrupting the common street wall.

    in reply to: 6 Story building proposed to replace Rebecca Ibel building in Short North #1114704

    Nancy H
    Participant

    Construction fence doesn’t mean much. Did this ever get VVC approval?

    in reply to: Survey to help local Columbus startup! #1114703

    Nancy H
    Participant

    @bush361 – Survey? What survey? Would have been nice to have a link or some other means of contact, so we could look at it or even fill out your survey.

    Chris Sunami obviously was curious enough to do some extra digging. Most of us are not.

    in reply to: Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79 #1114695

    Nancy H
    Participant

    When Obama first took office, it was speculated that if he served two terms as President, he could end up filling four seats to the Supreme Court. And, that could still happen. Three current judges are getting up there in age.

    I have always though the most significant long lasting influence a US President has on this country is their nominees to the supreme court. Reagan filled three seats on the Court, and they have had lengthy influence. (O’Connor 25 years – Scalia 30 years – Kennedy 28 years) Justice Kennedy is still serving.

    Delaying filling the seat until after the 2016 presidential elections means the seat will sit vacant for 18 or more months. And, what happens if one of the other older judges dies between now and January 20, 2017. We have a three branch government. Filling vacancies in one branch should have zero influence on filling vacancies in another branch.

    in reply to: Low End Housing Market Heating up #1113995

    Nancy H
    Participant

    With older houses I would recommend checking the permits section of the Franklin County Auditor’s website. A homeowner can do any work on their house they want, even if they don’t know a thing about electrical wiring or plumbing. I looked at a number of houses that “looked great” but upon closer inspection I noticed those outlets in the bathroom were not ground fault outlets, and similar things that were questionable. Lots of people do superficial fix ups to help up the price. That is not to make light of some of the good suggestions Ned23 made.

    in reply to: Low End Housing Market Heating up #1113932

    Nancy H
    Participant

    Everybody’s circumstances are different. In most areas of Columbus, housing values are up across the the entire price range. As realtors like to say, it is a sellers market. Some homes sell within days on the market. The “got ya” is if you are selling one house and buying another.

    My husband died not quite two years ago. I decided to sell our big old fixer upper in the Short North and downsize. The place still needed lots and lots of work, which was beyond my capabilities. I knew I would get a good price for it because it was huge, located in a high demand part of the neighborhood, and still zoned as a four family. It sold in ten days without even technically being on the market. They paid the asking price and were even agreeable to some other odd things like me keeping possession for six months. When I looked for a much smaller house in the SN I began to think I couldn’t afford to live in the area anymore. After four months of searching I finally found a house in the area that I liked and could afford. I was the first person to see it when I came on the market. Made an offer for their asking price three hours later. They didn’t accept my offer. Three other people made offers the same day. Two at above the asking price. A small bidding war followed. I ended up getting the house, but only after offering more than their original asking price, waived inspections, closing asap and an all cash closing.

    If you are think of selling and buying another house I would highly recommend checking out prices of houses that fit your needs on something like realtor.com. With the increased prices in housing and the additional expenses like realtor’s commissions, refinancing costs, moving expenses, etc it might make you decide your existing home is pretty sweet after all.

    in reply to: Short North Coffee House closing tonight at midnight #1113360

    Nancy H
    Participant

    The Short North Coffee House was much loved by surrounding businesses and neighbors. I met some friends at Paulie Gee’s this evening, and did a quick look at the storefront rebuilds. Pretty rough right now with mostly 2x4s and plywood where glass will eventually be located. Revolution Cycles and Royal Factory Atelier are definitely open. No idea what is going on with the old Blazer’s space. Short North Coffee House has their name (in paper) on a storefront, but I do wonder about them. Seems to be taking a very long time to get open again.

    A coffee shop with a nice dessert menu in that area would do well with the after theater crowd from Short North Stage (Garden Theater).

    in reply to: Short North Coffee House closing tonight at midnight #1113253

    Nancy H
    Participant

    I was by there a couple hours ago. Definitely looks like rebuilding the storefronts. A lot of old stuff has been removed and it looks like they are opening up the original upper glass areas above the entries. Basically everything from Paulie Gees north to the wrap-around storefront at the corner of Fifth & High.

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