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Opinion: Lessons in Bike Commuting from a Non-Cyclist

Steve Schoeny Steve Schoeny Opinion: Lessons in Bike Commuting from a Non-Cyclist

When my kids finished the school year in the Spring, I decided to try my hand at riding my bike to work. As the Director of Development for the 14th largest municipality in the country, I talk a lot about the benefits of having mobility choices, bike lanes, complete streets and other City Planner jargon. […]

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City Unveils New Policy for Incentives and Tax Abatements

Brent Warren Brent Warren City Unveils New Policy for Incentives and Tax Abatements

The City of Columbus today unveiled a new set of policy guidelines that would change the way tax abatements are awarded for development projects and formalize the system of tax breaks offered for new businesses promising job growth. In response to a growing chorus of opposition to the existing tax abatement policy – in which […]

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The Mid-Sized Cities on Amazon’s HQ2 List Might Have the Best Shot

Walker Evans Walker Evans The Mid-Sized Cities on Amazon’s HQ2 List Might Have the Best Shot

“Overlook us at your own peril.” Steve Schoeny, Director of the Columbus Department of Development, didn’t mince words when talking about the Amazon HQ2 proposal announcement on a phone call with Columbus Underground yesterday afternoon. His quote above was in direct response to the reaction by national media outlets like The New York Times that […]

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Buckingham Companies Named as Developer of 21 Acre Scioto Peninsula Project

Walker Evans Walker Evans Buckingham Companies Named as Developer of 21 Acre Scioto Peninsula Project

Local leaders gathered this evening at COSI to announce that Indianapolis-based developer Buckingham Companies has officially been chosen to build out the large-scale 21-acre “Scioto Peninsula” project, adjacent to Downtown Columbus. “We were really impressed with their experience,” stated Guy Worley, President and CEO of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC). “We felt like their […]

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Plans for White Castle Headquarters Site Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plans for White Castle Headquarters Site Moving Forward

Plans to build a mixed-use development on the 15-acre White Castle Headquarters site at 555 W. Goodale St. are moving forward. The City of Columbus is now working out the final details of an agreement that will facilitate the $65 million project. “It’s a great re-use of that site, and the opportunity to keep White […]

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Changes Recommended for Tax Abatement Programs

Brent Warren Brent Warren Changes Recommended for Tax Abatement Programs

A new draft report takes a comprehensive look at how the City of Columbus incentivizes development and makes some recommendations on ways to change the system to benefit more neighborhoods. One of those recommendations calls for taking a portion of the benefit that developers currently get for building in the Short North and directing it […]

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Some Question Why Bike Bridge Not Part of Plans for New OhioHealth Offices

Brent Warren Brent Warren Some Question Why Bike Bridge Not Part of Plans for New OhioHealth Offices

Big changes are coming to the area surrounding West North Broadway and State Route 315. A new office complex means that upgrades to the street network are planned and a freeway exit is being removed, but Clintonville residents and Olentangy Trail users will have to wait for a long-hoped-for bike and pedestrian bridge across the […]

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