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Is the City’s Tax Abatement Policy Meeting Affordable Housing Need?

Brent Warren Brent Warren Is the City’s Tax Abatement Policy Meeting Affordable Housing Need?

In the summer of 2018, the Columbus City Council passed legislation that would change the way the city used tax abatements to incentivize development projects moving forward. At the time, council members and city officials described the new policy as a way to both encourage the building of more affordable housing and to target the […]

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The Confluence Cast: Cleve Ricksecker

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Cleve Ricksecker

With the threat of protests and the coronavirus raging, what’s going to happen to Downtown Columbus? On the occasion of his recent retirement, we spoke with the former executive director of the two Downtown special improvement districts, Cleve Ricksecker, about the state of Downtown, why he retired, and why Columbus needs a screamer. Shownotes for […]

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Development Roundup: June 2020 Edition

Brent Warren Brent Warren Development Roundup: June 2020 Edition

The latest installment of our ongoing Development Roundup series features news from Franklinton, Northland, the South Side and more. Read on for an assortment of project updates, new proposals, and other nuggets from the world of Columbus development: Sway Mobility, a Cleveland-based company that offers “carshare as a service” for apartment complexes and offices, has partnered with […]

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CEA President Speaks Out Against District Use of “Scabs” in Event of Strike

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega CEA President Speaks Out Against District Use of “Scabs” in Event of Strike

Negotiations are going well on the new contract between Columbus City Schools and the Columbus Education Association (CEA), says CEA president John Coneglio. Still, the Board of Education’s plan to use alternative staffing in the event of a strike has union members concerned.  CEA, the union which represents the more than 4,000 teachers who work […]

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Opinion: CoverMyMeds Abatement Not Worth the Cost

Hannah Halbert Hannah Halbert Opinion: CoverMyMeds Abatement Not Worth the Cost

In total, Columbus schools will lose an estimated $35.5 million over 15 years due to a generous tax abatement package the city is awarding to software company, CoverMyMeds, according to a new report by Policy Matters Ohio.  Tax abatements, a central part of state and local economic development strategy, eliminate all or part of an […]

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Opinion: CoverMyMeds Should Cover Their Taxes

Anne Evans Anne Evans Opinion: CoverMyMeds Should Cover Their Taxes

At the Columbus City Schools Board of Education meeting last night, board members were presented with yet another tax abatement request. This one involves a $100M corporate campus environment for one of Columbus’ top startup success stories, CoverMyMeds. Currently, CoverMyMeds resides in 132,000 square feet of the Miranova building in Downtown Columbus. The company was acquired […]

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New Affordable Homes Going up in Milo-Grogan, City-Owned Lots for Sale

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Affordable Homes Going up in  Milo-Grogan, City-Owned Lots for Sale

Affordable housing nonprofit Homeport has broken ground on the first of what will eventually be 33 new homes in Milo-Grogan. The single-family houses are being constructed on scattered lots east of I-71, on either side of East Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile, the City of Columbus has issued a Request for Proposals for 23 city-owned parcels located […]

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