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Offices and Coffee Shop Planned for Edna Building on Long Street

Brent Warren Brent Warren Offices and Coffee Shop Planned for Edna Building on Long Street

A building that has stood vacant on the Near East Side since the 1980s could soon see new life. Tim Lai ArchitecT (TLA) has submitted plans to the City of Columbus to renovate the Edna Building at 879 E. Long St. “The Edna project is a three-story, 8,000-square-foot rehab of a historic structure built in […]

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Community Grounds Plans to Open Parsons Avenue Cafe This Spring

Walker Evans Walker Evans Community Grounds Plans to Open Parsons Avenue Cafe This Spring

The project has taken a bit longer than expected, but Parsons Avenue on the South Side will finally gain a new coffee shop this year with the opening of Community Grounds. Founder Joel Cosme Jr. first told us about the concept back in August 2014, but a change in plans is shifting the cafe two […]

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Giant Tricycle Doubles as Bike Parking and Public Art at City of Columbus Public Utilities Department

Anne Evans Anne Evans Giant Tricycle Doubles as Bike Parking and Public Art at City of Columbus Public Utilities Department

A giant red tricycle has appeared at the City of Columbus Public Utilities Department located at 910 Dublin Road. The new piece of public art doubles as a bike rack for the facility and was designed by Tim Lai ArchitecT. “We love the fact that these bike racks will be installed at different Recrecation Centers, […]

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Commission Prefers to See Budd Dairy Warehouses Preserved

Walker Evans Walker Evans Commission Prefers to See Budd Dairy Warehouses Preserved

A transformative proposal for the Budd Dairy site in Italian Village was announced last week, suggesting the replacement of several older single-story warehouse structures with new modern mixed-use apartment buildings, along with the restoration of the historic Budd Dairy building. The project went in front of the Italian Village Commission on Tuesday, and several commissioners asked […]

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Alternative proposal for the Convention Center Site: City in the Sky

Walker Evans Walker Evans Alternative proposal for the Convention Center Site: City in the Sky

In response to last week’s proposals (here and here) for a mixed-use addition to the northern end of the Columbus Convention Center, Tim Lai and Eliza Ho of Tim Lai ArchitecT have put together their own creative vision for the site. Similar to the other proposals, their conceptual design features two towers on each side […]

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Design Digest: Tim Lai ArchitecT

Brent Warren Brent Warren Design Digest: Tim Lai ArchitecT

Columbus Underground readers are probably familiar with architect Tim Lai and his wife Eliza Ho. They are the team behind the Dinin’ Hall food truck hub and ALTernative, a community based entity that works with a lot of non-profit organizations to create community murals, which spearheaded efforts to beautify Glen Echo Ravine and the SoHud […]

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Help Mozart’s Bakery and Piano Café grow

Anne Evans Anne Evans Help Mozart’s Bakery and Piano Café grow

Anand Saha would like to buy a parcel of land and build a new location that would house both of his growing businesses, Vienna Ice Café and Mozart’s Bakery and Piano Café, but he needs your help. He found out about the Mission: Small Business program sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial and submitted an application […]

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