Brewery District

Cool, the Brewery District. I feel like a beer.

More West Nile virus in Columbus

From 10TV news:

Columbus Public Health officials said Friday that an area encompassing portions of German Village and the Brewery District had a pool of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus.

The 43206 ZIP code joins ZIP codes 43211 and 43207, according to the health department.

It can kill you, but the good part is that most people won’t have any symptoms.

People move to Brewery District, complain

In the Dispatch, via Columbus RetroMetro:

Major Woody’s Bar is a major pain, say some Brewery District residents who want to see it go away.

They say they’re tired of the fights and noise, and their quality of life is being eroded.

“All I want is some peace and quiet for our residents,” said Jeannette Tannert, property manager for Liberty Place apartments, which opened earlier this year across a large parking lot from Major Woody’s.

It’s a common scene across the country, as residents in rejuvenated urban neighborhoods such as Cleveland’s Warehouse District and Seattle’s Pioneer Square have voiced concerns about activities around popular clubs and bars.

It’s kind of funny. Peace and quiet in an area known for its clubs and nightspots. Go ahead, turn the Brewery District into a quiet bedroom community. I’m sure that will attract the YPs. That and a Starbuck’s. Columbus, Ohio: the city that goes to sleep at around 9pm. 11 on weekends and holidays.

The city is aware of the concerns, said Barb Seckler, deputy public safety director. She said police, the city attorney’s office and state liquor agents are talking with residents and the bar’s owner.

Assistant City Attorney Tannisha Bell, who attended the meeting, said she will investigate residents’ complaints.

“You have people living Downtown and they pay (for) nice apartments and they’re getting the noise and some of the fights that result from having a bar (nearby),” she said.

The state can always take away the liquor license.

AEP donates to city park

AEP, or rather its foundation, has donated $1.5 million to the Scioto Audubon Metro Park (SCAMP) on Whittier Peninsula.

The donation will go toward the $12 million-plus Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Scioto Audubon Metro Park, a 160-acre area called Whittier Peninsula near the Brewery District that opens next year. Grange donated $4 million in November, which was the center’s first and largest donation.

The nature center set a fundraising goal of $11.5 million and has received about $10 million so far, but additional plans are raising cost expectations, said Heather Starck, the center’s director.

The new park is expected to open in early 2009.

70/71 highway caps under consideration

The city has six favored locations along 70 and 71 where caps are being considered:

Spring, Long and Broad streets are favored sites for caps on the eastern leg of the project, and 3rd, High and Front streets on the southern leg.

It would cost an estimated $53 million to $65 million to build the six caps, which essentially are widened overpasses. They could include trees, even buildings. The more grand, the more expensive.

About $22 million is committed to the caps: $10 million from ODOT and $12 million from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

I think these are as important as streetcars when it comes to downtown revitalization. Think of them as stitches for a really nasty laceration.

Golf on Whittier Peninsula?

From Business First:

Downtown workers and residents may be in line for a suburban amenity to sweeten life in the urban core.

City officials have had preliminary discussions about turning 80 acres in the Whittier Peninsula into a nine-hole golf course. Stalled plans for development in the old industrial area, plagued by contaminated and unsettled soils and the threat of flooding, have prompted the discussions.

Paul Bonneville at RetroMetro thinks it’s a good idea:

Honestly, in my opinion this is currently one of the highest and best uses for the peninsula given the hurdles that would be faced to develop the site. Between soil compaction issues and contamination and being in the flood plain, the costs and risks far exceed the benefits of developing the peninsula at this point in time.

Committee picks committee-like name for new park

I really had to laugh when I read this one:

After a year of soliciting ideas, the Metro Parks board finally has a name for the proposed park on the Whittier Peninsula — the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.

That name is terrible.

The Franklin County Metro Parks board unanimously approved the name yesterday. It’s the 15th park in the system.

Several people suggested “Whittier Park,” and “Scioto Skyline” even made it in the running, said Peg Hanley, Metro Parks spokeswoman.

“But once those two words (Scioto and Audubon) came together, there was no other thought on what this park could be,” she said.

Now it’s nothing against the Audubon people- they do a fine job. But really, is every interest group satisfied now? Instead of one name the park has three mashed together. Scioto. Audubon. Metro. Everybody’s happy. I hate committees.

The name is also a big FU to anyone who suggested a name in their park-naming contest. Oh, did you bother to send in an entry? Well FU, we’re going with insiders. D’oh! Ok, I’m an idiot. The contest was Cap City Savvy’s- not Metro Park’s.

But here’s more funny. From the Dispatch article about the contest back in April:

Whatever name is chosen, Hanley will check that the name’s acronym doesn’t spell out something embarrassing.

Scioto Area Metro Park (SCAMP) and Timber Ridge (TRAMP) might not work.

I guess they don’t care about that anymore, because they went with a slightly different SCAMP. I implore you to call it SCAMP whenever you can.

Ranting mode off. I’m sure the park will be a great addition to Columbus. I’m looking forward to its completion some time next year.

Lower Scioto Park reopens

From Urban In-Fill:

After a two-season closure, the Lower Scioto Park (and boat launch) has reopened. Formerly not much more than a run down parking lot, the renovated park has more green space, bike racks, an elevated pathway for pedestrians and a waters-edge platform for those wishing to do some fishing. The final grading has been completed, as well as the planting.

The park is on the very southern end of the soon-to-be-developed Whittier Peninsula. I posted about the clearing of a homeless camp in the area yesterday.

Here’s a satellite map of Lower Scioto Park.

Homeless camp to be cleared

ThisWeek has a story on the clearing of a homeless camp:

The city of Columbus, the Community Shelter Board and a number of social service agencies working in collaboration hope to break up homeless camps on the Whittier Peninsula, down the hill from the Brewery District, by the end of summer.

I imagine this has to do with the impending construction at the site, years of local residents’ complaints not being quite sufficient to act.

The process starts with social workers and city employees speaking to every person in the camps to assess their needs and find permanent “supportive” housing that links them to social services.

Then, the homeless are relocated to housing, the camps are taken down and the area is cleaned up….

“These people are so naive,” [a local resident] said. “They think (the homeless) are sitting there waiting for them to come and help them rebuild their lives. They’re not going to go for that. So where’s the heavy foot?”

Local pizza and beer

Cameron Mitchell added a new restaurant to the empire today:

Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar, located two blocks north of the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 615 N. High St., is modeled after a traditional Italian cafe and has a selection of 50 wines and an open kitchen, the restaurant operator said.

Marcella’s seats up to 120 with prices ranging from $10 to $19 a plate.

Speaking of Cameron Mitchell, I found a six-pack of Columbus Pale Ale at the corner convenience store. I’ve been to the Columbus Brewing Company restaurant a bunch of times, but I never noticed their beer for sale at stores before. I guess I wasn’t looking. I rate it pretty good.

Changing neighborhoods

There are some good posts around today about changes in a few Columbus neighborhoods. First, in the Dispatch, a story about the Brewery District calming down after the heady 90’s:

The Brewery District is growing up.

A decade ago, the tiny neighborhood south of I-70, between the Scioto River and German Village, was the homecoming queen of the young singles scene.

But the spotlight has moved elsewhere, and residents say they’re happy to have a quieter neighborhood of familiar, friendly faces. Now, people take their dogs to bars and softball games, and poker nights have replaced ladies’ nights.

A once-hot condominium market has cooled to the point that homes remain unsold for more than six months.

The downtown market is similarly not red-hot, according to Columbus realtor blogger Joe Peffer (via Columbus Underground):

Downtown Condos aren’t flying off the shelf like much of the mainstream media seem to have portrayed, but they are slowly selling. What’s currently active on the market? About 141 properties representing just over 50 Million in list price, not even counting the FSB builders like North Bank.

I’m always surprised at the perception of who is buying downtown vs. the reality. It’s not all young professionals like many assume. There are far more empty nesters than most people think. Much of that is a result of the high costs of buying downtown. Affordable means something different to everyone but, for the most part, the youngsters are finding the affordable too small. Maybe they aren’t buying the whole, “Downtown is my back yard” mentality.

Moving out to the ‘burbs, ThisWeek has an outstanding story on the history of Canal Winchester and Pickerington:

Back then, in 1958, little differentiated the community from the homesteaders who settled in the northwest corner of Fairfield County a century and a half earlier, according to Gary Taylor, president of the Violet Township Historical Society.

As modern residents denote neighborhoods by the name of the subdivision, Taylor said in his youth, he could walk along the dirt roads and point out each farm by the name of the family.

It’s the first of three parts. I’ll be sure to check up on the next installments.

Name that park

RetroMetro points to a Dispatch article about the problem of coming up with a name for the park planned for the peninsula behind the Brewery District Kroger’s:

The Scioto River is the single distinguishing natural feature. The Columbus skyline is another prominent element.

Residents of a homeless encampment on the grounds had called the area Miranova West, Hanley said, referring to a nearby luxury condominium high-rise.

O’Meara said the parks board probably will choose a name by the end of spring.

The park is expected to open next spring, Hanley said. The Grange Insurance Audubon Center, which will be part of the 84-acre park, also is expected to open in 2008….

Whatever name is chosen, Hanley will check that the name’s acronym doesn’t spell out something embarrassing.

Scioto Area Metro Park (SCAMP) and Timber Ridge (TRAMP) might not work.

It’s in the Brewery District, so its got to be Beer Park. Wait, keep the German influence going: Bier Park. Simple. Next?

UPDATE: Cap City Savvy is running a contest to name it.

The Feed

Review: Parables and Politics & Elijah Pierce’s Art

Elijah Pierce is one of the best known artists associated with Columbus. His works are held by major collections and his legacy continues to....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 20, 2014 7:10 am

Opinion: RiverSouth is Ideal for Innovation District

As Brent Warren reported on Thursday, Troy Miller spent his final days on Columbus City Council studying the feasibility of creating an Innovation....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 20, 2014 7:10 am

Morning Roundup: Ebola-infected nurse mulling legal action, Polar Vortex II

Ebola-infected nurse considering her legal options, Texas hospital apologizes for its handling of the Ebola case, another polar vortex-heavy winter....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 6:34 am

SLIDESHOW: Sold-out Columbus Marathon kicks off from new location at North

It was near-perfect conditions for the approximately 18,000 participants who gathered Sunday for the 35th running of the Columbus Marathon. This was....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 6:06 am

Olde Towne Tavern Owners Launching The Walrus Downtown

The South Fourth Street corner of Downtown has become its own mini-district in recent years with the success of multiple local bars and restaurants....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 19, 2014 9:56 am

NGA Human Resources – Katowice

NGA Human Resources – Katowice

Columbusite

Oct 19, 2014 6:24 am

Columbus Crew Heading to 2014 Playoffs

The Columbus Crew has officially clinched a spot in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, returning to the postseason for the first time in three years. With....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 6:22 pm

Treat to Try: Hazelnut Pumpkin Praline Dacquoise

In the mood for pumpkin, but don’t want to have another pumpkin roll? Try the Hazelnut Pumpkin Praline Dacquoise at Pistacia Vera. This....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 3:55 pm

Strut the Salon Opens on Parsons Avenue

The new Village Point building on Parsons Avenue has had little trouble attracting new tenants. The Fitness Loft and Alchemy Juice Bar opened earlier....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 10:58 am

Blue Jackets Douse Flames 3-2 at Nationwide Arena

By Rob Mixer – BlueJackets.com The Calgary Flames were determined to make this a far more interesting outcome than it appeared after 40 minutes....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 9:49 am

Treat to Try: Loralie’s Baking Co. Brownies

Lots of people don’t like cake, but it’s hard to find a person who won’t eat a brownie. Always the first to disappear at potluck....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 9:30 am

Wot I Fink About: HUMAN RESOURCES

Wot I Fink About: HUMAN RESOURCES Links to this amazing game here! Kickstarter:....

Columbusite

Oct 17, 2014 3:30 pm

Library seeking approval of main branch renovation plans from Downtown Comm

The Columbus Metropolitan Library will bring its plans for the renovation and expansion of the main library at 96 S. Grant St. before the city's....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 3:02 pm

Three Crosswoods sold at sheriff’s sale

There's been another office property transfer in the Crosswoods Center mixed-use park north of Worthington. Three Crosswoods at 200 E. Campus View....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 1:08 pm

Climate change is a national security issue, analyst says

Climate change is threatening national security, and states like Ohio are not helping, according to the head of think tank who spoke at Ohio State....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 12:43 pm

Ranking Ohio’s biggest shopping centers – COUNTDOWN

As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, shoppers in Central Ohio have no fear. The region is home to four of the biggest shopping....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 11:43 am

The Smithery Showcases the Handmade Aspect of Artist-Made Gifts

What does it take to open your own storefront, filled with many of your own handmade items? Persistence and dedication, say Anne Holman and Jen....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 17, 2014 10:17 am

Columbus airport officials outline 10-year, $91M capital plan for Rickenbac

Rickenbacker International Airport may not have a well-defined strategic direction, but it has a spending plan. Columbus airport officials are....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 10:10 am

Crew Signs New 17-Year-Old Player Ben Swanson

The Columbus Crew today announced that it has signed midfielder Ben Swanson as a Homegrown Player. Swanson’s career with the Black & Gold....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 17, 2014 9:53 am

Morning Roundup: OSU investigated its Office of Compliance, Columbus Marath

In today's roundup: Ohio State investigated its Office of Compliance, parking app can help Columbus Marathon runners, a bank that waited 130 years to....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 7:06 am

Ebola update: Northeast Ohio businesses and schools closing, Frontier Airli

Several northeast Ohio businesses and schools have closed temporarily because of feared exposure to Ebola patient Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 6:52 am

Restaurant Roundup: 10 Restaurant, Beer and Hot Sauce Updates

Day in and day out, Columbus Underground brings you the latest in local dining and restaurant news. But sometimes there are smaller updates worthy of....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 17, 2014 6:10 am

Exit your business on your terms. Here’s how.

If that M&A activity comes to fruition, it may spell opportunity for the owners of private freight companies who are ready to transition out of their....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 5:51 am

Theatre Review: The Lion King Returns Triumphant

The Lion King returned to the Ohio Theatre this week for its second run in Columbus, having enjoyed a sold-out run in 2004. Absolutely a breathtaking....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 10:39 pm

Concert Review: The Airborne Toxic Event

Sometime ago, way back in early 2011, I remember declaring on my Facebook page that Airborne Toxic Event were going to be a hugely famous band that....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 8:59 pm

Have you voted yet?

Early voting has started but the hours are shortened because of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's attempt to discourage voters. Make certain....

Ohio 15th District

Oct 16, 2014 6:42 pm

SuperChef’s Breakfast & More expands to Village Square in Gahanna

The new SuperChef's Breakfast & More puts the emphasis on more. "It's an expanded space, expanded hours, a full bar, a bigger menu," owner Ryan....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 3:58 pm

After extensive renovations, Prohibition Gastro Lounge opens in Powell

A more than 100-year-old building in Powell may have inspired Prohibition Gastro Lounge, but that same building kept the doors from opening months....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 3:14 pm

Crawford Hoying, F2 Development start construction on Hilliard apartments

Dublin-based Crawford Hoying Development Partners has started construction on a suburban apartment project with the partners of F2 Development. ....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 2:57 pm

Ohio State sophomore named a finalist in $5M 43North business plan competit

An 18-year-old Ohio State University sophomore is vying for a $1 million prize but his biotechnology startup gets healthy funding for a year in any....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 2:28 pm

Theatre Review: Evo Takes You on an Emotional Journey

The company of Shadowbox Live dazzles in their reincarnation of the 90s off-broadway rock musical Evo. Many of the banners throughout the stage were....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 2:23 pm

Another blow to the solar industry as PUCO nixes in-state sourcing rule

It's official: Ohio power companies no longer have to get half of their renewable energy from in-state providers. A law signed in July made clear....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 1:35 pm

Short North building boom continues, developer adding 150 apartments – of

Columbus developers Michael Schiff and Mark Wood expect to get started next spring on their Hubbard Park Place and Parkside on Pearl apartment....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 1:29 pm

Good summer has Ohio’s mid-sized companies feeling good

A closer look at Ohio's mid-sized companies suggests they're doing much better than previously thought. The majority of those businesses with....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 1:27 pm

Meet the new man in charge of Ohio State’s investments

Ohio State University has hired away the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System's investment director to manage its $3.4 billion investment....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 1:16 pm

Diley Ridge standalone ER more than doubles margin to 47%

Freestanding ERs don't just do well – they can do really, really well. Diley Ridge Medical Center, the first standalone emergency department to....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 1:04 pm

Mega Fall Weekend 2014 – Vol. 4

Happy Weekend! Pumpkin time! Have you gotten yours carved yet? This weekend, I’ll be checking out The Lion King, heading to the Circleville....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 1:00 pm

The Atlantic magazine checks in on Cheshire 12 years after AEP buyout

What happens to an Ohio town 12 years after it's bought out by a power company? Almost everyone has left, and emotions still are high – and mixed....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 12:32 pm

Chesapeake Energy sells Appalachian shale acreage for $5.4B

Ohio's biggest oil and gas driller has sold a huge chunk of Utica and Marcellus shale acreage and wells in neighboring Appalachian states for $5.375....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 12:02 pm

Lewis Center Business Association leveraging its Polaris ties

The business networking group representing Lewis Center has spruced up its logo to bolster ties to the high-profile Polaris commerce center. The....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 11:37 am

Land-Grant Brewing: We’ll trade swag for pennants

If you have a Rutgers University pennant, you should stop into Land-Grant Brewing Co. Saturday prior to the Ohio State University game. The new....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 11:30 am

Ebola update: Ohio issues stronger quarantine guidelines; OSU says it’s r

The Ohio Department of Health wants health-care providers and public-health officials to treat suspected Ebola cases more seriously. The department....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 11:03 am

Interview: Newest City Councilman Shannon Hardin

Last week, Columbus City Council appointed Shannon Granville Hardin to fill the seat left by outgoing council member A. Troy Miller. Before his....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 9:51 am

Columbus spent $110K on SharkMeet pitch contest – did it work?

The city of Columbus spent more to produce the pitch competition added to this year’s KickStart Columbus than any of the participating startups....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 9:50 am

GCAC Presents: Mind Playing Tricks on Me

I remember when The Geto Boys 1991 hit Mind Playing Tricks on Me came out. Yeah, I’m old. And yeah, I’m so old it was back when MTV showed videos....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 8:31 am

Innovation District Proposed to Boost Entrepreneurism in Columbus

The Short North, Franklinton or Downtown could one day be home to an “Innovation District” – a cluster of buildings offering office....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 6:15 am

COTA Looking at Raising Fares, Charging for CBUS

The Central Ohio Transit Agency (COTA) is looking into raising fares and charging to ride the CBUS downtown circulator. A standard bus ride would go....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 6:10 am

Morning Roundup: Nationwide Arena bailout loans going unpaid, Hollywood Cas

In today's report: Nationwide Arena's public owner doesn't have the money to pay its loans, Frontier Airlines stays busy despite Ebola scare,....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 5:50 am

Central Ohio banks hammered amid Wednesday’s stock market pullback

Wednesday wasn’t a pretty day for global markets and Central Ohio banking stocks felt the pain. Major indexes tumbled more than 2 percent after....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 15, 2014 4:04 pm

Value Place extended-stay hotel chain adding 4th location

The budget-oriented Value Place hotel chain is opening its fourth location in the Central Ohio market with plans for a fifth set for early 2015. An....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 15, 2014 1:56 pm