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  1. CoGo bike share adds motorized e-bikes, membership equity program


    CoGo Bike Share is adding dockless e-bikes and a reduced membership fee for low-income Columbus-area residents.


    Motorized bikes with optional pedal assist will roll out on June 30. Columbus is the fifth city where CoGo operator Lyft Inc. is adding the option, after Minneapolis, San Francisco, San Jose and New York City.


    Unlike traditional bikes that must be inserted into CoGo docking station, the e-bikes have an optional cable lock so they can be parked at any bike rack, although there's an additional fee. The 280 e-bikes add to the fleet of about 700 pedal bikes.


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  2. NRP Group to build affordable housing, workforce training center in Glenville neighborhood




    NRP Group, the Cleveland-based developer, builder and manager of multifamily housing, will use state housing credits to build affordable housing and a workforce development center in the city's Glenville neighborhood.


    Churchill Gateway will be built at East 105th Street and Churchill Road on the site of the former Harry E. Davis Elementary School, which has been vacant since 2006, NRP said in a statement.


    Churchill Gateway is a "break-through concept of workforce training/housing based off the success of Career Gateway Homes in Columbus," NRP said in its tax credit proposal.


    "The NRP Group continues to be a leader in partnering with healthcare institutions to develop high-quality, affordable and health-focused housing," said Kelan Craig, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency's director of multifamily housing, in the statement.


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  3. Company that prints 3D pizzas pivots to the bakery business


    The special touch in Gahanna’s newest bakery is almost no touch at all.


    Sugr-Bot Bakery launched this past weekend, selling cakes and cookie cakes, but what’s most interesting about the operation isn’t the products as much as the process.


    It’s a nearly no-touch operation. Blank cakes or cookies are loaded into a machine that prints frosting and icing designs on the surface. A customer can order a cake online and have it made and delivered within two hours.


    “We think there could be a huge market for this,” said Anjan Contractor, CEO of BeeHex LLC, the owner-operators of Sugr-Bot and creators of the printing technology.


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  4. Chicken chain plans new location near Fairfield Commons development




    After opening up its first Beavercreek location in 2018, a popular Louisiana-based chicken chain plans to expand its footprint in the Dayton suburb.


    The project will help round out the Mall at Fairfield Commons development in Beavercreek, bringing another dining option for mall visitors and hotel guests.


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  5. 1 hour ago, taestell said:

    Lots of cities have free urban circulators but charge for transit routes that travel longer distance. Columbus has a free CBus circulator but other COTA routes cost money. I don't see anyone complaining about that or making it into a social justice issue.


    The amount of confusion that the TVMs and app cause riders is not worth the small amount of money collected in fare revenue.


    Even closer to your home, Dayton's The Flyer circulator bus has been free since...



  6. Crew Gets Last of Approvals for Stadium




    With the steel frame of the upper bowl now clearly visible at the end of Nationwide Boulevard, representatives of the Columbus Crew SC went before the Downtown Commission this morning with a final round of approvals for their new stadium.


    Steve Lyons, the team’s Chief Business Officer, told the commission during today’s virtual meeting that work on the project is continuing at a fast pace.


    “We’re proud that we’re on time for our July 2021 opening date next season,” he said, “and we’re also proud that we’ve been able to ensure the health and safety of all of our workers throughout the entirety of this process.” 


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  7. Pedestrian-Friendly Street Approved For Scioto Peninsula




    A new, pedestrian-focused street that will run through the center of the new Scioto Peninsula development was approved by the Downtown Commission yesterday.


    Also approved were two large parking garages that will sit next to the elevated railroad tracks that make up the western edge of the development.


    Brian Kinzelman, Principal of MKSK, explained that the new private street will be funded by a community authority, and that it has been designed to be closed regularly to vehicular traffic. For example, on weekends and during special events it could function more as an extension of adjacent courtyards, he said.


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    How one councilman would ensure streetcar isn’t a zombie in 2020


    The Cincinnati Bell Connector would receive more-robust funding in the city’s coming fiscal year under a plan introduced by Councilman Chris Seelbach, dispensing with the mayor’s proposal for a “zombie streetcar” that would run on occasion with no passengers.


    Update: Council's budget committee approved Seelbach's plan on 6-0-2 party-line vote on Tuesday, with Republicans Jeff Pastor and Betsy Sundermann abstaining. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, an independent, is not a member of the committee. Assuming the same vote happens at council Wednesday, it would sustain any potential mayoral veto.


    Seelbach's plan would use $1.5 million from the city’s transit fund, which gets its money from the city’s expiring 0.3% transit earnings tax. It also would use $260,000 from FC Cincinnati ticket tax revenue, money the club is required to pay that was not already allocated in the budget, according to Seelbach’s office.


    The plan would use fewer resources that were eligible for general fund usage than ever before, according to Seelbach’s office, freeing up $2 million from parking fine and meter revenue normally earmarked for the streetcar to deal with the city's $73 million deficit..


    "The last thing I want to be doing is debating the streetcar again," Seelbach said Tuesday. "Yet again, what's been put in our lap is another streetcar fight.


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  9. 4 hours ago, freefourur said:

    I just got 3 free months of HBO Max. Are there any good HBO series worth binging on before my  3 months is up?




    A network that brought you The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Watchmen, Veep, etc?

  10. COTA plans more rapid transit, microtransit – but will deplete savings to keep operating




    COTA plans to add more high-capacity rapid transit routes similar to CMax, as well as more targeted microtransit to major employment corridors.


    These plans come even though the coronavirus pandemic's blow to the transit system's finances will mean dipping into savings to keep operating over the next five years.


    Trustees are to vote Wednesday on strategic planning through 2050 to handle expected 50% population growth in Central Ohio. The plan adds more specifics to principles adopted in last year's five-year plan, and looks further out. Find it here.


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  11. It shouldn't have been named after her in the first place...

    UC to rename Marge Schott Stadium




    The University of Cincinnati will take late Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott’s name off its baseball stadium because of her racist remarks.


    UC’s board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday morning to remove Schott’s name. Former UC baseball player Jordan Ramey, who graduated in December, had started a petition in June to have Schott’s name removed from the stadium because of her use of racial slurs. It was signed by more than 6,000 people. UC baseball star and UC Athletics Hall of Famer Kevin Youkilis had publicly backed the request.


    The board also voted to remove Schott’s name from a space in UC’s archive library.


    “We cannot remain silent or indifferent when it comes to prejudice, hate or inequity,” UC president Neville Pinto said during the board of trustees meeting as he recommended Schott’s name be removed.


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  12. First Look: Stadium


    Stadium is the newest bar and restaurant at Creekside Gahanna and will officially open on Saturday, June 27th. The space at 101 Mill Street was formerly home to Somedays Bistro, and has been transformed to feature a variety of entertainment options, including pool tables, arcade games and over a dozen large screen tvs.


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  13. Officials press pause on Newport attraction


    Newport's giant observation wheel is on hold as officials wait to see what happens with a competing project slated for downtown Cincinnati.


    "Before any final determinations will be made, we need to know what is permanent or not in Cincinnati," Matthew Stack, managing director of Koch Development, told Local 12, the Courier's media partner.


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  14. Appellate court rules on city's billboard tax


    The Hamilton County Court of Appeals has ruled an excise tax on billboards within the city of Cincinnati is legal, reversing a trial court's decision declaring the tax unconstitutional.


    The three-judge panel did rule the City Council's prohibition on billboard companies telling advertisers that they will absorb the cost of the tax and listing it on their bill was unconstitutional.


    Billboard companies Lamar Advertising and Norton Outdoor Advertising sued the city two years ago after the 7% tax on outdoor billboards was passed, saying it was unconstitutional based on the First Amendment right to free speech and violated the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause and equal protection clauses. The city had approved the tax in order to balance the fiscal year 2019 budget.


    Curt Hartman, then a judge in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, issued a temporary restraining order against the tax, writing that "the need to add to the fisc cannot be the end-all-be-all to justify any imposition of a tax or other financial burden on the exercise of First Amendment rights..." A "fisc" was the word used to describe Rome's public treasury or the Roman emperor's privy purse.


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  15. At tense hearing, Cranley, lawyers claim county’s Banks deal blocks future riverfront development


    Mayor John Cranley launched an all-out assault Tuesday night on Hamilton County’s agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals, which is designed to advance the next phase of the Banks by moving Hilltop Companies and building a music venue just east of Paul Brown Stadium.


    At a meeting of the City Council’s Economic Growth & Zoning Committee, which started at 6:30 p.m. and stretched for another three hours, Cranley attempted to conduct a combative interrogation of Tom Gabelman, the county’s legal adviser on the Banks mixed-use riverfront development.


    The spectacle came minutes after Cranley released a memo signed by City SolicitorPaula Boggs Muething and Deputy Solicitor Luke Blocher. The memo alleged that the county’s November memorandum of understanding with the Bengals to relieve taxpayers of nearly $30 million in game day payments and millions in future enhancements to the stadium under the team’s lease would block development on three Banks parcels because of its surface parking requirements.


    The city’s legal analysis of the deal says that the county’s deal with the Bengals requires 3,200 surface parking spaces on game days with about 2,300 available at the Hilltop site and south of the stadium. Other city surface lots being used nearby could be redeveloped, according to the analysis, leaving the county short. If it is, the county would need surface spaces on three other undeveloped Banks parking lots near Paul Brown Stadium, meaning those lots could not be redeveloped, the memo alleges.


    Gabelman said the city’s analysis is inaccurate, although he did not get into specifics, and that the Bengals could be saving the county up to $200 million – the game day payments plus any renovations the Bengals could demand under the lease – as a result of the pact approved by the commissioners. Renovations of 23 existing NFL stadia have cost an average of $160 million with the last five costing $360 million, Gabelman said. The county-Bengals deal caps capital improvements at the stadium at $42 million through 2026.


    “All of that could have been on the county taxpayers’ back,” Gabelman told theBusiness Courier after the meeting. Discussions of changes to Paul Brown Stadium have been put off until 2024 under the deal.


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    Hamilton County Democrats go after Auditor Dusty Rhodes


    Hamilton County Democratic Chairwoman Gwen McFarlin has reached her breaking point with Dusty Rhodes, the Democrat who has held the county auditor's job for 30 years.


    McFarlin blasted Rhodes for a tweet he posted on Friday attempting to tie abortions performed at Planned Parenthood in Mount Auburn to the Black Lives Matter movement.


    "Just wondering when they are going to paint "Black Lives Matter" on Auburn Avenue, you know, in front of that building where they terminate black lives and white ones, too, almost every day of the week," Rhodes wrote.


    McFarlin called the tweet "racist and sexist," said the party's officers would consider censuring him, a resolution declaring it would not support him for re-election in 2022 and look for a Democratic candidate "who shares our values."


    "I condemn this comment which I would not expect from an elected official let alone a Democratically endorsed elected official. His offensive comments are aimed at black, brown and other marginalized groups as well as women. The Democratic Party supports the Black Lives Matter movement and women’s reproductive rights," McFarlin said in a statement.


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  17. So, uhh...back to City Council news...


    Dennard plea agreement reveals potential prison sentence


    Former Cincinnati Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard could face between 24 and 30 months in prison under the plea agreement she signed Friday that was released Monday.


    The plea agreement, which still must be carried out before U.S. District JudgeSusan Dlott, calls for Dennard to plead guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud.


    It also would require her to pay back $15,000 Dennard allegedly received from Frost Brown Todd attorney Tom Gabelman, a cooperating witness in the case, for her vote on a Banks-related development issue.


    Under the federal sentencing guidelines, prosecutors and Dennard's attorneys have set her offense level at a 17; presuming her criminal history category is 1, she would face 24 months to 30 months in prison. Dennard has no known criminal history. The prosecution has agreed not to have Dennard's offense level enhanced. Under federal statutes, Dennard could face up to 20 years for the single wire fraud count.


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