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  1. More injury news: Bad news involving Josh Anderson: Good news involving Alexander Wennberg:
  2. From https://www.reddit.com/r/BlueJackets/comments/f9m8ru/got_a_really_bad_feeling_about_this/ - a modified screen shot from Tuesday's CBJ broadcast showing the current injury list. And it doesn't even include Dubinsky, who has been out for the whole season and might not ever return(!)
  3. Things are really coming together. This is just awesome news. And it destroys the previous Trust Fund Tony narrative that the Columbus corporate community would never support the Crew. No Tony, they were repelled by you and what an awful owner you were(!!) https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/02/27/columbus-crew-sc-announce-new-jersey-sponsor-partnership-nationwide
  4. Columbus ranked one of the best places in U.S. to attend a conference Columbus is one of the best places in the country to attend a conference, according to a new national ranking. Columbus ranked No. 9 in SmartAsset’s ranking of the 36 largest U.S. cities with at least 100 hotels. It was the only city in the Midwest in the personal finance company's top 10 list, with most of the rest being on the coasts. Columbus also appeared in the top 10 list the last time SmartAsset completed the ranking back in 2018, tying for the No. 10 spot that time. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/26/columbus-ranked-one-of-the-best-places-in-u-s-to.html
  5. Downtown Hyatt Regency gets an upgrade: See inside the renovated hotel The 40-year-old Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Columbus has a new, fresh look after a partial renovation, with more upgrades to come. Renovations to the 633-room hotel's main lobby, fitness center and the hotel's 18 guest suites were completed in 2019, and the remainder of the rooms will soon undergo a $20 million renovation. The room renovation is expected to start in January 2021 and last ten months, Hyatt Regency Operations Director Colleen Montagne told Columbus Business First. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/02/downtown-hyatt-regency-gets-an-upgrade-see-inside.html
  6. Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident A February 20 incident in which a self-driving shuttle in Linden stopped suddenly has led to the vehicles being taken off the road, not only in Columbus but in 15 other cities around the country. Two shuttles began running in the neighborhood on February 5, operating autonomously but with an operator on board the vehicle at all times. The shuttle vehicles used in Linden are made by the French company EasyMile (the city’s first driverless shuttle operated Downtown and featured vehicles made Michigan-based May Mobility). The shuttles have not operated in Linden since the incident, and it remains unclear when they might start running again. One passenger was apparently hurt when the vehicle stopped suddenly – a video of the incident posted by WSYX shows a woman falling off of the vehicle’s bench and onto the floor. MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/self-driving-shuttle-shut-down-linden-bw1
  7. ^ The Franklinton Cycle Works seen in the foreground was in the news this week: Bike shop buys Franklinton buildings, plans expansion A nonprofit that helps Franklinton residents access and maintain bikes is expanding. Franklinton Cycle Works has purchased its building at 897 W. Broad St. for $175,000, as well as the building next door at 891 W. Broad St. for $295,000. The two buildings total about 5,100 square feet and will allow the social enterprise to grow, said Jonathan Youngman, executive director. The shop has two sides – a bike repair shop that lets community members come in and fix up their rides in exchange for donations, and a retail front that sells refurbished and used bikes. With this expansion, the nonprofit will be able to double the size of both elements, bringing the repair shop to 2,000 square feet and the retail side to 3,100 square feet while expanding the number of bikes that it can sell, Youngman said. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/24/bike-shop-buys-franklinton-buildings-plans.html
  8. Cross-posted from the Dublin thread: The above article also included news about the approval for $132.3 million on the first phase of a larger west campus complex, which joins an also advancing interdisciplinary lab in the new west campus Innovation District laid out in the university's latest master plan. Design is still under way on a 385,000-square-foot medical center focused on outpatient cancer care, including a $105 million, 60,000-square-foot proton therapy facility in a partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital. Other features of the campus include outpatient surgery, radiology, chemotherapy, an extended recovery unit, imaging, retail pharmacy, and clinics. The entire complex eventually will total $344 million. The proton center is expected to open in early 2023, and the rest of the medical center and parking garage a year earlier. Separately, the university is seeking the go-ahead to build the Interdisciplinary Research Facility - also planned for the school's west campus Innovation District. Construction could start in July on the $237.5 million, 305,000-square-foot laboratory building west of Kenny Road and south of Lane Avenue.
  9. Menards store had its grand opening yesterday: https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20200225/menards-opens-columbus-west-store-near-hilliard
  10. After his stellar first full season as head coach, Ryan Day is getting a three-year extension that will have him under contract through 2026: https://www.buckeyextra.com/sports/20200225/ohio-statersquos-ryan-day-received-three-year-extension-becomes-one-of-highest-paid-coaches-in-big-ten https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2020/02/112393/ryan-day-set-to-receive-contract-extension-through-2026-will-receive-more-than-20-million-over-next-three-seasons
  11. The Dow tanked 1000 points yesterday (about 3.5 percent) on China Coronavirus fears. Here are the latest virus numbers from China: https://www.thisweeknews.com/ZZ/news/20200224/as-concern-grows-china-south-korea-report-more-virus-cases "China reported 508 new cases and another 71 deaths, 68 of them in the central city of Wuhan, where the epidemic was first detected in December. The updates bring mainland China’s totals to 77,658 cases and 2,663 deaths."
  12. It's too bad the way things worked out for that Dispatch printing facility. It was a relatively modern facility that could have been used as a regional printing location for the new merged company. Unfortunately, in 2012, the local Dispatch owners switched all the printing presses from the standard broadsheet format to a new compact tabloid-size format. At the time, Dispatch ownership touted this as a great leap forward and predicted that other papers would soon follow in this format change. Turned out they were completely wrong. And because it would take alot of time and money to convert the Dispatch printing presses back to the industry standard broadsheet format, the Columbus facility didn't make the cut as a regional printing location in the new Gannett/Gatehouse network.
  13. ^ That video of the printing presses reminded me of the closing scene from the 1952 movie 'Deadline USA' starring Humphrey Bogart. In that scene, Bogie is the editor of a city newspaper and is on the phone with the city's biggest gangster - who is the subject of a murder story the paper is about to publish. The gangster begins to threaten Bogie when the time to start printing arrives. Bogie queues the presses to start rolling and holds the phone up to the noisy machines. The gangster asks "what's that noise?". To which Bogie replies, "That's the press, baby" and then hangs up. Queue to the montage of the printing presses operating to the final headline:
  14. Now for some less encouraging news on the injury front: https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-news/2020/02/4607/josh-andersons-injury-believed-to-be-more-long-term-may-not-play-again-this-season The 1st Ohio Battery website reported that Hockey Night In Canada's Eliot Friedman is reporting that Josh Anderson's shoulder injury might be a long-term season-ending type, instead of the shorter-term type was originally thought. Anderson's injury was initially reported to be 4-6 weeks - but that was 10 weeks ago. Just the way its been going injury-wise for the CBJ this season. Anderson and Murray out for longer-term than expected. Jones and Bjorkstrand suffer season-ending broken ankles. Texier and Kukan with likely season-ending injuries. Atkinson and Wennberg are out. Nash and Elvis go down in tonight's game. The team leads the league in man-games lost to injury. Its amazing that the CBJ even hold a playoff spot with under 20 games remaining. Even team captain Nick Foligno - who is not on the injured list - took a puck to the face and looks like this(!)
  15. https://www.jacketscannon.com/2020/2/24/21151789/nick-foligno-joonas-korpisalo-lead-black-and-columbus-blue-jackets-to-win-back-in-wild-card-spot-nhl What a bizarre game in Nationwide tonight. First, the CBJ's opponent - the Ottawa Senators - spent the morning trading away three of its starting forwards. This left them 2 short of a full 12 forward roster. So they called up two AHL players, including a newly acquired player. One of the two didn't arrive until after the first period began. The other didn't arrive until after the second period began - but his equipment didn't arrive at all(!) - so he never got in the game(!!) Then Ottawa had two forwards get injured during the game. So by the third period, the Sens only had 9 forwards available(!!!) The Jackets had their own injury issues during the game. Nash got injured early in the second period and didn't return. Then at about the halfway mark, Elvis the goalie hit the back of his head on the ice after a collision at the net. Elvis went back for concussion protocol and the newly reactivated Joonas Korpisalo had to go cold into the net. Korpisalo ended up saving 14 of 15 shots to get the OT win. This was the CBJ's third straight overtime game, and their sixth in the last eight games. But unlike the previous five OT's, this one ended with a CBJ win - although it took them until the final 24 seconds to do it: The OT win puts the CBJ (31-19-14) back in the WC2 spot for now. They are tied at 76 points with NYI and two up on CAR. However, both NYI and CAR hold three games-in-hand over the CBJ.
  16. Oh, and Korpisalo is back with the CBJ after a conditioning start for Cleveland during the weekend:
  17. Conventional wisdom going into today's trading deadline was that the CBJ would stand pat - being neither a major buyer or seller. And it turned out that way. Although the Jackets did end up making two minor deals today: -- LW Sonny Milano to Anaheim for LW/C Devin Shore -- https://www.jacketscannon.com/2020/2/24/21148991/columbus-blue-jackets-trade-sonny-milano-for-anaheim-ducks-devin-shore -- LW Markus Hannikainen to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional 2020 seventh round draft pick -- https://www.jacketscannon.com/2020/2/24/21151651/markus-hannikainen-traded-to-the-arizona-coyotes-for-a-conditional-pick
  18. CU has a photo-tour of 330 E. Oak Street (now called The Pierce) that is nearly completed: https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-the-pierce-bw1 The Pierce will have 93 units and is currently pre-leasing with rents set between $1,300 and $2,000 per month for one- or two-bedroom apartments that range in size from 749 to 979 square feet. For more information, see http://thepiercecolumbus.com/
  19. Flyers continue winning - now 25-2. #1 Baylor, #2 Gonzaga and previously undefeated San Diego State at #4 all lost on Saturday. #3 Kansas beat Baylor and took over the #1 spot. Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State all slide down one spot. And Dayton moves up to #4:
  20. Very nice home win over #7 Maryland yesterday. Kyle Young suffers a severe looking ankle sprain in the first half, doesn't play for remainder of the game, but walks back to the bench for the second half. Team is 18-9 overall and 8-8 in the B1G - now up to #23.
  21. CMHA plans to spend $247M on new and updated housing in 2020 Riding Central Ohio's development boom, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority says 2020 could be its most active year yet. The public housing agency has been gradually increasing the size of its portfolio and renovating and updating existing properties. In 2020, it plans to invest $247 million to acquire or renovate more than 1,400 units of housing, including workforce and affordable housing units. Mixed-income development has been a part of that strategy, said CEO Charles Hillman, noting the $120 million, 450-unit redevelopment of Poindexter Village which is coming to a close with a final phase. ... One of the most high-profile of its now-underway projects is a $7.8 million 30-unit expansion of the Scholar House development that will help CMHA serve youth aging out of foster care. The King-Lincoln project – which houses young parents while they complete a degree – was awarded state tax credits last year. CMHA has added almost 1,600 units to its portfolio from 2013 to 2019 with $101.6 million in acquisition value – including 10 LIHTC awards with $94 million in equity. ... CMHA's activity coincides with a number of other efforts around the city to develop affordable housing. This summer, Franklin County approved increasing the real estate conveyance fee to raise $65 million that would help renovate or build about 2,050 units affordable to low- and moderate-income households over a decade. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/11/19/cmha-plans-to-spend-247m-on-new-and-updated.html
  22. Why 10 affordable homes in Franklinton represent a new model for the city-county land trust The first homes built by a for-profit developer on lots owned by the Columbus-Franklin County land trust could lead to similar partnerships with other homebuilders. Thrive Cos. plans to build 10 single-family homes in Franklinton as an offshoot of its redevelopment of the Mount Carmel West campus. Two will be on parcels it donates to the trust from the hospital site; the rest are scattered vacant lots in the city land bank. Central Ohio Community Improvement Corp., which manages both the land bank and trust, will pay for the construction with $1.5 million from the city and a $1.5 million revolving loan funded by Trinity Health, the parent of Mount Carmel Health System. “If the land trust is successful on the first 10, we’re looking to do many more in the area,” said Steve Bollinger, partner and development vice president at Thrive, formerly Wagenbrenner Development. COCIC already is in talks with other developers. Until now only affordable housing nonprofits were developing homes for the Central Ohio Community Land Trust. Including these 10, the trust plans to finish 54 new builds by October. Three have already sold on the south side, part of a joint effort by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Community Development for All People. The land trust is designed to keep housing affordable through future sales even as property values increase in the neighborhood. The trust owns the land itself, so that value isn't included in the price. City or other government dollars allay construction costs. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/05/why-10-affordable-homes-in-franklinton-represent-a.html
  23. Thanks for the info. The three-story buildings actually look pretty good (even excellent by Clintonville standards). And although that garage building is better than having only a surface lot in between, its strange they're going through the effort for so few parking spaces.
  24. Who says that MLB doesn't like irony? In the Astros first spring training game, fans with signs heckling the Astros got their signs stolen(!) - well confiscated - by stadium personnel:
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