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Meanwhile and elsewhere on the Scioto Peninsula - the Planetarium has officially returned to COSI.  The updated exhibit has seen a million-dollar renovation/modernization and reopened last month:

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/cosi-reopens-planetarium

 

http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/2014/11/22/cosi-planetarium-returns-after-10-year-hiatus.html

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Meanwhile and maybe elsewhere on the Scioto Peninsula, the Ohio History Connection might move a portion of its museum to a downtown riverfront location.  Which sounds alot like the land the Zoo was considering building on, located next to COSI:

 

Ohio’s history museum looks at moving Downtown

By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 9:19 AM

 

The Ohio History Connection is considering moving its museum Downtown, perhaps to a riverfront location.  Burt Logan, executive director and chief executive officer of the organization, stressed that a decision to move the museum, now at E. 17th Avenue and I-71, has not been finalized.  However, talks about a move are underway, he said.

(. . .)

Logan said the appeal of moving Downtown would be “a more visible and more accessible location.”  He would not discuss a specific location under consideration or whether it would be a new building or an existing one.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/11/24/ohios-history-museum-looks-at-moving-downtown.html

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New images of the upcoming Ohio Veterans Memorial

 

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The new Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum planned for the Scioto Peninsula promises to be a unique addition to the Columbus landscape.

 

New renderings of the replacement for Franklin County Veterans Memorial, scheduled to be torn down next year, have been released by Allied Works Architecture.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/12/first-look-new-images-of-the-upcoming-ohio.html

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My only wish is that I could be there to watch that building die!

 

I went to check it out today. Unfortunately they only part they have worked on is the North side of the building and the sun was just above it so I didn't get any good shots.

 

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Recently posted at http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/scioto-peninsula-west-broad-street-open-house

 

Via Email: 

 

Open House for Roadway Improvements -- Scioto Peninsula - West Broad Street

February 11, 2015

4 p.m.– 6 p.m.

Beacon Building, First Floor, Conference Room B, 50 W. Gay Street

 

Project Description:

Improvements will be made to West Broad Street between the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge located west of Starling Street and the bridge over the Scioto River.

 

Improvements include:

• Pavement reconstruction, streetscape upgrades, pedestrian and bike facilities

• Utility improvements including new water line, street lighting and storm sewer facilities

• Sidewalk reconstruction and widening

• Granite curb, street trees, planters, and lighting

• Bike lane installation along West Broad Street

• Installation of two planted medians

• Traffic signal upgrade at Broad Street and Belle Street

• Relocation of current above-ground privately and publicly-owned utilities to underground

 

Schedule:

• Design began in spring 2014 and is scheduled for completion in spring 2015

• Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in summer 2015

 

Representatives from the Department of Public Service and design consultant EMH&T will be on-hand to answer questions and show plans in an open house format; no formal presentation will be given.  Exhibits illustrating roadway features will be on display.

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Recently posted at http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/scioto-peninsula-west-broad-street-open-house

 

Via Email: 

 

Open House for Roadway Improvements -- Scioto Peninsula - West Broad Street

February 11, 2015

4 p.m.– 6 p.m.

Beacon Building, First Floor, Conference Room B, 50 W. Gay Street

 

Project Description:

Improvements will be made to West Broad Street between the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge located west of Starling Street and the bridge over the Scioto River.

 

Improvements include:

• Pavement reconstruction, streetscape upgrades, pedestrian and bike facilities

• Utility improvements including new water line, street lighting and storm sewer facilities

• Sidewalk reconstruction and widening

• Granite curb, street trees, planters, and lighting

• Bike lane installation along West Broad Street

Installation of two planted medians

• Traffic signal upgrade at Broad Street and Belle Street

Relocation of current above-ground privately and publicly-owned utilities to underground

 

Schedule:

• Design began in spring 2014 and is scheduled for completion in spring 2015

• Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in summer 2015

 

Representatives from the Department of Public Service and design consultant EMH&T will be on-hand to answer questions and show plans in an open house format; no formal presentation will be given.  Exhibits illustrating roadway features will be on display.

 

Those two catch my interest.

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More about the roadway improvements coming to W. Broad Street in the Scioto Peninsula.  Also, the graphic below does a nice job of outlining the plans for the entire Scioto Peninsula area:

 

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W. Broad St. project to reshape streetscape

By Rick Rouan, The Columbus Dispatch

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:49 AM

 

A city plan to make the area easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to navigate could rewrite the rule book on that stretch of Broad.  The proposal calls for bike lanes, wider sidewalks and medians designed to slow drivers.  Starting in August, the city will begin moving utilities underground on W. Broad between the Broad Street bridge over the Scioto River and the railroad bridge west of Starling Street.

 

That work will pave the way to reduce the street from three lanes in both directions to two lanes in 2016 and add other accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Bike lanes would run from the bridge to the railroad tracks near Starling.  The $5 million plan is designed with the broader redevelopment of the Scioto Peninsula and Scioto Greenways in mind.

( . . . )

The Columbus Downtown Development Corp. plans to build the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum, a $55 million project at the site of the former Veterans Memorial - which could open in early 2017.  The $35 million Scioto Greenways plan, a two-year project to remove dams and restore the river to its natural width, is expected to be finished this year.  That project will add 33 acres of parkland and 1.5 miles of bike paths to the area.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/02/01/w--broad-st--project-to-reshape-streetscape.html

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Meanwhile, the Vets Memorial building is still coming down.  But it's going to take longer and cost more than originally thought.  It seems that when the Feds built the Franklinton Floodwall in the 90's, they used part of the Vets eastern basement wall to support part of the floodwall.  DOH!!!

 

Razing Veterans Memorial to cost more, take longer

By Josh Jarman, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 8:35 AM

 

It’s going to take months longer than officials first said and more than double the expected cost to demolish Franklin County Veterans Memorial.  The county commissioners learned that yesterday when told that the building’s foundation is supporting part of a miles-long floodwall that protects the neighborhood west of there from potential Scioto River floods.

 

The commissioners were asked to extend contracts with two companies hired to oversee post-demolition site work before the property is turned over to the Columbus Downtown Development Corp., which will build the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum in Vets’ place. ... The unexpected additional underground work is estimated to cost $2.8 million and take several more months to complete.

( . . . )

Downtown Development officials originally said they wanted to begin construction this spring.  But that won’t happen until late summer because of problems discovered late last year.  The problem is that when the Army Corps of Engineers built the Franklinton Floodwall, it used the eastern basement wall of Veterans Memorial as a retaining wall for a large earthen levee.  County officials thought there was an additional support outside the foundation wall to support the levee, but they learned that the building’s basement is essentially part of the levee.

 

Nate Hatfield, a project manager for Gandee & Associates, which the commissioners hired last year to plan the demolition, said the fix will require removal of the rest of the foundation while leaving that wall in place.  It eventually will be buried under several feet of fill dirt and graded in a slope that will protect the wall and levee.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/02/06/razing-veterans-memorial-to-cost-more-take-longer.html

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Too bad this project is going to take longer. They are making good progress on reducing the building to rubble.

 

The old Vets is coming down pretty quickly isn't it.  It seems like the floodwall issues won't slow down this above-ground portion of the Vets demo.  Where it looks like the delay will be is at the below-ground portion near the floodwall.  So instead of the Vets replacement construction beginning directly after the old Vets demo is finished, there will be a delay while they do whatever work is necessary to the eastern basement wall that ties into the floodwall.

 

Below is a snowy view from W. Broad Street taken in late February by http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-february-2015 to add to your collection of Vets demo pics:

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Some updates on the Scioto Peninsula.  While work was being done nearby on the narrowing of the Scioto River and creation of 33 acres of parkland due to that narrowing (see the Scioto Mile Riverfront Park thread), the demolition of the above-ground portion of Vets Memorial was being completed in March.  Below is a photo from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-march-2015-part-1:

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However, it was discovered in February that part of Vets Memorial’s foundation was supporting a section of the Scioto River floodwall, which stretches for miles protecting Franklinton.  And so the demolition contractor needed to take extra care to not weaken the floodwall while removing concrete slabs and steel and concrete pilings as part of the demolition:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/07/vets-demolition-costs.html

 

Construction was expected to begin this spring on the new Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum on the site, but the additional work extended the on-site demolition into the fall.  Now this below-ground demo work has been completed and the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation has taken possession of the property, according to a CU interview this week with the CDDC President/CEO at http://www.columbusunderground.com/scioto-greenways.

 

Below is a link to the most recent Google Streetview of the former Vets Memorial site (and through Google's past views feature, you can see previous streetviews with the Vets Memorial building still standing):

 

August 2015 Streetview of the former Vets Memorial site

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So with the former Vets Memorial site now cleared, the future Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is free to begin construction.  Well, almost.  Here's what Guy Worley, President/CEO of the CDDC had to say about that in his interview with CU at http://www.columbusunderground.com/scioto-greenways:

 

CU: What’s next for the CDDC?

 

GW: Next project is to redevelop the Scioto Peninsula, and the first project as part of that is the Ohio Veterans Memorial Museum.  So, as we went through the permit process on this project, it took 20 months to get the permit.  So now we’re going through the Army Corps of Engineer process to get the permit to build the museum, which is next to the flood wall.

 

The county did the demolition, we’ve taken possession, and our application is in before the Army Corps of Engineers.  So we’re working with them, and it’s an appropriate step to take, in the post-Katrina world, flood walls are very important, so it’s taking some time, and we respect that.  So we’ll go through that process, and when that process is over, we’ll start building.

 

CU: And what about the other plans, like the underground parking garage and park next to COSI?

 

GW: In the next month or so, we’ll be working with the city to start that up ... more to come on that soon.

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I know the headline says Franklinton, but the first phase is in the Scioto Peninsula area:

 

Broad Street into Franklinton getting traffic-calming, bike-friendly changes

By Carrie Ghose, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First

February 1, 2016, 11:53am EST

 

The Broad Street gateway to Franklinton is up for a major makeover designed to slow down traffic and make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists, perhaps as soon as this year.

 

The city wants bike lanes and pedestrian improvements such as landscaped medians providing "refuge" while crossing the street in the stretch of Broad between COSI and the replacement Franklin County Veterans Memorial, said Rick Tilton, Columbus' outgoing deputy public service director.  A yellow pedestrian alert light will flash when people are in the crosswalk.

 

The first phase of roadway improvements, from the Scioto River bridge to the railway, also would upgrade water and sewer lines and beautification elements such as street lights and a decorative street light at Broad and Belle.  The city has not yet put the job out for bids so no budget is set, but it's tentatively scheduled for this year.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2016/02/broad-street-into-franklinton-getting-traffic.html

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More about the "road diet" for W. Broad Street on the Scioto Peninsula from CU:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/broad-street-bike-lanes-bw1

 

Bike Lanes and Medians Planned for Section of West Broad

 

Below is a site plan of the project area on the Scioto Peninsula.  It runs from the railroad bridge just west of Starling Street to the Broad Street Bridge that spans the newly narrowed Scioto River.  The new bike lanes, streetscaping and medians will be installed in front of the existing COSI located south of Broad, and the future site of the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum located north of Broad.  Construction, re-striping and planting are tentatively scheduled for this fall.

 

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620-slot underground parking garage, green space planned for Scioto Peninsula

 

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A sprawling surface parking lot at the Center of Science and Industry is being targeted for a 620-slot underground parking garage beneath public green space.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/02/18/exclusive620-slot-underground-parking-garage-green.html

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There's a little more info about this parking garage & park proposal at http://www.sciotopeninsula.com/

 

RFQ Page:  http://www.sciotopeninsula.com/news/Request-for-Qualifications--Scioto-Peninsula-Garage-and-Park/66

 

PDF of RFQ:  http://a4a68517170378517937-83159ccbc9d2d6f7995b42078db7a675.r37.cf2.rackcdn.com/files-SP-Garage-and-Park-Project-RFQ-dtd-120715.pdf

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Here's a bit more context for this parking garage & park proposal.  This is a view of the overall existing Scioto Peninsula:

(This view shows the narrowed Scioto River (which was recently completed) and it also shows the planned Ohio Veterans

Memorial and Museum which has not yet begun construction on the former Vets Memorial site.)

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The parking garage & park project would replace this existing surface parking lot that is located

immediately west of COSI and is accessed from Belle Street between Broad & Town:

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Here is a view the parking garage & park concept that would replace that existing COSI parking lot:

(This rendering is from the cover page of the RFQ linked previously.)

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Here is a conceptual aerial view of the overall Scioto Peninsula Master Plan:

(The parking garage & park project is located between COSI and the conceptual buildings that

are rendered in blue further west of Belle Street.)

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About time. One of the worst surface lots in all of Columbus. Between this, the High & Long block, and rumors about the Dispatch lot on Capital Square - great to see all of these notorious parking seas giving way to good stuff.

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After Veterans Memorial, attention turns to $37M Scioto Peninsula Park in Franklinton

 

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With work on a new Veterans Memorial and Museum well underway, efforts to redevelop Columbus’ Scioto Peninsula will shift next to an underground parking garage and public green space next to COSI.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/04/01/first-look-after-veterans-memorial-attention-turns.html

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^ More about this at http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-scioto-peninsula-park-and-garage-coming-in-2018-bw1

 

"(The) rendering shows what Amy Taylor of the CDDC called a “criteria plan,” created by OLIN, meant to provide a broad outline of how the garage and park will function.  This summer, a new team — led by local firms Corna Kokosing, EMH&T and MKSK — will take a more detailed look and come up with a final design.  The rest of the timeline calls for the start of construction by the end of the year, with an opening for both the garage and park tentatively scheduled for late 2017."

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Hmm...

 

Wexners: The Smithsonian and American Museum of Natural History may come to the Scioto Peninsula

 

http://www.columbusmonthly.com/content/blogs/the-latest/2015/12/scioto-peninsula-wexners.html

 

Looks like this is it.  From today's Dispatch:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/04/12/5-million-requested-for-cosi-dinosaurs.html

 

"The Columbus Partnership requested $5 million for the COSI project, that funding was included in the budget unveiled today.  The request says the money will “create a regional attraction” by converting underutilized space within the building to create a dinosaur hall.

 

“Natural history is something our visitors have told us time and time again they would like to see more of in COSI,” said Jaclyn Reynolds, COSI spokeswoman.

 

"COSI has been in talks with the American Museum of Natural History, the New York-based museum portrayed in the 2006 movie “Night at the Museum.”  “Obviously the American Museum of Natural History is internationally renowned for natural history,” Reynolds said.  “We have been in conversations with them as part of exploring those opportunities to add a natural-history experience.”

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^ I posted this over at CU as well, but I would bet a partnership between COSI and AMNH is brewing which will be very similar to that of the Museum at Prariefire near Kansas City.

 

The Museum at Prairiefire is a collaboration with New York’s famed American Museum of Natural History. This heartland outpost is the first venue outside of New York to continually host American Museum of Natural History traveling exhibitions.

 

http://museumatpf.org/

 

The Museum at Prairiefire, which opened in May, secured a partnership with the American Museum of Natural History and will display two main traveling exhibits annually from the New York museum.

 

The partnership is a win-win for both museums. For the American Museum of Natural History, partnering with Prairiefire furthers its mission of enhancing scientific literacy through its traveling exhibits and generates revenue to fund its education and science programs. It also allows Prairiefire to showcase first-rate exhibits without having to finance their creation.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2014/08/29/museum-at-prairiefire-director-world-class-content.html

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This map was posted with today's Dispatch article about the RiverSouth area of downtown:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/05/17/riversouth-transforms-downtown-wasteland-to-vibrant-district.html

 

The map included a new project (#9) that is across the river in the Scioto Peninsula district for an unnamed proposed five-story mixed-use building on a vacant parcel just south of COSI:

 

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This map was posted with today's Dispatch article about the RiverSouth area of downtown:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/05/17/riversouth-transforms-downtown-wasteland-to-vibrant-district.html

 

The map included a new project (#9) that is across the river in the Scioto Peninsula district for an unnamed proposed five-story mixed-use building on a vacant parcel just south of COSI:

 

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This is interesting. I have not heard anything about that parcel since the downtown zoo thing fell through.

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COSI is starting something new this year called "City View Patio" to activate and better take advantage of their front plaza space which faces onto the new Scioto Mile park.

 

On most Friday and Saturday nights from now through Labor Day there will be beer, wine, and food for sale, as well as additional seating set up in the normally empty hardscape area looking out over the river.

 

I think this is a pretty great idea, since it adds another activity generator and food/drink option right on the new park space - especially one on the West bank of the river. Right now, there's really only Milestone 229... Hopefully additional opportunities for vendors/concessions can be found elsewhere as well.

 

More info here, http://www.cosi.org/visit/calendar-of-events/icalrepeat.detail/2016/06/17/2332/10/new-city-view-patio-at-cosi

 

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Close-up of the aerial image of the Ohio Veterans Memorial & Museum construction site taken in the previous post and two additional mid-July views from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-july-edition:

 

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Mid-July view from W. Broad Street of the Ohio Veterans Memorial & Museum construction site looking north:

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Mid-July view from the lot behind the Ohio Veterans Memorial & Museum construction site looking east toward the downtown skyline - which includes the LeVeque Tower, where the aerial photo was taken from:

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COSI parking plan closer to reality

 

Replacing the surface parking lots at COSI with a 600-space underground garage topped by a park will cost an estimated $37 million, according to Capitol South Community Redevelopment Corporation.

 

The nonprofit development group, which has overseen a major Downtown redevelopment push for the city of Columbus, will go before the Columbus Downtown Commission on Tuesday to seek approval for the garage plan, which it hopes to launch in September and complete within 14 months.

 

The land in front of COSI, which was built on the site of the long-closed Central High School, is owned by the city of Columbus, and Capitol South is working with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department on the project, which would include themed gardens, a plaza with a cafe, a central fountain and a children's fountain.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/08/20/1-cosi-parking-plan-closer-to-reality.html#

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COSI parking plan closer to reality

 

Replacing the surface parking lots at COSI with a 600-space underground garage topped by a park will cost an estimated $37 million, according to Capitol South Community Redevelopment Corporation.

 

The nonprofit development group, which has overseen a major Downtown redevelopment push for the city of Columbus, will go before the Columbus Downtown Commission on Tuesday to seek approval for the garage plan, which it hopes to launch in September and complete within 14 months.

 

The land in front of COSI, which was built on the site of the long-closed Central High School, is owned by the city of Columbus, and Capitol South is working with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department on the project, which would include themed gardens, a plaza with a cafe, a central fountain and a children's fountain.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/08/20/1-cosi-parking-plan-closer-to-reality.html#

 

This will be huge in getting $$$ into the part of the peninsula west of Belle. Once this is approved and a done deal and construction starts the developers will know that another big attraction will be right across the street from all of that land. I hope this park does what Columbus Commons did(minus the bad design of 'High Pointe at Kaliningrad' and all.)

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