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Is the sidewalk already that narrow?

 

If I'm not mistaken, it looks like they are building their "plaza gateway" onto what is already a fairly narrow sidewalk along the main drag downtown.

 

Also where did they come up with this $125 million for the convention center all of a sudden? They just financed a $140 million Hilton across the street, for the convention center, granted with some private financing.

 

 

All of this as residents have been repeatedly told there just isn't any money for fixed transit.

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Convention center not missing a beat despite $125M modernization project

 

The $125 million renovation and expansion of the Greater Columbus Convention Center got a formal start Tuesday, well after the heavy lifting actually got underway.

 

In fact, one meeting room is not only fully renovated, it has already been used.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2015/10/photos-convention-center-not-missing-a-beat.html

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Convention center’s new food-and-beverage concepts - pizza, craft beer, coffee

 

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Columbus convention-goers will have more than just a new Starbucks to enjoy.

 

In addition to the $600,000 project that will see Starbucks replace an existing Einstein Bros. Bagels restaurant inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, eight new food-and-beverage options will be introduced next year at a cost of $2.4 million, according to plans introduced at a recent board meeting for the facility’s owner, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2015/11/first-look-convention-center-s-new-food-and.html

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Don't yet have any more recent full-view photos of the Convention Center Parking Garage.  But the FCCFA webpage for the project - http://www.meetusincolumbus.com/goodale-st-parking-facility/ - does have an updated rendering for the garage:

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This rendering is different from previous ones because it shows color fins being used to clad the sides.  Previously renderings were gray.  Apparently the color fins in the new rendering are accurate and are currently being installed.  The construction cam at http://www.meetusincolumbus.com/goodale-st-parking-facility/ shows a low res image of this.  And last week, the Dispatch had this image of the color fins on the garage within a general construction article:

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I walked into the garage last week. Each floor has some type of unique art treatment surrounding the walls at the elevators. Some floors are pretty slick while others are blah, but it is a nice touch overall.

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^ Looks you can drive into the garage now.  CU is reporting that the Goodale Street Garage is now open to the public.  Below is an updated photo (looks like they're still finishing the outside) and an article excerpt w/link:

 

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800-Space Goodale Garage Opens to The Public

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

February 23, 2016 - 8:00 am

 

Convention goers will be excited to learn that the new Goodale Garage has opened for public use, just a few short weeks ahead of this year’s Arnold Classic.  The new eight-story $18 million parking deck on the north side of the Convention Center provides 800 spaces open for public use, replacing a surface lot that previously only accommodated 192 cars.  Travelers on Interstate 670 have likely already noticed the exterior LED lighting that has begun to illuminate the building at night.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/800-space-goodale-garage-opens-to-the-public

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I walked into the garage last week. Each floor has some type of unique art treatment surrounding the walls at the elevators. Some floors are pretty slick while others are blah, but it is a nice touch overall.

 

Business First had a pretty good rundown of the tilework around the elevators at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/02/26/photosrenovated-ballroom-800-space-garage-open-at.html.  I liked these two the best:

 

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Work on the exterior of the Convention Center is underway.  First two photos are from April 20 at http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-downtown

 

Peter Eisenmann's bold deconstructionist facade facing High Street is giving way to an even bolder paper faced facade!

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^ Okay, not really.  The covering is part of restoration work on 23-year old details used in the deconstructionist facade that haven't weathered very well.  Here is the work along Goodale turning the corner from High Street: 

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In addition to the High Street facade work, the Convention Center addition is going up along Goodale Street.  The recently completed Goodale Street Parking Garage is visible in the background:  May 30 photo from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-may-edition

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Looks like the High St. streetscape project is wrapping up on the convention center side and ramping up on the west side of the street (Convention Center Way to Goodale - Phase 1 of the High St. streetscape project). Crews were on site this morning to remove trees.

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I hope the Hyatt plan works out, with the hopes that it would spark a full interior and exterior renovation of that dated mess.

 

All of these take advantage of underutilized space, however, so all have pros.

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I hope the Hyatt plan works out, with the hopes that it would spark a full interior and exterior renovation of that dated mess.

 

All of these take advantage of underutilized space, however, so all have pros.

 

Speaking of underutilized space, has there ever been discussion of adding retail on High St?

 

Seems like they could have made a fortune on lease space along that stretch.

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CU is reporting recommendations for a 1000 room hotel. Rather than considering it an addition to the Hilton, why not push for a 1000 room tower at the site identified on the right side of the image below?

 

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http://www.columbusunderground.com/experience-columbus-identifies-sites-for-hotel-expansion-by-convention-center-bw1

 

Believe the proposal calls for 400 rooms in that "Hilton extension."  I'm not sure there's a single developer who wants to / has the ability to add a 1,000 room tower.  For reference, the Hyatt is 20 stories and has 683 rooms.

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New vision for Convention Center area includes pedestrian-only streets, places to linger and 1,000-room hotel

 

Now that the Greater Columbus Convention Center's been spruced up, it's time to spiff up the neighborhood to the west.

 

Local officials unveiled a Columbus Hotel and Development Study Wednesday afternoon at the Columbus Metropolitan Club – a land use plan that looks at improving the pedestrian experience from the Convention Center heading west to Neil Avenue. It was a city-county effort along with design firm NBBJ.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/28/new-vision-for-convention-center-area-includes.html

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Now that the Greater Columbus Convention Center's been spruced up, it's time to spiff up the neighborhood to the west.

 

You mean the northern end of the Arena District?  A place that was nothing 20 years ago?  Needs spruced up?  It's getting a freaking tower!

 

That said, there are a ton of crap gravel surface lots between Neil & Park St.  There is potential there - I can't remember what the "master plan" for the Arena District was but I'm sure there have been plans to fill in that area for years.

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I like the plan and potential the area has. I've always thought the northern edge along 670 would be a good location for 20-30 story apartments to take advantage of park and downtown views. The article mentions pedestrian connectivity to Express Live and Huntington Park, but the intersection of Vine and Neil is awful for pedestrians. If this is one of the goals then the intersection needs to be addressed.

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^I'd have to do some digging, but I think around the time that the North Market Tower proposals came out, they also published tentative plans about filling in along Vine from Neil to Park St.

 

I don't think that area is "bad" - it could certainly use some help (see failing Garage Bar/Bucks n Pucks/whatever it is now + the old Lodge Bar / Touchdowns being abandoned for years now).  And yes, Neil/Vine is a terrible pedestrian intersections.  I have, however, gone from Brothers to a Clippers game or Express Live (that's still weird to say) and just cut through the Blue Jackets parking garage.

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Inside the renovated and expanded convention center, complete with a new 'front door' to the Short North

 

The newly renovated and expanded Greater Columbus Convention Center is set to heighten the city’s already growing profile.

 

After more than three years of design and construction, the more than $140 million project is in its final days.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/07/07/first-look-inside-the-renovated-and-expanded.html

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Interactive Sculpture to be Revealed at the Convention Center this Thursday

 

The Convention Facilities Authority will hold a VIP celebration event this Thursday for the completion of the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s renovations, and the unveiling of a “one-of-a-kind interactive LED sculpture designed to represent Central Ohio’s deep diversity.”

 

The renovation cost $140 million and spanned two years, adding 95,000 square feet to the Convention Center, as well as an 800-space parking garage — Goodale Garage.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/interactive-sculpture-to-be-revealed-at-the-convention-center-this-thursday-ls1

 

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Signature public art piece for Columbus set for unveiling Thursday

 

An interactive piece of public art that officials hope will become nationally known is set to be unveiled at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Thursday.

 

The sculpture, titled “As We Are,” is a 14-foot multimedia display shaped in the form of a human head that projects visitors’ faces onto its form using 850,000 LED lights.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/08/31/signature-public-art-piece-for-columbus-set-for.html

 

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I was all set to not-like this "As We Are" head sculpture when I first saw it.  But after seeing it more and hearing the local artist talk about it, I'm really liking it now.  I especially like the interactive part of it - where someone walks into the sculpture, gets their face scanned, then sees their face on the sculpture!

 

Columbus' newest public art piece is a 3D multimedia sculpture that displays faces on a 14-foot head lit by 850,000 LEDs (Video):  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/08/31/photos-columbus-newest-public-art-piece-is-a-3d.html

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More pics and info on the head sculpture from the Dispatch:  http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170901/new-columbus-convention-center-sculpture-called-ultimate-selfie-machine

 

-- “As We Are,” created by Columbus College of Art & Design professor Matthew Mohr, made its debut during an invitation-only event at the just-renovated Greater Columbus Convention Center.  The 14-foot metal sculpture is covered with 850,000 LED lights.  A built-in photo booth at its back, featuring 32 digital cameras, captures the image of a subject’s head from many angles simultaneously.  The resulting image is superimposed on the blank canvas of the giant head.  Images will be stored and will be shown on a rotating basis.

 

-- The sculpture is located at the corner of High and Goodale in the new north atrium of the expanded convention center.  The sculpture will face toward the interior of the convention center during the day and rotate to face High Street at night.

 

-- Civic, business and religious leaders were invited Thursday to have their images added to the rotating collection to be displayed on the head.  Starting Friday, the public can visit the sculpture, with an attendant on hand to help visitors have their faces displayed on it.  On Saturday, it will have its big public debut, when the convention center will participate in the Short North’s monthly Gallery Hop for the first time.

 

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Artist and CCAD professor Matthew Mohr in front of "As We Are" sculpture. The image on the sculpture is his 12-year-old daughter.

 

 

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Photo booth inside the sculpture.

 

 

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The face of the subject emerging from the photo booth in the previous image is superimposed onto the sculpture in the atrium.

The panels surrounding the sculpture will be removed for Friday's public viewing, Saturday's gallery hop and going forward.

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Convention center's giant video wall inspired by board member's trip to World Trade Center

 

A 7-by-60-foot video screen that alternately distracts and informs on the trek between buildings at the Greater Columbus Convention Center was inspired by a digital display nearly five times its size at the World Trade Center in New York City.

 

The continuous LED screen packed with more than a half-million pixels is the first North American video wall of its kind for manufacturer LG Corp., and an opening to new business for a Dublin digital sign company.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/09/25/convention-centers-giant-video-wall-inspired-by.html

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All of these things are nice to have, but now they've spent $120 million on this and didn't add retail space along the High St facade. That is the single biggest upgrade that would improve the urban experience of the convention center.

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All of these things are nice to have, but now they've spent $120 million on this and didn't add retail space along the High St facade. That is the single biggest upgrade that would improve the urban experience of the convention center.

 

It was just bizarre that retail was never included. Maybe in the future?

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^That would require giving up convention space. Plus, many of the bathrooms are pressed up against the front walls. I don't see retail being a priority of the convention authority.

 

I'm hopeful that the hotel expansion will be to the Hyatt, meaning its footprint is extended to the intersection of High and Nationwide. Hopefully that provides an opportunity to create a new streetwall along the Hyatt's entire block with High Street and help to reduce the 3 block long dead zone on the convention/Ohio center stretch.

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Plans for New Convention Center Garage Moving Forward

 

Plans for a new parking garage behind the Greater Columbus Convention Center are moving forward. The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the design of the garage, and will soon issue a second RFQ for firms interested in managing its construction.

 

The FCCFA board authorized those steps at its last meeting, and also gave the go ahead to issue revenue bonds to finance the garage – the same funding method used to build the recent Goodale Street garage and an earlier expansion of the Vine Street garage.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/plans-for-new-convention-center-garage-moving-forward-bw1

 

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Ah I didn't realize that's the spot the new garage will be going in. Pretty creative use of space actually. Hope we can see something significant proposed for the Goodale lot soon!

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I was hoping this was the spot they were talking about. Now if we could only get a hotel/condo/apartment tower with ground floor retail on that spot on Goodale between High and the parking garage-and at least 15 floors-you know at that location it would work especially if they could tap a bit into the garage parking next door.

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Design Team Selected for New Convention Center Garage

 

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA) has selected local architecture firm Schooley Caldwell to design the new convention center parking garage.

 

The FCCFA board voted to move forward with the project, which will be called the Ohio Center Garage, at its meeting on Tuesday.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/design-team-selected-for-new-convention-center-garage-bw1

 

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