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^^^Yep, it really sucks. He needed an opponent to push him on some issues, even if he was assured re-election. He really seems to truly be doing bare minimum and is rewarded for it.

 

I miss Coleman : (

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40 minutes ago, GCrites80s said:

Ginther is essentially running unopposed on Tuesday. I haven't heard much about the opposition who is this Jef Leppard guy that is write-in only.

Ginther may only have this time, he isn't as favorable with a lot of business folks in the city like Coleman was, though he is a puppet so who knows!

 

Coleman, despite his own issues, really knew how to play the game and was a great mayor for all IMO.

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$25.7M Columbus Crew stadium land deal closes

 

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Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. said Friday afternoon that it has closed a deal to sell the Columbus Crew about 21 acres of land on West Nationwide Boulevard where the soccer team plans to build its new $300 million stadium.

 

A Columbus Crew spokesman previously said the team’s ownership group would pay $25.7 million for the land. The Crew confirmed the closure of the sale.

 

The purchase is officially between Nationwide Realty Investors affiliate NWD 500 Nationwide LLC and West End Development LLC, an affiliate of the Crew’s ownership group. That group includes Jimmy and Dee Haslam (the owners of the Cleveland Browns) and Columbus' Edwards family.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/11/01/columbus-crew-stadium-land-deal-has-closed.html

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Technically Short North, but its about the Stadium. The downtown Stadium Experience Center at 881 High, opening this December. 

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"the Experience Center will serve as the place where you will be able to utilize the latest interactive technology to conceptualize the new stadium and its various seating options. Crew SC membership consultants will guide you through the seat selection process and answer any questions that you have along the way."

 

 

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They changed the angle of the construction cam:

 

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It's pretty cool to see the recent mid-rise buildings that have gone up along High Street from here. The views from the stadium are going to be really cool no matter which way you look. I can't wait!

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The real winner is White Castle.  Just sayin'.

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State funding for Crew stadium could increase as team seeks loan on top of planned $20M

 

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Columbus Crew SC has long included state money in its funding plan for the soccer team's new Arena District stadium, but a document obtained by Columbus Business First indicates the state contribution to the project could include a $13.4 million loan in addition to the previously budgeted $20 million.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/11/15/exclusivestate-funding-for-crew-stadium-could.html


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54 minutes ago, Zyrokai said:

^^^ I super want that triangle piece next to it to get developed. Also I see some stadium-esque shapes forming!


I wonder if the best option would be to somehow turn the triangle into public green space. Some sort of safety barriers would likely need to be built along the RR tracks, but I think it could be an interesting concept and likely easier than actually building something. I really just want it to be utilized in some fashion. 

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Columbus has plenty of underutilized parcels on major corridors that are much more important to develop than the forgotten triangle only known to us urban geeks that stare at aerial views. 

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15 minutes ago, wpcc88 said:

Could be a great location for an Amtrak station.

 

Move the greyhound/intercity bus hub there as well... Or even just move the greyhound station there and DREAM of an amtrak down the road lol.

 

Edit: Amtrak+Greyhound+Park 

 

Yay SimUrbanOhio!

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It's not common knowledge, but the Convention Center is already designed to be a train station with very little additional work. Hop off the platform, walk a few feet and you're in the food court/mini-mall.

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9 hours ago, GCrites80s said:

It's not common knowledge, but the Convention Center is already designed to be a train station with very little additional work. Hop off the platform, walk a few feet and you're in the food court/mini-mall.

 

Mind blown.

 

 

 

Also, I vote we forever refer to this parcel as The Forgotten Triangle™

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11 hours ago, GCrites80s said:

It's not common knowledge, but the Convention Center is already designed to be a train station with very little additional work. Hop off the platform, walk a few feet and you're in the food court/mini-mall.

 

Yep.  I think I mentioned it here at least once that the initial plans called for the CC to be south of the railroad tracks.  It was going to include a hotel and event space together.  A separate, but connected transit hub was planned on the northern side of the tracks in a revamped Union Station.  When US was torn down by the city, the city lost funding to build the transit station because of the demolition, and the city built the CC in its place, instead.  The idea of the transit hub was still incorporated into the design, but never built.  And we still got the hotel on the south side of the tracks.

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Crew stadium update: Franklin County advances funding plan

 

Franklin County’s piece of the public financing for Columbus Crew SC’s new $300 million Arena District stadium moved forward Tuesday.

 

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Confluence Community Authority, laying out its contribution to the project. That contribution will consist of annual payments of $2.5 million over 30 years to the newly created entity that will eventually own the stadium. 

 

Although those contributions will ultimately total $75 million, the county describes its contribution to the project as approximately $45 million, based on the size of the bond issuance those payments will allow.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/03/crew-stadium-update-franklin-county-advances.html


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19 minutes ago, Toddguy said:

Any more aerial updates available on this anywhere online? Any new drone footage?

 

Here's the site as of 12:40 pm on December 13th, 2019. 

 

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19 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

 

Here's the site as of 12:40 pm on December 13th, 2019. 

 

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Ok duh I forgot there was a construction cam..even though I upvoted the post listing it 😖! Thanks for the reminder.

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1 minute ago, Toddguy said:

Ok duh I forgot there was a construction cam..even though I upvoted the post listing it 😖! Thanks for the reminder.

 

Ha! No worries. I haven't seen any recent drone type shots unfortunately. They've definitely been working full steam ahead though. 

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A lot of work is currently being done on the foundation of the stadium. To the right of the screenshot you can see some of the below ground foundation work. 

 

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Awesome shot! I really despise that weird triangle no-man's land between the tracks, though.

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2 minutes ago, TH3BUDDHA said:

Awesome shot! I really despise that weird triangle no-man's land between the tracks, though.

 

Me. Too. Either build some apartments or make it a park or SOMETHING.

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Lots of work going on at the stadium site. I'm sure this mild winter weather we've been having has been a blessing in terms of construction productivity. 

 

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https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20200213/email-ties-crew-stadium-land-to-nationwide-loan-restructuring

 

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The negotiations for Nationwide’s 21 acres west of the Arena District went on for 11 months, finally concluding with a sale on the same day that the new economic development agreement settling the loan with Nationwide also was signed.

 

An email last summer from Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s office urged the City Council to approve an unusual property tax deal worth up to $65 million to Nationwide Realty Investors because failing to do so could jeopardize buying land from the company that was needed for a new Downtown soccer stadium.

 

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“Specifically, passage of the (agreement with Nationwide Realty Investors) now will allow the Crew to move forward with preliminary site prep currently planned to commence on August 1, 2019, and real site work and demolition currently planned to commence in early September,” Paul wrote. “Our belief is that NRI may not accommodate if they do not have passage of the (tax increment financing) changes with the city.”

 

The email, first reported this week by public radio station WOSU, repeatedly ties the two agreements together, noting that “the acquisition of the stadium land” faced an Aug. 31, 2019, deadline, requiring that the property tax deal be approved quickly “so that we can start construction” of the soccer stadium.

 

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On 9/20/2019 at 5:41 AM, DTCL11 said:

Looks like NRI has some pretty tough demands on releasing the land if it still hasn't been inked. Hearing that the deal is 'close' for a couple months indicates that it's much more than a simple transaction of selling land in the effort to save the team and makes me believe they are looking for a long term financial benefit rather than a one time transaction. It harkens back to a brief reference in a thread of NRI holding land. NRI and Kaufman have an 'agreement to acquire' rather than 'purchase' or stating that Kaufman is buying the land as articles at the time reported for the non-NRI parcels. Could be semantics but the word choices seem pretty specific. 

 

The article also goes on to talk about the fact the city still has not transferred their land and won't until the final private land deal is signed. 

 

No one has stated the deal is in trouble but someone is definitely playing some hardball to squeeze out benefits. 

 

 

 

I'm just gonna leave this here from September....

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Commission to Weigh in on New Downtown Park, Pedestrian Bridge

 

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The latest plans for a new pedestrian bridge and riverfront park near the new Crew stadium will be presented to the Downtown Commission next week.

 

Materials submitted to the city in advance of the meeting show new landscaped areas on both sides of the river, as well as other amenities like a kayak launch, a bike share station, a dog park, and a new trail running along the east side of the river that appears to extend both south to the Downtown riverfront and north to the Reach on Goodale site.

 

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28 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

 

Commission to Weigh in on New Downtown Park, Pedestrian Bridge

 

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The latest plans for a new pedestrian bridge and riverfront park near the new Crew stadium will be presented to the Downtown Commission next week.

 

Materials submitted to the city in advance of the meeting show new landscaped areas on both sides of the river, as well as other amenities like a kayak launch, a bike share station, a dog park, and a new trail running along the east side of the river that appears to extend both south to the Downtown riverfront and north to the Reach on Goodale site.

 

https://www.columbusunderground.com/commission-to-weigh-in-on-new-downtown-park-pedestrian-bridge-bw1/

 

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I like it. The kayak storage is a great idea.

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I like it, which means I'm going to be really underwhelmed when the designs/heights for the mixed-use part of all this is presented.

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New renderings released for pedestrian bridge near Crew stadium 

 

A fuller picture has emerged of the proposed $2 million pedestrian bridge that aims to connect the new $300 million Crew stadium, now under construction, with the west side of the Olentangy River, the Olentangy Trail and the Central Ohio Greenways System.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/21/new-renderings-released-for-pedestrian-bridge-near.html

 

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This is great. Design is a bit bland so I hope they dress it up with LED lighting accents of some sort. 

 

hopefully this paves the way for another pedestrian bridge from North Bank park into franklinton/Scioto peninsula. 

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On 2/21/2020 at 8:27 PM, jonoh81 said:

I like it, which means I'm going to be really underwhelmed when the designs/heights for the mixed-use part of all this is presented.

 

They're (probably) going to be 4 to 5 stories, you can see the heights labeled in this image.

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9 hours ago, .justin said:

 

They're (probably) going to be 4 to 5 stories, you can see the heights labeled in this image.

Good eyes. I'd missed that originally. I'd almost rather they not force it and leave one or two lots as an empty grass lot for now and then go taller later. 

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3 minutes ago, 17thState said:

Good eyes. I'd missed that originally. I'd almost rather they not force it and leave one or two lots as an empty grass lot for now and then go taller later. 

 

Or build them to allow upward expansion in the future 

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Columbus council OKs initial $13 million for new Crew stadium, Mapfre project

Bill Bush - Mon. Feb 24, 2020

Link: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200224/columbus-council-oks-initial-13-million-for-new-crew-stadium-mapfre-project

 

"The payment is the first of three annual cash installments totaling $38 million that the city originally announced it would contribute to the project under its initial pledge to provide $50 million. The city also will donate an additional $12 million in city-funded infrastructure improvements to the Confluence Village stadium site west of the Arena District."

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On 2/24/2020 at 6:56 AM, .justin said:

 

They're (probably) going to be 4 to 5 stories, you can see the heights labeled in this image.

 

Least surprising news ever.

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^Hopefully it turns into a gold mine (for the Crew, the Arena District, and the city as a whole).

 

^^ That seems to be a high retaining wall being built around the stadium's periphery. Will it be partially sunken (e.g. Huntington Park)?

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