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Franklin County voters approved the bond issue for Columbus State Community College that will raise $300 million for capital improvements to campus facilities.  It passed with 60 percent of the vote:

 

https://www.nbc4i.com/news/your-local-election-hq/columbus-state-bond-issue-21-passes/

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200429/voters-approve-inaugural-bond-issue-for-columbus-state-community-college

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I voted for this. It is important to support our urban community colleges especially as the big city major universities get flooded with applicants and become more selective due to increased disinterest in rural schools.

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Pizzuti Breaks Ground on Phase 3 of Library Park Development

 

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The Discovery District neighborhood has been buzzing with new construction over the past several months, making room for nearly 2,000 new residents in the near future. The next project to break ground is the third phase of the “Library Park” development, a joint venture between The Pizzuti Companies and Capital University.

 

While phases one and two each feature multiple buildings, phase three is comprised of a single six-story building containing 145 apartments, structured parking and 3,500 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space. The building will replace an existing Capital University Law School surface lot at the northeast intersection of Grant Avenue and Oak Street.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/pizzuti-breaks-ground-on-phase-3-of-library-park-development-we1

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/05/13/pizzuti-pushes-on-with-downtown-development.html

 

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On 4/11/2020 at 2:08 PM, Columbo said:

CU ventures outdoors to take photos of our on-going construction projects so you won't have to:  #stayinsideohio

 

https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-april-2020-we1

 

A panoramic view of The Residences at Topiary Park:

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A closer view of The Residences at Topiary Park:

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These are currently on fire, have been burning for some time, and have been heavily damaged. Seen at WCMH website. Probably related to the riots and all. SMH.

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Watching this fire live(WCMH) as it heavily damages this development is just sickening. It looks like most of the top of the building is burning. I would not be surprised if they did not target this, as these under construction developments are so prone to burn given they are stick built and have no working fire protection/suppression systems-just like the 5 floor building near the 13th precinct in Minneapolis was targeted and burnt completely to the ground. 

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Good news is they were under construction and not occupied. I'll take that any day. 

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58 minutes ago, Zyrokai said:

Yikes. Welp........do they rebuild or not?

 

I'd be shocked if it wasn't rebuilt.  Insurance should recoup most if not all of the costs.

 

For some context, a very similar overnight fire happened to a nearly complete 4-story Terraces on Vahalla apartment building in Clintonville in December 2008 - see this post at https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/5242-columbus-the-terraces-on-walhalla/?tab=comments#comment-282208.  That fire was attributed to homeless breaking into the building.  In that case the fire was more severe due to on-site fuel tanks exploding and it burned completely to the ground(!)  But a little over a year later, the 4-story building was rebuilt and accepting residents:  https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/562-columbus-clintonville-developments-and-news/page/3/?tab=comments#comment-395458

 

 

I think the question with the Topiary Park townhouses is whether enough remains to rebuild as is, or if they'll need to demo it back to the foundation and rebuild.

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5 hours ago, DTCL11 said:

 

 

Good news is they were under construction and not occupied. I'll take that any day. 

The fact that they were under construction and unoccupied is likely why they were targeted. The(likely white just out to destroy)people who did this knew that the building would have no working fire detection/suppression systems while under construction. This is why the 5 story 190 unit apartment building in Minneapolis that was under construction burned to the ground and was a huge inferno, while the Target nearby was looted and also set on fire, but the fire was put out by the sprinkler system so while the building was looted and had some smoke and water damage, it did not turn into an inferno. 

 

Whomever did this knew what they were doing and targeted this building because it was under construction. And I doubt it was was of the many people who were out reasonably protesting police violence and brutality towards POC and other racial societal inequities.

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1 hour ago, Columbo said:

 

I'd be shocked if it wasn't rebuilt.  Insurance should recoup most if not all of the costs.

 

For some context, a very similar overnight fire happened to a nearly complete 4-story Terraces on Vahalla apartment building in Clintonville in December 2008 - see this post at https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/5242-columbus-the-terraces-on-walhalla/?tab=comments#comment-282208.  That fire was attributed to homeless breaking into the building.  In that case the fire was more severe due to on-site fuel tanks exploding and it burned completely to the ground(!)  But a little over a year later, the 4-story building was rebuilt and accepting residents:  https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/562-columbus-clintonville-developments-and-news/page/3/?tab=comments#comment-395458

 

 

I think the question with the Topiary Park townhouses is whether enough remains to rebuild as is, or if they'll need to demo it back to the foundation and rebuild.

I agree they will likely rebuild for the reasons you mentioned-it is important to keep the bigger picture in mind and see this as just a temporary setback. 

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You might need a subscription to view this - but the Dispatch has an amazing 28-image slideshow of the Residences at Topiary Park fire at the link below:

 

https://www.dispatch.com/photogallery/OH/20200531/PHOTOGALLERY/531009992/PH/1

 

At that link, the Dispatch reported this: "According to neighbors, a small fire started around 2:30 a.m., but the bigger blaze took over the roof sometime after 6 a.m."

 

If you can't view the full slideshow at the link, here are four of the best images:

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Dispatch caption: "A photo taken from a drone shows the roof and several floors collapsed at the nearly-completed Residences at Topiary Park apartment building Downtown on Sunday May 31, 2020."

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Encova assessing after fire guts new Topiary Park complex

 

The company said it is still assessing the damage to the building and it's too early to comment on what the future will hold for the property.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/06/01/encova-assessing-after-fire-guts-new-topiary-compl.html

 

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1 hour ago, ColDayMan said:

Encova assessing after fire guts new Topiary Park complex

 

The company said it is still assessing the damage to the building and it's too early to comment on what the future will hold for the property.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/06/01/encova-assessing-after-fire-guts-new-topiary-compl.html

 

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They have to have insurance for this damage, right? I don't see why they would not move ahead otherwise given the prime location and the acquisition of the property and having all of the infrastructure in place. They just may need to demo and then restart the building of it. It looks like the foundation work and everything would still be intact as most of the damage appears to be to the upper levels of the building. 

 

And it was coming along so nicely. *sigh*.  I am just going to hope for the best here.

 

 

*Plus isn't this just part of a master plan for the area by Motorists?(er...Encova-It will always be the Motorist's building just like it will always be the Sears Tower!). They already have a stake in owning all of those surface lots.

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^^^

 

I certainly hope they continue and either repair or rebuild. It was seriously so nice and is very depressing to see ruined like this. I would definitely think they have insurance, though.

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https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20200603/man-arrested-in-arson-fire-near-topiary-park

 

Columbus Fire charged a man with aggravated arson for intentionally setting fire to a nearly finished apartment building near Topiary Park early Sunday.  Fire officials said the arson fire does not appear to be related to the protests and vandalism that occurred over the weekend.

 

Derrick D. Lee, 30, whose address is listed as the streets of Columbus, will appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday.

 

“At this time, it is not believed that this $25 million fire was related to the civil unrest that took place in the same area hours earlier,” Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said in a statement.

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This is tough. So tough to see -- what took so long to get to this point, gone in the matter of hours. I also hope they find the ability to rebuild. The master plan for the area is so needed and once the masonry work was completed, it looked great.

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/fire-damage-extensive-at-topiary-park-apartments-bw1

 

CU has some photos of the Topiary Park damage after the smoke cleared at the above link.

 

In assessing the fire damage, its obvious that the entire roof is gone.  Its also obvious that much of the top 4th floor suffered extensive damage.  However, its not clear how damage there is on the lower three floors.  Obviously there will be water damage.  But whether that translates to structural damage is another question.

 

If there isn't a ton of structural damage on the lower floors, they might be able to save the outside walls and rebuild as needed on the interior.  However, if there is extensive structural damage in the lower floors, they might conclude its better/safer to just demo back to the foundations and rebuild again.

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The Cleveland Ave. streetscape is coming together nicely. 
 

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https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200616/columbus-state-removing-christopher-columbus-statue

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/06/16/columbus-state-to-remove-christopher-colum.html

 

The statue of Christopher Columbus that has been on display at Columbus State Community College is coming down.  The college announced the action and said the removal would happen within two weeks.  The statue will be eventually replaced with a new art installation.

 

The Christopher Columbus statue was created by Alfred Solani in 1959, was first installed in Illinois, and was moved to CSCC's campus in 1988.  Once removed it will be placed in storage.

 

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