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$120M Franklinton project lands first tenant, starts ground work

 

Kaufman Development says demolition has started at the West Broad Street site, paving the way for a full block of development totaling 840,000 square feet that will include the neighborhood's tallest building. The second phase sits across the street from the project's first phase at 500 W. Broad St., which was completed last year.

 

The developer also announced its first tenant for this phase of the project. OhioHealth will build a 13,000-square-foot primary care and urgent care facility in the ground floor of the development's main office building.

 

More here: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/10/120m-franklinton-projectlands-first-tenant-starts.html?iana=hpmvp_colum_news_headline

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1 hour ago, TH3BUDDHA said:

The developer also announced its first tenant for this phase of the project. OhioHealth will build a 13,000-square-foot primary care and urgent care facility in the ground floor of the development's main office. 

 

That's kind of a big deal and great to see. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Pablo said:

There's a little wishful thinking on the rendering! 

 

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Hey, NBBJ is one of the firms working on the Olentangy Corridor project... Maybe they know something we don't? One can dream, right?

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1 hour ago, DevolsDance said:

 

If I had to guess, price and location.

For comparison, the last time I toured the two locations was back in the fall...

 

Gravity 

1 Bedroom, 733 sq/ft - $1300

Parking $100/month

River & Rich 

1 Bedroom, 700 Sq/ft - $1080

Parking $75/month

 

Additionally, River & Rich kind of has the better location. River & Rich is in the heart of the trendy part of Franklinton, surrounded by 400 W Rich, breweries, and restaurants and is much more active than Broad St. is at the moment from a pedestrian safety standpoint. Gravity will get there but it's just taking a bit longer. I have always been told the first two years of a new project are the hardest because of lease churn and really aren't an indication of market strength. I wouldn't worry too much, especially since they are pushing forward with Gravity II. 

To expand a bit on the completely accurate points mentioned by DevolsDance:

 

- R&R has an on site gym and a heated pool - Gravity does not have either (for now at least, I have heard rumblings that they may add an on site gym in Gravity 1 or 2)

- R&R has a variety of floor-plans including townhomes, flats, and traditional apartments (The townhomes and flats have optional 1 car garages - huge draw that close to downtown)

- Regarding location: this is the main factor here. Yes, R&R is in the more trendy area; however, It goes further. Gravity has heard complaints directly related to the proximity of 3-4 heavily utilized freight rail lines which squeak, squeal and rumble VERY loudly. R&R has a few buildings in close proximity to those same tracks; however, not nearly as close as the entire gravity building. Essentially, 2 of 4 sides of Gravity 1Apartments are within feet of the tracks. IMO, they should have flipped the layout to put the office component closer to the tracks but even that may not have solved the issue.

- Additionally on location, R&R has the benefit of free street parking due to its location. I park in franklinton near R&R or often near the Idea Foundry and walk to the office quite a bit when I do not work remotely so I have noticed this benefit personally.

- Furthermore, the occupancy has been stalled around 40-50% due to the fact that kaufman decided to push the airbnb approach. He is paying people a percentage of revenue to manage furnished apartments as short term rentals. (Source: two friends of mine manage a handful of listings within Gravity 1)

 

The worry I have is that the trains are not going anywhere so will Kaufman manage to build sound dampening walls to help alleviate the noise? or take another approach with building materials that help to alleviate this? Im no expert by any means but there must be some option for him. 

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Gravity II Update: Demolition Begins, OhioHealth Facility Planned

 

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The second phase of Kaufman Development’s Gravity project in Franklinton will include a primary and urgent care facility operated by OhioHealth.

 

The news of OhioHealth’s involvement comes as demolition is scheduled to start on the overall project.

 

Located directly across the street from the first phase of Gravity (at 500 W. Broad St.), the second phase will include a 12-story mixed-use building and a six-story office building (both on Broad); a five-story apartment building featuring “co-living” units; an 889-space parking garage; a five-story townhome and apartment building that will line the west side of the garage; and a courtyard space accessible from Broad Street that is now being called an “Immersive Community Experience Zone.”

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/gravity-ii-update-demolition-begins-ohiohealth-facility-planned-bw1

 

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2 hours ago, NightNectar said:

 

The worry I have is that the trains are not going anywhere so will Kaufman manage to build sound dampening walls to help alleviate the noise? or take another approach with building materials that help to alleviate this? Im no expert by any means but there must be some option for him. 

 

I thought this would be an issue and I'm surprised they didn't try to front the tracks with the parking garage component. They're not even taking that approach with Gravity 2.0, so either they're not that concerned about it or they've found some other way to mitigate it. 

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2 hours ago, NightNectar said:

The worry I have is that the trains are not going anywhere so will Kaufman manage to build sound dampening walls to help alleviate the noise? or take another approach with building materials that help to alleviate this? Im no expert by any means but there must be some option for him. 

 

When the demand gets high enough, the trains won't be as much of a factor. For now, people have more choice, but some of the most expensive homes and apartments in cities with rail face similar issues but if the neighborhood is hot, people will put up with it. If it then becomes that much of a detractor, rents will reduce. 

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2 hours ago, NightNectar said:

To expand a bit on the completely accurate points mentioned by DevolsDance:

 

- R&R has an on site gym and a heated pool - Gravity does not have either (for now at least, I have heard rumblings that they may add an on site gym in Gravity 1 or 2)

- R&R has a variety of floor-plans including townhomes, flats, and traditional apartments (The townhomes and flats have optional 1 car garages - huge draw that close to downtown)

- Regarding location: this is the main factor here. Yes, R&R is in the more trendy area; however, It goes further. Gravity has heard complaints directly related to the proximity of 3-4 heavily utilized freight rail lines which squeak, squeal and rumble VERY loudly. R&R has a few buildings in close proximity to those same tracks; however, not nearly as close as the entire gravity building. Essentially, 2 of 4 sides of Gravity 1Apartments are within feet of the tracks. IMO, they should have flipped the layout to put the office component closer to the tracks but even that may not have solved the issue.

- Additionally on location, R&R has the benefit of free street parking due to its location. I park in franklinton near R&R or often near the Idea Foundry and walk to the office quite a bit when I do not work remotely so I have noticed this benefit personally.

- Furthermore, the occupancy has been stalled around 40-50% due to the fact that kaufman decided to push the airbnb approach. He is paying people a percentage of revenue to manage furnished apartments as short term rentals. (Source: two friends of mine manage a handful of listings within Gravity 1)

 

The worry I have is that the trains are not going anywhere so will Kaufman manage to build sound dampening walls to help alleviate the noise? or take another approach with building materials that help to alleviate this? Im no expert by any means but there must be some option for him. 

I mean, I feel like moving in there, you have to be aware that you're going to hear noise from the trains.  I lived up in Lakewood near Cleveland for around 6 months and tracks go right through the neighborhood.  Because there is an at grade crossing at each block, trains essentially have to just lay on their horn the entire time as they pass through the neighborhood.  You just get used to it as part of living there.

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29 minutes ago, TH3BUDDHA said:

I mean, I feel like moving in there, you have to be aware that you're going to hear noise from the trains.  I lived up in Lakewood near Cleveland for around 6 months and tracks go right through the neighborhood.  Because there is an at grade crossing at each block, trains essentially have to just lay on their horn the entire time as they pass through the neighborhood.  You just get used to it as part of living there.

 

I have two friends who grew up right next to rail road tracks and they both said the sound of trains is actually soothing to them at night because they are used to it. 

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I lived next to some tracks in for a year and barely noticed them. No horns though. Remember, if there's train tracks that means you live in the important part of town.

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16 hours ago, 17thState said:

 

I thought this would be an issue and I'm surprised they didn't try to front the tracks with the parking garage component. They're not even taking that approach with Gravity 2.0, so either they're not that concerned about it or they've found some other way to mitigate it. 

 

I was in the building once looking at a unit facing the tracks WHILE the train went by. It honestly wasn't that bad.

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Made quick work of the demo. The last of it appeared to be getting hauled away today. 

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On 2/11/2020 at 8:19 AM, Zyrokai said:

 

I was in the building once looking at a unit facing the tracks WHILE the train went by. It honestly wasn't that bad.

What did you think about Gravity?  I toured it yesterday and I'm considering moving in.

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40 minutes ago, TH3BUDDHA said:

What did you think about Gravity?  I toured it yesterday and I'm considering moving in.

 

I really liked it! I thought the unique layouts of all the different rooms were super cool. I really wanted to move in back when I toured it. I would have been one of the first. I toured it twice while it was still under construction and not even all the rooms had all the fixtures in them yet. And I would have moved in......but it's still too expensive for my blood, though. I just can't do $900 and up : (

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On 2/24/2020 at 8:22 PM, NorthShore647 said:

Mount Carmel demolition from Tommy's parking lot

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^ 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

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Three Affordable Housing Developments Moving Forward

 

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The City of Columbus announced this week that three affordable housing developments in Franklinton will be moving forward. The projects, which will bring a total of 150 units to three different sites in the neighborhood, will offer senior housing, apartments and single family homes that will be affordable to those making between 30% and 80% of the area median income .

 

Each of the projects will utilize gap financing from the city as well as a relatively new tax credit program from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency called FHAct50. The program targets neighborhoods that are seeing an influx of new market-rate housing.

 

The three projects are featured in a new Franklinton area plan (PDF), released this month. Similar to the city’s Envision Hilltop and One Linden plans, the new Franklinton document contains information on the neighborhood’s history, as well as data on employment, crime, transportation and other topics.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/three-affordable-housing-developments-moving-forward-bw1

 

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The Dispatch ran this photo over the weekend in their print edition of the on-going demolition of Mount Carmel West.  The caption said the photo was dated 4/18.  Although the photo was only available in this black-and-white version, its still pretty clear that not much remains of the former hospital campus.  About the only recognizable element is the tower with the skylight at the top:

 

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On 1/30/2020 at 10:07 PM, Columbo said:

Mid-January photo of a three-story building under construction at the northwest corner of State and Mill streets in East Franklinton.  The building will have 13 one-bedroom units and a 1,140-square-foot corner retail space.  Photo from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-january-2020-we1

 

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Second update from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-april-2020-franklinton-osu-more-bw1

 

The three-story, 13-unit mixed-use building at the northwest corner of State and Mill streets in East Franklinton:

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Third Franklinton update from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-april-2020-franklinton-osu-more-bw1

 

The site for Gravity 2.0 has been cleared.  Here's a panorama view I stitched together from two CU photos looking northwest toward Gravity 1.0 along Broad Street:

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View from Broad & McDowell:

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View from McDowell at the middle of the Gravity 2.0 site:

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View from State & McDowell:

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45 minutes ago, Columbo said:

Third Franklinton update from https://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-april-2020-franklinton-osu-more-bw1

 

The site for Gravity 2.0 has been cleared.  Here's a panorama view I stitched together from two CU photos looking northwest toward Gravity 1.0 along Broad Street:

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View from Broad & McDowell:

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View from McDowell at the middle of the Gravity 2.0 site:

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View from State & McDowell:

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Is there a construction timeline on this?  I know it was said that the office building with OhioHealth was supposed to open late 2021.  This site has been clear since February, but there hasn't been anymore movement since.

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Looks like something you might see after an earthquake rather than a windy thunderstorm.  Reminds me of the building in West Jeff(where my dentist was)that just fell into Main street(40).

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5 minutes ago, Toddguy said:

Looks like something you might see after an earthquake rather than a windy thunderstorm.  Reminds me of the building in West Jeff(where my dentist was)that just fell into Main street(40).

 

I remember seeing that in the news.  If I recall correctly, the side/corner wall of that brick building collapsed because some DIY interior renovation work took out too much structural support.  I wonder if the same thing happened with this Franklinton building, because it looks like some new windows have been recently installed.

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1 hour ago, Columbo said:

 

I remember seeing that in the news.  If I recall correctly, the side/corner wall of that brick building collapsed because some DIY interior renovation work took out too much structural support.  I wonder if the same thing happened with this Franklinton building, because it looks like some new windows have been recently installed.

If there was ongoing construction in that area of the building then I would suspect that was a causative factor. Fortunately nobody was injured, but I have a feeling the whole building is a goner now. 

 

Yes I believe you are correct about the West Jeff building. It suffered much more damage than this building and also fortunately nobody was injured seriously especially given that it was occupied. It is now a grass lot.  😞

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14 minutes ago, GCrites80s said:

Hey, gotta get that open floor plan

Do you think they have any chance of salvaging the building(from what we can tell?)

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13 minutes ago, Toddguy said:

Do you think they have any chance of salvaging the building(from what we can tell?)

 

If the quality of the renovation was such that it caused the outside wall to collapse during high winds, I wouldn't hold out hope that they have the ability to do a complicated reconstruction job.

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3 minutes ago, Columbo said:

 

If the quality of the renovation was such that it caused the outside wall to collapse during high winds, I wouldn't hold out hope that they have the ability to do a complicated reconstruction job.

Too bad. It was a nice little old building.

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Renovation Plan for Historic Franklinton Buildings Debated

 

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A plan to renovate a pair of historic buildings in Franklinton got another hearing yesterday.

 

The former warehouse buildings at 373 and 375 W. Rich St. have been vacant for decades and have significant structural issues. The buildings, which survived the 1913 flood and are listed on both national and local historic registries, sit immediately to the east of the new River & Rich development.

 

Representatives of Casto, the project’s developer, and the architectural firm Design Collective presented the project virtually to the Historic Resources Commission on May 21. Plans call for the third floor of 373 W. Rich St. to be removed and the second floor partially converted into an open-air patio. The buildings would be connected and would share a common outdoor space.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/renovation-of-historic-franklinton-buildings-debated-bw1

 

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These have been 2 of my favorite buildings in Franklinton for a long time. It is a shame to lose the third floor but after 2 engineering and feasibility studies, I think the commission should be a bit forgiving with 80% of the original structures remaining. 

 

In my mind, one could almost create a metal structure that shows the original shape of the building and then use that as structure for rooftop amenity cover etc. Makes sense in my head. Maybe not here lol. 

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MODERATOR NOTE:  The Dispatch just posted an article about the status of various development projects around Columbus and Central Ohio.  The status of some of these projects have already been posted in other threads.  For those projects that haven't already been updated, I'll post an update from the article in the appropriate thread.

 


Here's an update for the Gravity 2.0 project from the below linked article:

 

https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200523/some-major-columbus-development-projects-on-hold-while-others-move-forward

 

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In Franklinton, work is proceeding on Gravity 2, the second and larger phase of the Gravity development on West Broad Street, said its developer, Brett Kaufman.

 

“The COVID situation has made things more complicated and has slowed things down, but we’re still moving forward,” said Kaufman, CEO of Kaufman Development.  “We’re taking this opportunity to make sure we’re adapting our product to what the new world of offices will look like.”

 

Kaufman said the project has been tweaked to include touchless elevators and doors, antibacterial surfaces and a more sophisticated air circulation system.

 

Plus another photo of the cleared Gravity 2.0 site across Broad Street from Gravity 1.0 from the article:

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On 5/22/2020 at 10:07 PM, DTCL11 said:

These have been 2 of my favorite buildings in Franklinton for a long time. It is a shame to lose the third floor but after 2 engineering and feasibility studies, I think the commission should be a bit forgiving with 80% of the original structures remaining. 

 

In my mind, one could almost create a metal structure that shows the original shape of the building and then use that as structure for rooftop amenity cover etc. Makes sense in my head. Maybe not here lol. 

It looks like that's already what the third floor is. I agree it would be cool to do a sort of homage to the original height. It's also such an interesting building -- it's facade is "upside down" with the refined brickwork on the first 2 floors and rusticated stone above -- quite an anomaly, glad that at least part of that will still be represented. I also adore the new train-viewing deck on the rooftops -- a nifty, unique feature. Very Franklinton.

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It looks like a good plan given it would be too expensive to keep the third floor(regarding the two Franklinton buildings.)

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On 5/23/2020 at 7:45 PM, Columbo said:

MODERATOR NOTE:  The Dispatch just posted an article about the status of various development projects around Columbus and Central Ohio.  The status of some of these projects have already been posted in other threads.  For those projects that haven't already been updated, I'll post an update from the article in the appropriate thread.

 


Here's an update for the Gravity 2.0 project from the below linked article:

 

https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200523/some-major-columbus-development-projects-on-hold-while-others-move-forward

 

 

Plus another photo of the cleared Gravity 2.0 site across Broad Street from Gravity 1.0 from the article:

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Gravity looks good, but are they going to ever have any real trees at all on that side of Broad? Also too bad they could not stick a few container trees on the rooftop spaces. 

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Hey all. Long time lurker, first time poster. Was wondering if anyone knows what is going up at this site. This is across from Gravity 1.0. 

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40 minutes ago, amped91 said:

Hey all. Long time lurker, first time poster. Was wondering if anyone knows what is going up at this site. This is across from Gravity 1.0. 

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Welcome to the board! Unfortunately I do not have an answer for you-I have no idea of what is going on there. Hopefully someone with the knowledge will chime in and post.

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49 minutes ago, amped91 said:

Hey all. Long time lurker, first time poster. Was wondering if anyone knows what is going up at this site. This is across from Gravity 1.0. 

 

I noticed in your photo that Setterlin was the listed construction company.  At their website they listed an expansion project for the neighboring A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson.  Business First had this article about it from 2/11/2019:

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Opportunity zones: New federal tax break could make Franklinton development even hotter

 

America's oldest Harley Davidson dealership delayed plans for a 2017 expansion in Franklinton to take part in a new federal tax break that cements its future in a reviving neighborhood.

 

A.D. Farrow Co. is building a 10,000-square-foot addition on a parking lot next to to its 15,000-square-foot showroom at 491 W. Broad Street.

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/11/opportunity-zones-new-federal-tax-break-could-make.html

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22 hours ago, Columbo said:

 

I noticed in your photo that Setterlin was the listed construction company.  At their website they listed an expansion project for the neighboring A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson.  Business First had this article about it from 2/11/2019:

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Opportunity zones: New federal tax break could make Franklinton development even hotter

 

America's oldest Harley Davidson dealership delayed plans for a 2017 expansion in Franklinton to take part in a new federal tax break that cements its future in a reviving neighborhood.

 

A.D. Farrow Co. is building a 10,000-square-foot addition on a parking lot next to to its 15,000-square-foot showroom at 491 W. Broad Street.

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/11/opportunity-zones-new-federal-tax-break-could-make.html

Darn, I tried looking on their website, but couldn't find it. Thank you so much!

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