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Work begins on long-delayed, state-of-the-art Far East Side fire station


A long-awaited Columbus fire station for the fast-growing Far East Side should be finished by the end of 2019.  Columbus city officials and other local leaders officially turned shovels of dirt on the site of the future Station No. 35, at 711 N. Waggoner Road, during a ceremony Wednesday, but construction crews started clearing trees and brush and leveling the property weeks ago.


Station No. 35 has been in the city’s plans since before the Great Recession, but construction was delayed amid that financial turmoil and then a second time for a redesign that should limit firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens.


MORE: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181017/work-begins-on-long-delayed-state-of-the-art-far-east-side-fire-station

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According to the above two articles, we might see a total of 40 eight-foot tall touch screen kiosks installed in Downtown, the Short North, German Village and the University District during 2019.  Above is a photo of the first touch screen kiosk installed at High & Poplar in the Short North this month.


Experience Columbus, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Smart Columbus and the two Downtown Special Improvement Districts have all been involved in developing and planning for the kiosks.  These large touch screen kiosks have been developed by Columbus-based Orange Barrel Media - using a design that the company unveiled in Denver and is also installing in other cities.

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On 2/25/2018 at 7:01 PM, casey said:

I know we've seen a real uptick in Downtown projects especially over the last year or so, but these are some pretty cool stats to read that help put it all in perspective -


Downtown sees flood of new apartment buildings


Four buildings that opened between November and January are welcoming their first tenants. They will be followed by roughly one new building a month for the next two years.


This year alone, nine more apartment and condominium buildings are expected to open, adding almost 1,200 new residences to the city’s core.


More than two dozen additional projects are on the drawing board featuring 2,000 apartments and about 100 condominiums — not including residences proposed in nearby areas such as the Short North and Franklinton.


About 18 percent of all apartments set to open in central Ohio this year are Downtown, according to YardMatrix, an apartment research firm.




The article also included this nice drone video going over a few of the soon-to-open projects -




An update to this. 600 apartments set to open this year after 500 opened last year. That will bring us to over 9,900 residents downtown.

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Renovation Planned for Historic Downtown Building


Renovation work has started on the 110-year-old Central Union Telephone Building at 33 N. Third St.


Mike Vannest, Marketing Coordinator for the E.V. Bishoff Company, said that the first phase of the project will primarily focus on the third floor of the building, where a dropped ceiling will be removed and the original hardwood floors restored.


Also planned as part of the renovation – which got started last month and will continue throughout 2019 – are new glass-walled offices, wifi-enabled thermostats and some repair of the building’s brick exterior.


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New York Times' 52 Places to Go In 2019

No. 47



Is this the American city of the future?


"With a revitalized riverfront and booming downtown, Columbus is already one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. Now, it’s poised to become the model for the future of innovative urban transportation, with self-driving shuttles carrying travelers along the Scioto Mile, which recently completed a massive revitalization, adding 33 acres of riverfront green space for festivals, water sports and outdoor art. (The newly opened National Veterans Memorial and Museum also sits on the Scioto Peninsula.) Among the newest dining options are Veritas, which specializes in small-plate offerings; Service Bar, run by the young chef Avishar Barua, a veteran of New York’s Mission Chinese and WD-50; and in the North Marketneighborhood, veggie-forward Little Eater. The ultracool Short North Arts District offers access to the city’s notable local businesses like the new fashion store Thread and the originalJeni’s ice cream store. But don’t skip Italian Village and German Village neighborhoods, where innovators and dreamers have opened destination shops like Stump Plants and Vernacular and bars like Cosecha."




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Mayor Ginther proposes $1B bond package on ballot with $50M for affordable housing


Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has proposed $50 million for affordable housing as part of a $1.03 billion bond package to go before voters.


The bulk of the bonds go toward public works projects such as street resurfacing, police station construction, water main replacement and sewer system improvements. City voters last approved a $950 million bond package in 2016.


This is the first time the bond issue creates a dedicated affordable housing fund. Usually the allocation is determined in the annual capital budget.


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