• Open-Space Energy: Scioto Mile & Bicentennial Park

    Jan 17, 2014
    Urban Land Institute
    At the recently renovated Bicentennial Park, children play in the interactive fountain by day; at night, 1,000 jets of water serve as a backdrop for lighting and fog effects. The park is part of the new Scioto Mile, which, as its name suggests, is a mile-long (1.6 km) promenade that the municipality undertook to reinvigorate downtown Columbus and reconnect the city to the Scioto River. The effort involved knocking down the deteriorating concrete floodwall that separated the city from the waterfront.
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  • Business Outlook 2014: Real Estate

    Jan 08, 2014
    Columbus CEO
    Columbus developers predict Downtown residential construction will continue steadily throughout 2014. The Downtown apartment and condo market continues to be extremely strong. “Rents are at an historic high,” says Ed Joseph, vice president of CB Richard Ellis. This indicates that demand is outstripping supply. As Downtown revitalization continues, residents are returning to the central city. “Columbus has a decent boom going,” says Jung Kim, director of research at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
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  • Vets Memorial plan good to go

    Dec 01, 2013
    The Columbus Dispatch
    The west side of Downtown is primed for a rebirth that will benefit all of Franklin County and finally pay proper homage to Ohio’s veterans. Franklin County commissioners on Tuesday are expected to approve a lease with the Columbus Downtown Development Corp., clearing the way to raze the outdated Veterans Memorial and develop an exciting civic attraction. When done, Columbus will have a cultural center, a new park, a new urban neighborhood and an architecturally striking Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum.
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  • 106 more apartments planned for Downtown

    Nov 15, 2013
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Lifestyle Communities is planning a second tower in its Downtown apartment complex, adding another building to a stretch of new apartments that is transforming High Street. The Columbus-based developer plans to add an eight-floor tower on the southwest corner of Rich and High streets, a mirror image of a tower it has planned for the northwest corner, which was announced earlier. “Essentially the view you’ll get coming into Downtown on Rich Street from the bridge will be a corridor of buildings,” said Lifestyle spokesman Russell Boiarsky.
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  • Downtown project signs up anchor tenant

    Nov 01, 2013
    The Columbus Dispatch
    The digital marketing agency Resource was looking for a blank slate it could turn into “the office of the future,” said Kelly Mooney, CEO of the Columbus-based firm. It has found it in the 12-story, $50 million mixed-use project being built by the Daimler Group and Kaufman Development at 250 S. High St. The site is just south of Columbus Commons and will connect with the 3,600-space parking garage on Rich Street. Resource is the first announced tenant for the project, which includes retail space on the ground floor, four floors of office space and seven floors of upscale apartments.
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  • Downtown looking up as population grows

    Sep 18, 2013
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Downtown Columbus is flush with new parks and upscale housing, but those who call the center city home want the city to do more about neglected, vacant buildings and attract more shopping opportunities. Those remain the last holes in the fabric of what has become a full-fledged residential neighborhood, business hub and government center. But what a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, about 3,800 people lived Downtown. Today, more than 6,300 call it home.
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  • Downtowns again a draw

    Jul 12, 2013
    Columbus Dispatch
    Rental boom in urban centers reflects change in living styles This is the decade of Downtown. That much is clear from a building boom that has developers scooping up vacant lots in popular urban-core neighborhoods to build thousands of upscale apartments. In all, 13,000 units are planned around central Ohio, including some traditional mega complexes in Polaris, New Albany and Hilliard as well as some of the first new projects in years in Delaware and Lancaster.
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  • City Paws, 7 Studios get $26K from KickStart Columbus

    Apr 15, 2013
    Columbus Business First
    Two young companies have been awarded a year’s free rent downtown following the conclusion of an inaugural small business plan competition. KickStart Columbus, spearheaded by several local economic development agencies and community groups, said City Paws Home Health and Seven Studios are winners of $26,000 prize packages, which includes rent on a South Third Street storefront near the Columbus Commons. City Paws, owned by Dr. Lauren Holtvoigt, provides in-home veterinary care for cats and dogs. Seven Studios is a life coaching, yoga and wellness center run by former 40 Under 40 honoree Julie Wilkes.
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  • Gay Street’s Moonlight Market set for April 13

    Apr 10, 2013
    The Columbus Dispatch
    The Short North has its Gallery Hop. And next month, Gay Street will have its Moonlight Market. The new Saturday-night retail event is scheduled to be held from 6 to 11 p.m. April 13, and on the second Saturday of each month through September. The market is aimed at bringing the public to Gay Street between N. High and 3rd streets to shop, eat and mingle. Both bricks-and-mortar businesses and vendors from other areas of Downtown will sell their wares in a party atmosphere that will include live music and illuminated building projections.
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  • Columbus Commons adding two food shops

    Apr 03, 2013
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Spring will bring two new dining options for Columbus Commons visitors. Mikey’s Late Night Slice plans a permanent location at the Downtown park, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams plans a seasonal shop there. Mikey Sorboro hopes to open his sixth Late Night Slice store at the former Burgers, Dogs and Fries location on the Commons by April 15. Jeni’s will begin scooping ice cream during events at the Commons, starting with the April 27 Earth Day Columbus celebration, said owner Jeni Britton Bauer.
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  • Columbus Rising

    Mar 05, 2013
    Columbus is the city everybody has heard of but few people know much about. Overshadowed by Cleveland and Cincinnati during much of its first 200 years, Ohio's capital city and its 11-county region are finally enjoying the national limelight, popping up regularly on "Best" lists, naming the country's best hospitals, safest cities, most-wired cities and the best for business opportunities, tech jobs and working mothers, to name but a few.
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  • Ohio's cities boom again

    Feb 06, 2013
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Thanks to billions in investment and years of work by both the public and private sectors, Ohio’s three largest cities each are seeing a Downtown renaissance that is bringing new vitality to the urban core, with benefits that ripple throughout the cities. The “Three Cs” — Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus — collectively have invested some $10 billion in Downtown development. The effect is “an overnight sensation 30 years in the making,” in the words of Edward Hill, dean of Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Each city now has strong demand for Downtown housing from those who want to be close to entertainment and leisure options; the new residents in turn attract more local restaurants and retailers. Office vacancies also have begun to decline. In some cases, major new office buildings are being built for the first time in years. In Cincinnati, ground was just broken on a new mixed-use, $100 million development on a long-vacant site in the heart of the Queen City’s downtown that was once planned to be used for a Nordstrom’s department store.
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  • Cities’ hearts beating strong in Ohio’s three C’s

    Feb 04, 2013
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Euclid Avenue was the spark in Cleveland, as a bus rapid-transit system ignited development along the important Downtown artery once lined with so many mansions it was known as Millionaires’ Row. The rebirth of downtown Cincinnati started with Fountain Square and in Over-the-Rhine, a historic neighborhood filled with stately but crumbling homes. In Columbus, the Arena District rose on the blighted site of a long-closed prison. This started a wave of development that has spread south, to the river and the land formerly occupied by the failed City Center mall. Now, after many years and a combined investment of about $10 billion, Ohio’s three largest cities are enjoying downtown booms that have added residents, jobs, economic impact and vibrancy.
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  • City Council Announces KickStart Competition

    Jan 31, 2013
    Columbus City Council
    Area businesses will soon receive a kick-start to success in the first ever KickStart competition, a unique collaboration involving the Columbus City Council, Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Capitol South and other community partners. KickStart is a business plan competition that will award up to three winners various prizes related to business development. Prizes include free store space along a busy downtown Columbus corridor and other support services designed to grow small business.
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  • Gay Street: 'Ground zero' of Downtown comeback

    Dec 16, 2012
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Soon after he moved Downtown in 2005, Justin Crockett began scouting locations for the used-record store that was in the maybe-one-day stage. And, no matter where or how far he wandered, the E. Gay Street corridor between N. High and 3rd streets beckoned. “You could feel the energy growing along Gay Street,” said Crockett, who lives a couple of blocks away. “This is ground zero of the Downtown comeback.”
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  • Downtown home

    Dec 14, 2012
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Downtown living wasn’t considered a “Columbus thing” a decade or two ago. While the nation’s largest, most expensive-to-live-in cities saw urban pioneers move into struggling neighborhoods out of necessity as they were squeezed out of other areas, Columbus mainly built out, not up, from the heart of the city.
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  • Grand Illuminations kick off season at Downtown parks

    Dec 01, 2012
    The Columbus Dispatch
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, particularly Downtown, where thousands gathered last night to watch the city come to life — and light. The Scioto Mile and Columbus Commons are shimmering in their holiday finery of hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights after Grand Illumination ceremonies.
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  • Downtown Developer

    Oct 15, 2012
    Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
    Columbus C.E.O. Magazine features Guy Worley, C.E.O./President of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South. The cover story highlights CDDC/Capitol South's efforts to revitalize Downtown through three game-changing projects: the Lazarus Building, Scioto Mile and Columbus Commons.
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  • High Street downtown getting another 120 parking meters

    Oct 09, 2012
    Business First
    Columbus is adding 120 parking meters along both sides of High Street between Goodale Street and Mound Street downtown.The city’s Department of Public Service plans to begin installation Oct. 15 of the smart meters, which accept credit and debit cards as well as coins. It expects the project to be completed in early 2013.
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  • Ohio State will honor Worley as alumnus

    Oct 03, 2012
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Guy Worley, who has helped direct numerous civic projects Downtown, is being recognized by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University as its outstanding alumnus of the year.
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