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Could old downtown lot ‘glow up’ to be new Crew Stadium?

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While it is in its most infant stages, the Columbus Foundation has come up with a proposal to #SaveTheCrew. There’s definitely things that still need hammered out—and they know that too—but we say it’s a great jumping off point.

Here are the components of Spirt Park Proposal:

Location: Between North 5th Street and North 6th Street and north of Mount Vernon Avenue, east of the Arena District. Right now, the space is filled with semi-trailers.

Funding: Would include participation from Columbus Foundatio, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, State of Ohio, BrewDog, and Precourt Sports Venture

Proposed stadium: Spirit of Columbus Park, 21,000 seats, 350-seat children’s theater/cultural center, parking garage

Benefits: Strengthens Columbus State and enhances CCAD’s campus appeal, make the Crew more accessible, make downtown more dynamic, keep the Crew in Columbus, fill need for children’s art and culture venue

Drawbacks: All three of the venues downtown venues—Huntington Park, Nationwide Arena, and the Convention Center—would all be along one road and share restaurants, bars, and parking; the stars would have to align for all the funding to come together successfully

Columbus Foundation included this statement in the introduction of their proposal:

I am as disappointed as anyone about where this issue is for this community right now, and certainly am not here to defend the way this has been handled by MLS and the Crew’s ownership. It is obvious that they hope that something can be worked out in Austin to allow for them to move. I don’t – I want the Crew to stay. However, it may not work out for them to move to Austin, and, while our feelings may be hurt that they tried, I just want them to stay in Columbus for a long time – under this or any other ownership.

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Set your sights on new rooftop bar + restaurant, opening next month

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Short North’s newest place to eat, stay, and play will open tomorrow. The 13-story, $50 million, 167-room Canopy by Hilton will hold its grand opening on July 30 at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd, featuring two dining options and a rooftop lounge.

Central Market House restaurant on the ground floor will act as the hotel’s main food provider with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu will feature a flexitarian (semi-vegetarian) menu of local and healthy options.

A dedicated elevator will take guests to Goodale Station, which offers stunning views of Downtown Columbus, the Short North, and Goodale Park. Goodale Station will feature a Southern-inspired menu for dinner and small plates along with craft cocktails open each day at 4:00 PM.

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The Central Market House is named after Central Market which served as the central economic center of Columbus from 1850 until 1966, while Goodale Station pays tribute to Dr. Lincoln Goodale, one of Columbus’ founding fathers.

Other features of the Canopy hotel include:

  • Three deluxe and flexible meeting spaces offering a total of 1,850 square feet of space
  • Transfer Lounge with lockers and private showers for guests who arrive early
  • The Retreat, for guests seeking a quiet space
  • Complimentary Canopy Bikes which guests can use to explore the Short North
  • Rooftop state of the art fitness center

The Columbus location is one of only six other Canopy hotel in the United States.

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Don’t look back in anger at this Olde Towne East bakery closure

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They say there are five stages of grief, but don’t mind us if we skip straight to “anger” with the news of this latest loss.

According to a post on Instagram, Angry Baker’s original location in Olde Towne East has closed.

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This news follows the closure of the King Ave location of Angry Baker in 2018. Affiliated locations in Upper Arlington and on North High Street will carry on under the name Happy Little Treats, a new all-vegan concept.

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Site of abandoned Cooper Stadium could become next booming neighborhood

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The Columbus Clippers played their final game in Cooper Stadium way back in 2008. Since then, the storied ballpark has fallen to disrepair, becoming a popular site for urban explorers and ruin porn enthusiasts.

Plans for a multi-million-dollar project on the site that would have included an 8,500-seat racetrack and an automotive research center were announced years ago, but never came to fruition.

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Now, the owners of the Coop have announced another redevelopment plan, which would bring offices, apartments, mixed-use commercial space, and creative work spaces to the decaying plot.

The site plan, which was submitted to the city by Arshot Development Corp., outlines the construction of 500 apartments, along with possible space for restaurants.

The next phase of the proposed project will take place at an area commission hearing on the rezoning application for the site, which has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 21. 614NOW will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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