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Photos: Proposal could finally bring soccer stadium downtown

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Trailing the proposal to transform MAPFRE Stadium into Crew SC’s practice facility and a shared-use sports facility, officials unveiled a plan today to build a $230 million soccer stadium in the Arena District.

The highly-anticipated announcement from the Columbus Partnership and the prospective ownership group of Columbus Crew SC calls for a new stadium to be erected on 13 acres of land on the north side of West Nationwide Boulevard.

The land is currently owned by Nationwide Realty Investors.

Renderings of the 20,000-seat stadium reveal plans for a new Nordecke, complete with standing areas and patio decks, along with multiple levels of covered stands.

Additional, 15 acres of land to the west and south of that parcel would house a dense mixed-use development.

It would be called Confluence Village and containing 270,000 square feet of commercial and office space as well as 885 residential units, 20 percent of which would be affordable.

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Five acres of land would be dedicated to a new park along the Olentangy River, along with other public amenities.

Funding for the stadium project is broken down in the following ways, per Columbus Underground:

  • The new Crew SC owners will contribute $645 million to purchase the team and to build the new stadium and a new training facility at Mapfre Stadium.
  • The City of Columbus will not provide any money for the stadium itself, but will contribute $50 million for infrastructure improvements and to build the Columbus Community Sports Park proposed for the Mapfre Stadium site.
  • Franklin County will contribute $50 million toward a Community Authority that will be created for the new development.

Pending approval, groundbreaking is planned August of 2019 with completion by March of 2021.

“This is the next step in what some may have thought was an impossible dream,” said Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, in a statement. “Today’s announcement showcases our community’s commitment, in partnership with the Haslam and Edwards Families, to MLS soccer in Columbus.”

A public hearing to discuss the proposal and funding is scheduled for 6pm tonight at City Hall.

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Facebook to offer $100 million boost to small businesses

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As more and more small businesses shift focus and find new footing amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Facebook is looking to assist with financial relief.

Through its Facebook Small Business Grants Program, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, announced the company is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits up to a maximum of 30,000 eligible small businesses in the 30 countries they operate. These cash grants and ad credits, as reported by Business Insider's Dominic Reuter, can be used by businesses to help cover operational costs, afford rent, and pay employees.

Currently, Facebook is still creating the criteria for which businesses can be approved for this grant, however, Business Insider predicts it will be modeled similarly to the Small Business Association. For more information, check out the SBA website.

To keep up-to-date with the Facebook Small Business Grant Program, visit the website where you can sign up for email updates. In the meantime, Facebook has provided tips for small businesses such as ways to stay in touch with your customers, how to host an online event, and advice on preparing a frequently asked question list for your page.

614Now will update this story as more information becomes available.

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German Village property owner looking to bring new restaurant to the area

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A property owner in German Village hopes to fill a vacant storefront in the next few weeks. What do you think should go in the space at 277 E Livingston Ave.?

Edward Mershad told This Week News he is updating the structure of the property with hopes a restaurant will move in and open by early summer.

The building was formerly occupied by the Happy Dragon. It was to become a Philco Diner + Bar by restaurateurs Randy and Tina Corbin, who also own Club 185, but plans fell through.

For more information, visit This Week News.

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Two popular restaurants announced for New Albany development

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Two tasty vendors were just announced for a new development in New Albany. Market & Main is pleased to welcome Katzinger’s Delicatessen and Harvest X Three Tigers to its unique mix of offerings.

Katzinger’s Delicatessen will be located in the Market & Main 2 development on Main Street between Johnson’s Ice Cream and the Heit Center.

Harvest X Three Tigers is a unique collaboration between Harvest owner Chris Crader and Three Tigers Brewing Co. partners Lonnie Hill, Rick Moller and Scott Wilkins. It will be located on 1.5-acres at the former New Albany Mill site at the corner of Main Street and Dublin-Granville Road, which will maintain its historical character in homage to New Albany’s heritage and rural history, according to a release.

Katzinger’s seating capacity is expected to be around 60 and Harvest X Three Tigers will hold even more in approximately 8,000 square feet of interior space as well as an outdoor bier garten area, according to a release.

New Albany’s Market & Main area in the heart of town now has 220,000 square feet of commercial space. Tenants there include corporate office users like Wallick and UBS, as well as independent operators like Truluck, Elliott Cooper, PetPeople, Whit’s, and Fox in the Snow.

“We’ve partnered with companies who provide tailored products and services that our residents want,” said New Albany Company President Bill Ebbing. “These tenants know that New Albany is a place where they can succeed, especially between our 11,000 residents and the more than 15,000 employees who work in the New Albany International Business Park.”

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