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Columbus Landmarks judges, awards Columbus Library branch by cover

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With a seemingly endless amount of developments flying up all around town, it’d be difficult to choose one stand-out project but Columbus Landmarks managed to single out the most outstanding.

The local architecture advocacy group has named the Columbus Metropolitan Library Northside Branch as the winner of the James B. Recchie Design Award.

The award honors excellence in urban design with historical significance and celebrates projects that add to the distinctive character and improved quality of life in Columbus and the designers responsible for them.

The Northside Branch tucked between south campus and Short North opened last summer and boasts a larger children’s space including a Ready for Kindergarten area, a teen area equipped with computers and pertinent books, large meeting and study rooms, a reading loft overlooking High Street, a cafe and so much more.

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Per Columbus Landmarks:

The Northside Branch is part of a major building program being undertaken by the Columbus Metropolitan Library with the goal to create a “thriving community where wisdom prevails.” The building replaces an earlier and smaller building with a dramatic new structure that creates a powerful and distinctive presence along High Street in the Short North. It is defined by its bold form; open and light spaces; multiple areas for study, reading, and research; community meeting rooms; and public art. This library welcomes a diversity of people from the neighborhood and the broader city. The library has seen a significant increase in usage at this branch since this well-designed new library opened in 2017.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Northside Branch
1423 North High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Designer: NBBJ
Owner: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Dorrian Green at 50 S. Belle St., The Julian at 272 S. Front St., LeVeque Tower at 50 W. Broad St. and Lifeline of Ohio Donor Memorial at 770 Kinnear Rd. were all finalists for the Design Award.

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1 popular restaurant, 1 secret bar planned for Bridge Park concept

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Two separate hospitality companies are to expand to Bridge Park; one you may recognize, one you may not.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants will be opening a second Pearl location in the western portion of the Dublin development, reports Columbus Business First. The original Pearl is located at 86 N High St.

In the lower level of the restaurant will be No Soliciting, a members-only bourbon bar. The flagship No Soliciting bar is located at 119 E Chestnut St, Columbus. This bar comes to us from Rise Brands, the company behind 16-Bit Bar + Arcade and Pins Mechanical Co.

The Pearl at Bridge Park will be two stories and offer a view of the Scioto River from its patio. Similar to the Short North location, their menu will revolve around seafood. This will be CMR’s third venture at Bridge Park with Cap City Diner and The Avenue Steak Tavern already operating.

Rise Brands already has a presence at Bridge Park, also. The company opened Pins Mechanical Co. on the east side of the development in 2017, and 16-Bit followed last year. Rise Brands is planning to add a yet-to-be-named quick-service restaurant there, too.

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The original No Soliciting opened in 2017. Membership applications are accepted online and must be approved by No Soliciting’s founding members. Members can then access the bar by ringing up the old rotary phone at 119 E Chestnut St.

At the Bridge Park location, members will enter via a private entrance. Plans call for an outdoor patio/grotto area, more square footage than the downtown location, and a room where sporting events will be shown.

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Updates on Dublin’s North Market project

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Construction has just begun on Block D of Dublin’s Bridge Park development which is to include a second North Market concept.

Crawford Hoying design director Russ Hunter told Dublin News in :90 that we can expect Dublin’s North Market to open in spring 2020.

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Hunter says guests will recognize some places from the original North market at 59 Spruce St, but promises there will be some new names, too. It will be located on the ground floor of the Block D parking garage on Longshore Street between Tuller Ridge and John Shields Parkway.

Block D will also feature all the other amenities we’ve come to expect from multi-use projects like this: retail, offices, restaurants, apartments.

To learn more about what’s going on at Bridge Park, click here.

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Confirmed: Google surfing into central Ohio

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed big plans today that involve the city of Columbus. As part of a $13 billion expansion of the company, Pichai confirmed with Columbus Business First that a data center in New Albany will open this year. This has been speculated for months now.

Back in October, a Google affiliate called Montauk Innovations LLC acquired more than 440 acres of land north of Morse Road and west of Beech Road in New Albany for a potential $600 million data center—about a mile from where Facebook’s $750 million data center is being built.

The data center is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs during the construction and once it opens.

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The City of New Albany is jazzed about the news, posted on Facebook how excited they are for the new addition to the New Albany International Business Park.

“You are going to love being a part of our technology cluster, and the $750,000 in new annual revenues the city will receive beginning in 2021 is equivalent to a $37.5 million payroll,” they wrote. Our community will also love the fact that our two school partners will share more than $1 million annually in new revenues once construction is complete. Thank you!

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Posted by New Albany, Ohio Government on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Thirteen other states are also part of the expansion plans.

Read more about the Google expansion in a blog post written by Sundar Pichai himself.

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