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Columbus part of proposed Indiana passenger rail

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Well, well, well, what do we have here? A passenger rail connecting Chicago and Columbus?

Yes, please!

In addition to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission working to sway Virgin HyperLoop One into a route that would get you from Columbus to Chicago in under 30 minutes and to Pittsburgh in under 20, the Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA) is pushing for a passenger rail from Chicago to Fort Wayne to Columbus.

The 79 mph train route would stretch from Columbus to Chicago with several stops in Indiana, including Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Valparaiso, and Gary.

The idea would be to put Baker Street Station, an old whistle stop in Fort Wayne that closed in the 90s and is now being used as a banquet hall, back into service.

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Eventually, the initiative aims to link nine states with a passenger rail network.

The project’s website lists a host of potential benefits including fare revenues of $116 million per year by 2020, 26,800 full-time jobs for 30 years, decreased energy consumption, reduced accidents, less traffic congestion and time wasted among many others.

NIPRA has been jockeying for federal funding to help get this project off the ground and on the tracks for years.

“We are doing all the necessary things, all the steps that are required by the federal government to say, let’s make the upgrades now, from Chicago to Fort Wayne to Columbus, so that 1/3rd of the population of Indiana can enjoy passenger train service,” said Geoff Paddock, Councilman of Fort Wayne’s 5th District, according to wane.com.

If the project stays on track (pun intended), there could be a passenger rail service between 2026 and 2030.

You can find more information about the future of passenger rail in Fort Wayne by clicking here.

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Cooper Stadium development rounds first phase of approval

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Update: The plan to redevelop the former Cooper Stadium site into a mixed-use development is one step closer to becoming a reality.  

The Southwest Area Commission voted seven to four in approval of the plan to turn the derelict park into a mixed-use concept to include office/retail space and apartments. The approved plan will now go before the Columbus City Council for final approval. 

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08/22/2019: 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.

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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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.

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0bh1HTAutI/

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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