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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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Columbus’ newest rooftop bar is now open

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UPDATE: Goodale Station officially opened on Thursday, Oct. 17. on the 12th floor of the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd.

The sprawling new concept features indoor and outdoor seating for up to 200 guests, and is open daily for dinner and drinks at 4:00 pm.

"Our menus are driven by the local bounty of Ohio and the Midwest to produce creative New American Cuisine,” Goodale Station Executive Chef Tripp Maudlin said in a statement. “Working with local farmers and artisans allows for the inspiration and creativity in the kitchen.”

Signature items for Goodale Station include Oysters, Pork Belly, Scallops and Ohio Wagyu New York Strip. The cocktail menu features classic and unique offerings such as "The Loose Cannon" (Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Plantation pineapple rum, banana and Elemakule Tiki Bitters) and "The Fancy Nancy" (Watershed chamomile vodka, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, yuzu and St. Germain) and includes “Multiples” that serve 3-6 drinks per decanter.

Can't wait to experience everything this new rooftop destination has to offer? Check out this gallery to see what wonders await at Goodale Station!

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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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“Largest indoor entertainment center in U.S.” open now in Dublin

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What has been dubbed "the largest indoor entertainment center in the United States" is opening in Tuttle Mall today.

Scene75 Entertainment has transformed a former Macy's into a two-story, 227,000-square-foot playground for adults and kids alike.

Customers can enjoy an indoor roller coaster, indoor go-karts, a two-story laser tag arena, more than 200 arcade games, a 36-foot tall drop tower, motion simulators, batting cages, an inflatapark, blacklight miniature golf, bumper cars, escape rooms, karaoke, archery tag, and more according to 10TV.

In addition to the attractions, those patrons 21 years of age and older can enjoy a full service, magic-themed bar. Scene75 will also offer food at Illusions Restaurant & Bar.

This giant fun factory will feature nine private party rooms and an events space with a capacity of 500 people.

Scene75 has locations in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

Scene75 is located at 5033 Tuttle Crossing Blvd, Dublin and is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11am- 10pm, Friday from 11am- 1am and Saturday 10am- 1am Monday and Tuesday they will be closed for private events.

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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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