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How Franklin County’s 3rd biggest home may never become a home at all

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In one of the most premier neighborhoods in one of Columbus’ most thriving cities sits one of Franklin County’s biggest homes.

If only it could get finished.

The Dispatch reports the home at 410 Tucker Drive is fully framed and bricked but the absence of roof, construction pallets, and bare wood studs propping up an entry portico paint a clear and unfinished picture.

What went wrong?

Aaron Bakhshi, president of Burke Products in Xenia, and his wife expressed their interest in the wooded property to Rodney Arcaro, a partner in the Granville homebuilding firm Arcaro & LaRussa Co., back in June 2015.

They paid $547,500 for a 2,700-square-foot ranch on a 1.7-acre lot in Medick Estates.

Despite uproar from neighbors about clear-cutting, Bakhshi demolished the existing property and uprooted mature sycamore, beech, walnut and oak trees on the property.

The couple forged ahead with plans for their 21,276-square-foot, three-story, six-bedroom home—smaller than only two homes in Franklin County: Leslie and Abigail Wexner’s New Albany home and a mansion on Dublin Road.

The problems began when the Bakhshis and the builder, Arcaro & LaRussa, began hashing out the terms of their “agreement.”

The Bakhshis legal representation told The Dispatch that there was no written agreement between the two parties.

Arcaro & LaRussa’s attorneys starkly disagree, saying there was a signed contract to build the home for $4 million.

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When the project cost overshot what the contractor priced out, the Bakhshis called for an abrupt stop to construction in the spring of 2017.

In court documents, Bakhshi said he had spent $2,309,262 when work stopped.

Arcaro & LaRusso, however, claimed Bakhshi had paid the builder only $898,595 and still owed $1,226,404.

Despite the problems, Arcaro & LaRussa successfully requested a one-year extension to the building permit and the Bakhshis doubled their line of credit.

That was in September 2017. The Dispatch reports no meaningful work has been done since then and the two parties have began arbitration to settle the dispute.

Neighbors and the City of Worthington are left feeling sad about the unfinished home and disgruntled by the curiosity-seekers who come to check out the unfinished mansion and leave behind beer cans.

What do you think will become of the 410 Tucker Drive property?

Read the full story at The Dispatch. 

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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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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.

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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