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Oh, there goes Gravity: Communal living, shipping container retail at New Franklinton development

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Kaufman Development has already taken one helping of Franklinton with its five-story mixed-used Gravity project at 500 West Broad Street but now, they’re coming back for more.

Gravity is a six-story building facing Broad with an interesting, angular design—making possible things like outdoor movies, yoga, and food truck access—with about 40,000 square feet of office space, 250 residential units, over 30,000 square feet of restaurant (including plans for a new Phillip’s Original Coney Island restaurant as Gravity will taking over the restaurant’s original location and retail space.

A more traditionally-designed 564-space parking garage will sit behind it.

The buildings have been approved by the East Franklinton Review Board but some details like landscaping and lighting still need approval.

Columbus Underground reports the first office space in Gravity is scheduled to open next month, with retail moving in before the end of the year and the first residents some time in early 2019.

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Directly across the street from Gravity where construction has already begun, Kaufman Development wants to build four new buildings including a 12-story office and residential building, a parking garage, another five-story residential building, and six-story addition to the former Murphy Company building at the corner of McDowell Street and Broad on a five-acre parcel of land.

Columbus Underground refers to this project as Gravity 2.0.

Plans for the residential component is quite novel: Communal living, meaning residents may share a bathroom, living area, or even kitchen.

Levels of affordability will vary.

The six-story addition would be used for large-scale ventures like a brewery or food hall.

Development plans also call for a parking garage with a green roof with townhouses that wrap around one side, and a small retail area made from shipping containers.

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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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