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Rumor revealed: North Market Director debunks tower rendering

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Last week, an alleged new rendering for the North Market Tower was circling the internet but we can confirm this is NOT the form the project will take.

“I will say, [the rumored rendering] is not being considered any longer,” Executive Director of North Market Rick Harrison Wolfe told 614now.

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He added that there have been many versions of various sizes and designs for the tower since the planning process with Wood Schiff began last year.

“We will be presenting the newest iteration to the city and public within the near future,” said Wolfe. 

So sit tight and stay tuned to 614now for the official release of new North Market Tower renderings.

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09/25/2018: Rumors are swirling that one of the most-anticipated developments in Columbus will be a bigger part of the skyline than what was originally thought.

People on the internet are claiming the Market Tower, a development planned for the parking lot adjacent to the North Market, has grown from 35 stories to closer to 40.

On the left you’ll see the original rendering made public on developer Schooley Caldwell’s website.

On the right is the rendering circulating the internet.

According to someone on the Market Tower Urban Ohio Forum thread who claims to be connected with the project, the new rendering was not supposed to be released to the public.

“Basically at this point I can confirm the rendering was not supposed to be public yet and I can confirm the structure will be taller than the proposed 35 floors. There are goals in place to get things moving before years end but there’s basically one last barrier being working through. I think you all will be VERY VERY pleased with the details, makeup, and height once it is all released.”

Here are some more renderings for you to mull over until we can confirm these reports.

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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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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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