The vacant lot at E Broad St and Cleveland Ave will officially be Washington Gladden Social Justice Park before the end of the month.
The greenspace will include an interpretive path, relaxing water feature, and large-scale art project serving as the backdrop of the park.
First Congregational Church, which owns the property, also plans to host programs tied to social justice at the park.
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“The park is open to all, regardless of beliefs and views, who are willing to offer open minds to seek understanding of diverse interests and values and to promote the common good,” says Washington Gladden Social Justice Park website. “It is to be a safe haven for those feeling oppressed as well as a starting point for all to build the path to a better future.”
The $3.7 million project will be a tribute to Rev. Dr. Washington Gladden, a former minister at First Congregational Church as well as a staunch advocate for social justice in terms of civil rights, workers’ rights, voting rights, religious pluralism, school integration, and the needs of the poor and oppressed.
The property has been vacant for a while but it was most recently used as a parking lot (which can been seen in the Google Map) and before that, a used-car dealership.
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1 popular restaurant, 1 secret bar planned for Bridge Park concept
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.
Updates on Dublin’s North Market project
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.
Confirmed: Google surfing into central Ohio
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!
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.