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Trouble in Planet Oasis paradise: Development drama, name change

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The development team behind the ambitious entertainment project planned for Delaware County has apparently gone through a breakup.

And with the dissolution of Blue Horseshoe Ventures also comes the termination of the name “Planet Oasis.”

So, we’re left wondering who will be moving forward with the unnamed, $2 billion, 350-acre complex on Routes 36/37 and Interstate 71?

According to information from The Dispatch, they both might be…?

David Glimcher, who has been the face of the project since its inception, seems to have parted ways with Tony and Alex Sekulovski, who founded Blue Horseshoe Ventures of New Albany in December 2017.

Watch Glimcher talk about Planet Oasis in the video below:

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In a news release, the Sekulovskis of Blue Horseshoe Ventures said they had:

“entered into discussions with David Glimcher about the possibility of Mr. Glimcher becoming one of the owners in the development group. While these discussions were taking place, Mr. Glimcher provided some limited assistance to the company. Since the company and Mr. Glimcher were unable to reach agreement on the terms of him becoming an owner, the company is moving forward without him.”

However, according to information obtained by Columbus Business First, Glimcher and a guy named Lenni Male incorporated an entity called Blue Horseshoe Development LLC last month and say they are pursuing Planet Oasis.

Glimcher told The Dispatch that he has “retained counsel that’s dealing with the situation.”

Planet Oasis is to include an indoor water park, a wave park for surfing, an outdoor lake, skate park, ice rink, e-sports arena and a shooting range, as well as spaces for go-kart racing, indoor skydiving, rock climbing, a 200,000-square-foot entertainment center with movie theater, bowling alley, laser tag arena, arcade and a “uni-coaster,” a roller-coaster-type attraction reaching 150 to 200 feet and so, so, so much more.

Think you can come up with a better name than “Planet Oasis?” Submit your ideas at BlueHorseshoeContest.com for a chance at a $1,000 Visa gift card and a chance to help cut the ribbon on opening day.

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Major North Market Tower updates unveiled

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One of the most talked-about developments in downtown Columbus has gotten its first major update in over two years. The latest design for the mixed-use development on the site of the North Market parking lot was unveiled yesterday, along with changes to to the programming inside the tower.

Originally planned to be 35 stories, plans for the North Market Tower now call for a 26-ish-story development (final floor count has yet to be determined). The floor plates have also widened in the new design. Additionally, a hotel was added to the mixed-use development, which is to include office, parking, and residential space.

The 150-unit residential component of North Market Tower has undergone a change, too. All development partners have agreed to dedicate 15-20 percent of the units to residents making 80-100 percent of Area Median Income. The pricing for these units is referred to as “workforce housing.” According to the the latest figures available by the Department of Numbers, the Area Median Income of metropolitan Columbus is $63,764.

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What has remained unchanged since the beginning is the delegation of market space in the ground floor of North Market Tower. This will expand the existing North Market building by about 50 percent, creating room for more vendors and seating areas.

North Market has long relied upon revenue from the parking lot to help cover operational expenses. Because the North Market Tower would eliminate the parking lot, developers have created a long-term capital fund plan to compensate for the lost parking revenue.

The changes were approved by the North Market Development Collaborative with City Council expected to vote at its July 22 meeting. The project will need approval from the North Market Historic District and the Downtown Commission, too, before it can proceed.

Construction is anticipated to begin in Summer 2020.

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Funding for downtown Crew stadium being decided tonight

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The financial fate of the new Crew SC soccer stadium, as well as Mapfre Stadium, will be determined at tonight’s Columbus City Council meeting.

City Council is set to vote on its share of a $295.4 million public-private development package to build a new Downtown soccer stadium. The vote will also include the revamp of Mapfre Stadium.

Officials have proposed moving Crew SC’s practice facility to Mapfre Stadium, and also using it for a shared-use center with an indoor soccer field, basketball court, and outdoor athletic fields. It would be rebranded to the Columbus Community Sports Park.

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“The city will contribute $50 million toward costs associated with the design and construction of the community sports park; public infrastructure improvements necessary to support the project and the mixed-use development; and other costs of the project, other than stadium costs,” the ordinance states, per The Columbus Dispatch.

Money from the city and other public contributions, including $45 million from Franklin County, will make up about half of the project’s cost. The team will finance the remainder of the project, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

The project is estimated to generate 1,300 full-time jobs, including about 600 construction jobs. A fall ground breaking is expected.

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Columbus’ next rooftop bar will be in a familiar Brewery District building

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Something new is brewing at a pre-Prohibition era brewery. The long-dormant Hoster Brewing Company at 477 S. Front St. has been purchased with the intent to develop it into a boutique hotel, rooftop bar, events venue, and more.

The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $5 million in historic preservation tax credits Wednesday to developer Dwight McCabe to rehab the old set of buildings in the Brewery District, reports WOSU.

Renderings for a planned redevelopment of 477 S. Front Street in the Brewery District.

According to the website of the project’s architecture firm Schooley Caldwell, plans for the Hoster Brewing building include a boutique hotel, a rooftop bar, restaurants and bar, events space, office space, and retail.

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“…our goal is to transform the site of the long dormant Hoster Brewing Company while keeping its history and architectural beauty on full display,” wrote Schooley Caldwell. “We hope for these magnificent buildings to serve as a vibrant gateway into the Brewery District from downtown Columbus and the west.”

The redevelopment is expected to cost $70 million.

Note: the program for this project has changed since the creation of this video. While design philosophy and overall goals for the site remain the same, the specific renderings and plans presented in this video no longer accurately reflect the current design, which has evolved considerably.

L. Hoster Brewing Company was founded in 1836 and expanded steadily through the early 1900s. By 1914, Hoster had combined with three other large Columbus breweries and together, they dominated the market. But, Prohibition took it’s toll in 1919, forcing Ohio to turn dry and, in turn, Hoster to shutter.

To learn more about the project and to see photos of what the Hoster Brewing building looks like today, visit schooleycaldwell.com.

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