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Photos: Proposal could finally bring soccer stadium downtown

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Trailing the proposal to transform MAPFRE Stadium into Crew SC’s practice facility and a shared-use sports facility, officials unveiled a plan today to build a $230 million soccer stadium in the Arena District.

The highly-anticipated announcement from the Columbus Partnership and the prospective ownership group of Columbus Crew SC calls for a new stadium to be erected on 13 acres of land on the north side of West Nationwide Boulevard.

The land is currently owned by Nationwide Realty Investors.

Renderings of the 20,000-seat stadium reveal plans for a new Nordecke, complete with standing areas and patio decks, along with multiple levels of covered stands.

Additional, 15 acres of land to the west and south of that parcel would house a dense mixed-use development.

It would be called Confluence Village and containing 270,000 square feet of commercial and office space as well as 885 residential units, 20 percent of which would be affordable.

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Five acres of land would be dedicated to a new park along the Olentangy River, along with other public amenities.

Funding for the stadium project is broken down in the following ways, per Columbus Underground:

  • The new Crew SC owners will contribute $645 million to purchase the team and to build the new stadium and a new training facility at Mapfre Stadium.
  • The City of Columbus will not provide any money for the stadium itself, but will contribute $50 million for infrastructure improvements and to build the Columbus Community Sports Park proposed for the Mapfre Stadium site.
  • Franklin County will contribute $50 million toward a Community Authority that will be created for the new development.

Pending approval, groundbreaking is planned August of 2019 with completion by March of 2021.

“This is the next step in what some may have thought was an impossible dream,” said Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, in a statement. “Today’s announcement showcases our community’s commitment, in partnership with the Haslam and Edwards Families, to MLS soccer in Columbus.”

A public hearing to discuss the proposal and funding is scheduled for 6pm tonight at City Hall.

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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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