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“Very achievable dream,” Save The Crew releases stadium renderings

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In the midst of the drama of the Columbus Crew’s potential move to Austin, Texas, the grassroots organizations vying for them to stay has released renderings of a new downtown soccer stadium.

Save The Crew worked with the Columbus soccer community, architects, planners, marketers, and volunteers to come up with a plan for a new 22,000-seat stadium on the plot of land currently owned by Nationwide Realty on the bank of the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, just to the west of Huntington Park.

They boast it would be just a short walk from Huntington Park and Nationwide Arena.

Here are some of its features:

  • A “breathtaking” view of downtown.
  • Four futsal courts will be available for 24/7 public use, accessible via street parking.
  • A large atrium in the southwest corner houses a team-museum, restaurant, and event venue that is open for regular business hours year-round and would also be available for private and corporate events.
  • A plaza with a permanent pavilion, just inside the gates for both matchday entertainment as well as special events like World Cup watch parties.

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  • A team shop, also open year-round, will be housed in this atrium as well.
  • Off-street parking will be able to service these four-season businesses.
  • A practice facility will sit next door on a parcel of land currently owned by Schottenstein Real Estate Group, which was previously offered to Columbus Crew SC as the site of a new downtown Columbus stadium
  • An underground garage with 1,200 spaces plus 173 restricted access parking spots for players, coaches, and the media. 600 spaces, will be equipped with Level 2 electric vehicle chargers.
  • 128 bicycle parking spots. The site plan reflects the planned bike bridge connector and expanded Hocking Street for improved ingress/egress from games.
  • A first-of-its-kind electric, autonomous circular route shuttle will run between the existing parking structures within the vicinity of the area and nearby amenities.
  • Translucent photovoltaics will be used as the roofing material to provide carbon free electricity generation while covering fans from the elements.

Mapfre Stadium has been under fire for its location and outdatedness so the renderings were designed to create an updated an optimal fan experience in downtown Columbus.

They call it “a very achievable dream.”

“We have put painstaking detail into making this as feasible as possible with the information available to us,” Save The Crew wrote in the proposal. “We’ve taken growth and profitability into account, because we believe that proper hands-on ownership can mean guaranteed success in this community. This can happen, it only takes private investment.

There are loads of other cool attributes to the Columbus soccer stadium proposal so check it out for yourself here. 

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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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