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Big trouble for Big Darby: 9th most endangered river in U.S.

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One of Columbus’ most important and unique natural resources is in danger and needs your help. Big Darby Creek was recently named the 9th most endangered rivers in the country.

Big Darby, which winds through some of the “richest farmland in Ohio” and is home to ” arguably the most diverse mussel stream in North America, and perhaps the world,” is most valued for its aquatic biodiversity, according to American Rivers.

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However, recent and aggressive development threatens to compromise the historical agreement (the Darby Accord) that aims to preserve and protect the Big Darby Creek and its tributaries.

“Most frustratingly, the bulk of that development has been proposed by Columbus itself,” writes American Rivers.

The city has petitioned the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to extend their sewer plan to an area that straddles Big Darby Creek to add 11,000 housing units and open a development zone the size of two of Columbus’ largest suburbs combined.

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West Jefferson is also planning a 1,000-unit residential development. In order to do so, West Jefferson would need to expand their industrial park several thousand acres along a tributary of Big Darby.

American Rivers said these developments would “critically imperil the health of the river.”

Additionally, a sudden die-off of mussels struck a 50-mile stretch, killing what American Rivers believes to have been a quarter of the river’s entire mussel population.

Moving forward, the advocacy organization believes the City of Columbus, Plain City, West Jefferson and Madison and Union Counties must work together to make a commitment to science-based environmental planning, impact modeling, and, most importantly, limiting development.

“…the future of Big Darby is by no means assured,” warns American Rivers.

To read the entire report, click here. To read more about American Rivers, click here.

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3 huge clothing stores peacing out of Polaris

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More than just anchor stores are making their exits from Polaris Fashion Place.

J.Crew, Gymboree, and Charlotte Russe will all be packing it up and shipping out very soon. Both Gymboree and Charlotte Russe filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, while J. Crew sites cutting costs as its reason for closure.

Polaris representatives have not yet announced replacements for these stores.

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Sears shuttered its mall location earlier this year. The property was quickly purchased by developer Crawford Hoying who will redevelop the space. Stay tuned for details.

Also new at Polaris is Worthington-based co-working company COhatch which will open in the former The Pub space on April 27, according to Columbus Dispatch. The space will act as a shared office by day, while a second location of Brothers Drake Meadery will open up at night.

The Daily Growler is also a new addition to the north end mall, while Bibibop is preparing to open inside the food court.

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Let’s taco bout future of Actual Brewing Clintonville taproom

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Actual Brewing’s short-lived Clintonville taproom will have a short-lived vacancy if the purchase by Local Cantina owner goes through.

George Tanchevski, owner of the fast-growing taco chain, Old Skool, and South Village Grille, has already been approved to lease the property at 2808 N. High St. He is also slated to buy all the assets of the abandoned taproom including brewing equipment, liquor permit, furniture, and kitchen equipment, reports Columbus Business First.

The going price for the furnishings and equipment is $30,000 according to a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Columbus.

No word yet on Tanchevski’s plan for the building.

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Actual Brewing’s Clintonville taproom officially opened to the public in late January. But on February 6, everything came crashing down for the brand when Columbus Alive broke a story detailing several heinous sexual assault allegations against owner Fred Lee. A “Closed until further notice” sign was posted in the taproom’s window a few days later.

In wake of the news, Actual Brewing products across the city were quickly pulled from shelves and removed from taps. Two weeks, the brewery declared bankruptcy.

Actual Brewing’s website and Instagram are still live, but its Facebook page has been deactivated.

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