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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!

Welcome to #NewAlbanyOhio, Google! We are excited about your investment in the New Albany International Business Park,…

Posted by New Albany, Ohio Government on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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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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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