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This COSI development is set to receive most state budget dollars in central Ohio

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A decked-out pedestrian passageway through COSI is slated to eat up the fattest portion of the state capital budget allotted for central Ohio.

The COSI Connection Corridor is in line to receive $5 million budget dollars—only enough to cover a fraction of the total projected cost of the project.

Expected to offer 30,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants along the way, the corridor has been conceptualized as a glass-enclosed corridor through the middle of the science museum building, connecting the recently redeveloped Scioto Greenways project to a yet-to-be-built, 21-acre “unparalleled development opportunity” called the Scioto Peninsula.

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“Rather than serving as an obstacle, the COSI building has the potential to serve as a gateway,” reads the application, per Columbus Underground.

The Scioto Peninsula project proposal calls for 1,700 residential units, 800,000 square feet of office space, 150,000 square feet of retail space and a 150-room hotel.

A rendering of the Scioto Peninsula

Other projects in central Ohio granted budget money include:

  • $1 million for an atrium connecting the proposed Market Tower to the North Market
  • $1 million to the Columbus Zoo for a new orangutan facility and improvements to the elephant habitat
  • $750,000 for renovations of the Palace Theater
  • $500,000 for the new Quarry Trails metro park on the west side
  • $500,000 for renovations at the King Arts Complex
  • $500,000 for a Westerville police memorial
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Cooper Stadium development rounds first phase of approval

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Update: The plan to redevelop the former Cooper Stadium site into a mixed-use development is one step closer to becoming a reality.  

The Southwest Area Commission voted seven to four in approval of the plan to turn the derelict park into a mixed-use concept to include office/retail space and apartments. The approved plan will now go before the Columbus City Council for final approval. 

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08/22/2019: 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.

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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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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