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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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German Village property owner looking to bring new restaurant to the area

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A property owner in German Village hopes to fill a vacant storefront in the next few weeks. What do you think should go in the space at 277 E Livingston Ave.?

Edward Mershad told This Week News he is updating the structure of the property with hopes a restaurant will move in and open by early summer.

The building was formerly occupied by the Happy Dragon. It was to become a Philco Diner + Bar by restaurateurs Randy and Tina Corbin, who also own Club 185, but plans fell through.

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Two popular restaurants announced for New Albany development

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Two tasty vendors were just announced for a new development in New Albany. Market & Main is pleased to welcome Katzinger’s Delicatessen and Harvest X Three Tigers to its unique mix of offerings.

Katzinger’s Delicatessen will be located in the Market & Main 2 development on Main Street between Johnson’s Ice Cream and the Heit Center.

Harvest X Three Tigers is a unique collaboration between Harvest owner Chris Crader and Three Tigers Brewing Co. partners Lonnie Hill, Rick Moller and Scott Wilkins. It will be located on 1.5-acres at the former New Albany Mill site at the corner of Main Street and Dublin-Granville Road, which will maintain its historical character in homage to New Albany’s heritage and rural history, according to a release.

Katzinger’s seating capacity is expected to be around 60 and Harvest X Three Tigers will hold even more in approximately 8,000 square feet of interior space as well as an outdoor bier garten area, according to a release.

New Albany’s Market & Main area in the heart of town now has 220,000 square feet of commercial space. Tenants there include corporate office users like Wallick and UBS, as well as independent operators like Truluck, Elliott Cooper, PetPeople, Whit’s, and Fox in the Snow.

“We’ve partnered with companies who provide tailored products and services that our residents want,” said New Albany Company President Bill Ebbing. “These tenants know that New Albany is a place where they can succeed, especially between our 11,000 residents and the more than 15,000 employees who work in the New Albany International Business Park.”

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New batch of stores, restaurants announced for New Albany development

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Hamilton Quarter, the hot new development at Hamilton and Dublin-Granville roads in New Albany, will be welcoming several new stores and restaurants.

Aqua Tots, Nail Boutique, Great Clips, Clean Juice, Shred 415, Sprint, and City Barbeque are all expected to open this month, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

And in April, GLAMhouse and Beerhead Bar & Eatery, and Chili’s restaurant are planning to open their doors.

Hamilton Quarter's anchor stores include Target, Hobby Lobby, and Five Below.

The 40-acre retail center is part of a larger development, which will include a 500,000-square-foot Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center facility.

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