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Ready or not, new Short North parking rules take effect today

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The new Short North parking plan launched today, but luckily you’re being granted a grace period if you’re still not clear on all the changes.

The Dispatch reports Columbus parking-enforcement officers will be issuing warning tickets for the next week weeks for violations of new parking regulations.

The Dispatch adds that once “enough” residents and businesses have permits, officers will begin shelling out fines. No word on the numeric value of “enough.”

The biggest change under the new plan is that all drivers are required to either buy a permit or pay for hourly parking on non-meter streets in the Short North, Victorian, and Italian Villages.

The neighborhoods are divided into five permit areas.

Visitors who don’t have a permit will have to pay $2 an hour between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., and $3 an hour until 10 p.m. in three zones that border North High Street. Visitors will pay $1 an hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $2 an hour until 10 p.m. in the other two zones.

Between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., only permit holders can park in those areas.

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Guests can also buy 24-hour passes for $6.

Drivers who don’t have a permit are required to pay for meter parking with the new ParkColumbus smartphone app.

Hourly parking in permit areas also requires vehicles to move every three hours, which the city will police with license plate readers.

A residential permit costs $25 a year, and each household can get two permits.

Residents who live in homes built in 2009 or later may be ineligible for a permit because the builder was expected to have accounted for parking as part of the construction, reports The Dispatch.

The Columbus assistant director for parking services told The Dispatch only 16 percent of the 6,700 households that are eligible for residential permits have acquired one so far.

Businesses can buy up to 10 permits, which range in price from $100 to $700.

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Have a basket of fun at new hotel opening in Newark

Regina Fox

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We all know what "barrel of fun" means, but soon the Longaberger building in Newark will be giving life to a new term: "basket of fun."

The famed "basket building," formerly the office space for the handcrafted basket seller, will be transformed into a 150-room luxury hotel set to open in about two years, reports ABC6.

Heritage Ohio board member Steve Coon purchased the Longaberger building in 2017 when the basket company went out of business. It has been vacant since 2016.

Coon Restoration and Ceres Enterprises have partnered up for the project, which has yet to be given a price tag. Coon told the 200-person crowd at Monday night's Heritage Ohio Conference that he and his partners will be seeking state and federal tax breaks as well as grants, reports 10TV.

Developers intend to keep the history of the building intact during restoration.

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Dear I-670 drivers, your lives are going to change tomorrow

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Notice anything different on your I-670 and/or I-270 commute lately? Could be the nine 600-square-foot, 110,000-pound digital signs towering over the freeway.

When operational tomorrow, these signs will display information about the first ever Ohio SmartLane.

The I-670 "SmartLane" is the left shoulder that will be opened when traffic slows to a crawl. It will begin just east of I-71 in downtown Columbus and extend to I-270 on the East Side.

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The SmartLane will be closed most of the time, indicated by a red X. But when traffic dips below 50 mph, The Dispatch reports traffic monitors will send signals to the overhead signs to open the SmartLane.

A green arrow will appear along with a speed limit for SmartLane drivers to abide by (slower speeds keep traffic moving during congestion). A yellow indicator will appear when the lane is about to close.

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ODOT has installed more than 30 traffic cameras to monitor the lane for any obstructions, reports The Dispatch. The right shoulder of I-670 will be free for disabled vehicles to use.

The $61 million project will debut tomorrow. Visit ODOT.com for more information on the project and the new traffic patterns.

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Bizarre Crime: Woman breaks into Franklinton home to bathe toddler

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You may think you've been part of a bizarre situation, but I guarantee it will pale in comparison to what one Franklinton mother experienced recently.

Areica Hill woke to find another woman inside her home, getting ready to give her 2-year-old son a bath.

Elizabeth Hixon, 22, was arrested and charged with burglary.

NBC4i reports Hixon claimed she entered the home to provide care to the young boy, who was outside the residence. During a phone call with NBC4i, Hixon's mother said she believes her daughter's heart was in the right place.

Hill, who had never met Hixon, hopes additional charges will be filed against her.

Hixon has posted bond.

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