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Exciting updates to new Quarry Trails Metro Park

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Columbus’ new primitive playground is moving closer and closer to completion.

New details about the new Quarry Trails Metro Park have recently emerged, including information about mountain bike trails, climbing walls, and a timeline for groundbreaking.

Metro Park executive director Tim Moloney announced $400,000 will be spent to build three to five mountain bicycling trails, complete with viewing areas, reports This Week News. The trails will vary in difficulty, with some including jumps, ramps, and obstacles. They’ll be three-quarters of a mile to a mile long.

Moloney said the course could be open by this fall.

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Additionally, Metro Parks is allocating $2.5 million this year to various projects at the Quarry Trails park, including utilities, connecting ponds, building an observation deck, and putting in a parking lot near a waterfall.

Work on the first phase of Quarry Trails is expected to be completed by spring 2021. Development on the mixed use portion of the project will follow.

To learn more about the 600-acre park, click here.

Wagenbrenner Development plans to build a mix of housing and other buildings near the park.

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Former Giant Eagle on Neil could become the city’s latest mixed-use development

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Developer Casto is eying the former Giant Eagle location at 777 Neil Ave. as the site of a brand new mixed-use development, according to NBC4i.

Casto shared its plans with the Harrison West Society on Wednesday night. If approved, the Thurber Village shopping center on Neil Avenue would be redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

The first major hurdle the developer will need to clear is gaining the approval of CVS, which still operates a location in the site in spite of Giant Eagle's closure in 2017.

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“Save BIG money”—Hilliard Menards opening date announced

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The highly-anticipated new location of big-box megastore Menards will open Tuesday, Feb. 25, just south of Hilliard on Hilliard Rome Road, according to the company.

“Opening this new store will provide greater shopping convenience for everyone in the area,” Menards’ Ryan Neumeier said in a release.

Headquarted in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Menards is a family-owned company with more than 300 home improvement stores in 14 states. The new Menards is the fourth Central Ohio location, joining stores on Morse Road, E Broad St. and in Lewis Center.

For more information, visit Menards.com.

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Gahanna student facing prison time for triple-fatal crash near Easton

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An 18-year-old Gahanna Lincoln High School student is facing a 17-year prison sentence after causing a car crash near Easton in October that resulted in three fatalities.

Kobie Marquise Stillwell was driving an Audi A6 at 116 mph when he collided with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Morse and Sunbury roads near Easton Town Center on October 12.

Two people in the Camry were killed: Kumari Biswakarma (driver), 40, of the Northeast Side, and her 24-year-old daughter Anju Biswakarma, reports The Dispatch. Kumari's 22-year-old daughter, Srijana Biswakarma, was hospitalized with severe injuries.

JaShawn Scott, 17, who was a passenger in the Audi 6 and Stillwell's football teammate, was pronounced dead at the hospital following the crash. A second passenger in the Audi was also injured.

Additionally an AK-47 was recovered from the Audi after the fatal accident.

A $25,000 bond was set at Stillwell's arraignment Wednesday. If convicted of the three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault, with attached firearm specifications, he could be sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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