The Scioto Mile: Parks are a great way to find entertainment while maintaining social distance. When you reside in Columbus, you have easy access to many parks, one of our favorites being the Scioto Mile. The Scioto Mile stretches along the downtown riverfront from the Arena District to the Whittier Peninsula, featuring beautiful parkland, fountains, city views and riverfront. Residents of Parks Edge Condominiums wake up to great views of the riverfront every day. To venture to more Ohio parks, checkout the official Ohio State Park Passport HERE.
Franklin Park Conservatory: The Amorphophallus titanium, aka corpse flower, is a giant bloom that requires a lot of energy to do so. Not only is it quite large, it is also quite smelly once its red petals emerge. This bloom takes the better part of a decade and the fully opened bloom only lasts about one day. Plan a visit to the Franklin Park Conservatory, and hope you catch a glimpse of this (literally) breathtaking, gigantic ‘pewty’. This will be the first time in the garden’s recorded history that one has flowered at Franklin Park Conservatory. Stay up to date on the plant they have named ‘Bob Smellanor’ HERE.
Destination Grandview Staycation: Although faraway trips might not be possible for a while, that doesn’t mean that your vacation isn’t right around the corner. The Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU and Courtyard by Marriott Columbus OSU are ready to assist you in creating the perfect “staycation”! Both hotels are situated in Grandview Yard, offer indoor pools, and are surrounded by everything you need to spend the day reconnecting with friends and family by enjoying everything that Grandview Heights has to offer. Plan your staycation with Destination Grandview HERE.
Hockey: CBJ/PEPSI SUMMER CUP 6v6 EA SPORTS NHL 20 TOURNAMENT COMING JULY 15-AUGUST 23. Grab your Xbox controller and hit the ice, digitally! CBJ Gaming, the e-sports arm of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is hosting the CBJ/Pepsi Summer Cup, a 6v6 tournament in which participants from the United States and Canada can compete in EA Sports NHL20 on Xbox One. The online tournament, which already has 80 teams registered, including a pair of NHL club representatives in the Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers, kicks off on July 15 and will be run through LeagueGaming.com. Players from the U.S. and Canada can register for free now through July 14. Click HERE for more information about the tournament, including how to win up to $1,400!
Baseball: Although this past year has been a bit short of a home run, we loved this article highlighting the legacy of Harry M. Stevens who attended his first baseball game in Columbus in late 1880’s. Harry was an ironworker at a mill and then a travelling book salesman. The sales job brought him to Columbus where he attended his first baseball game and changed not only the course of his career, but also the history of how baseball is enjoyed to this day. Read the article HERE.
Missing the Clippers this year? We are too! You can still be in a baseball state of mind, while sporting your favorite Clippers gear. Shop the Columbus Clippers online store HERE. Facemasks also available.
Food & Drink: The Arena District is excited to add another restaurant reopening to the mix! Nada plans to open Monday, July 13 for dinner! Operating hours include 4pm to 9pm Sunday- Thursday, and 4pm-9:30pm Friday and Saturday. We are ready for some TACOS! Enjoy dining in the restaurant or out on the patio.
Hofbräuhaus Columbus has us drooling over their delicious brunch options. Every Sunday Funday from 11am – 2pm. Check out the brunch menu HERE.
Living: Over the quarantine, we discovered we not only missed our neighboring restaurants, but we also found the joy in utilizing our own kitchens. The kitchens at Flats II Apartments include beautiful granite countertops with plenty of prep space, tons of cabinet storage, stainless steel appliances and a trendy, tile backsplash. Need some more kitchen inspiration? Check out these Experience Columbus recipes from Columbus Chefs HERE.
Summer doesn’t have to be a drag! Just because you are spending more time at home, doesn’t mean there aren’t still places to explore, things to do, sports to enjoy, and good food to eat. Here is your At Home Warriors guide for 6.26 – 7.2. Get in on the action or take action in and around Columbus through digital events and activities, open dining options, community support initiatives and more.
The Best of Boom
Red, White & BOOM!: This summer, Red, White & BOOM! will become a multi-day television and digital event looking back over the years of the tradition of parades honoring veterans and the largest fireworks show in the Midwest! Re-live your favorite memories Fourth of July Weekend by watching “The Best of BOOM!” from your living room on July 1-4 on NBC4, click HERE for more details.
Komen Columbus Race for the Cure: The Komen Columbus Race for the cure is an event to help reach the vision of a world without breast cancer. Komen Columbus takes the Race for the Cure virtual this year. Learn more HERE. Plus, raise or donate at least $100 to receive a special edition throwback Homage t-shirt, check it out HERE.
Columbus Food Truck Festival 2020 Virtual 5k August 10-16: The Creators of the Columbus Food Truck Festival are hosting a Food Truck Festival Virtual 5K Run/Walk benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Participants can run or walk to their finish line anywhere (as long as they are 6-feet apart), and any time between August 10 and August 16. Have an appetite for running? Learn more HERE.
Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory: Community Days are a chance for Franklin County and City of Columbus residents to enjoy free admissions to experience art, culture and nature on the first Sunday of the month in July and August. Reservations are available for Sunday, July 5 and August 2. Spots are filling up, claim your spot HERE.
Patio of the week: Whistle & Keg! Whether you are back to work or live in the Arena District, Whistle and Keg is a walkable, prime spot to soak up the sun and enjoy a sampling of your favorite or newly discovered craft beers.
Dining: Now open for dine-in in the Arena District: Boston’s, Buca Di Beppo, Jimmy Johns, R Bar, Rodizio Grill, Sunny Street Café, Ted’s Montana Grill and Zoup. Grandview Yard Dine-In updates: Hofbräuhaus, Jason’s Deli, Panera Bread and Winans.
Beauty: Need some post-quarantine love? MY SALON Suite in Grandview Yard offers multiple service options for hair, nails, airbrush tanning, facial treatments and even bridal services by local Columbus beauty professionals. Support local while getting your latest makeover. Plus, as a resident of Grandview Yard or the Arena District, you get access to special VIP perks! Learn more HERE.
Columbus Blue Jackets prepare for playoffs – The Columbus Blue Jackets are working toward return to play, with Nationwide Arena and OhioHealth Ice Haus open as a facility for on and off the ice workouts for CBJ players. So far, 10 players – forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Riley Nash, Gustav Nyquist, and Liam Foudy; defensemen Seth Jones, Scott Harrington and Andrew Peeke; and goaltenders Matiss Kivlenieks and Elvis Merzlikins – have joined the on-ice workouts, as of last Thursday. We are glad to hear the boys are back in town. Read the full article posted on the Columbus Blue Jackets website HERE.
Columbus Crew’s new digs: While we were already excited to have closer access to Columbus’ soccer team, The Columbus Crew, we really got excited to see some of their newly released renderings. View all HERE.
Summer in the city: Residents are ready to make a splash this summer and through extra precautionary measures, apartments in the Arena District and Grandview Yard have been able to open despite some of the community pools in downtown Columbus and surrounding areas, remaining closed. View virtual tours of amenities by property: Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine/Flats II, Apartments at the Yard.
At Home Warriors 6.19 – 6.25
Just because you are spending more time at home, doesn’t mean there aren’t still places to explore, things to do, sports to enjoy, and good food to eat. Here is your At Home Warriors guide for 6.19 – 6.25. Get in on the action or take action in and around Columbus through digital events and activities, open dining options, community support initiatives and more.
Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory: Community Days are a chance for Franklin County and City of Columbus residents to enjoy free admissions to experience art, culture and nature on the first Sunday of the month in July and August. Reservations are available for Sunday, July 5 and August 2. Spots are filling up, claim your spot HERE.
COSI Connects: The Franklin County Commissioners and COSI have formed a partnership in an attempt to strengthen child learning while camps and summer programming have been affected by the pandemic. COSI Connects is COSI’s digital doorway for at-home science discovery and learning. They provide exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on learning you can experience at home. Learn more HERE.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank – volunteer opportunities: Sorting and packaging, shopping for groceries and community gardening are just a few ways you can get involved in volunteering your time at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. During times of hardship, especially, your time and dedication are so important in serving Ohio families that need nourishment. Feel good and give back. Learn more about volunteer opportunities HERE.
Celebrate Juneteenth in Columbus: Juneteenth is an annual celebration to commemorate the official end of slavery in the United States. From free festivals to park barbeque, marches and pop-up markets, Experience Columbus has put a great list together of ways to show support and get involved this weekend HERE.
During this time of change, you may have realized you are ready for a new home – a bigger workspace, closer proximity to parks and recreation, a swimming pool, whatever you are searching for, there are options available. The sales and leasing teams in the Arena District and Grandview Yard want you to feel comfortable, whatever your preference – an online virtual tour, a video walk-through or an in-person tour, they are ready to help you find your new home and preferred lifestyle.
- Parks Edge Condominiums: Your lifestyle has an address, make Parks Edge condominiums in the Arena District, your new home. With some of the best views Columbus Downtown has to offer, you’ll enjoy picture-postcard views of the Columbus skyline and riverfront through your floor-to-ceiling windows and from your private balcony. With modern appliances, designer finishes and access to surrounding amenities and rooftop pool, you’ll appreciate the elevated lifestyle experienced as a Parks Edge homeowner. Tour Virtually HERE, or contact the sales team to learn more: 614.221.9900.
- Flats II Apartments: As a Flats II resident, proximity is everything, within a minute walk to the pool and fitness facility located at the Flats on Vine clubhouse, nearby parks including McFerson Commons and the Scioto Mile, access to the resident only VIP program; providing discounts and promotions to neighboring businesses and events, plus beautiful interiors including granite countertops, wood-like plank flooring, and modern lighting. Discover the perfect home in the heart of downtown Columbus. View Flats II virtually HERE, or contact the leasing team to schedule an in-person tour 614.225.1500.
Carry-out, patio, dine-in
Father’s Day is this Sunday – treat the dad in your life to a special meal this weekend in downtown Columbus!
- Now open for dine-in in the Arena District: Boston’s, Buca Di Beppo, Jimmy Johns, R Bar, Rodizio Grill, Sunny Street Café, Ted’s Montana Grilland Zoup.
- Grandview Yard Dine-In updates: Hofbrauhaus,Jason’s Deli, Panera Bread and Winans are NOW OPEN for dine-in!
We also found some unique gift ideas from Grandview Yard businesses:
- Winans Grandview Yard: Treat dad to a Winans chocolate-dipped Bourbon or Old-Fashioned bottle and a classic Bourbon Cherry, in partnership with Watershed Distillery. Order HERE.
- Hofbräuhaus Columbus: Give dad a membership in the 1589 Growler Club for something unique! Includes a 64 oz. ‘drink tank’ growler with lifetime warranty, monthly growler fills and additional discounted fills. Get More Information
More food news:
- Boston’s Pizza is now offering resident nights to Arena District and Grandview Yard residents when you show your VIP card! Enjoy 25% Monday – Thursday. View full offer and additional resident VIP details HERE.
- Zoup! is now offering coffee and breakfast services! Breakfast menu items available 7:30am – 10:30am Monday-Friday. Coffee is served all day and food selections include breakfast sandwiches, berry bread, and a sandwich + drink combo.
Sports and Fitness
Fox Sports Replays: Re-live the excitement, more game replay dates announced!
- Tuesday, June 23 at 8pm • CBJ vs. Capitals, aired 12.16.2019
- Wednesday, June 24 at 8pm • CBJ vs. Red Wings, aired 12.17.2019
- Thursday, June 25 at 8pm and Friday June 26 at 12pm • CBJ vs. Kings, aired 12.19.2019
TBT – The Basketball Tournament
Carmen’s Crew, The Ohio State alumni team and TBT defending champion, have been given the top overall seed in this year’s 24-team field. All TBT games this summer will be played under quarantine at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, from July 4-14. Carmen’s Crew is organized by former Ohio State Buckeyes star Jared Sullinger (2010-12). Sullinger will coach Carmen’s Crew for the second straight year alongside Evan Turner (2007-10) and Leon Rodgers (Northern Illinois).
TBT’s opening round will take place from July 4-5. The quarterfinals will be held on July 10 and July 11 with the semifinals on July 12. The 2020 TBT Championship Game will be played on July 14, when one player will hit a shot to win his team $1 million.
For more information on Carmen’s Crew and this year’s TBT, visit TheTournament.com.
Club Pilates: Club Pilates is open and taking extra precautions to make the studio safe and clean by sanitizing every piece of equipment between classes. View the class schedule online: https://www.clubpilates.com/location/grandviewyard
Until next week warriors – please stay safe and continue to show support and love to each other.
At Home Weekend Warriors Weekend of 5.1
Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean there aren’t still places to explore, things to do, sports to enjoy, and good food to eat. Here is your Weekend Warriors guide for the weekend of 5.1 in and around Columbus including carry-out and delivery options from your favorite Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants.
EAT LOCAL, SUPPORT LOCAL
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. Plan to gift something special for the mom in your life! (Or treat yourself to something sweet!)
Winan’s Grandview Yard: View Mother’s Day gifts available online for shipping or curbside pickup HERE. Pre-order Raspberry Cordials by Monday, May 4!
Sunny Street Café: Pre-order a Brunch with Mom Pack including egg strata, build-your-own parfait kit, cinnamon rolls with sweet cream frosting and a flower. Available for curbside pickup HERE.
Where to Buy Cloth Face Masks & Support Small Businesses: As we start to slowly emerge from our homes, many of us are looking to purchase a face mask. Columbus Underground has put together a great list of local businesses that have added masks to their retail offerings. Not only will these masks help you to stay safe, we have to admit, they are pretty stylish too. View all locally sourced masks HERE.
MIND AND BODY
We are staying strong and taking care of ourselves. Through positivity and exercise we can do our best to feel our best.
Arena District Athletic Club: View a variety of workouts you can do at your own pace right in your living room. Click HERE to view 3-minute workouts with the Arena District Athletic Club.
6FT 5K: Take part in the 1st (and hopefully the last) Quarantine 6 Feet of separation 5K benefitting Feeding America! Run or walk (virtually) alongside your personal pacer and SweatNET ambassador Jen Dufresne. Via a downloadable MP3 file, Jen will audibly guide you through the race at your selected pace time. Sign up HERE.
Columbus Crew: Physical and mental stress can show up in your body in various forms. Check out 4 at home work outs from the Columbus Crew to promote body and mind recovery allowing your mind and body to relax as you unwind at home. Get started HERE.
CBJ Gaming + Exciting News: The Columbus Blue Jackets have introduced CBJ Gaming, a new initiative that will allow the club to interact with fans through live streams, tournaments, giveaways and more through a variety of e-sports and gaming activities. Click HERE and get your game on! All live streams will be available via the CBJ Gaming Twitch account. Fans can also follow on Twitter and the CBJ Gaming YouTube page.
We are ‘all shook up’ and thrilled to hear that Elvis Merzlikins has signed a two-year contract extension as of last Thursday! Read more about our sensational goalie HERE.
CBJ Game Replays, Fox Sports Ohio:
Sunday, May 3 at 7pm & Monday May 4 at 3pm • MONSTERS vs. HERSHEY BEARS, aired 6.11.2016
Monday, May 4 at 8pm • CBJ vs. PREDATORS, aired 2.10.2001
Tuesday, May 5 at 8pm • CBJ vs. WILD, aired 12.31.2016
Wednesday, May 6 at 8pm • CBJ vs. CAPITALS, aired 4.15.2018
Thursday, May 7 at 8pm • CBJ vs. PENGUINS, aired 4.19.2014
Friday May 8 at 8pm & Saturday May 9 at 12pm • CBJ vs. PENGUINS, aired 12.22.2016
The leasing staff at Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Flats II are letting prospects know that they are here for them – prospects can view apartment interiors and request information on apartment availability through virtual tours, email, phone and video chat.
- Tour the Napa II at Flats II with leasing consultant, Julie HERE.
- Tour the Sydney at Arena Crossing with leasing consultant, Julie HERE.
- Or, view all Arena District apartment tours Here.
Ohio Shorts with the Wex: One thing we know, there are many Ohioans that have a lot of creative talent. Enjoy Ohio Shorts virtually with a celebration of Ohio-based filmmakers. Available to stream until May 2. Click HERE for free admission.
Bread Sculptures with OSU Urban Art Space: more fun than an afternoon craft, is an afternoon craft you can eat afterwards. Urban Arts Space intern, Lizzie Howald is making functional bread sculptures this week and sharing work by artists in the BFA Senior Projects exhibition. HERE.
Arena District, 20 years Puzzle HERE.
Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean there aren’t still places to explore, things to do and good food to eat. Here is your Weekend Warriors guide for the weekend of 4.3 in and around Columbus including food selections from your favorite Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants.
Arena District Living and Apartments at the Yard have quaran-teamed up to bring you a new way to stay entertained. Download these activity-based bingo boards and start crossing activities off your list – from streaming a concert to sharing a meme, or getting takeout from one of your favorite neighborhood restaurants – this game will not only inspire you to do more during the downtime, but it might even earn you a gift card to one of your favorite neighborhood restaurants currently offering carryout.
- Download Arena District Living BINGO card HERE, ENTER CONTEST.
- Download Apartments at the Yard BINGO card HERE. ENTER CONTEST.
COMMUNITY ART PROJECT
Columbus is a mecca of art which includes a talented community of Arena District residents and visitors. We are requesting you create an interpretation of the ‘Union Station Arch’ sharing your project socially and tagging your image with #ArenaDistrictArtProject. Connect socially HERE.
If you are a resident of Grandview Yard, create an interpretation of ‘trains’ tagging your image with #GrandviewYardArtProject. Connect socially HERE.
We will be creating photo albums on the Arena District Living and Apartments at the Yard Facebook pages to include all submissions for viewing, we hope you will take this creative opportunity and join us.
RESTAURANT CARRY-OUT & DELIVERY
Things might be a little different at the moment, but one thing we can still appreciate, our families, roommates and a good meal. There are still Arena District restaurants open and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Carryout beer and wine is also available. Refer to this list to plan your meals while supporting neighborhood restaurants! Place your order HERE.
There are also restaurants offering carryout, delivery and curbside pickup nearby in Grandview Yard HERE.
Another great workout this week from The Arena District Athletic Club, keeping you active and healthy while you’re at home! View a variety of high intensity workouts you can do right in your living room. Stay active and relieve stress. Click HERE for a squats-based workout!
Although the 5th line is staying 6 feet apart, we still have our hockey heart! To allow fans to re-live the action, Fox Sports Ohio is broadcasting game replays. Next week, tune-in and re-live last season’s 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series:
- Wednesday, April 8 – 8 p.m. ET (replay on April 9, 12 p.m. ET) Game 1, Apr. 10, 2019 – Columbus 4, at Tampa Bay 3. The Blue Jackets, who trailed 3-0 after the first 20 minutes, score three 3rd period goals and win it on a Seth Jones goal with 5:55 remaining.
- Thursday, April 9 – 8 p.m. ET (replay on April 10, 12 p.m. ET) Game 2, Apr. 12, 2019 – Columbus 5, at Tampa Bay 1. Five different Jackets score goals and Sergei Bobrovsky makes 23 saves as Columbus wins both games at Amalie Arena.
- Friday, April 10 – 8 p.m. ET (replay on April 11, 12 p.m. ET) Game 3, Apr. 14, 2019 – at Columbus 3, Tampa Bay 1. Sergei Bobrovsky outduels Andrei Vasilevskiy and Cam Atkinson’s empty net goal seals it as Jackets take 3-0 series lead.
- Saturday, April 11 – 8 p.m. ET Game 4, Apr. 16, 2019 – at Columbus 7, Tampa Bay 3. Lightning erase a 3-1 deficit before Oliver Bjorkstrand scores the eventual game-winner late in the 2nd period and the Blue Jackets add three empty net goals late to earn their first-ever playoff series win.
COOL FOR THE SUMMER – APARTMENT AMENITIES
You are practicing social distancing but are in need of finding a new home. Arena District Living and Apartments at the Yard are now offering virtual tours on YOUTUBE. This week, we are highlighting apartment amenities including fitness areas, swimming pools and neighborhood perks. Click the links below to view apartment amenities and start planning for a cool Summer!
- Tour Yard Club (Grandview Yard) Amenities Building Virtually HERE.
- Tour Flats on Vine (Arena District) Amenities Building Virtually HERE.
- Tour Arena Crossing (Arena District) Amenities Building Virtually HERE.
Stream your favorite concerts online with Promowest TV! Check out some of our personal artist picks below:
For more music you can’t find anywhere else, visit the Promowest YouTube channel!
CHALK THE BLOCK
Residents of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff are writing inspirations/sharing spring chalk art drawings along their sidewalks and driveways! As you are outside enjoying the weather, take a walk and enjoy the pictures your neighbors have created.
Article originally published in Columbus CEO By Laura Newpoff
The transformation of downtown’s industrial western edge has been remarkable, to be sure.
In 1997, Alex Fischer was the deputy governor and chief of staff to Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist. As part of his work to forge a new partnership between research giant Battelle and the University of Tennessee, he hopped aboard a small King Air plane to get to a meeting in Columbus. Afterward, his hosts took him to dinner at the old Rigsby’s Kitchen on North High Street in the Short North.
On that crisp fall evening as he left the restaurant, Fischer told the folks from Battelle he’d walk a few blocks south to get to the Hyatt Regency hotel. His host, however, had some rather blunt advice. “You can’t do that—it’s a war zone,” Fischer recalls him saying. Fischer also was struck by what was going on a few blocks west of his hotel. The old Ohio Penitentiary site was a walled-off demolition zone surrounded by a bleak mix of decaying industrial buildings and surface parking lots. A poorly lit downtown. A war zone. A prison in ruins. All within a few blocks of one another. It painted quite a dreary picture of Columbus.
“You think about first impressions and what my first impression would be like today if I found myself in those exact same spots,” says Fischer, now CEO of the Columbus Partnership, the city’s influential civic organization of business leaders. “You look at the Arena District today and you see the vision Nationwide, the city and other leaders had. At first, the district was just going to be a single area around the arena. Now you see what Brian Ellis has accomplished in its expansion over 20 years and the economic impact that’s come from companies, the jobs and the residents who have moved there.
“You pinch yourself and say, ‘All this happened in my lifetime,’ ” Fischer says. “An entire part of the city was transformed. There’s no greater transformation that’s analogous to where our city has gone in the same period of time than the Arena District.”
Over those 20 years, more than $1.2 billion of development has occurred to make that old prison site and the surrounding area a premier office, sports, dining and entertainment destination. While the district is running out of land for new projects, Ellis— president and COO of Nationwide Realty Investors—and his team and other developers aren’t done yet. Three large projects are underway, and redevelopment of the old Municipal Light Plant at the western end of West Nationwide Boulevard is expected to be complete this year.
It was 20 years ago that Nationwide Arena opened at the corner of Nationwide Boulevard and Front Street as the home of the National Hockey League expansion team the Columbus Blue Jackets. Architect Dan Hanes describes the area pre-arena as “basically parking lots, with a few small buildings here and there.”
Hanes’ firm at the time, Heinlein Schrock out of Kansas City, partnered with NBBJ on the arena’s design, and Hanes set up shop in Columbus to help Nationwide Realty with offices, condominiums and apartments.
At the time, the master plan as conceived by Ellis and urban planning firm MKSK was 75 acres. But the district would expand because the projects were well-received from the beginning, Ellis says, not only from private users who would rent office space or people who would buy condos or rent apartments, but by government leaders. That affirmation came in the form of a $42.5 commitment by Franklin County in the mid-2000s for a new home for the Columbus Clippers, Huntington Park, on the west side of Neil Avenue, a site not in the original master plan.
In 2007, Nationwide Realty, as part of the original plan, opened the Condominiums at North Bank Park. Moving west would continue as a new frontier for the developer when, years later, it would buy part of the old Buggyworks complex and transform it into offices. Hanes, who worked on those projects, continues to be involved in three that represent hundreds of millions of dollars: As the architect of record for third phase of Nationwide Realty’s Parks Edge condominiums; as designer of the parking structure that will be part of NRI’s new Chipotle headquarters building and apartment project; and as part of a team of designers working on the new Columbus Crew stadium on West Nationwide Boulevard.
The 200-acre district now stretches to I-670 on the north, the Olentangy River on the west, North High Street on the east and West Spring Street to the south. Parks Edge and the Chipotle building will continue a design tradition that emphasizes brick facades with a striking incorporation of glass.
“The designers gravitated toward a continuation of the brick that was in the area,” Hanes says. “It allows you to take advantage of the industrial feel that was already there.”
Ellis says the goal for the Arena District was to take a long-term view that was market-driven and focused on a high standard of quality. The new projects and the projects developed by others in the area are no exception.
“Competition is healthy when you establish a high bar and people are playing in that space,” Ellis says.
Architect Bob Loversidge has seen the Arena District projects up close as a longtime member of the Downtown Commission, the city’s review body. And his firm, Schooley Caldwell, calls the district home, with a passion for historic preservation – Loversidge was instrumental in moving the old Union Station arch to McFerson Commons.
“I don’t think any other city in North America had the opportunity to essentially re-envision a quarter of their downtown,” Loversidge says. “We have rebuilt the five-story, red-brick city.”
New Arena District developments
Parks Edge Phase 3
What: 10-story condo tower
Details: 50 two- and three-bedroom units with the majority of residences fronting McFerson Commons Park. There will be private, secured parking, 24-hour concierge service and a rooftop pool, hot tub, sun deck and outdoor kitchen.
Developer: Nationwide Realty Investors
Cost: Not disclosed
Where: 225 John H.
What: 4-story office building with 132,000 square feet, a five-story, 596-space parking garage and approximately 150 apartments.
Details: The office building portion of the project will be built along Neil Avenue. The parking garage and apartments are planned behind the building to the east.
Developer: Nationwide Realty Investors in partnership with the Lewin family
Cost: $200 million
Where: 200 Vine St. is the Chipotle office building’s address. The entire project will be built on land that has boundaries of Neil Avenue to the west, Spruce Street to the north, Kilbourne Street to the east and Vine Street to the south.
Crew Stadium/Confluence Village
What: 20,000-seat soccer stadium
Details: The stadium will be built on 13 acres as the centerpiece of the mixed-use Confluence Village project. The stadium project includes a 40,000-square-foot outdoor plaza that will be open to the public. Amenities include a soccer pub, Nordecke beer garden, field suites and concourse club seats and lounge. There will be 100,000 square feet of playing field grass area that can be used for professional, collegiate and high school sporting events, concerts, fashion shows and other community events. The surrounding Confluence Village is expected to include retail, office and residential space.
Developer: Columbus Crew SC
When: 2021 (stadium)
Cost: $300 million (stadium)
Where: 650 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Municipal Light Plant
What: Redevelopment in two phases of the city’s first power plant that dates to 1903.
Details: Renovation of the 1903 portion of the structure was complete in 2019 with Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers opening a 16,000-square-foot showroom and Red Architecture + Planning opening a 9,000-square-foot office. Work is ongoing to renovate an adjacent seven-story structure that will have 36,000 square feet of office space and a parking structure.
Developer: Connect Realty
Ownership: Connect Realty, Schiff Capital Group, GBX Group
When: Second phase, December 2020
Cost: $23 million
Where: 589 W. Nationwide Blvd. and 577 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Laura Newpoff is a freelance writer for Columbus CEO.
It’s easy to fall into a hibernation during those winter months of snow, sleet and cold. As the temperature drops, it can be harder to exercise—but with the right winter workout plan, you can still find the motivation to get fit. After all, summer bodies are made in the winter, right?
The key to getting out in the cold is pursuing activities or workouts that appeal to you. If you love what you do, you’ll find that it’s not that hard to stay encouraged and stick to your workout goals in the winter.
Here’s our winter workout guide to staying fit and healthy in Columbus!
The good thing about ice skating is that it can be done indoors or outside on a frozen pond. Getting active on the ice can be fun and an excellent form of exercise—as skating works nearly every muscle group in the body, and gliding requires synchronized movement of the legs. Like any workout, skating is good for your cardiovascular health and it gets the blood pumping! There are plenty of ice skating rinks in Columbus to enjoy, like OhioHealth’s Ice Haus and three Chiller rinks.
Joining a Columbus gym like the Arena District Athletic Club (ADAC) makes working out season averse. With the ability to bypass weather conditions entirely, the ADAC offers both one-on-one and group training sessions, private yoga instruction and world-class equipment. If you’re looking for something more intense, fitCAMP offers a 4-week, 16-session high intensity training program that will get your body in tip-top shape for summer.
Finding a workout class that you enjoy will make staying active in the winter easier and enjoyable. Located right in the heart of downtown Columbus’ Arena District, ADAC is the perfect place to start (or end) your day.
Hiking during the winter is worth the extra layers—seriously. The trails are less crowded and calmer this time of year, allowing you to fully enjoy the outdoor experience. Whether it’s dry and cold or wet and snowy, the winter scenery is wholly unique. Grab your coat and a friend to explore Columbus Metro Parks, or join their annual winter hike series for guided public group outings.
The winter season is a great time to experience the addicting joys of Pilates—the art of controlled movements! One of the best places in Columbus to take classes is Club Pilates in Grandview Yard. No matter your age or level of fitness, there’s a class that will work for you. Try it out and keep your body agile and flexible through the chilly weather.
If you still need an extra kick of fitness inspiration, you’ll absolutely find it when the Arnold Sports Festival & EXPO returns to Columbus from March 5-8! More than 20K athletes from around the world will compete in 80+ events that test the limits of physical strength and endurance. Aside from attending as a spectator, there are tons of ways you can get active and participate. Use the contest below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.
What winter workouts keep you active in Columbus?
Younger workers are likelier to seek new cities for career advancement. Here are the Top 10 metro areas based on job-relevant factors.
Article originally published in The New York Times By Michael Kolomatsky | January 23, 2020
Millennials, still in the earlier stages of their careers and less likely to be encumbered by the needs of children or spouses, may strongly consider relocation as they climb the professional ladder. But where are the best cities to work?
A new study by Commercialcafe ranked metro areas for millennials based on seven factors related to employment. For the purposes of the study, “millennials” were defined as people born between 1986 and 1995, and only metro areas with populations of at least 1 million were considered.
Each area was ranked in seven categories to determine a total score: Millennial population growth between 2014 and 2018, millennial population share, regional price parity (a cost-of-living comparison in which a score of 100 represents the national average), millennial unemployment rate, the share of millennials with employer-based health insurance, the share of working millennials with a bachelor’s degree, and average commuting time.
Metro areas in the South and Midwest scored well, aided by their lower living costs. The Raleigh, N.C., area, for example, came in below the national average on the 100-point price parity scale: 95.2. Columbus, Ohio, did even better, at 92.3.
After all the data was crunched, Denver topped the list, with its low unemployment and high millennial population growth rate offsetting its higher cost of living (106.3 on the price parity scale) and relatively high average commuting time (28 minutes).
Below, the Top 10 places for millennial workers, based on the study, and two of the categories in which those places scored the highest.
1. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.
13% millennial population growth, 2014-18 • 3% millennial unemployment rate
2. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
17% millennial population share • 40% working millennials with a bachelor’s degree
3. Raleigh, N.C.
41% working millennials with a bachelor’s degree • 2% millennial unemployment rate
4. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
14% millennial population growth, 2014-18
70% millennials with employer-based health insurance
5. Salt Lake City
23 minutes commuting time • 16% millennial population share
6. Columbus, Ohio
24 min. commuting time • 16% millennial population share
7. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich.
22 min. commuting time • 69% millennials with employer-based health insurance
8. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.
11% millennial population, growth 2014-18 • 4% millennial unemployment rate
9. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore./Wash.
27 min. commuting time • 102 regional price parity score
10. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
131 regional price parity score • 40% working millennials with a bachelor’s degree
Happy Monday morning, Columbus.
The Blue Jackets are on a roll, baby. Against all odds and conventional wisdom, the team is playing like a contender. Heck, they beat Boston in Boston last week.
But this column doesn’t start in Boston. It starts in Columbus a few days before we celebrated a new year …
My youngest daughter bought me a hat for Hanukkah.
It’s a warm and comfy Columbus Blue Jackets hat in red, white and blue. It’s topped with a pom pom.
Caroline purchased it for me as a replacement for the Blue Jackets hat that I gladly tossed to the ice on Nov. 29 when forward Gustav Nyquist scored a hat trick in the team’s 5-2 win over the Penguins at Nationwide Arena.
That was a glorious night spent celebrated with my other daughter, Mara, who is my partner at Blue Jackets games.
I have a few other Blue Jackets hats at home, but that was among my favorites. It was a third jersey hat that I quite liked. A nice topper, if you will.
Here it is:
Anyhoo, I wore the new hat on New Year’s Eve.
My wife, Jackie, and I started out the evening in the Brewery District, where we dug into a platter of “bread and fat” at Rockmill Tavern, drank some fine brews and shared a wonderful dinner. You might remember I wrote about said bread and fat in a past column. It is an amazing plate full of sin and flavor.
Go try it. Now. You’ll thank me. (By the way, if you are on a diet that restricts bread and fats, you might order the veggie platter.)
After a delightful meal, Jackie and I headed to the Arena District to watch the Blue Jackets play the Florida Panthers, who brought Sergei Bobrovsky back to Columbus for his first game at Nationwide Arena since leaving over the summer.
Jackie doesn’t attend that many games. But when she does, she expects the team to 1) score every time they bring the puck down the ice, 2) stop every shot on defense, 3) win, and 4) win by a lot.
That’s a lot of pressure on a team that has lost a good chunk of its starters to a ridiculous number of injuries, including one suffered by its starting goalie in the previous game.
In all, 10 players who should have been on the ice were nursing various body parts that were broken, ripped and bruised.
One that really deflated confidence was Joonas Korpisalo’s injury. He tore the meniscus in a knee Sunday afternoon, and that meant that Elvis Merzlikins would start in goal on Tuesday.
Elvis had yet to notch an NHL win. He was 0-4 heading into New Year’s Eve.
Jackie was not impressed with the odds. Oh, and she is not a fan of goalies who leave the crease to chase down pucks. She yells at them to get back. Loudly. Every time.
Thankfully, Elvis had one of those magical nights that rookie goalies dream about. The young man played the game of his life, stopping 36 of 37 shots.
While incredible, Jackie still yelled at Elvis to get back in the crease every time he skated behind the goal to play a puck.
What does this have to do with new hats? Well, Elvis wasn’t the only star of the game.
Defenseman Zach Werenski just happened to score three goals that night. A rare and lovely hat trick.
And when that third goal went in the net at 8:04 in the third period, I pulled my new hat from my head, cocked my arm and prepared to toss my lid to the ice.
That’s when Jackie caught my eye. “Really? Caroline just bought you that hat.” That’s true.
Besides, I’ve tossed four or five hats onto the ice over the years to celebrate these feats of hockey greatness. And it was chilly outside. Brr.
In the end, the Jackets won 4-1, Elvis and my wife got to celebrate a big win, and I kept my balding dome warm on the long walk to the car.
Have some free time this upcoming week? Wondering what to do, where to go or what to eat in downtown Columbus? Here is the Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 11, 2019:
Arena District Athletic Club Open House
November 11-14 | Arena District Athletic Club | 5 AM – 10 PM
Looking to join one of the best gyms in downtown Columbus? The Arena District Athletic Club—one of the city’s cleanest and most modern gyms—is holding an open house for prospective members today through Thursday! Any time between 5 AM and 10 PM, stop in, tour the facility, meet Club staff and enter to win tickets to a Blue Jackets home game. You will also receive a 10-day free trial membership and a Club t-shirt just for coming in. Click here to learn more.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues
Friday, November 15 | Nationwide Arena | 7:00 PM
Do you like the color blue? What about great hockey? If you answered yes to either of these questions, be sure to join us this at Nationwide Arena as we celebrate a matchup between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the first-place St. Louis Blues. Grab your tickets and bring your friends to this exciting game!
Monday, November 11 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7:00 PM
Coming to the neighborhood tonight at EXPRESS LIVE!, it’s The Neighbourhood! This five-part California rock band makes its way to the Arena District for a night of music and melody, presented by Columbus’ alternative rock station, CD102.5. Opening the performance are musical artists, Claud and Slow Hollows. Grab your tickets here and don’t miss out on Monday’s exciting performance.
A$AP Ferg – Floor Seats Tour
Tuesday, November 12 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7:00 PM
EXPRESS LIVE! welcomes hit rapper, A$AP Ferg, to the stage for a performance coming off his latest album, Floor Seats. Get tickets for this hot show before it sells out! Opening will be artists Murda Beatz and MadeinTYO, featured in A$AP Ferg’s song, Wam.
The Final Campaign: Slayer, Primus, Ministry, Philip H Anselmo
Tuesday, November 12 | Nationwide Arena | 6:00 PM
Tomorrow night, Slayer, the legendary thrash metal rock group—along with groups Primus, Ministry and Philip H Anselmo—will take center stage at Nationwide Arena for the last leg of The Final Campaign tour. This highly influential metal band wraps up the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour, honoring the group’s 37 years of activity. Slayer experiences are known for their intense guitar hymns, heavy use of pyrotechnics and head-banging good times. Grab your tickets and be sure not to miss this legendary performance.
Team Tory Presents Ohio Combat League 4
Saturday, November 16 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM
Coming this Saturday to EXPRESS LIVE!—the Ohio Combat League! Watch a spectacle of dazzling mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting and see Ohio’s rising stars and veterans compete in a night of full contact sport. Grab your tickets for this event and be sure to check out these amazing fights!
Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
Sunday, November 17 | McFerson Commons Park | 7:30 AM
This Sunday starting at McFerson Commons Park in Columbus’ Arena District, warm up in the cold weather by participating in the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K! During the race, marshmallow sweet stations will be dotted along course routes—among other fun surprises. A Finisher Mug encourages the consumption of decadent fondue once you cross the finish line. Funds from the race will go to support Make-A-Wish Foundation. Click here to register.
What We’re Looking Forward To
Thursday, November 21 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:00 PM
Self-described evil disco group, Static-X, returns to the Columbus stage to perform for their first studio album in 11 years, “Project Regeneration,” set to release in 2020. The band, which will perform at EXPRESS LIVE! next Thursday, features a unique sound that mixes metal influences with electronic elements. The band will be accompanied by groups, Mushroomhead, Dope, Wednesday 13 and Raven Black. Get your tickets and don’t miss out on this night full of great music and performances.
Stay tuned for our next edition of Arena District Digest!