Huntington Bank to Redevelop Former Meijer on Cleveland Avenue
Rendering provided by Huntington.
Huntington Bank announced plans today to transform the former Meijer at 5555 Cleveland Avenue into office space for up to 1,600 employees. The Columbus-based company also announced its intention to target $300 million in loans to low-to-moderate income neighborhoods over the next five years, focusing on the Linden and Northland areas.
“We’re stepping up to help transform an important area because we believe in helping small businesses grow and families prosper,” said Huntington CEO Stephen D. Steinour, in a statement. “The city has been an outstanding partner and we’re proud to support the Mayor’s vision to revitalize key growth neighborhoods.”
Some of the employees for the new office building will be moving from office space at 2361 Morse Road and 7575 Huntington Park Drive, both of which will be vacated. Overall, the bank is committing to bringing 1,000 new jobs to the City of Columbus by 2024, and will be pursuing city tax incentives based on that level of growth.
The estimated cost of turning the 210,000 square-foot, former big box store into an office campus is $18.3 million. The new development, which has been named the Huntington Gateway Center, is scheduled to open in mid-2017. It sits just south of State Route 161, on the west side of Cleveland Avenue.
Amenities planned for the new campus include an open floor plan and onsite dining and fitness facilities.
A hub for COTA’s new CMAX Bus Rapid Transit line, called the Northland Transit Center, has long been planned for the site. The new line will connect Polaris and downtown with limited-stop service featuring new, specially-branded buses and features like traffic signal prioritization.
Also announced today was a partnership with the city’s Smart Columbus initiative to install an electric vehicle charging station on the site.
Below is the PDF version of the latest issue of the Gatepost, which will be mailed to all Sharon Woods residents soon. There is a lot of great news in this issue, including details on upcoming holiday events.
You will also find another membership application in the newsletter so if you have not yet joined this year, please do so! We are down in the number of memberships this year & they are vital to us being able to continue all that we do to make our neighborhood a wonderful place to live for everyone.
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Final Community Meetings Slated for Connect Columbus
Recommendations for Transportation Plan – Shaped by Columbus Residents – to be Presented
Draft Plan for Review and Comment
Having completed collecting residents’ ideas for Connect Columbus, the City’s long-range transportation plan, the Department of Public Service (DPS) will present its draft recommendations for final public review and comment next week through a series of three community meetings and online and social media tools.
Over the past year, residents have shared their ideas and opinions about public transit, light rail, streetcars, bus routes, better streets, sidewalks, bikeways, crosswalks, or slowing down traffic to make children’s walks to school or playgrounds safer. Along with in-depth study and analysis of transportation data, collaborating with stakeholders and partners throughout Columbus, DPS has developed and will present its draft recommendations for long-term transportation improvements.
During the Connect Columbus process, all transportation options were discussed during all-day public workshops and DPS’ innovative Plan Van at popular lunch hot spots, COTA Park & Ride lots, festivals, churches, community social service providers and other locations to gather comments from the public. DPS is asking Columbus citizens for final comment on its draft recommendations before finalizing its plan during three scheduled community meetings. Columbus residents can also share their ideas by going on-line at www.columbus.gov/ConnectColumbus.
The three community meetings are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 16
5 – 8 p.m.
Whetstone Park Shelter House
3901 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
77 North Front St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
5 – 8 p.m.
Westgate Shelter House
Columbus, Ohio 43204
I plan on providing the 161 Business Task Force newsletter so you can see some of the work these business owners are doing or plan to do. I did learn that Huntington has purchased the land that was occupied by Meijer’s. There is no word yet on what they might do. Also the city is working with NCC (Northland Community Council, 161 Business Assoc. and other groups) in putting together a traffic plan for the 161/Cleveland AVe. intersection. The public will be invited to a presentation in the Spring. Pat Wood
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) needs your help.
VITA is a completely volunteer operation started over 30 years ago by the IRS to prepare federal and state income tax returns for low and moderate income individuals and families. Your assistance to help would be greatly appreciated! No knowledge of tax law is assumed! Training will be provided and there is no liability on your part for tax returns you prepare.
The VITA site is at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Sharon Woods Blvd where it has been for a number of years. If you are interested, please contact Ken Crawford at 614-891-0974 for additional information. Thank you.
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