August 28, 2015

Jacquemin Farms plan expanded

via Columbus Business First
Plans to develop Jacquemin Farms into a multipurpose development have expanded. Schottenstein Real Estate Group recently brought a revised 110 million dollar plan before Jerome Township officials that would now expand their development to both sides of Hyland Croy Road. 

The new development, referred to as the Hyland-Croy Gateway District, proposes the construction of residential units for empty nesters, as well as assisted and independent living units for seniors. The original plan also included space for a shopping center and the Jacquemin Farms market.

Critics of the plan have called for improvements on roadways to prevent issues brought on by increased traffic to the area. The Schottenstein Group has reportedly pledged money to improve roadways surrounding the proposed development.

As of now, Jerome Township trustees have neither approved nor denied the proposal.

August 27, 2015

Top tips for indoor plants

Houseplants can do wonders for your home. They can add life, color, and a calming atmosphere to otherwise drab spaces. Check out Houzz's top tips for growing your greenery indoors.

1. Fill dead space with plants.
If you have awkward space or empty corners in your home, consider filling them in with a plant. They'll add a splash of color to an otherwise boring or unsightly area.

2. Use plants to personalize your kitchen.
No paint? No problem. Use colorful flowers and interesting plants to help spice up your kitchen

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3. Put them somewhere unexpected
Here's an unexpected tip. Put houseplants in your bathroom. They'll love the moist air and routine steaming they get from the shower.

4. Fill sunny areas with plants.
Fill porches, sunrooms, patios or windowsills until they're positively bursting with greenery.

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5. Cluster your plants together
Clustering is good for the plants, as you'll remember to water them all at once and they'll be able to create their own micro-climate. And it's good for your home, as clustered plants are pleasing to the eye.

6. Make every meal feel alfresco
Decorate your table with a beautiful floral arrangement or surround your dining table with greenery. It'll make you feel as if you're dining in a garden every night.

7. Don't sweat it
Most importantly- don't stress. Plants bring a calming and refreshing vibe to your home, so don't override that feeling with stress if you accidentally kill one. As Houzz suggests:“Forgive yourself, and move on.”

August 25, 2015

Piada hoping to branch out

Columbus' favorite choice for fast and casual Italian dining is looking to branch out. According to an article in Business First, Piada is hoping to secure a spot in the food court of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. If everything goes as planned, this will be Piada's first mall location and first non-traditional site.

Piada's style fits in well with a fast-paced mall atmosphere. Customers can get through the line in under 90 seconds with a meal that comes out under $10, according to Business First.

The restaurant's Mall of America location will be part of a new expansion which will make way for 50 new shops and restaurants.

Piada founder Chris Doody said the brand has big plans for opening new locations across the country. The restaurant is looking specifically at locations on college campuses and has several new locations in development, including restaurants in Texas, Florida and North Carolina.

August 21, 2015

Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathons to be held this weekend

via ThisWeek
This Sunday, August 23rd, running enthusiasts will have a chance to race through Dublin as part of the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon. The race will begin at 7 a.m. at Dublin Methodist Hospital. The course will then take participants through Glacier Ridge Metro Park and Corazon.

Non-runners can also enjoy the event. With music, charity events, and an after-race party, there's truly something for everyone.

One of these charity events, The Run for Fallen Heroes, tends to draw a crowd because of the nature of the run. Firefighter teams run in full gear to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.

All proceeds from the Half and Quarter Marathon will go to Welcome Warehouse, a Dublin-based charity that provides families temporarily in need with clothing and school supplies.

via ThisWeek 

August 18, 2015

Columbus Chamber of Commerce to host annual clambake

Mark your calendars! The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 92nd annual Clambake and Lobster Feast on September 10th at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. As in years past, the evening promises to be full of food, fun, and networking!
The event features a seven course meal with delectable options, such as lobster, clam chowder, and grilled chicken. Tickets range in price from a $100 individual, member ticket to $820 for two or more tables of 8 guests. Attendees can also take advantage of the event's two hour networking reception to promote their business at the Hospitality Host price of $450.

Registration is open now on The Columbus Chamber of Commerce website.

Who: Columbus area business leaders
What: A fun night of delicious seafood and priceless networking opportunities
When: September 10th 5-9pm
Where: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Water's Edge Pavilion

August 17, 2015

Amazon may bring 2000 new jobs to Central Ohio

Amazon's Hilliard data center via ThisWeek
There may soon be another 2,000 job openings in central Ohio. According to ThisWeek reports, the e-commerce company Amazon is considering opening a fulfillment center in Obetz or Etna Township. No stranger to Ohio, Amazon is currently building data centers in Hilliard, Dublin, and has a new planned location in New Albany.

The fulfillment center jobs would mostly be distribution jobs, with some opportunity for management positions. Ohio is currently in competition with a few other states to be the final decision for the location of the fulfillment center, and real estate negotiations are still ongoing. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has already approved a job-creation tax credit for Amazon to build the fulfillment center.

According to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, if Ohio is chosen, the fulfillment center could bring the largest number of jobs for one project in more than a decade.

August 14, 2015

Plans for Jacquemin Farms tabled--for now

The proposal that would turn Jacquemin Farms into a residential and retail area has been tabled. According to ThisWeek, the area's developer, The Schottenstein Group, has requested the proposal be tabled as it is revised to account for traffic concerns.

Dublin residents opposing the development brought a petition before Jerome Township trustees with over 500 signatures, citing these traffic concerns, as well as concerns about overcrowding that the development might bring. Other concerns cited by residents and Dublin city officials alike included the density of the development and the proposed site layout.

The petitioners hope to achieve 1,000 signatures by the time the proposal comes back before township trustees at a planning and zoning meeting on August 24th.