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Jul 23

The Tuesday Top 5: July 23rd, 2019

Posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:16 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: July 23rd, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. CoGo Gains Traction in Grandview Network

The CoGo Bike Share network in Grandview Heights has started to catch on with some interesting trends showing up in the statistics sent to the City.

Cogo Bike Share

CoGo, a division of Lyft Inc. since late 2018, recorded 615 total trips for the 4 Grandview stations between the October expansion of the bike share network into our community through the end of May. The bulk of those trips took place since the advent of the spring riding season.

Nearly half of those trips – 284, to be exact – either started or ended at the docking station at Burr Avenue and Yard Street close to the concentration of multifamily residences and a short walk from Grandview Yard’s two hotels. The station at Grandview and West Third avenues experienced the second heaviest usage with a combined 145 origination and destination trips.

CoGo Photo

Casual riders – those who have purchased a one- or three-day pass – rather than subscribers made the most trips, according to the statistics.

The other two stations reporting statistics were Pierce Field (West First Avenue at Northwest Boulevard) and the corner of Oakland Avenue and West First Avenue near the Grandview Heights Public Library.

The City and CoGo formally dedicated the four CoGo stations as part of the expanding network in May. 

All told, CoGo has 72 stations throughout Greater Columbus, including Upper Arlington, Bexley and Grandview Heights. That network will expand further to the Easton mixed-use development in the near future.

The City believes the CoGo program offers a convenient transportation alternative not only for residents to get around town, but for visitors wishing to explore the City’s businesses, entertainment venues and recreational amenities.

I will share the end of summer stats once I receive them. Meantime, consider a ride around town, whether on CoGo or your own bike.            

2. Elm & Iron gets Quarterly Retail Privileges

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission has granted home goods retailer Elm & Iron LLC a conditional use for its 1171 Goodale Blvd. warehouse so it can host quarterly sales events. Elm & Iron sells home décor products and accessories through its stores in Clintonville, Easton and two in Cincinnati.


The commission approved the conditional use during its July 17th meeting after Elm & Iron owner Daniel McClurg told the commission he has cobbled together a total of 102 parking slots onsite, at nearby commercial properties and on Goodale to handle customer traffic for the sale of closeout inventory and overstocks. 

McClurg said Elm & Iron actually had a weekend sale last year without knowing the business needed to get a conditional use permit from the City for a sale in half of the 22,000 square feet it leases in the M-1 (industrial zoning) district.

He said the sale of surplus inventory at the warehouse helps offset the business’ excess cost of having leased more space than it needed when it opened the warehouse in early 2018.  He said he expects as many as 600 customers spread between the Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18 sales dates to attend the sale. The first sale will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

After discussion focused on the parking, members of the Planning Commission voted 5-0 in favor of the conditional use with the stipulation Elm & Iron present the Building and Zoning Department written evidence of the nearby businesses’ approval for the use of their lots. The Commission also directed Building & Zoning staff to inspect the sales portion of the warehouse for code compliance the day before the sale.

Elm & Iron also plans sales the weekend of Oct. 12-13 and in the months of February, April, June and September in 2020.

3. Christmas in July set with film “Elf,” Santa visit

The City hopes to cool off the heat during the last week of July typically brings with a mid-year Christmas celebration of sorts.

Elf movie logo

Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation Department will present the 2003 holiday classic, “Elf,” this Thursday, July 25th at the Municipal Pool. The film begins at sundown.

The original big elf, Santa Claus, will visit the pool from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and sit for photos with your own camera.  

The film stars comedic actors Will Ferrell and Bob Newhart and veteran actor James Caan.

Plan to make your way to the pool by 9 p.m. to secure a good viewing spot.


The Grandview Heights Public Library also will have its Pop-Up mobile library stacked with holiday favorites to contribute to the holiday mood.

The movie is free to view, but residents without pool passes will be charged the standard $4 per adult and $1 per child for pool access after 7 p.m.

Hope to see you there! 

4. Grandview Avenue to Hop Again

The second of four Grandview Hops set for this summer and early fall will feature a wide variety of entertainment options this Saturday, July 27th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

grandview hop banner

The lineup for the Saturday, July 27th community block party and sidewalk market features the RedHotBux jazz combo and The Molars band at the Spencer Research parking lot, and Columbus singer/songwriter Jenny Flory near Haines and Grandview.

The Hop also will feature a wide variety of pop-up vendors as well as many of the regular Grandview Avenue retailers.

An expanded kids activity area includes live art painting, activity books and puzzles. The Cub Shrub clothing retailer will host Cardboard City for Kids with support from the Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation Department.

Also, Sculptdecor 
will do an ice carving in front of the Sorrell & Co. offices at 1200 Grandview.  Headline sponsor ScriptDrop leads a long list of sponsors of the Hop, which is hosted by the Columbus Young Professionals Club in partnership with Destination Grandview.

5. Thank a City Worker

It’s been a brutally hot in recent days in our community. We don’t always recognize the hard and sometime dangerous jobs city employees, especially the Service department and divisions of Police and Fire. It’s not only the work they do, but also the weather conditions they sometimes have to endure as they serve residents.
The recent combination of extreme heat and humidity again reminds me that no matter what the conditions, our men and women employees are out there providing excellent service and protecting us each and every day. I am proud of the men and women who serve our community.

Thank you!

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Jul 16

The Tuesday Top 5: July 16th, 2019

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 3:40 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: July 16th, 2019


Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info. on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. 2019 City Revenue Remains on Budget

I wanted to offer a brief update on the City’s financial performance through the first six months of 2019.

Income tax receipts collected through the Regional Income Tax Agency totaled $8.45 million through June. Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky in his June finance report to Council said that combination of individual taxes paid, withholding taxes and business net profits taxes put the City “on target” for the budgeted $15.8 million for 2019 “with some upside potential.”  Dvoraczky noted the withholding taxes portion has increased 15 percent from the 2018 period due to the implementation of the final phase of employee relocations for some major businesses, and the continued pace of new business growth in the city.

The Finance Department reported year-to-date hotel (bed) tax revenue hit $283,000, or $6,100 ahead of the 2018 mark. The bed tax supports the repayment of capital bonds sold to accomplish the Pierce Field and Wyman Woods renovations several years ago in addition to construction of the Municipal Swimming Pool just a few years ago.

The prospect of a hotel as part of the Grandview Crossing redevelopment at Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue and a third Grandview Yard hotel south of Goodale Boulevard bodes well for the community as a potential funding source for future Parks & Recreation facilities.

Revenues are also trending favorably thus far in 2019 for our pool, and we are on a good path both recreationally and fiscally for the season.  

2. Seven-Year Division of Fire Vet Tapped for Captain Post

The Grandview Heights Division of Fire will have its fourth captain on board effective July 18th with the promotion of James Beckett to the post.

Beckett, 33, just marked his seventh anniversary as a firefighter/medic with the Division. He replaces Mike Shimko, who retired March 1st after more than 26 years with the City.


Beckett, a graduate of St. Mary’s Memorial High School and Hocking College, first worked part-time with the Clinton Township Fire Department.  He joined the Grandview Heights Division of Fire in June 2012 after a short full-time stint with the Newark Fire Department.

Beckett lives in Hilliard with his wife and two children.

Division of Fire Chief Steven Shaner said Beckett has demonstrated a stellar work ethic and has taken on extra projects while mastering his skills as a firefighter and paramedic. The Division stands at its authorized uniformed strength of 13 firefighter/medics, four captains, a fire marshal and Chief Shaner.

3. Music In The Yard Offers Variety

Those of you who enjoyed the 34th Music on the Lawn concert series at the Grandview Heights Public Library on Tuesday nights in June and July will be pleased that the musical fun will continue in August at a different venue.

The Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation Department and Grandview Heights Public Library again join efforts to bring music to the community this summer in presenting the inaugural Music in the Yard series on three Thursday late afternoons.

The August 8th launch of the series at First Avenue Park will star Clarence White and the Johnny Appleseeds, a regional Americana/folk band with a touch of blues, Faulkner said the band created in late 2018 has already started to gain a following.

Then the George Barrie Band will take the park stage August 15th after playing several outdoor concerts in Greater Columbus this summer. The band’s offering of pop rock graced the Music on the Lawn series in 2016.

Capping the new Thursday on August 22nd concerts is Hot Tonic, a fusion jazz ensemble mixing funk and soul with Latin Rhythms. Hot Tonic also has played numerous venue this summer, including the Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest and Lancaster Arts Festival.

The Thursday events will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with various activities. The musicians are set to play between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

4. Nationwide Realty, Yard Vendors Sponsor August Concerts

Of course, putting on a concert series takes a strong organization and sponsor funding to make it happen.

A thank you to the staffs of Parks & Rec and Canaan Faulkner with the Grandview Library for organizing this new community event.

I am pleased to announce the organizers have signed Grandview Yard master developer National Realty Investors and a cooperative of Grandview Yard restaurants to serve as the Title Sponsor for the Thursday afternoon Music at the Yard late afternoon concerts. 

Other sponsorship opportunities remain. Businesses and individuals interested in Single Concert or Supporting Concert Sponsors should contact Recreation Supervisors Taylor Lindsey (614-481-6202) or Marta Durban (614-481-6204) for more information.

I’ll write more about the concert series as the dates draw nearer. I hope residents will come to enjoy the music and food as they get to experience the City’s newest park.

5. More Construction Starting In Grandview Yard

Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors has started working on Block D of the Grandview Yard development along Yard Street between Williams and Burr avenues with construction equipment moving dirt in that area for a couple of weeks.

The developer has approved building permits in hand for a four-story, serpentine apartment building at 860 Yard Street at Williams with 138 units and a separate, 80-unit apartment at 830 Burr at Rail Street.  

The city has yet to receive an application for a planned office building next to the 860 Yard apartment.

Documents also show a pocket park at the southwest corner of Burr and Yard where the CoGo Bike Share station is currently located.

Yard Line drawing

Block D Grandview Yard

I had written in early April that Nationwide Realty had started construction on a two-story, 38,000-square-foot office building at Northwest and Goodale boulevard.

Nationwide Realty two weeks later identified the Carlile Patchen & Murphy law firm as the anchor tenant in that office building. NRI also announced at that time it had started construction on 20, two-story townhomes spread among three buildings long Bobcat Avenue called The Junction.

Stay tuned to this blog as more information becomes available.



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Jul 13

The Tuesday Top 5: July 9th, 2019

Posted on July 13, 2019 at 4:48 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: July 9th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on
what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1.  Police Sending Out Crime Prevention Notices 

We all believe Grandview Heights is a safe community, but the prevalence of minor preventable property crimes remains a concern of the Grandview Heights Division of Police and my administration. To bring more attention to preventable thefts, the Division in early July, started a notification program in instances where Grandview Heights residents have left their garage doors open late at night or left valuable items within plain view in their cars parked on the streets. Such
scenarios present the conditions for so-called “crimes of opportunity” for thieves.
Many of the suspects the Division has arrested admit they return to our community because a
high enough percentage of citizens make themselves vulnerable to theft by leaving their garage
doors up and valuables uncovered inside their cars.

Those officers on patrol will now make note of open garage doors and when they notice
valuables inside cars. The information will generate a letter from the Division of Police making
residents aware of the vulnerability of their property on that specific time and date. The notices
also will offer other crime prevention tips.

The Division notice also encourages residents to report any suspicious activity they observe in
their neighborhoods.

I am hopeful this new program will reduce “crimes of opportunity” in our community through
education and an increased emphasis on crime prevention. I would welcome any feedback on
this program and ideas how the City and our residents can work together to reduce theft and
other criminal activity.

2. Public Health Educator Joins Board

The Grandview Heights Board of Health is up to full strength with City Council’s July 1st approval of resident Dan Skinner as a new member. Skinner is a non-clinical medical educator associated with Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dublin. He has strong credentials in public health policy, prevention, and primary care. His background includes interest and research into the opioid addiction scourge in the state that led to his co-editing of Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio, a collection of stories on the painkiller crisis that the Ohio State University Press just published in June.

Daniel Skinner

Skinner received his undergraduate degree in philosophy at State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree and doctorate (2009) in political science from the City University of New York. Skinner has served as an Assistant Professor of health policy within Heritage College’s Department of Social Medicine since 2014. His professional background also includes serving as an adjunct assistant professor within Ohio State University’s College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2015 and as an assistant professor of political theory from 2010-2013 within Capital University’s Department of Political Science and Economics. I am happy welcome someone with this stellar public health policy perspective on the board of health, especially with the continued challenges the opioid crisis presents to society at large and our community.

3. Theater Troupe Presents Cinderella-Inspired Production

The Grandview Carriage Place Players will present “The Slipper and the Rose” stage play later this week. The Cinderella story gets retold at the Grandview Heights High School auditorium this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening (July 11-13th) at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 at the door.

This community theater production is a cooperative effort between the Grandview Heights
Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Columbus’ Carriage Place Recreation Center off Sawmill Road. The event offers an opportunity to experience a fun community production and
duck out of the steamy summer evenings we have experienced in the last week.

 4. Ohio Auditor Honors City’s Finance Team

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber has recognized the Grandview Heights Department of Finance as one of just five government entities statewide with clean audits from the 2018 fiscal year. The Auditor said the annual audit found the City’s finance department presented the state a financial report for 2018 free of any findings for recovery, bank reconciliation issues, material citations, or weaknesses or questioned costs. The 2018 report earned the department an Auditor of State Award with Distinction, the 8th year this honor has flowed to Finance Director Robert Dvoraczky and his talented staff. To put that in perspective, the state audits more than 6,000 government entities, and only Grandview Heights and two other cities – Brunswick and Kent – also made the grade.
“Recipients of taxpayer dollars have a responsibility to keep excellent financial records.”

Auditor Faber said in a news release. “This award acknowledges the hard work and attention to
detail required to properly track spending.”


Such quality of financial reporting and accounting prowess has served this City well during the
last decade as the community emerged from near financial collapse to a fast-growing and
thriving place to live and work. It also reflects the high-quality of public service and integrity
found throughout our City departments.

Please join me in saluting Bob and the finance team for their dedication to keeping a close eye
on the City’s finances at this state recognition of the department’s extraordinary level of

5. Celebrating Independence Day in Grandview Heights

Wallace Gardeners

For Independence Day, I sent the City’s Community Relations Coordinator, Brian Ball, out to do a photo essay on what residents did on this patriotic holiday. He found people out enjoying their day across the community. Some along Grandview Avenue – Stauf’s, Balboa, and Jeni’s – and others having a street party on Inglis Avenue.


Ice Cream on the Avenue

Balboa of the Avenue

Another couple decided to tackle the weeds and harvest zucchini in the afternoon at their Wallace Gardens plot to avoid working in the buggy evening. And of course, Brian found hundreds enjoying the municipal pool during the hot afternoon.

Pool Fun (1)

Diving at the Pool 2

 However you decided to celebrate the Fourth of July, I hope you enjoyed yourself.

Flag House 2

Inglis Street Party

Inglish Street Party 3

Inglis Street Party 4
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