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The Tuesday Top 5: February 19th, 2019

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 1:44 PM by Laura Oldham

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

                                                                                                                      

1. West Third westbound to close for bridge demolition

The widening of West Third Avenue between the Market District grocery and Olentangy River Road has reached a milestone with the planned demolition of the CSX rail trestle this weekend.

Contractor Complete General Construction will close West Third under the CSX rail line from Friday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. through 5 a.m. on Monday, February 25th to remove the metal bridge. Trains have already switched to a temporary, parallel rail line and trestle to allow for the reconstruction of the permanent structure.

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Detour signs will get put in place redirecting traffic during the demolition. For those wishing to plan ahead, go online for more information.

That project allows the widening and reconstruction of Third Avenue and creates sidewalks and a shared-use path between the Columbus Fire Station No. 25 to Edgehill Road. The widening is designed to alleviate traffic from Grandview Yard and other development off of Third while improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Completion of the project is slated for late summer.

2. My Salon Suite latest to open in Grandview Yard

A new spa experience has opened on the north end of the Grandview Yard that will offer business opportunities to 28 entrepreneurs as well as creating another amenity to the growing number of residents and workers in the mixed-use district, the rest of Grandview Heights, and surrounding area.

Franchise co-owner Jennifer Skrobarcek said the salon at 1090 Yard Street has suites for individual members to lease and offer such spa services such as women and men’s hair styling, massage therapy, laser treatments, and Botox treatments.

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The first appointments occurred February 10th. About eight of the suites remain available. Skrobarcek and husband Jarrett plan to open two more My Salon Suite locations in the Columbus market. She said the “exploding” commercial and residential development at Grandview Yard – combined with its high visibility and accessibility – made the 5,400-square-foot space especially attractive for their initial location. 

The spa suites are located at the north end of the Manchester commercial and apartment building. The Brekkie Shack Café opened in 2018 in the south cap of the Manchester property. The Janney Montgomery Scott Financial Services Firm opened next to the Brekkie café last year while a Club Pilates fitness studio is currently building out its space between the My Salon Suites and the Janney office.

Find out more about the salon.

3. City updates map where dogs may share parks 


Every so often residents call or email me about establishment of a dog park here in Grandview Heights or at least find places in town where residents may allow their dogs to stretch their legs a little more than their walks around the neighborhood allow.

Short of a formal, fenced in park of 2 acres or so, the City offers six options to residents and their canine companions wanting to get grass under their feet.

Grandview Heights Dog Friendly Parks

City parks where residents may walk their dogs are: 
  • Goodale Green space between Urlin Avenue and Wyandotte Road;
  • The perimeter of Wallace Gardens;
  • Parkway Park (corner of Parkway and Oxley);
  • Memorial Park at Northwest Boulevard between Oxley Road and Second Avenue;
  • Burr Avenue Park at Bobcat Avenue in Grandview Yard
  • Yard Street Green Space at Goodale Boulevard Grandview Yard
  • First Avenue Park, 850 First Ave. in Grandview Yard
  • Wyman Woods (Mixed-use path only.)


I also want to remind residents they must maintain physical control of their pets in these parks per City Ordinance and, due to public health regulations, must clean up after their dogs.

The City has posted “No Dogs” signs at these other Grandview parks: Pierce Field, McKinley Field, Wyman Woods and C. Ray Buck Sports Park. 

As to the issue of creating a park just for dogs, previous consideration of that option found a fenced-in park for dogs to run free would take 2 acres simply unavailable at the cost to purchase, develop and maintain.

That said, Franklin County Metro Parks also has fenced-in dog parks and trails, including the Scioto Audubon Park just west of the Brewery District downtown.

Residents can also consider the five City of Columbus parks with designated areas where dogs can run free.

4. Balboa project advances

Renovations to the Balboa restaurant should begin soon after the Grandview Heights Planning Commission met in special session February 7th to consider revised plans for a reconfiguration of the patio of the restaurant at 1312 Grandview Ave.

The commission voted 5-0 at the meeting to approve the site plan, a reduction in the setback of the primary structure to the curb, and the construction of a detached, open-air timber structure.

It voted 3-2 to allow a fire trough along the counter-level rail parallel to Grandview Avenue.

The renovation plans gained approval after developer Connect Realty agreed to widen the sidewalk across the property from 4 feet to 8 feet.

The restaurant closed to the general public on January 7th as the operators worked on their renovation plans. Connect Realty Vice President of Development Jeff Bauer said the restaurant would open “in early spring” without setting a specific target date.

5. Appreciation expressed as school board completes Yard TIF restructuring

The Grandview Heights City School District board unanimously passed the restructuring of the Grandview Yard infrastructure financing bonds on February 13th, completing a year-long effort to lessen the financial impact of the school construction bond levy on property owners.

That approval follows City Council’s 6-1 vote on February 4th to approve the same revised deal with Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors as well as other related legislation. 

It cannot be stressed enough: this measure, as I wrote in my February 12th blog, will result in a contribution of 50 percent of the TIF payments toward repayment of the $56 million bonds over the life of the capital bonds. This restructuring not only substantially reduces the amount homeowners and other property owners pay in property taxes, it will promote the redevelopment of 13 acres of industrial land south of Goodale between Olentangy River Road and Bobcat Avenue.

I would like to extend my personal congratulations and appreciation to district Superintendent Andy Culp, Treasurer Beth Collier, and the school board members for their year-long efforts to fashion this deal even as they worked to create a plan to address the facility needs for the students of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff.


Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org.

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