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The Tuesday Top 5: March 26th, 2019

Posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:52 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: March 26th, 2019

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

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.


Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.


I wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.


The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

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