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The Tuesday Top 5: April 2nd, 2019

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 12:47 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: April 2nd, 2019

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


1. La Tavola, Lupo Veterans Join Revival of Harvest Tavern Site

The owners of the La Tavola and Lupo restaurants in the Tri Village plan to recast the shuttered Harvest Tavern & Pizzeria site near Pierce Field as a gastropub.

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Grandview Heights’ residents Rick and Krista Lopez plan to re-open the restaurant at 1099 W. First Avenue after completing primarily cosmetic changes to operator Grow Restaurants’ Harvest Tavern, which closed after just six months.

Rick Lopez said the rebranded Old Spot will source its fare in conjunction with Ohio Farmers and its fresh meats and other products from the nearby Butcher & Grocer. “I love that spot,” said Lopez, “with its outdoor dining across from the park.” 

Butcher and Grocer owner Tony Tanner controls the lease on the former Harvest Tavern. “We needed an operator because we don’t run restaurants,” said Tanner. He did know the Lopezes, who sourced some of their meats and recipe staples from Butcher and Grocer for La Tavola and Lupo. “We reached out to Rick and Krista,” Tanner said, “to see if they were interested, and luckily they were.”

Butcher & Grocer, which marks its third year in same strip retail center in July, also served as a product source for Harvest Tavern.

Items on the tentative Old Spot menu include a Cuban (pork) Sandwich, Thai Noodle Stir Fry and Smoked Sausages and Pierogi Dish. Lopez said the restaurant’s blackboard will have weekly specials.

The Lopezes have operated La Tavola for 20 years, including the last five at 1664 W. First Ave. across from the Grandview Heights Public Library. The couple opened the Lupo Arlingon restaurant in April 2018 at 2124 Arlington Avenue in Old Arlington’s Mallway District.

The Odd Spot has not set an opening date within what had served as an Old Bag of Nails restaurant for 21 year until it closed February 2018.

2. Office Building, Apartments Slated For Northwest and Goodale

Construction will begin soon on the prominent corner of the Grandview Yard development at Northwest Boulevard and Goodale Boulevard.

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The City Building Department on March 25th approved a permit for a two-story, 37,000-square-foot office building at 950 W. Goodale Yard. Developer, Nationwide Realty Investors, has started work on the site in preparation of the construction.

The City, earlier this year, approved a certificate of appropriateness for the office building and three nearby apartment buildings along Bobcat Avenue.

The developer has not released any further information on the office building, including prospective tenants.

Some of you may remember that HealthSouth Corp. in July 2012 had identified the site for a 63,800-square-foot rehabilitation hospital with 50 beds. HealthSouth and Nationwide Realty cancelled their development for that project developer in September 2017 and the developer regained title to the land.

I will write more about the office development as more information becomes available.

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3. Police Roll Out Latest Cruisers

The Grandview Heights Division of Police has retired its last Ford Taurus cruiser in favor of 2019 police Interceptor version of the Ford Explorer.

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The GH-7 cruiser hit the road March 19th, replacing the 2015 Ford Taurus that had just under 80,000 miles on it patrolling the streets of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff.

Officer Scott Bruney described the new $29,400 cruiser as a “rolling office” complete with laptop that can access license information and outstanding warrants as well as allowing officers to write up reports in the field.

The SUV police cruisers have more room in the passenger compartment to transport prisoners and more trunk room for the fire extinguisher, first aid supplies, crime investigation kits, evidence collection kits and other equipment.

The vehicle marks the first of two police cruisers City Council approved in early December as part of the 2019 capital budget.

The second replacement cruiser will likely hit the road later this month after the outfitting of the vehicle is complete.

Earlier this year, the Division ordered four Noptic vision cameras so that all of its cruisers have that capability.

The two used vehicles will get sold.

4. Community Plan, Facilities Discussion Advances

Grandview Heights residents and City officials gathered March 26th to hear the updated Community Plan recommendations as well as opportunities for development of public facilities and other civic spaces during the next few years.

The McBride Dale Clarion consulting firm identified eight guidelines to implement the Community Plan recommendations generated through the City’s Growing on Traditions initiative. The first recommendation calls for creating a committee to oversee implementation of the recommendations accepted. The broad areas of the plan identified were:

1)   Targeted zoning improvements;

2)   Economic Development Incentives and Policies;

3)   Infill and Redevelopment, including a housing study;

4)   Transportation and Connectivity;

5)   Capacity and Efficiency;

6)   Intergovernmental Coordination; and

7)   Civic Spaces and Places.

The NBBJ design and planning firm briefed the public meeting on that last item as consultants presented a report on opportunities to build new public facilities. The comments focused on a concept to relocate City Hall, the Divisions of Police and Fire on the city-owned property in the southeast quadrant of Goodale Boulevard and Grandview Avenue.

It also identified options for the relocation of the Community Center as well as opportunities for public amenities at civic “hubs” of activity in and around Pierce Field and in and the Edison Intermediate & Larson Middle Schools.

I last
wrote about this two weeks ago.

These reports will not sit on the shelves at City Hall. The Community Plan 
will get further review from the Grandview Planning Commission before returning to Council to prioritize and implement the McBride Dale Clarion recommendations.

The Civic Spaces and Places report 
may get tweaked to incorporate written responses from residents attending the March 26 meeting before NBBJ presents its final recommendations to City Council in the comings weeks.

I would like to commend those who have supported this nearly year-long effort with their countless time, boundless energy, and insightful ideas to further strengthen this community as the top-notch place to live, work and have some fun. That appreciation not only extends to members of City Council and City Staff, but to residents who volunteered to serve on the steering committee and, most of all, the residents who gave their input during the outreach meetings that helped form the guidelines that will give direction to government officials in the coming months and years.

5. Goddard School Opens

The Grandview Yard development has added a pre-school as an amenity in the area. Galena resident Janie Patterson and her staff opened the Goddard School March 18th in a 13,000-square-foot, standalone building at 1175 Bobcat Avenue just south of West Third Avenue. 

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Patterson said the pre-school expects to employ 40 to 45 people once the school is fully enrolled in August. The facility offers students an indoor gymnasium and outdoor playground as recreational amenities for its students in addition to its educational program.

Construction began in June on the site of the Chelsea House Design Center, an interior decorating wholesaler of fabrics and other materials which sold the property to developer Nationwide Realty Investors six years ago.


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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