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The Tuesday Top 5: April 23rd, 2019

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 10:48 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: April 23rd, 2019

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


1. Winans Chocolates Coffees Opening

Marble Cliff resident and Ohio State University football alumnus Matt Finkes expects the wait for the opening of the Winans Chocolates Coffees Wines bar within Grandview Yard to end on Saturday, April 27th.

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Finkes said his investment in the franchise stems from his passion for Winans chocolates developed as he grew up in the Miami County town of Piqua, where Winans started in the early 1900s. “I’m very familiar with Winans chocolates and (fourth-generation owners) Joe and Laurie Winans Reiser,” he said. “I’ve been keeping my eye out for a (franchise) location. With all of the Grandview Yard development – the housing and businesses in the district – it’s a great fit for us.”

The 1,600-square-foot Grandview Heights store offer Winans’ full line of premium, handmade chocolates, a wide variety of coffee choices as well as wine. Finkes said he started to gain a personal interest in wines about a decade ago, and his franchise will offer 50 to 60 wines available by the glass or bottle. The Grandview Winans marks the second of the four Columbus franchises to offer wine. “It’s a new thing for Winans,” he said.

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Finkes has invested in the Grandview franchise with Brad Jennings of Providence Financial Group in Westerville. Finkes will continue to serve as director of development for the OSU Wexner Medical Center’s Department while manager Adriane Hopper oversees the day-to-day operations of the Grandvew Yard shop and its staff of 12.

The 34,000-square-foot building 1125 Yard St. building has about 15,000 square feet remaining on first-floor space. The second floor is fully occupied with medical office tenants.

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Winans is just the latest of several businesses opening in the Grandview Heights’ mixed-use district in recent months. That list includes the Club Pilates, Goddard School and My Salon Suite.

2. Safe Routes to School Projects Advance

Contractors have made significant strides these last few weeks to transform the stretch of West First Avenue between Virginia Avenue and Pierce Field into a safer pedestrian and traffic environment for Stevenson Elementary students, their parents and others walking and driving through that area of town.

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Contractors have installed flashing school zone speed limit signs along West First and Oxley Road with the two on West First recently activated.

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The frames for two overhead crosswalk signs at Virginia and First are installed with expectations the electric signs and light bars illuminating the crosswalks at night will get installed and activated in the coming weeks. Those 90” by 12” overhead signs with the message, “State Law: Yield to Pedestrians,” will have two flashing yellow lights when the pedestrian signals are pushed.The crosswalk signs for pedestrians will warn those crossing with the message, “Watch For Traffic.”

Those pedestrian signal buttons to activate that warning light also have been installed but for now remain inactive.

Signs with flashing lights also will get installed to mark the brick crosswalk across Oxley between Stevenson and Pierce. 

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The package of Safe Routes to School projects have been under planning for quite a while as the City competed for federal grants.

Work on the projects began in mid-March.

I will let the community know when the project is completed through this blog and other social media outlets.

3. Sale of Cruisers Earn Extra Cash

The Grandview Heights Finance Department earned a bit more in the recent sale of two old police cruisers by selling the vehicles through an online auction site to another law enforcement agency.

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The City in the past typically has stripped cruisers of emergency rooftop light bars, protective interior cages and other specialty police equipment and then auctioned the vehicles through the GovDeals.com website to the general public. Taxi companies often buy such vehicles for their roominess.

Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky decided to try a different tack this spring with the two modified Taurus cruisers after the city accepted delivery of the two new Ford Explorer/Police Interceptors I had written about in early April.

After removing the Grandview Heights emblems and decals from the Taurus cruisers, the Finance Department this time listed the fully equipped vehicles complete with heavy-duty front grills through a special section of the government surplus website that only other police agencies can access.
The result? Grandview Heights sold the vehicles to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Jeffersonville, Ind. for $7,000 and $7,500 versus the $4,500 Dvoraczky estimated each of the stripped vehicles might otherwise have brought into city coffers. That’s comparable to the $3,351 and $4,501 the City received in 2016 when it had auctioned off two stripped down Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers.

In all, the City has earned $160,000 since 2015 through the sale of surplus vehicles and equipment, an amount about equal to the cost of five new police cruisers.

4. Demolition Permit Pulled for West First Residential, Retail project

The developer planning to redevelop the Deyo-Davis Funeral Home and adjacent McGovern office properties have signaled the project remains a go even though construction of the residential and commercial development has yet to get a firm schedule.

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Representatives of developer Scott Owens recently picked up the two demolition permits approved March 18 for the project encompassing the site of the funeral home at 1574-1578 W. First Ave. and the office property at 1562-1572 W. First Ave.

Owens in September 2017 first proposed buildings with a combined 32 condo units on the combined sites. Neighborhood opposition to that four-story project prompted the developer last year to scale back the project to a single, three-story residential building anchored by 9,500 square feet of retail and 18 condo units on floors two and three.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission accepted that plan, which did not require a change of the existing C-2 zoning because of the addition of the ground-floor commercial space.

The project calls for 83 onsite parking spaces and nine street parking slots.

A representative said the developer is seeking pricing before committing to a construction schedule. Owens was not available for further comment. 

The demolition permits will not expire until March 17, 2020.

The permit requires fencing with a special provision to keep the demolition activity five feet off the public sidewalk because of the school-related pedestrian traffic.

5. Community Garage Sale, Spring Cleanup Planned

Once again it’s time for residents to scour their basements, attics closets and garages for unwanted household goods, garden tool, clothes and other surplus items for the annual Great Grandview Garage Sale, this year set for May 4th.

Residents wanting to be part of the sale should register with Parks & Rec by April 26 so your garage sale will get advertised to the Greater Columbus marketplace. Flyers listing the addresses of all garage sales paying the $5 fee will be made available at City Hall, the Parks & Rec office and the Grandview Heights Public Library. Feel welcome to list as many as five categories available in your sale.

Any questions should get directed to the Parks & Rec office, 614-488-3111.
Items that do not sell as well your other bulk items can get put to the curb (or alley) and the Service Department will pick them up free of charge as part of the City’s annual Spring Clean-Up Week from May 7-10 on your regular trash pickup day. 

The City cannot accept construction debris, paint, oil, car batteries, refrigerators or other products with refrigerants or other hazardous materials. 

Residents can call the Service Department with questions at 614-488-4728.


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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