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Apr 30

The Tuesday Top 5: April 30th, 2019

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 1:43 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: April 30th, 2019

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

1. Pedestrian, Bike Paths A City Priority

Spring time gets more people out and about walking on the sidewalks and, of course, riding bicycles.

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The nonprofit League of American Bicyclists has declared May as Bike Month to promote bicycling as a way to get around one’s neighborhood and city, a means of exercise and the joys of simply riding around for pleasure and to work. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has designated May as Bike to Work Month, May 13th-19th as Bike to Work Week and May 17th as Bike to Work Day. So I thought I’d write this week a bit about bicycling.

The Mayor’s Traffic Advisory Group – made up of members of the Administration, a Council representative, our engineers, and community residents – completed our Bike Plan in November, 2016. City Council adopted the plan through a resolution in December, 2016.

Since then, the Administration and City Departments have worked to implement projects and programs to enhance the biking experience and bikeway network, including bike lanes, multi-purpose paths  and street markings and signage on designated bike routes while urging vehicles to share the road.

City Council in August 2017 passed a bicycle helmet law under Sec. 373.02 of the City Code to promote biking safety. That measure falls in line with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations’ "I’m A Roll Model" helmet safety program.

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2. Bike Path/Sidewalks Planned for Grandview, Elmwood Avenues

Speaking of bicycles, one component of the City’s 2019 street program 
is the widening of the sidewalk along the east edge of Grandview Avenue between the City Hall and Goodale Boulevard to accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists. 

The City also has started design work on a path/sidewalk along the east edge of Elmwood Avenue between Goodale and Bluff Avenue.  Elmwood is very narrow at that point and the City recognizes a need to create a safe route for our residents traveling up and down that section.

Construction on the Elmwood project may or may not start later this year.  Plans need to be finalized and discussions with those impacted residents will need to take place before the City gets to the construction stage.

Wrapping up, I urge residents to become aware of increased bicycle activity in the coming weeks and months and make this a safe summer. 

3. CSX Trestle Work To Close West Third For 4 Weeks

Construction of the new CSX trestle over West Third Avenue near Grandview Yard will prompt the closing of the westbound lane for four weeks, joining the ongoing blocking of eastbound traffic.
Contractor Compete General Construction Co. expects to close the westbound Third Avenue at 9 a.m. on May 6th, according to a notice from the Columbus Department of Public Service. Eastbound Third Avenue has been closed for some time as part of the continuing work to widen Third Avenue.

The Columbus Public Service website has updated detour instructions on its website
. Columbus also has posted traffic signs with the suggested routes.

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The contractor had previously closed the westbound lanes 
during the weekend of February 22nd-25th to allow for the demolition of the previous trestle. The trains have since run on a temporary bridge over Third.

The road project remains on a schedule for completion in September. I will update residents on the progress of this project as new information becomes available.

4. Renovated Balboa Restaurant Set To Reopen

The Balboa restaurant in the heart of the Grandview Avenue retail and entertainment will reopen just ahead of the Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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The Mexican restaurant at 1312 Grandview Ave. closed in early January as it finalized its plans to enhance its outdoor dining experience through the construction of a timber trellis over a fully renovated patio. The project also entailed interior renovations, including a larger bar.

Jeff Bauer, Vice President of Development for Balboa owner Connect Realty, said the restaurant will reopen Friday, May 3rd, just before Cinco de Mayo on May 5th. The covered patio improvements, Bauer said, “will extend the life of patio into the early spring and later in the fall and later into the evening.”

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The renovations also calls for widening the sidewalk in front of the patio from 4 feet to 6 feet, at the urging of the City and the Commission, in hopes of improving the flow of pedestrians along Grandview Avenue.

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The restaurant expects to employ 15 to 20 during the fall and winter and about 30 during the spring and summer.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission approved changes to the renovation plan during its February 7th meeting.

5. Developers Open Doors To For-Sale Grandview Yard Housing

Three developers in the Grandview Yard district showed a steady stream of would-be buyers different options for the City’s newest neighborhood during the afternoon of Sunday. April 28.
Agents with builder M/I Homes took dozens of prospective Grandview Heights residents through three of the seven framed Homes at Grandview Yard 
it has under construction along West First Avenue between Edgehill Road and Bobcat Avenue. That stretch will eventually have 14 homes along the north side of West First, while another 65 are planned to be built south of First in the next couple of years.

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Prices for the 1,961-square-foot, two-bedroom with loft and unfinished basement in the first phase start at about $583,000 while a 2,720-square-foot, 4 bedroom with finished basement will cost nearly $690,000.

A lottery requiring a $5,000 deposit for the development’s first phase will begin May 28, two days after the model homes open.

Meantime, Wagenbrenner Development also has started marketing the next 40-unit phase of its Homes on Pullman Way townhomes 
north of Williams Avenue, with two of the multi-unit buildings currently under construction. It welcomed sales prospects this last weekend at a unit along the south side of Williams where it built 44 for-sale townhome condos and detached condos.
Finally, Grandview Yard master developer Nationwide Realty Investors showed off three of the 35 units in its 828 At The Yard 
condo flats at 828 Bobcat Avenue at Burr Avenue. Just 11 units with 1,400 to 1,570 square feet of living space remain available at prices between $430,000 and $462,000.


On a personal note:

The DeGraw Family expanded by 1 last week with the birth of our first granddaughter. Mother and baby are doing great.  She will have her hands full, as she has 3 older brothers.

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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