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The Tuesday Top 5: May 21st, 2019

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 9:29 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: May 21st, 2019

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

1. Blue Star Ceremony, Parade Marks Memorial Day


Summer officially gets underway with the end of school and Memorial Day activities.
Memorial Day salutes those in the U.S. military who paid the ultimate price for our liberties with their lives. A key part of that remembrance in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff has been to pay tribute to those fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen at the annual Blue Star Mothers ceremony the Thursday before the Memorial Day weekend. 


This year, the communities will mark their respects at a 7:30 p.m. ceremony place this Thursday, May 23rd, at Memorial Park bounded by Oxley Avenue, Northwest Boulevard and Second Avenue.

Memorial Park is anchored by the Dr. Thomas Williams and Dr. Lowell Williams Veteran’s Plaza that the City dedicated on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, 2018. The plaza honors those who served in the five branches of the U.S. military.

I would like to urge any resident who has not yet visited this outstanding memorial or experienced the solemn pageantry of the Blue Star Mothers ceremony, to attend this meaningful and moving tribute as we read the roll call of the fallen members of our community who never returned from the defense of America.

This year, I will read the stories of these servicemen: Fields Patterson (WW1), Richard Murday (WW2); Charles Walker Short (WW2); John Tarini (WW2); Steven Sparks (Vietnam); and James Titus (Vietnam).

Our community also will commemorate Memorial Day – created soon after the U.S. Civil War as Decoration Day – with our annual parade that steps off at Cambridge Boulevard and West First Avenue at 10 a.m. as it makes its way to Pierce Field.

As always, our veterans will lead the parade. Those veterans wishing to ride on a trailer with seating should show up by 9:45 a.m. at First and Cambridge to claim a spot.
I hope to see many of you at Memorial Park and lining the West First Avenue parade route later this week. 


2. Swimming Pool Cleaned, Getting Prepared for Opening

Of course, the Memorial Day weekend also marks the start of swimming season at the Municipal Pool.


Last week I wrote about the discovery of rust 
on the north side of the lap and diving pools stainless steel lining. The separate, walk-in pool did not have any rust issues.

Contractors completed a citrus-based cleansing of affected areas late last week and started pumping water back into that section of the pool.

We are working hard to get both pools opened as scheduled: 1p.m. Saturday, May 25th. 
Please stay tuned to our website
, Facebook and Twitter accounts for any updates on this or other issues in the community. 


3. City and School Look at Fairview Reconnection

As a result of the recommendation in the Spaces and Places Community Plan, input from the City’s Planning Commission and community, and discussions between the City and School District administrations, I introduced a Resolution at the May 20th City Council meeting seeking support for the idea of having the City rebuild and connect Fairview from West 3rdAvenue to West 1st Avenue.

Fairview Concept

The school district leadership brought two conceptual layouts of the reconfigured school campus to the April 24th Grandview Heights Planning Commission meeting. The panel recommended the option previously unveiled at public school facilities meetings calling for the reopening Fairview to improve circulation in and around the campus.

The City’s recent
Civic Spaces and Places framework identifies the area at West First Avenue at Fairview and Oakland Avenue as a cultural and educational hub where the City could impact redevelopment.

The road closed more than 20 years ago at the request of the school district.

Council will consider the resolution showing the City’s support of this concept during its regular meeting on June 3rd in order to guide the district as it finalizes the campus layout and bid out the contracts for the first phase of construction.

The actual reconnection of Fairview Avenue or some variant will not take place until the school construction is completed, a period giving the City and the school district’s planers time to work with residents along Fairview Avenue on details of the project.


4. CoGo Expands

The CoGo bike-sharing network has formally dedicated its expanded network of stations in the Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington.

I gathered with other City officials, CoGo market manager Chet Ridenour, and area bike enthusiasts at the Ohio Taproom on Friday, May 17th to celebrate last fall’s addition of  five more CoGo stations 
within and on the edge of Grandview Heights. That brings to six the number of point-to-point destinations inside and just outside of the City, the first of which opened at the Market District grocery store in the fall 2016.


I want to single out Brad Westall, Columbus Recreation and Parks’ greenways planner, in recognition of his leading the effort to expand CoGo into our area through securing of a $1 million federal grant subsidizing the installation of the expanded network in the Tri-Village, Upper Arlington and Bexley. I also want to recognize the help of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission staff and UA Community Development Director Chad Gibson and his OSU city planning class for the work they did in studying potential station locations.

This marks another important example of cooperation between Columbus and its neighbors in improving the mobility of people through our communities while promoting sound environmental practices and the urban lifestyle at the core of Grandview Heights living and recreation culture.

It also makes the City more attractive attraction as a destination for tourists and other visitors to explore. City Council and our Service and Parks & Recreation staff also lent their support to this vital project.


Last fall, stations opened at the Taproom, the Grandview Heights Public Library, Panera’s Pizza at Grandview and Third Avenues; Pierce Field; and Burr Avenue and Yard Street.

CoGo now has stations at Northwest Boulevard and Chambers Road a short walk from the Kroger grocery store; another in Upper Arlington’s Mallway Park at Arlington Avenue; and at Northwest and North Star. Bexley and now Easton also have locations. 

I would encourage residents to learn more about CoGo 
and give it a whirl.          

5. Commercial, Residential Investment Soars

Every so often I like to share information from the department directors that offers a snapshot of what’s happening in our community.

Building and Zoning Department Director, Charles Boshane, recently shared some statistics on the pace of construction activity through the first four months of 2019. One can’t help seeing all of the construction vans and equipment when talking a stroll or ride around our town.

Though April 30th, Boshane told me the City has issued 400 permits for commercial and residential projects. That represents a construction value of $19.66 million.

That pace also marks a 36 percent increase in the number of permits issued from the 294 during the first third of 2018 and a 46.6 percent increase in construction value from the $13.4 million.
This level of investment shows the confidence developers and existing homeowners and businesses have in the long-term viability and vitality of Grandview Heights.

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