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The Tuesday Top 5: June 18th, 2019

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:48 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: June 18th, 2019


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

1. The Old Spot the newest spot in Grandview culinary scene

The owners of the La Tavola and Lupo on Arlington restaurants in the Tri-Village have nearly completed the transformation of the shuttered Harvest Tavern & Pizzeria into their latest venture called The Old Spot.

Old Spot Exterior

Grandview residents Rick and Krista Lopez plan to complete the training of The Old Spot’s 20 workers serving discounted meals to diners during the next few days in anticipation of an expected official opening this weekend.

Grocer & Butcher owner Tony Tanner is a partner in the Lopezes’ most recent culinary adventure and leaseholder of the property. The Butcher & Grocers has long supplied fresh, high-quality meats to the La Tavola and Lupo restaurants.

I first wrote about the latest upscale restaurant in early April, just after renovations began.

The Old Spot bar section will seat 31 with the main dining section seating 44.

The retail space at 1099 W. First Ave. had served as the home for an Old Bag of Nails for 21 years before its February 2018 closing. The Grow Restaurants operator of Harvest Tavern closed the West First location early this year after just six months or so.

2. SafetyView Heights Graduates 42

The City’s Recreation & Parks Department completed another successful SafetyView Heights program on June 14th for Grandview Heights youth headed to Kindergarten in August.

Safetyview Graduation 618

The two-week, morning program focused on bike safety, fire safety, pedestrian safety, seatbelt safety and general safety topics under the direction of Grandview Heights schools substitute teacher Carrie Williams and teacher’s aide Carrie O’Mara. Three Parks & Rec staff members joined the squad that also included 30 area youth volunteers, six of whom are college-bound this fall and graduated from SafetyView themselves a dozen or so years ago.

Safetyview Officer 618

Division of Fire Captain Martin Hafey and Officer Scott Hiles were among the Department of Safety personnel lending their expertise to this important community rite of passage.

Please join me in thanking our staff and the community volunteers in this vital area of service.

Safetyview Props 618


3. Tour de Grandview A Smashing Success

What a turnout for the 26th Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic the evening of June 14, both on the course and the supporters and revelers along the course as the racers made their way through the heart of Grandview Heights.

Tour 8 Pelaton Speed
Once again the Parks & Recreation Department led 
the organizing efforts with the full support of our firefighter/medics, police offers and the staff.

A staggering 240 amateur and professional races came to town along with an uncountable number Grandview Heights and Central Ohio residents, their guests and general bike race enthusiasts.
The highlight for me was serving as emcee at the West First Avenue finish line for the City-sponsored Kids Sprints. We had a record number of kids participating – 102 – in the sprints this year and those registered received a $10 certificate of deposit from Pathways Credit Union.  The winners in each age group received $100 certificate with $50 and $25 going to 2nd and 3rd place.

Tour 2 Start

Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine provided helmets for the riders. Earlier in the day we had a drawing for 5 donated bikes for anyone how pre-registered for the Sprints.

Tour 3 Kids Sprints

A big “thank you” to the slate of more than 50 sponsors who lined up to support this regional event.
I’ve included numerous pictures in this blog for you to get a taste of the excitement the races bring to Grandview’s streets one night every June.

Tour 6 Sponsors

A reminder that registration continues for the Tri The Heights Youth Triathlon 
set for Saturday, August 31st. Kids up to age 14 can register for this competition involving running, swimming and biking. Registration costs jump $15 on July 16th, so get signed up today.


4. Eagle candidates complete Wallace Gardens projects

Boy Scouts Troop 73 has completed the last of three Eagle Scout projects announced in early February for Wallace Gardens.

Mayor 618 Wallace Bench

The troop put the finishing touches on GHHS Junior Alecco Walli’s information kiosk/bulletin board within the Wallace Garden turnaround in early June.

Alecco’s kiosk/bulletin board will serve as a place for gardeners to leave messages or gardening tips for one another.  Parks & Rec may also post garden rules and other public notices on the message board.

Mayor Blog 611 Alecco

Scout Jude Rosinski, earlier this spring, completed the installation of two raised garden beds with the expectation the wildflowers planted will attract butterflies seeking nectar. Those butterflies also will provide gardeners something to enjoy as some wander to the garden to pollinate the vegetable plants.

Mayor Blog 618 Wallace Jude

Scout Josh Roemer installed benches set in concrete for gardeners and others seeking a place to rest while walking through the park or tending their gardens. His project also added mulch paths connecting the benches, message board and raised garden beds.

City Council unanimously supported the Scouts’ plans at its February 5th meeting through their approval of a $2,530 grant to support the projects. That financial support follows my $600 grant toward the project.

Troop 73 has a long history of serving our community and installing amenities to make Grandview and Marble Cliff a better place to live. An earlier Eagle Scout project at Wallace Gardens, for instance, involved the installation of a bike rack for those pedaling to the gardens.

I personally want to thank Josh, Jude, and Alecco – and Troop 73 as a whole – for their efforts to improve Wallace Garden.

I trust this tradition of public service continues for a long time.


5. M/I’s Homes at the Yard selling quickly

M/I Homes started the public sale of the first batch of its single-family homes at the Grandview Yard on June 15th after a VIP lottery resulted in 11 of the first 14 homes and lots getting placed in contract.

M I Homes Patio

Eight of the homes in contact are among 12 homes already framed along West First Avenue between Bobcat Avenue and Edgehill Road at Hilo Lane.  M/I contractors have dug the last two basements on that initial string of 14 homes as well.

M I Homes Exterior-2

The other three homes in contract will get built among the 18 homes set for the southern edge of West First between Bobcat and Pullman Way. The homebuilding also will begin construction soon along Pullman as the builder makes its way north from Williams Road with 20 more homes.
This next batch of homes are expected to get delivered in the first quarter of 2020.

The completed home at First and Bobcat will serve as a model home. The home immediately to its west will open in mid-July as a second model.

In all, M/I Homes expects to build 79 single-family homes.


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