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The Tuesday Top 5: August 6th, 2019

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 8:32 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: August 6th, 2019

 

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

1. Sidewalk Repair Options Gets Takers

The sidewalk repair option the City administration unveiled in July has gained favor from numerous residents whose walkways have fallen into disrepair.

A Grandview Heights Building and Zoning Department inspector canvassed about 800 properties in recent weeksThis year’s inspection covered the area roughly bounded by Grandview Avenue on the West, Mulford Road on the South, then up to First Avenue and across Northwest Boulevard to the Grandview Yard development on the East.

Inspectors tagged 379 concrete panels for replacement or repair with Xs painted in green another 256 lifted joints between panels marked for grinding down painted with a green line.  

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Through the end of July, 85 property owners have asked the City to replace their marked panels while 64 have asked the city to grind down unsafe joints.

The City expects the $250 charge for panel replacement through its contractors will be less than the cost of private repair. Property owners may also opt for quality self-repair.

The City will grind down the edges of joints for $25, a savings of $10 to $25 for the homeowner.

Residents who received notices have until August 31st to join the City program. Work paid for prior to that date will be repaired this year.  Property owners who do not take part in the program will have until Oct. 31st to complete the repairs. Property owners that have not repaired their sidewalks or paid to have the work done, will have one last chance to participate during the reading of council legislation that will place a lien on their property until the City gets compensated for the work. The City will put any sidewalks not completed before October 31st into its 2020 street program.

NOTE: As I have previously written, sidewalks marked with white paint have been determined to be damaged by city street trees and will be repaired by the City, at no cost to the resident, as part of our tree program.  

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2. Fine Feather Joins Grandview Ave. Biz Corridor


German Village resident Diana Wang has joined the Grandview Avenue business with a natural beauty and wellness shop.

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Wang opened the Fine Feather Boutique late last week in the former Chapel Florists space at 1201 Grandview Ave. after a soft opening on July 28th. The business features natural makeup, skincare and wellness products, the latter category including superfoods, whole foods and herbs.
Wang knows a lot about foods, having served as a pastry chef for Grow Restaurants dining operator and the Pistacia Vera pastry kitchen in the North Market and in German Village, where she lives with her husband and son.

She said the birth of her son a couple of years ago spurred an interest in the environment and natural products without toxic ingredients. “I’ve become passionate about giving people better options,” she said.

Wang also looked in the Short North before favoring the Grandview Avenue space.

“This is the space I really wanted,” the entrepreneur said of the 1300 -square-foot space close to other small businesses on the Avenue. “I love that independent spirit. I’m hoping some of that rubs off on me.”

3. GHHS Football Team, Band Set 2019 Debuts

The start of school means Bobcat football and half time marching band shows. 

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The members of GHHS Marching Band will present its traditional pre-season concert at Marble Cliff’s Falco Park at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 11th.

The band will perform music from its 2019 pre-game show as well as music from its five half-time shows.

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Director of Bands, Chris Hermann, who enters his 6th season at GHHS, led the band members to Wittenberg University in Springfield for band camp during the week of July 21st to July 26th to begin learning this season’s music and initial half-time drills.

The football team also has been busy preparing for the 2019 gridiron campaign.

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Jason Peters – who’s heading into his 13thyear as head coach – the varsity and JV teams will have their first pre-season scrimmage on Friday, August 9th at 10 a.m. with Worthington Christian players at Bobcat Stadium. Meet the Team Night is August 17th at the stadium.

The football team will have its home opener on Thursday, August 29th. That game will get televised. GO BOBCATS!

4. FAA Orders Warning Lights Atop Summit Chase

Resident this fall will see red lights on the top corners of the Summit Chase condo tower. The lights will serve as a hazard warning to aircraft flying in the area.

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The Federal Aviation Administration in mid-July notified the homeowners’ association of high-rise – which opened in 1966 as luxury rental housing – regarding the need to install lighting to comply with aviation safety regulations. 

Pam Conrad, secretary of the Summit Chase Board of Directors, said the association has already contacted the Grandview Heights Department of Building and Zoning about its tentative plans to install red, steady-burn (non-flashing) LED light on all four corners of the tower’s mechanical penthouse that marks the highest point of the 26-floor structure.

The lighting plans will get submitted to the City for approval as the condo association also replaces its three-part penthouse roof.

Summit Chase has a few other internal construction projects underway or planned as well as new signage planned for its entrances off Goodale Boulevard and Urlin Avenue.

5. First Music At The Yard Set

A last minute invitation for residents to attend the first of three Thursday late afternoon concerts at the City’s newest park.

Clarence White and the Johnny Appleseeds will launch the Music at the Yard concert series this Thursday, August 8th at First Avenue Park between Bobcat Avenue and Yard Street.  The Appleseeds perform Americana/folk music with a touch of blues.  Music at First Avenue Park is also set for August 15th and 22nd.The event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with various activities. The musicians are set to play between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The Parks and Recreation Department in June hosted a Flicks in the Heights movie at the First Avenue Park and have programmed the inaugural First Avenue Fall Fest at the park for September 26th as a way to continue to introduce Grandview Heights residents to the City’s newest park.

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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