Update on the Italian Village Park Pavilion

Here is an update from Lisa Snyder with the Neighborhood Design Center:

To give a little background, our organization (The Neighborhood Design Center) in conjunction with the City of Columbus Departments of Development and Recreation and Parks, has been working with various stakeholders in the neighborhood to manage a competition for a pavilion in Italian Village Park. The pavilion is intended to continue serving as a gathering place for residents and visitors, maintaining flexibility for various community events, while also further defining a “sense of place” and expressing the identity and spirit of the neighborhood.
After launching a Request for Qualifications in mid-June, 3 design teams were selected in late September by an advisory panel to design proposals for the pavilion and additional landscape for the park. The selected finalists include the design team of Jonathan Barnes Architecture & Design and Implement Studio, Tim Lai ArchitecT and the design team of WSA Studios and CYP Studios. The design teams will present their proposals in a public meeting to be held on Wednesday November 18th from 4-8pm. The meeting will be held at the Junior Achievement Center’s gymnasium space (located at 68 E. 2nd Avenue) with presentations from all 3 design teams and will give the community an opportunity to engage in the process. Additional information on the process can be found on our website (http://www.theneighborhooddesigncenter.org/italian-village-pavilion.html).

IVParkPavPoster The public meeting is soon: Wednesday, November 18th from 4-8pm. Download and share the poster!

3 compete to design pavilion for Italian Village Park

From the Columbus Dispatch:

There’s a competition underway to design a pavilion for Italian Village Park.The pavilion will be built at the western edge of the park at 55 E. Buttles Ave., just east of N. High Street in the heart of the Short North.The pavilion will cover about 1,500 square feet and have a partial roof and a stage for performances, said Isabela Gould, executive director of the Neighborhood Design Center, which is managing the process. Movies will be shown there, and it will hold community get-togethers such as potlucks, she said. “It’s supposed to serve the residents.”

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New Renderings of Northside Library Branch Unveiled, Construction Delayed

From Columbus Underground:

We got our first look at the new Northside branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library system back in April when architectural firm NBBJ first revealed the design of the new two-story building at 1423 North High Street. Today, we’re getting a better look from a couple of different angles with updated renderings that show the new building both inside and out.

The new 23,000 square foot building will replace the existing 7,828 foot library, expanding its size and its ability to offer modern amenities to customers. Construction was originally expected to begin this year with a planned 2016 opening, but CML Marketing & Communications Specialist Ben Zenitsky confirmed that the timeline has been pushed back a bit.

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IVS August Newsletter

I hope this finds you enjoying your Summer. There is some information to pass on to you, if you didn’t already know, Larry Totzke and his wife Sylvia moved to Portland, Oregon. This left the vacancy of president of the society which I, being vice president, have filled. The vice president is Mike Navarro and secretary is Mark Bair. Stephanie Harris is Treasurer. Please feel free to reach out to any board members if you have any concerns or questions about our neighborhood.It has come to our attention that pedestrian safety has become an increasing issue in the neighborhood. We will be focusing on this in more detail: retrieving statistics, speaking with law enforcement, city officials and emergency responders.

Membership Month for the society is June, We are reminding past members of renewals which are in the mail. You may also become a member using Paypal at our website.
scroll down after using this link. Thank you!

Next week is Street SweepingTuesday (8/18) Wednesday (8/19)Don’t get Towed! 
It seems not civic-minded to tow someones vehicle to a location that is not on the bus line.

Hope to see you at the meeting,
Christopher Vidoni
President, Italian Village Society

Upcoming Events

Italian Village Commission Meeting
Tuesday August 18, 2015
6:00 PM
50 West Gay St

Italian Village Society Complete Streets Committee
August 27, 2015 5:30-6:30 PM
Seventh Son Brewery
1101 North Fourth St.

The Italian Festival will be held Columbus Day Weekend October 9, 10 & 11 2015. The Society will have a booth at the festival staffed by volunteers/members raising funds by the sale of T-shirts. If interested keep the dates open and more information will be forthcoming.

Development News at Former Exile

Here’s some news about the former Exile site:

Local developer Mulberry will be bringing a proposal to the Italian Village Commission this month to tear down the building containing the Exile Bar at 901 North Fourth Street. Preliminary plans call for replacing it with a five-story, 24-unit apartment building featuring ground-floor retail. The fifth story of the building would be set back from…

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