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.
http://italianvillage.org/society/#top
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,
Ciao
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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How accessible is the Short North for the disabled?

Here is a subject addressed by The Short North Gazette that is easy to overlook for most of us:

Navigating the Urban Landscape
How accessible is the Short North for the disabled?

By Tracy Zollinger Turner
July/August 2015 Issue of Short North Gazette

Uneven sidewalks like this in front of the Greystone building can be a dead end for wheelchairs.
Carol Sagara has traveled the Short North in a wheelchair for the past decade, ever since the pain of spinal arthritis and osteoarthritis in every joint in her body began to hinder her ability to walk.

A master seamstress, she sewed the tops of convertibles for Crown Auto Top, and later tuxedos downtown. She and her husband, who was in the Air Force, raised three children in Columbus. She’s lived on her own ever since he passed away in the late 1980s.

Now 77 years old, she loves her neighborhood, loves her view of the buildings and treetops from her apartment on the ninth floor of Bollinger Tower where she has lived for 21 years. She loves the building and even keeps a framed picture of it on her wall that was taken by a fellow resident. During Gallery Hop, she sometimes goes down to the High Street courtyard to listen to a singer she likes with her neighbors. She frets when bigger events prevent her nurse, who visits her daily, from being able to get through the traffic or find parking, but says she figures it’s all good for the city’s life and economy.

“I have more trouble with the sidewalks than anybody that lives here in the Short North,” says Sagara. “People are always kind and willing to help me out when I need something. You can’t get a better location than this. Broad and High Street are only six blocks away.”

Sagara can easily list a number of places on High Street where she must divert her wheelchair into the street or onto the grass due to uneven or buckling sidewalks, as well as places where the surface is broken up enough that she knows from experience that it could ruin her tires and cause several hundred dollars for repairs that she does not have.

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