Oct 15

The Tuesday Top 5: October 15th, 2019

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 12:43 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: October 15th, 2019


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

1. Council passes short-term house rental regulation

City Council passed Ordinance 2019-26 put existing non-hosted short-term rentals (STR’s) on notice that Council will be looking at possibly prohibiting them in residential zoned areas permanently. STR’s are rentals of residential properties for less than 30 days, often offered through the Airbnb- and HomeAway-style online reservation platforms.  Existing non-hosted STR’s also need to register with the City by Dec. 6. Non-hosted STR’s that are not registered by December 6th, 2019 will no longer be allowed to operate.  The legislation also prohibits new non-hosted STR’s from starting up. Ordinance 2019-26 does not regulate or address Hosted STR’s.

Hosted STR’s are when the owner is on site during the term of the rental.The issue of regulating short-term rentals has emerged nationally as these non-traditional alternatives to hotels have spread into urban commercial districts and residential neighborhoods. Council first heard complaints in May from several residents living near a single-family home at West Second and Norton avenues advertised as an Airbnb rental property. Council considered several alternatives of regulating the businesses before unanimously passing this legislation on October 7th. 

That enacted legislation also requires short-term rental owners to register their properties with the City, provide proof of $300,000 in liability insurance and ensuring the properties meet the Grandview Heights Building Code, including the installation of smoke detectors in each bedroom. 

At press time, the Grandview Heights Planning Commission planned to review the legislation at its Wednesday, October 16th meeting in Council Chambers beginning at 7 p.m.
Council also has tentative plans to host a community forum on short-term rentals in late October or early November. Please refer to this blog and the City meeting calendar for updates.

2. Rail trestle work to close West 3rd for three weeks

Completion of the widening of West Third Avenue between Olentangy River Road and Yard Street is scheduled for year’s end but residents and commuters first must endure a last round of full closure to traffic underneath the CSX trestle beginning later this week.

Third West view

Third east view

Closure of the westbound lane will begin Friday, October 18th, joining the continued closure of eastbound Third as contractors begin demolishing the temporary rail trestle installed earlier this year that allowed for the construction of a new trestle with a wider span over the road. The two-way closure will last until November 9th, when the City of Columbus Department of Public Service expects to open one lane in each direction.

Completion of the double westbound and eastbound lanes – as well a shared use pedestrian and bike path – could occur by late December, ifthe weather cooperates., according to Phillip Sekela, the Columbus construction engineer serving as project manager.  But the final touches on the extension of Rail Street at Third may even slip past the contractor’s projected mid-January completion while associated landscaping will not get accomplished until next spring.
The key event setting in motion this last phase of construction is scheduled for October 15th and 16th as CSX planned to switch rail traffic from the temporary bridge to the permanent structure. Traffic halted during the month of May for the construction of the temporary bridge.

Residents can click here to get more details regarding the pending closure as well as suggested detour options.

The project is design to improve traffic flow from Grandview Yard as well as other redevelopment projects in and around the nearby section of Columbus. It has included the installation of traffic signals at the West Third and West Fifth intersections with Edgehill Road as well as widening of Third from Edgehill to Columbus Fire Station 25 at 739 W. Third.

3. Mural set for Photographic Techniques building

A page from the history of the Tri-Village will get retold on the side of the Photographic Techniques building at 967 Goodale Boulevard at Northwest Boulevard.

Sells mural closeup

Columbus artist Gabrielle Woods has started painting a mural celebrating the Sells Brothers Circus on the side of the building occupied by the Fuji Films photo print repair business for more than 20 years. The Sells Brothers Circus wintered over in an area dubbed Sellsville at King Avenue and the Olentangy River in the late 1800s.

grandview sells rendering

Scott Solomon, president of property owner Oxford Realty, said the renovations of the nearby properties along the Goodale commercial corridor in recent years and the redevelopment of former industrial district in what is now Grandview Yard prompted sprucing up the 967 Goodale property.

“The building needed some love,” Solomon said. “We wanted to do something creative there.” Woods has produced other murals for Oxford properties, such as the side of the Pointe Tavern at 1991 Riverside Drive and the PNC building across from Ohio State University at 1980 N. High St. 

Photographic Technique owner Matt Snider said he welcomes the painting of the mural. “We think it will look good.”

4. Crews set to pick up leaves

A sure sign of autumn is when the leaves begin to drop. The Grandview Heights Service Department will begin actual leaf collection once a sufficient amount of piles begin to form. Two seasonal crews handle the collection, working west to east from Lincoln Road and Grandview Avenue, respectively. I am pleased to report the City took delivery of a new piece of leaf collection equipment on September 12th that should improve the reliability and pace of the work.

leaf pickup

The Service Department wants to remind the residents of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff to follow a few simple procedures to make for a safe and efficient pickup.

First, rake leaves onto the tree lawn – the section of the lawn between the curb and sidewalk – but not into the street. Section 521.08 of the City Code prohibits raking leaves and piling them into the gutter and street as the leaves can get carried into the city’s storm sewers during heavy rains, blocking the drain and possibly clogging the sewers.

Also, please do not mix grass clippings and other yard waste into the leaf piles.

Residents may also bag their leaves into large paper yard waste bags and leave them out on the tree lawn on their yard waste collection day. Please note the last day for yard waste pickup this year is November 25th. The collection cycle will continue until leaf collection is completed or as long as weather cooperates.


Folks will remember a wet and sloppy autumn last year pushed collection into December. Stay tuned to this blog for any changes to the leaf collection schedule.

5. CBUS Marathon route detailed

Grandview Heights will once again have thousands upon thousands of the 40th Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon runners winding their way through the streets of the city and the surrounding area this coming weekend.

Oliver 2

The remnant of the 5,000 or so full marathon athletes will make their way past markers at miles 20, 21, 22 and 23 the morning and early afternoon of Sunday, October 20th.

The 40th edition of the 26.2-mile route will feature more entertainment than recent years through the Tri-Village area this year, so feel welcome to join the festivities.

Roads blocked or with restricted access in Grandview Heights and the immediate surrounding  include King Avenue; Grandview Avenue from King past West Fifth, Third and First avenues; West First east of Grandview Avenue past Oxley Road and Northwest Boulevard to Bobcat Avenue; and Bobcat/Edgehill Road north to West Fifth, where it heads east.

2019 CMH Marathon Map

Blockades also are set up on side streets intersecting the route, so expect to add some extra time to your travels.

Here’s a link to a complete map of the marathon route for those who might travel to Bexley, the Ohio State campus area or German Village during the marathon.

Thanks to all of the community volunteers and Grandview Heights police and EMS personnel serving along the route during the run.

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Oct 10

The Tuesday Top 5: October 1st, 2019

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 4:01 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: October 1st, 2019


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

1. GH/MC Historical Society hosts Fall Tour of Homes

The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society will host a tour of four homes in Grandview Heights and two homes in Marble Cliff this coming weekend.


The 14th triennial tour takes place Sunday, October 6th between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Society board member and tour coordinator Karen Riggs said the nonprofit preservation and education group uses the tour to educate attendees about our communities’ history through the featured homes.
The home at 1866 W. First Ave., for instance, was built more than 110 years ago for Josiah Livingstone, an officer of the Livingstone Seed Co. that remains active on Kinnear Road.
Perhaps the most high-profile and iconic home on the tour is the 1908 structure at 1427 Roxbury Road that is in the midst of the No. 10 Arlington Place cluster of upscale homes. That Frank Packard-designed home for legendary quarry owner Sylvio Casparis sports a castle tower.

Riggs said the Wagner-Jaybird Auto Collection in German Village this year will showcase a vehicle from its well-regarded collection of early 20th century cars at each tour stop.  Other homes on the tour are: 1333 Glenn Ave; 1249 Glenn Ave; 1435 Cambridge Blvd. and 1241 Broadview Ave.
The tour this year has a VIP option. A limited number of tickets are available thru October 2nd for a 10 a.m. brunch at the High Bank Distillery on Goodale Boulevard followed by private noon tour prior to the public opening.

1866 First1427 Roxbury

Tickets through Eventbrite cost $12 for the standard tour for society members and $15 for non-members. The VIP option costs $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

2. First Avenue Fall Fest Offered Folks Fun

An estimated 500 adults and children gathered the early evening of Thursday, September 26th to enjoy cool, sunny weather and some fun and games at First Avenue Park.


Park & Recreation staff signed up 22 table vendors, a ‘bounce house’ and a mechanical inflatable, and the awesome The Shazzbots band to amuse and entertain folks at the City’s first First Avenue Fall Festival. A special shout out to the Parks & Rec staff members and volunteers for managing the two-hour event.




The festival showcased the potential for the park to serve as a host venue for organized community events. Earlier this year, we tried out the venue for one of three Flicks in the Heights and three late afternoon concerts in August.

The band performance from the start of the festival until its end kept the atmosphere energized, as did the cool, comfortable weather. I hope this event continues for years to come.
Enjoy these several photos that I think capture the joy shared by one and all.



3. SculptDecor Artist Amazes at Fall Fest, Grandview Hop

Grandview Avenue resident Dustin Weatherby once again stood out at the recent First Avenue Fall Fest and Grandview Hop events.

The SculptDecor artist at the Fall Festival meticulously carved the image of a 1950 pickup truck making its way through a wheat field from a jumbo pumpkin. Two days later, Weatherby drew crowds at the season’s last Grandview Hop as he created a fall harvest-themed ice sculpture through use of a chain saw and drill.

Both events showcased examples of the special effects artist’s custom animatronic creations: two pumpkin-headed, mechanical scarecrows (called Pum’s Kins) at the First Avenue event as well as a ghastly, skeletal ghoul joining the scarecrows at the Grandview Hop.





The City has had the Eastern Michigan University-educated artist at other events over the last several years, including the City’s annual Christmas tree lighting event where he did another ice sculpture in perhaps more appropriate weather conditions.

Weatherby has lived in Grandview Heights area for about 9 years. The Hilliard Davidson High School graduate also crafts sculptures in other squashes and gourds, any metal, hardwoods, plastic and other materials. He sells and rents his animatronic creations to haunted houses and private art collectors.

He said he also wants to promote the value of the fine arts through visits to schools as well as his appearances at public festivals.

4. Pumpkin Run, Marathon Set for Late October

Well, it’s October and the streets of Grandview Heights will again have athletes old and young galloping and jogging through them.

Those running the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon will make their way through the center of our community from the mid-morning through the early afternoon of Sunday, October 20th.  Community residents will volunteer – and maybe a few will run – along the route that includes Grandview Avenue, West First Avenue and Bobcat Avenue as runners head into the last stretch of the annual road race toward the Arena District finish line.

Here in the City, the Parks & Recreation Department is set to host the 41st Annual Great Pumpkin Run and the Tiny Tots Pumpkin Trot the morning of Saturday, October 26th.

The Tiny Tots’ scamper down Oakland Avenue for those ages 6 and under will begin at 8:30 a.m. The Pumpkin Run begins at 9 a.m. at Grandview Heights High School as the 5-kilometer road race works its way through the streets of Grandview and Marble Cliff. 

Those still interested in the Pumpkin Run or Tiny Tots Trot can get more information about the event and registration here.

Tiny Tots

5. Schools Recognition a Capstone Honor

Last week I was honored to receive a Friend of Public Education Award from the Ohio School Boards Association after a kind nomination from the Grandview Heights City School District board.
Being part of rebuilding the economic base of the City has taken up much of the 16 years I have served as mayor. Preserving our community as a distinct entity and the school district at the heart of Grandview Heights always went hand in hand during this time of rebuilding.



The 2018-19 restructuring of the Grandview Yard infrastructure bonds and my support of the district’s school building levy in 2018 mentioned in the district’s nomination for the award certainly culminated the commitment this administration tried to demonstrate during our redevelopment efforts.

Our Safe Routes to School projects installed this year further reflects the City’s commitment to promoting the safety of our youngest residents.

The OSBA award will always serve as a reminder to me of how our residents, school officials and City officials worked together to support quality public education within our tightknit community. I appreciate the OSBA recognition and receive it humbly for all of those who worked so hard with me in support of the district’s students.

Special thanks to school board President Jesse Truett, Vice President Melissa Palmsiciano, member Debbie Brennanand District Treasurer Beth Collier for joining me, my daughter Melissa and grandson Nick at the awards dinner.

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Oct 08

The Tuesday Top 5: October 8th, 2019

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:11 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: October 8th, 2019


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

1. Last call for sidewalk contracts amid high response

The Grandview Heights Building and Zoning Department has issued a last call for residents considering having the City repair sidewalks cited for damaged squares and uneven joints to join the program.
The program announced in early July has already proven popular, with 204 of 287 property owners cited – or more than 70 percent –joining the program through October 1st to have contractors hired by the City hired to repair the sidewalks at a bulk rate. Another 28 have self-performed or contracted out the work and 55 have yet to formally respond to the repair citations.

Through the program, property owners can pay $250 per panel replaced and $25 per edge/joint contractors to grind down. The replacement rate is just below the amount the City pays under its contract and well below the $400 per replaced panels some residents have paid.

Building and Zoning Director Charlie Boshane said those who still want the City to take care of the repairs at the bulk rate must quickly notify the department and pay for the work before Oct. 16. Those who have self-contracted or self-repaired the damaged sidewalks also need to notify the Department at 614-481-6220 that the required repair work has occurred.
Those who have not arranged to have the work completed by Nov. 1 will have the work performed as part of the City’s 2020 street program and will get billed for the work at the rate set under a future contract. Nonpayment will result in the City placing a lien on the property until the debt is paid.
I consider the high level of participation a huge success for the sidewalk repair program and the City’s ability to offer another valuable service to its residents.


2. Bowman Lauded with APA Ohio Recognition 

Many here in the City have long recognized the key role Grandview Heights Director of Administration Patrik Bowman has served in the City’s economic recovery from the loss of the Big Bear Stores distribution center and headquarters as our anchor employer and the overall falling economic vitality of this community’s former industrial district.


The insights, experience and talent Patrik has demonstrated in his over 40 years in the planning profession, working for the City of Grandview Heights, the City of Dublin, the City of Columbus and a combined 12 years with NBBJ where he worked on visions, plans and zoning codes for a number of Ohio and Central Ohio Communities including for New Albany, Grove City and Grandview Heights (1997 Community Pan) , were recognized statewide last week. The Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association named Patrik its Outstanding Planner of the Year at their annual meeting in Cleveland. 

Bowman Award

Patrik was my first hire as mayor and started working full time for our city as Director of Administration and Economic Development on January 1, 2004  He has been a key member of the administration team for all major development projects and planning efforts in our city and instrumental in the city attract hundreds of millions of dollars for three brownfield redevelopments: Grandview Yard, Grandview Yard South and Grandview Crossing. 

His commitment to a strong process, community participation and community vision has served our city well. Very simply, we would not be the strong, desirable and economically secure community we are today without Pat.
I first met Pat in the master’s degree program in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) at Ohio State University in 1975.  We have become lifelong friends and great sounding boards for each other’s ideas. I sometimes tell the story that some of the earliest ideas for the redevelopment of the old Big Bear site were from Pat drawings on napkins as we would sit and talk for hours about planning and development during some of our city’s toughest times.

The idea for holding the Big Bear properties together as a single redevelopment opportunity for dense, mixed-use district and the need for all community stakeholders to benefit from redevelopment were all part of those conversations. Although there was no lack of ideas, our real success is owed to many members of this community – whether elected, appointed to boards and an advisory groups or residents giving input – who stepped up to help get us where we are today.  

I hope you will join me in congratulating Patrik on his long overdue statewide recognition, his long list of accomplishments and the key role he played helping guide our community through the process of change.  
3. Mystic Sisters relocates to Grandview Avenue Storefront 

A long-standing business at the east end of the West First Avenue commercial district has moved around the corner into a portion of the former Chapel Hill Florist space.

Mystic Sisters

Mystic Sisters on September 13th moved from 1516 W. First Ave. to 1203 Grandview Ave. as the owners seeks to gain higher visibility for sale of its crystals, jewelry, candles and other products as well as its massage, reiki and reading services.
Co-owner Meggin McAnally and sister Melanne  McAnally in May 2015 bought the business that had previously operated as Sage Sisters and Gentle Wind Center for Conscious Living in the in the West First store for a few decades. “I changed it up and made it my own,” Meggin said. She and her sister welcomed the opportunity to move onto Grandview Avenue. “We were getting destination traffic on West First,” Melanne said. “Now, we’re getting more traffic from those walking by.”


There’s been other shifting of storefronts going on at West First and Grandview. In August, entrepreneur Diana Wang opened the Fine Feather cosmetics and wellness store in another section of the former Chapel Hill Florist space. The GoYoga studio at 1520 W. First is expanding into the neighboring storefront Mystic Sisters and its predecessors had occupied.

That activity follows Grandview Animal Clinic’s relocation in January from 1510 W. First to 751 Northwest Boulevard at Goodale Boulevard at Goodale Boulevard. That First Avenue property remains vacant.


4. Firefighters Begin Pumpkin Sale as Fundraiser 

No doubt many of you have already noticed the pumpkin patch rising at the entrance to the Municipal Building at 1016 Grandview Avenue.


Every fall, for a few decades, the firefighters have sold pumpkins as a fundraiser for the firefighters’ benevolent fund.  It costs $3 for small pumpkins and $6 for the large pumpkins.

Among other things, the fund pays for flowers sent to current and retired Grandview Heights Division of Fire personnel who pass away or current personnel on the occasion of a birth in their family.
While picking up a pumpkin, consider taking a picture with family and friends in front of the fall display adjacent to the patch.

5. Hilliard Graduate, Resident Starts Recreation Post 

The Grandview Heights Recreation division has filled its Recreation Supervisor vacancy with a Hilliard Davidson graduate with experience in the recreation operations in the cities of Westerville and Dayton.
Aaron Geis, who spent nearly a year as a recreation facility specialist in Dayton, joined the Grandview Parks & Recreation Department on October 3rd.
Aaron supervised Dayton’s tennis courts and rec center as well as  managed development of all adult program within Dayton’s Recreation and Youth Services Department. Before that, Geis worked part time for Westerville, first as an athletic manager and then as an assistant sports manager.
He also has managed the day-to-day operations of two health and fitness centers and served two stints as a pitching coach at Hilliard Davidson. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and event management in 2012 from the University of Findlay, where he interned for a year in the athletic department.

Geis said he looks forward serving as a “multi-tasker” as he works throughout all aspects of the Rec’s youth programming, adult programming and special events. “I love working in a tornado,” he says, “where everything comes at you fast.”
Geis is quite the athlete, having not only played baseball at Hilliard Davidson and at the University of Findlay, but still playing for fun in the regional Men’s Senior Baseball League.

Please welcome Geis to the Rec staff when you see him at a soccer buddies game this fall or at other Rec events.


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