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Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

September 17, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Another great photo from the GVS Property Files, this time featuring a favorite for decades… Reiner’s Bakery and Doughnuts!

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Can you guess location of the building?

(Note: even the small garage and house in the background are still there!)

The first person to respond rarledge@germanvillage.com with the correct location will receive a poster printed in 1973 depicting buildings in Columbus as they were back then, including German Village!

Click HERE for last week’s location answer…

Last week’s question was a good one…

The location was 764 Mohawk St, now Teez Hair Salon. Congratulations to Michael Ebright for providing the correct answer!

Here are four different photos of the same building taken over the last 90+ years!

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Sept 8:Board of Trustees Minutes

September 12, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

N4N Sept. 11

September 11, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

How To Use 311 Effectively

September 10, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Sarah Marsom
The Columbus Dispatch recently published an article stating that 1% (6,500) of the 311 phone calls have been ignored since 2007. While it is unfortunate these phone calls were not dealt with, it is important to know that 311 is an important tool that homeowners can utilize to voice their concerns to the city.

As a concerned citizen, you have two options for reporting an issue: via phone or online. Before you submit your concern, make sure you have the correct address for the property in question. Once you know A) exactly where the issue is B) what the issue is. Your next step is to either call or use online reporting to 311.

If the issue you have identified is related to historic structure (brick streets, architecture or landscape of a property, sandstone curbs or dangerous sidewalks) please contact me. (Sorry, I can’t help with non-structural issues.) I can help find out whether the work has a Certificate of Appropriateness and/or try to contact the homeowner.

For structural issues, we can make a plan to BOTH report to 311. The more reports of an issue, the swifter code enforcement will be at responding (some issues have a higher priority ex: reporting over grown weeds will take a longer service response time than someone painting unpainted masonry).

When you request service online or through a phone call it is important to state that the property is in a historic district with guidelines. You should also request a service request number, because this will enable you to check the status of your request. As the service is processed, it will be marked as “open” or “closed” and you will be able to see what has occurred, for example “written orders issued” or “spoke with homeowner” or “no issue”. Getting a service number is the most important part of your 311 phone call or online service request, because it ensure there is accountability for the city and can help you understand the process or how the city handles situations better.

Do you have any questions about 311 or do you have an property concerns? Call Sarah at 221-8888 or smarsom@germanvillage.com.

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

September 10, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Another great photo from the GVS Property Files, this time featuring the Neugebauer Merchant-Tailor shop that was in business in the late-teens and the early 1920’s.

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This location has been home to a number of businesses before and since the Neugebauer’s.

Can you guess location of the building?

The first person to respond rarledge@germanvillage.com with the correct location will receive a poster printed in 1973 depicting buildings in Columbus as they were back then, including German Village!

Click HERE for last week’s location answer…

Last week’s question was a tough one… here it is again!

Here is the Columbus Fire Department on a run!

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The answer was: Looking west… it is the intersection of Schiller (now Whittier) and Lazelle!

Of the dozens of click-throughs to the website… Congratulations to Clement Thurn for providing the only correct answer! Clement just happens to be a Columbus Firefighter and also works for the Central Ohio Fire Museum where a copy of the photo is hanging on the wall!

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September 8: Board of Trustee Packet

September 5, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

September 2014 GVS BOT Packet

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

September 3, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Here are a couple of great photos (dated 1894) of the old Engine House No. 5, located at the corner of Thurman and Mozart (now Fourth St.

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Click HERE for the question of the week!

Here is the Columbus Fire Department on a run!

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Can you guess what intersection they are crossing?

The first person to respond rarledge@germanvillage.com with the correct location will receive a poster printed in 1973 depicting buildings in Columbus as they were back then, including German Village!

Congratulations to Jeff Fleshman who was the first to respond to last week’s question… the answer was: the building is located at 866 S Third St and is now Snap Fitness!

Interesting to note… when I informed Jeff that he was the first to respond, he replied “Woo-hoo! That’s great… my wife and I actually live in Chicago now… and still very much enjoy staying apprised of what’s going on via the weekly N4N.” Thanks Jeff!

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OSU Graduate Student Recounts Parking Study

September 3, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Effy Yin, German Village Society Graduate Intern

In spring of 2014, a parking study for German Village was conducted by the City and Regional Planning Transportation Studio at the Ohio State University. The parking study started with inventory analysis including parking counts and neighborhood permit program research. Based on the collected data, the studio created a series of parking occupancy maps and determined the “hotspots”, in terms of parking challenges and future potentials. The parking study also integrated community outreach and engagement, including 434 on-line surveys and stakeholder interviews.

PermitParkingCurrently, German Village uses three permit programs, including Permit A which is designated in the northeast of the neighborhood, Permit N which is located in the east side and Permit MV which is designated for the southeast side. Permit Area A takes up the most portion of overall permit area and includes eight different parking restrictions. Through the study, it is concluded that the current permit programs do not fully utilize on- street parking in German Village and the clustered parking restriction signage creates confusion and an overwhelming sense to the visitors.

It is said that the downtown employees are taking advantage of the neighborhood’s on-street parking. But the analysis which showed that parking occupancy is declining throughout the morning hours does not support the concern. Also the Permit Area A, located on the north side, restricts the downtown employees from parking in  German Village for more than two hours.

The data analysis revealed that average parking occupancy is relatively low which is 55% and only four parking lots have more than 75% occupancy rate. Also district-wide parking is not an issue in the neighborhood. Therefore, the study determined that parking is not a challenge in German Village and the overall situation can be improved.

By compiling the collected data and gathering community feedback, the studio proposed a coordinated valet program in the northern area of the neighborhood and shared parking arrangement in order to alleviate the parking demand. As to increase on-street capacity, it is recommended to simplify the parking restrictions, prolong the maximum time period to three hours and expand the boundaries of Permit A area.

In addition, the study recommended angled parking in certain areas of the neighborhood, biking and pedestrian improvements. To maintain the historic characteristic of German Village and enhance the sustainability, it is highly suggested that residents and visitors should use alternative transportation.

Sept. 9 Commission Agenda And Application Items

September 2, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

September 9, Commission meeting agenda

317 Jackson  - New garage door

259-263 East Whittier- Tent for Barcelona’s patio area (tent will be erected from October 13- January 2)

729 South Third- Replace part of concrete sidewalk with green space

323 Jackson- Rear yard landscaping and hardscaping

186 East Sycamore- Remove non-original (believed to be) stone veneer from facade.

193 East Beck- New business signage

585 City Park- New windows (replacing non-original windows)

157-159 Thurman-Conceptual review to discuss property and real estate investment opportunities

799 Mohawk-Construction of new two-story garage

214-216 Thurman-Modify existing asphalt paving parking pad to include greenspace

292 Sycamore-Addition

183 Thurman – facade-Thurman Cafe facade maintenance

183 Thurman-Thurman Cafe, new awning

333 East Livingston-Boss Fitness, repair asphalt parking lot; construct fence

806 Mohawk-Modify existing addition

792 Jaeger-Demolition of deteriorated shed

101 East Columbus-Modifications to modern carriage house

499 City Park-Insert new window, lintel, and sill into historic structure

553 Mohawk-Addition to existing garage

201 Whittier-Modification to approved addition (Approved 08/2014)

235 Jackson-Construct wheelchair ramp at rear of home

575 South Grant-New door

702 South Sixth-Modifications to addition

Schiller Gets His Shine Back

August 27, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Schiller Gets Stripped, Buffed, Coated

The 11-foot Schiller statue in the center of our park was cast at the renowned Royal Bronze Foundry of Ferdinand von Miller Foundry in Munich, Germany.

The statue was shipped from Munich on the steamer Americaand arrived in Baltimore in April 1891.  From there, it was shipped by train to Columbus in time for a July 4, 1891 dedication, which was a huge affair that was preceded by a parade, and featured speeches by the governor, the mayor, and various city officials for an audience of over 10,000 revelers.

In the 123 years since then, he has weathered ice and heat and birds and at least one bullet.  The statue was refinished in 1991 with what we now know was a less-than-ideal brown coating of some mysterious mix of compounds.  But today, thanks to a whole cast of characters who responded to appeals from The Friends of Schiller Park for funding and expertise, a crew from Mckay Lodge Conservation Lab from Oberlin, Ohio is on site to peel away the coating, the damage, and the bird poop, to rub in a patina with the same artistry and technique used at the original foundry, and to apply a coating of hot wax to shield the statue for several years to come. Click here for a John Clark video with the conservator.

This is one of those times when EVERY German Village resident is a Friend of Schiller Park’s.  Be sure to check out the work-in-progress and to plan a trip to see the completed project this weekend.

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