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Apr 22

The Tuesday Top 5: April 23rd, 2019

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 10:48 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: April 23rd, 2019

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


1. Winans Chocolates Coffees Opening

Marble Cliff resident and Ohio State University football alumnus Matt Finkes expects the wait for the opening of the Winans Chocolates Coffees Wines bar within Grandview Yard to end on Saturday, April 27th.

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Finkes said his investment in the franchise stems from his passion for Winans chocolates developed as he grew up in the Miami County town of Piqua, where Winans started in the early 1900s. “I’m very familiar with Winans chocolates and (fourth-generation owners) Joe and Laurie Winans Reiser,” he said. “I’ve been keeping my eye out for a (franchise) location. With all of the Grandview Yard development – the housing and businesses in the district – it’s a great fit for us.”

The 1,600-square-foot Grandview Heights store offer Winans’ full line of premium, handmade chocolates, a wide variety of coffee choices as well as wine. Finkes said he started to gain a personal interest in wines about a decade ago, and his franchise will offer 50 to 60 wines available by the glass or bottle. The Grandview Winans marks the second of the four Columbus franchises to offer wine. “It’s a new thing for Winans,” he said.

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Finkes has invested in the Grandview franchise with Brad Jennings of Providence Financial Group in Westerville. Finkes will continue to serve as director of development for the OSU Wexner Medical Center’s Department while manager Adriane Hopper oversees the day-to-day operations of the Grandvew Yard shop and its staff of 12.

The 34,000-square-foot building 1125 Yard St. building has about 15,000 square feet remaining on first-floor space. The second floor is fully occupied with medical office tenants.

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Winans is just the latest of several businesses opening in the Grandview Heights’ mixed-use district in recent months. That list includes the Club PilatesGoddard School and My Salon Suite.

2. Safe Routes to School Projects Advance

Contractors have made significant strides these last few weeks to transform the stretch of West First Avenue between Virginia Avenue and Pierce Field into a safer pedestrian and traffic environment for Stevenson Elementary students, their parents and others walking and driving through that area of town.

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Contractors have installed flashing school zone speed limit signs along West First and Oxley Road with the two on West First recently activated.

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The frames for two overhead crosswalk signs at Virginia and First are installed with expectations the electric signs and light bars illuminating the crosswalks at night will get installed and activated in the coming weeks. Those 90” by 12” overhead signs with the message, “State Law: Yield to Pedestrians,” will have two flashing yellow lights when the pedestrian signals are pushed.The crosswalk signs for pedestrians will warn those crossing with the message, “Watch For Traffic.” 

Those pedestrian signal buttons to activate that warning light also have been installed but for now remain inactive.

Signs with flashing lights also will get installed to mark the brick crosswalk across Oxley between Stevenson and Pierce. 

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The package of Safe Routes to School projects have been under planning for quite a while as the City competed for federal grants. 

Work on the projects began in mid-March.

I will let the community know when the project is completed through this blog and other social media outlets.

3. Sale of Cruisers Earn Extra Cash

The Grandview Heights Finance Department earned a bit more in the recent sale of two old police cruisers by selling the vehicles through an online auction site to another law enforcement agency.

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The City in the past typically has stripped cruisers of emergency rooftop light bars, protective interior cages and other specialty police equipment and then auctioned the vehicles through the GovDeals.com website to the general public. Taxi companies often buy such vehicles for their roominess.

Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky decided to try a different tack this spring with the two modified Taurus cruisers after the city accepted delivery of the two new Ford Explorer/Police Interceptors I had written about in early April.

After removing the Grandview Heights emblems and decals from the Taurus cruisers, the Finance Department this time listed the fully equipped vehicles complete with heavy-duty front grills through a special section of the government surplus website that only other police agencies can access.
The result? Grandview Heights sold the vehicles to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Jeffersonville, Ind. for $7,000 and $7,500 versus the $4,500 Dvoraczky estimated each of the stripped vehicles might otherwise have brought into city coffers. That’s comparable to the $3,351 and $4,501 the City received in 2016 when it had auctioned off two stripped down Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers.

In all, the City has earned $160,000 since 2015 through the sale of surplus vehicles and equipment, an amount about equal to the cost of five new police cruisers.

4. Demolition Permit Pulled for West First Residential, Retail project

The developer planning to redevelop the Deyo-Davis Funeral Home and adjacent McGovern office properties have signaled the project remains a go even though construction of the residential and commercial development has yet to get a firm schedule.

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Representatives of developer Scott Owens recently picked up the two demolition permits approved March 18 for the project encompassing the site of the funeral home at 1574-1578 W. First Ave. and the office property at 1562-1572 W. First Ave.

Owens in September 2017 first proposed buildings with a combined 32 condo units on the combined sites. Neighborhood opposition to that four-story project prompted the developer last year to scale back the project to a single, three-story residential building anchored by 9,500 square feet of retail and 18 condo units on floors two and three.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission accepted that plan, which did not require a change of the existing C-2 zoning because of the addition of the ground-floor commercial space.

The project calls for 83 onsite parking spaces and nine street parking slots.

A representative said the developer is seeking pricing before committing to a construction schedule. Owens was not available for further comment. 

The demolition permits will not expire until March 17, 2020.

The permit requires fencing with a special provision to keep the demolition activity five feet off the public sidewalk because of the school-related pedestrian traffic.

5. Community Garage Sale, Spring Cleanup Planned

Once again it’s time for residents to scour their basements, attics closets and garages for unwanted household goods, garden tool, clothes and other surplus items for the annual Great Grandview Garage Sale, this year set for May 4th.

Residents wanting to be part of the sale should register with Parks & Rec by April 26 so your garage sale will get advertised to the Greater Columbus marketplace. Flyers listing the addresses of all garage sales paying the $5 fee will be made available at City Hall, the Parks & Rec office and the Grandview Heights Public Library. Feel welcome to list as many as five categories available in your sale.

Any questions should get directed to the Parks & Rec office, 614-488-3111.
Items that do not sell as well your other bulk items can get put to the curb (or alley) and the Service Department will pick them up free of charge as part of the City’s annual Spring Clean-Up Week from May 7-10 on your regular trash pickup day. 

The City cannot accept construction debris, paint, oil, car batteries, refrigerators or other products with refrigerants or other hazardous materials. 

Residents can call the Service Department with questions at 614-488-4728.


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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The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

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

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

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R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

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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Apr 19

Rape charge filed

Posted on April 19, 2019 at 10:05 AM by Laura Oldham

UPDATE: The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office has indicted McFadden on four counts of felony 1 rape of a juvenile. This is still an active investigation.

On April 7, 2019, Grandview Heights Police received a referral from Franklin County Children’s Services of possible inappropriate sexual contact between an in-home daycare provider and two children under their care, ages 4 and 7.

On April 8, 2019, Grandview Heights detectives interviewed a suspect regarding the allegations. At the conclusion of the interview, probable cause was obtained to charge the suspect, Terry J. McFadden, 69, with one count of rape of a juvenile, a felony of the first degree. An arrest warrant was filed, and McFadden was taken into police custody without further incident.

Prior to his arrest there were additional children removed from the residence for their own welfare, and follow-up will be conducted with Franklin County Children’s Services.

The Grandview Heights Police Department is requesting any parents or individuals that know of children who are or were previously under the care of McFadden to contact the detective bureau at 614-488-7901.

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Apr 16

The Tuesday Top 5: April 16th, 2019

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:47 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: April 16th, 2019

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

1. Service Department Set To Begin Road Projects

The Grandview Heights Service Department has the green light to begin the 2019 road repair projects. The City’s Board of Control on April 10th approved a contract with Strawser Paving Inc. as the lowest and best bid for the annual street repair program.

The $731,571 bid includes $658,814 for the standard street paving program bidding I wrote about March 5 as well as funding toward full-depth, spot paving of the bumper crop of potholes and sections of crumbling pavement created during this last winter.

The street repair program should begin the week of April 21st with the concrete curb and alley work through the projects as well as the widening of the sidewalk along the east edge of Grandview Avenue between Goodale Boulevard and City Hall as a bike-and-pedestrian path. The asphalt replacement on Mulford Road between Grandview and Glendale avenues also will occur during this first phase.

I will update the construction schedule on my blog page when future phases get set.

2. Board of Control Approves Equipment Purchases

The Board of Control – a spending review panel made of myself, Council President Greta Kearns and Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky – also unanimously approved spending $254,191 on a new refuse packer (garbage) truck.

The 2020 Mack truck will replace the current 2007 truck that has 108,691 miles slowly traveling the streets and alleys of our community. That vehicle will be moved to backup position as well as used for yard waste collection. The current backup truck will be sold. 

Service Department Director Darryl Hughes said the new truck will be somewhat smaller, a feature that will make the truck more maneuverable and easier to drive through the city’s alleys.
The finance oversight panel also approved Service Department spending:
  1. $34,838 for a new leaf loader to replace a current one purchased in 2001;
  2. a net $79,630 for a Bobcat compact excavator and skid-steer loader after trading in a 2004 backhoe for $14,500; and
  3. a combined $26,092 for two equipment trailers.
The Service Department will share the excavator and loader with the Parks and Rec Department in a bid to reduce overall capital costs.

City Council in early December unanimously approved each of the above items as part of the Capital Budget, which I submitted to Council in November.

3. Law Firm Relocating to Grandview Yard; Junction Townhomes Set

The Carlile Patchen & Murphy law firm plans to anchor the Grandview Yard office building under construction at 950 Goodale Blvd.

The law firm plans to lease the entire 17,000-square-foot second floor of the two-story office building Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors started building in late March at the corner of Goodale and Northwest Boulevard. Carlile Patchen & Murphy has operated out of a mid-1920s era property at 366 E. Broad St. at North Grant Avenue since 1986. The firm was founded 52 years ago on Capitol Square.

The developer also has confirmed plans to build 20 townhomes spread among three buildings along Bobcat immediately north of the Carlile Patchen & Murphy parking lot.

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An NRI spokeswoman said the mix of 1-to 3-bedroom rental units will have 1,100 to 2,000 square feet of living space but has not settled on pricing. The developer has started site work but not construction on those residences.

NRI expects to deliver both the Grandview Yard office building and Junction townhomes in the spring 2020.  

4. Batter, Batter, Batter … Swing

The warmer weather of recent weeks naturally has had many sports fans thinking about watching a ballgame.

Along those lines, I’m excited to report the experience for young athletes in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff at Pierce Field is about to get better. Contractors for the City last week installed the fencing and netting for the 14’ by 54’ batting cage the Grandview Heights school district and Grandview Baseball Softball Association had approved last fall.

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This week, The Department of Parks & Recreation expects the artificial turf to get installed.
The school district, GBSA and the Bobcat Boosters financed the project.

The cage will be available during weekdays on a first-come, first-serve basis when the high school and GBSA teams are not using it.

Separately, the Board of Zoning Appeals on April 10 approved the installation of a 23 ½’ high and 28’ long fence along the first base line in front of the dugout of the GHHS boys’ baseball field on Fairview Avenue. Currently an 8’ high fence encloses the ballfield, including along the northern property line with Huntington Bank, 1555 W. Fifth Avenue, and behind the dugout and bleachers.

Public records show the bank built the property in 1968 while the ball field predates the bank by several decades.

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GHHS Athletics Director  Brad Bertani said Huntington Bank will pay for the fence in an effort to reduce the number of foul balls that fall on customer vehicles waiting in line for the bank’s drive-thru lanes.

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5. Parks & Rec Hosts Egg Hunt, Earth Day And Arbor Day Activities

The Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation Department will lead the City’s celebration of all things spring.

The season’s events begin with the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Party at Wyman Woods Park, 1520 Goodale Boulevard, on Saturday, April 20th. The fun begins at 10 a.m. as children can greet the Easter Bunny before and after they search for hidden treasures. Parks & Rec staff and volunteers also will oversee an egg decorating area inside of the shelter house.

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Thanks to Pathways Financial Credit Union for sponsoring this family event.

Parks & Rec will commemorate Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. by showing those who register how to turn a 2-liter bottle into a flower planter. The activity at the Pierce Field Pavilion is free but does require preregistration online and for attendees to bring their own bottle.

Residents are also encouraged to enjoy the outdoors that day and post pictures of their activities on Twitter with the #EarthDayInTheHeights hashtag.

Residents can email recreation supervisors Taylor Lindsey tlindsey@grandviewheights.org, or Marta Durban mdurban@grandviewheights.org with questions or call them at 614-488-3111.

Finally, Park & Recs has rescheduled the City’s Arbor Day observance to 9 a.m. on Monday, April 29th at Stevenson Elementary School. The event will include the planting of a tree in nearby Parkway Park and expected participation by Stevenson students.

Any updates will get posted to the City’s website.

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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The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

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

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

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R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

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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