Why 2011 is HUGE
January 6, 2011 § 2 Comments
Some important, and also physically LARGE things happening in Columbus, Ohio in 2011:
1. The Scioto Mile – A one-mile expanse of green space stretching from the Arena District to the Whittier Peninsula. Downtown is coming alive again, and this multi-faceted project will include swinging benches, chess tables, sculptural water fixtures, and a bandshell for music performances. Columbus has the character, the flavor and the energy, but we cannot forge ahead as an economic and cultural leader without forward-thinking infrastructure renovations like this. Look for Scioto Mile to open in July 2011.
2. Wonderland Columbus – It was certainly the end of an era when the Wonder Bread factory closed down. The scent of baking bread seemed woven into the Italian Village, the neighborhood that the factory called home. Soon there were rumblings of transforming the huge facility into a mixed used art space – Wonderland. There would be retail space, studios, galleries, coworking space, even a yoga studio. Supporters rallied last year with the announcement of massive historical preservation funding from the state. Recently, Wonderland got wind in its sails in the form of a $50,000 grant from the Columbus Foundation. It would seem that 2011 could be the year that the would-be artist’s colony begins to truly materialize. This really will be huge – have you seen the space? The old bread oven is the size of the lower level of my Clintonville double.
3. ECDI’s Incubator Kitchen + Food Cart Commissary! In Spring 2011, we hope to unveil our 12,000 sq. ft. integrated kitchen incubator and commissary. This is a huge step in our journey to become a one-stop shop for local food entrepreneurs! Business owners will be able to prepare their food using our commercial kitchen, network with their peers, tap ECDI for resources, and participate in our robust training program – all using our warehouse on the Old Leonard campus. There’s going to be so much energy around these parts – we can’t wait to show you!