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Wonder Bread plant gets preservation tax credit
[via]The former downtown-area Wonder Bread plant being developed into an artists’ haven is getting $597,000 in historic preservation funding from the state.

Gov. Ted Strickland’s office on Friday announced $28.3 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit awards to 13 projects, one of which is the Wonder Bread building. The latest announcement is the fourth and final preservation award under the state’s $1.57 billion job creation stimulus package, which set aside $120 million for such credits.

The plant, which Wonder Bread owner Interstate Bakeries Corp. shut down last year after to deciding to shift operations out of state, is under development as a mix of arts-oriented retail, exhibition, office and rehearsal space. Arts entrepreneur Adam Brouillette formed Wonderland Columbus to serve as the master tenant that will go about filling the 64,600-square-foot building.

The state said the project in applying for the tax credit pledged to preserve the industrial heritage of the building along with the Wonder Bread sign that has become a visual landmark in Italian Village. The tax credits fund up to a quarter of qualified rehabilitation spending.
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Goodale Park Music Series Announces 2010 Lineup  
Free Outdoor Concerts on Sunday Afternoons in July and August

The second annual Goodale Park Music Series will present six free outdoor concerts at Goodale Park's Gazebo this summer.  All shows will run from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine. The lineup features these Columbus performing acts:

July 11: Colin Gawel & The Lonely Bones (colingawel.com)
July 18: The Mooncussers (myspace.com/themooncussers)
August 1: Yumbambé (class-acts.com/entertainers/yumbambe)
August 8: The Spikedrivers (thespikedrivers.com)
August 15: fo/mo/deep (myspace.com/fomodeep)
August 22: Flypaper (myspace.com/thejimnasium)

Wholly Craft will sell a variety of craft items made by Columbus artists and designers at each show. Every performance will also feature a potluck hosted by one of six prominent local food bloggers: CMH Gourmand, Columbus Foodie, Hounds In The Kitchen,  Hungrywoolf, Restaurant Widow, and Taco Trucks Columbus. Community personalities Jill Moorhead and Lauren Wilson will orchestrate and promote the potlucks, which will be themed according to the types of music being performed. Learn more about The Goodale Park Music Series.
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June is Italian Village Society membership renewal month
But you can renew your membership now, and it will continue through June 2011! To renew your membership or join for the first time, just click here, and do it online.

Most of our funding comes from collecting membership fees.  They aren't very expensive, and they do a lot. Membership in the Society enables you to stay up-to-date on everything that is going on or planned for your neighborhood. It gives you a voice in and connects you with our City Government. It enables you to participate in great events, and it helps you to meet new friends and neighbors. Thanks for your participation!
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Short North Yard Sale
City's Largest Yard Sale Includes Victorian Village, Harrison West, Italian Village, Dennison Place, And The Circles

The Short North Civic Association is pleased to announce that this year's Short North Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, June 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will encompass all of the neighborhoods in and around the Short North, including Victorian Village, Harrison West, Italian Village, Dennison Place, and The Circles. More than 150 homes participated in last year's Short North Yard Sale, making it the city's largest neighborhood yard sale.

People who'd like to register their homes in the yard sale and be included in the master online map and listing should click here.
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Revising police precincts stirs opposition in ranks
Local businesses and officers are concerned about plans to revise local police precints. The revision would essentially split through the Short North. "Something happened right next door to us, but also several incidents happened on the other side of what would be the dividing line, and my concern is how does that get communicated between the north and the south Short North now?" says Surly Girl co-owner Carmen Owens. Read the Columbus Dispatch article.
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Artists, Musicians, and Small Businesses Team Up to Take Over Former Wonder Bread Factory
info@wonderlandcolumbus.com - It’s been almost a year since Wonder Bread moved out of their Italian Village bakery on 4th Street near the Short North.  Now, a group of innovative entrepreneurs are looking to turn the 65,000 square foot factory into a hub for the creative class in Columbus and beyond.

The project is being called “Wonderland” and it will combine artist studios, shared office space, band rehearsal and recording facilities, venue and performance space, gallery space, and a mix of start-up and established retail all under one roof.  The goal is to provide a resource for artists, musicians, and small businesses to achieve individual success, as well as to establish an icon in Columbus that highlights our outstanding local creative industries to the world.

Getting things off the ground are Adam Brouillette (Couchfire Collective), Andrew Dodson (Central City Recording), David Hunegnaw (The Sandbox Columbus), Kevin Lykens (Lykens Companies) and Josh Quinn (Tigertree).  The group is forming a non-profit organization to manage the property, to keep rent costs down and to provide a vehicle to seek donations and grants to encourage growth and job creation within the creative community.  They will each focus on a specific area – arts, music, business,  retail – and provide business counseling and information resources for tenants as well as day-to-day management of the property.

There will be an informational meeting on January 29th at Junctionview Studios (889 Williams Ave, Grandview Heights) from 6:30pm-9pm for anyone who may be interested.
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DRAC Downtown Columbus Survey
The Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus (DRAC) is partnering with Columbus real estate research specialists The Danter Company for an updated Internet survey measuring perceptions of Downtown Columbus. The survey asks respondents who live in the Columbus metro area about their perceptions about the advantages and disadvantages of Downtown living. Although current residents of Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are the primary focus of the survey, non-Downtown residents are also encouraged to share their perceptions of Downtown.

The survey updates and expands a survey completed in 2006. Since 2006, there have been many changes affecting the quality of life in the Downtown area, including the closing and demolition of City Center Mall and the opening of Huntington Park. The survey is designed to identify how such changes, as well as the current economic and housing market climate, have impacted perceptions of Downtown Columbus as a place to live, and should take approximately 15 minutes to take.  The survey can be taken at http://bit.ly/DRACsurvey
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Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort
Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort, a
60,000 square foot indoor waterpark,
restaurant & lounge, arcade, and Villa
Suites has offered a discount for members
of Italian Village Society. Fort Rapids is located at 4560 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232. You can make reservations by calling (614) 868-1380. Download a coupon.
Learn more about the Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort.
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