German Village Gazette

A look ahead

Sprucing up S. Third to top agenda in '13

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In the upcoming year, German Village officials will continue to focus on the revitalization of South Third Street. This is a conceptual drawing of what the thoroughfare might look like if some of the improvements are made.
By ThisWeek Community News  • 

German Village officials will continue to focus on South Third Street in the upcoming year.

For starters, the German Village Society is hopeful Columbus City Council will approve $400,000 in Urban Infrastructure Recovery Funds to help pay for restoration of the neighborhood's main thoroughfare.

"We hope in 2013 to see engineers out on Third Street, digging down and analyzing the order and timing of this project and how much it will cost so we can make a giant leap toward restoring the historic nature of the corridor," said Shiloh Todorov, director of the German Village Society.

There's some other unfinished business along the corridor, namely the screening of periodicals boxes in four areas of Third.

The streetscape committee is in the midst of choosing the design for the four decorative corrals, which will somewhat obscure the boxes from view.

The Columbus Foundation recently awarded the Society a $10,000 grant toward the purchase of the corrals, which likely won't be installed until spring.

The Society will continue with its oral history project, involving interviews with longtime residents who will share their stories of the neighborhood.

The Ohio Humanities Council awarded the GVS a $5,000 grant to move forward with the project. The first of many completed interviews will be posted in January on germanvillage.com.

Southside STAY -- Staying Together to Advance Youth -- a community group dedicated to improving the educational climate for parents with school-age children, is expected to continue its mission in 2013.

Among its objectives this year are making Stewart Alternative Elementary School into a neighborhood grade school, as well as a partial lottery school; engaging more community members in activities that support their mission; and applying for nonprofit status and beginning fundraising.

Meanwhile, select demolition for Stewart, which has been closed since July 2010 because of a fire, will begin this month.

The $11 million construction project, which will add a little more than 18,000 square feet, is scheduled to begin in March.

The German Village Society will kick off a fundraising campaign to help fund major renovations at the visitors center at the Meeting Haus.

The Society wants to make to make the visitors' center more interactive for people of all ages, Todorov said.

"One of the overarching goals is to bring our rich archives out of storage and into the light for people to see them," she said.

"The initial plan calls for more glass casings and places where people can view exhibits."

On the entertainment front, Anne Boninsegna and Jen Lindsey hope to open Kitchen 231 this spring. It will occupy the old Video Central storefront at 231 E. Livingston Ave.

The business will offer themed cooking events, where customers will join in making the meals. Other events will be catered by the owners.

German Village Connections, an aging-in-place-program, will be launched this year, officials said.

Ed Elberfeld, president of the group's board of directors, said Connections will hire an executive director, coordinate volunteers and start offering services in 2103.

It's taken more than two years to start Connections, which still is seeking nonprofit status.

Connections got a financial boost in 2012 when Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging gave the group $19,500 in startup funds.

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