Choosing the top-five stories of 2016 in the northwest Columbus isn't as easy as it sounds, but reporter Kevin Parks has compiled the best topics ThisWeek Northwest News covered throughout the year.

Choosing the top-five stories of 2016 in the northwest Columbus isn't as easy as it sounds, but reporter Kevin Parks has compiled the best topics ThisWeek Northwest News covered throughout the year.

Here's what made the cut, in no particular order:

Northwest Plan completion

After several starts and stops, a process that began in 2015 finally culminated as 2016 drew to a close.

In early December, Columbus City Council finally approved an update to the Northwest Plan, the document that's intended to guide the look and feel of the neighborhood as it moves into the future.

Golden anniversary

Another highlight of 2016 included June's celebration of the NWCA's first half century of existence.

City bicentennial sign installation

Trustees were informed in April the neighborhood's signs marking the bicentennial for Columbus were to be installed.

The city's 200th birthday was in 2012.

Extended-stay hotel development

At the February NWCA meeting, residents were perturbed to find out that they could do nothing to block another extended-stay hotel from being developed in the neighborhood.

Joseph Thomas of Metro Development LLC was on hand to provide information about a 114-unit extended-stay hotel the firm plans to build at 1440 Bethel Road, just off Slade Road. The site already had the zoning classification for such a development.

Brewpub announcements

Finally, a nationwide trend that taken hold in other parts of central Ohio was proposed for the Northwest Side: a microbrewery. Partners John Chess and Keith Dailey hope to open the Henderson House Brewing Co. in an historic house on Dierker Road.