It was a year of change for Northland, with -- among other things -- a new business looking to remodel a closed grocery store and a once-popular destination spot being eyed as the site of a project that would bring several concepts together in one space. Here's a short look at the five top Northland stories of 2018:
New plan for Giant Eagle: An Atlanta-based firm hopes to repurpose the closed Northland Giant Eagle at 1000 E. Dublin-Granville Road as a climate-controlled self-storage business. The Northland Community Council development committee recommended approval of the requested rezoning Dec. 5, but Chairman Dave Paul was less than thrilled by the proposal. "We aspire for more to happen there, and self-storage seems like surrender," he said.
NCC development committee: Self-storage, apartments on agenda
Northland Community Council: Giant Eagle site eyed for self-storage business
Three heads are better than one, or even two: NCC President Alicia Ward, NCC secretary and incoming Northland Area Business Association President Alice Foeller and Northland Alliance Chairwoman Jenny Lin launched a joint initiative to establish a combined community center, business incubator and "nonprofit mall." They first called their plan the Northland Collective and focused on basing it at the Continent, but the name later changed to Elevate Northland with a location to be determined.
Northland Collective offers three concepts for The Continent
Haimerl Center for sale: Members of Ascension Lutheran Church voted to sell the Haimerl Center, 1421 Morse Road. The 9,000-square-foot former Columbus Metropolitan Library branch, which served as public meeting space and was host to auctions and various gatherings, went on the market for $775,000.
Helping Hands: Health and Wellness Center free clinic to move to new home
Helping Hands relocates: The proposed sale of the Haimerl Center necessitated the relocation of the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center, which was founded by Ascension Lutheran members in that location in April 2007. Another church, Epworth United Methodist, serendipitously was phasing out a child-care center and offered that space to the free clinic, which opened there Nov. 15, offering offer patient care on a weekly basis.
Helping Hands free clinic moves at perfect time
Helping immigrants and refugees: Although central Ohio in general is welcoming to immigrants and refugees, a study unveiled July 17 at the North YMCA revealed that not enough collaboration exists among organizations and agencies helping them resettle. "Human-service organizations have more incentives to compete than cooperate," Sharvari Karandikar, an associate professor with the Ohio State University College of Social Work, said during the gathering hosted by Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin and Emmanuel V. Remy, former longtime NCC president who was appointed to city council.
Aiding refugees, immigrants: Teamwork necessary, study finds
New Americans Project study: Remy plans community diiscussions