Departures and arrivals dominated the headlines in German Village this year. Here is a recap of the top five stories in the neighborhood in 2018:
Parting is such sweet sorrow, part 1 -- Shiloh Todorov, longtime executive director of the German Village Society, resigned Oct. 10, her seventh anniversary with the organization. Todorov was replaced by Delilah Lopez, the former director of the Champion for Children program for the United Way of Central Ohio.
Full story: Todorov to leave her Society post in October
Executive director search: Society’s leadership sets course
Delilah Lopez named executive director of German Village Society
Delilah Lopez eager for opportunity as German Village Society’s new leader
Village Notebook: Seven years of learning, laughing and loving are priceless
Parting is such sweet sorrow, part 2 -- After 2 1/2 years, Kristen Schweitzer left her job as executive director of Village Connections, a concierge service for those 50 years old and older. Her last day was Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. A replacement is expected to be named in January.
German Village nonprofit Village Connections losing leader
Village Connections: Schweitzer picked to run statewide program
Village Connections: Progress made in search for new ‘dynamic’ leader
Good bite and goodbye, part 1 -- The closing of Juergens German Bakery in January meant the end of a nearly 50-year run in the neighborhood. Vacant storefronts, however, usually have a short shelf life in German Village. A.J. Ndreu, his cousin, Enis Ndreu, and business partner Elidon Hizmo opened El Lugar and Alpine, a dual concept, in the Jurgens location, 525 S. Fourth St.
Juergens bakery and restaurant: Keidel plans to continue serving up sweet treats
Update: German restaurant to replace Juergens bakery
Juergens site redevelopment: Two dining concepts to replace Juergens
Table Talk: German-Spanish duo replace iconic Juergens
Good bite and goodbye, part 2 -- Kollectiv, a co-working space during the day Mondays through Fridays and a tavern in the evenings and on weekends, is under construction in the former the Max & Erma's restaurant building at 739 S. Third St. The new venture should be open in January.
Full story: Former Max & Erma’s site Kollektiv to open in January
January opening planned for Kollektiv in German Village
Suite dreams -- A proposal for a boutique hotel in the southwest portion of the community raised eyebrows this year. A slightly amended version calls for 124 rooms at the proposed hotel in the historic district at 31 E. Livingston Ave. According to the city, the last presentation was made by the developer in July and nothing has been scheduled since then with the German Village Commission, the local architecture-review panel.
German Village residents wary about proposed 5-story hotel
Cedar Square: Developer to rework proposal