The idea of obtaining Ohio State University Agriculture Department land known as the "Sheep Farm" potentially to be used as a community park dominated the 2018 headlines in northwest Columbus. As the year came to a close, residents also were weighing whether a 215-plus-unit apartment development would be more palatable than a "gentlemen's club." Here's a look at some of the top stories of 2018:
Sheep Farm -- Residents living near the 57-acre parcel off West Case Road near the Ohio State University Airport and others in the neighborhood have long feared the possibility of the site being sold for a major development. Hopes were raised, dashed, raised again and dashed again during a bumpy several months until finally Columbus Recreation and Parks officials announced roughly 46 acres would be preserved by the city as open space.
‘Sheep farm’ park: Plans for site won’t be discussed until summer
‘Sheep farm’ park: Resolution has local advocates ‘ecstatic’
Columbus quashes sale of OSU ‘sheep farm’ land to Upper Arlington
Former ‘sheep farm’: NWCA still battles plan to sell land
‘Sheep farm’: Decision on Upper Arlington land buy could come Nov. 19
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Dilemma -- A redevelopment proposal in November by Preferred Living, calling for a 215-plus apartments on 40 acres, included the site of Kahoots, 4522 Kenny Road. Residents, while no fans of the "gentleman's club," expressed concerns about the impact apartments might have on already overburdened streets.
Proposed apartments would replace Kahoots ‘gentleman’s club’
Plan to swap Kahoots for flats draws cheers, boos
Kahoots rep miffed by ‘cartoonish portrayal’
Student trustees -- It was announced the Northwest Civic Association's longstanding student trustee arrangement with Centennial High School, suspended in 2017 because of the caustic environment among several trustees, would be making a comeback.
Trustees’ squabbling ends student program
NWCA: Student trustee program is making a comeback
'Meet me in the Park' -- In July it was announced Columbus was among only 25 cities in the nation to receive a National Parks Association "Meet Me in the Park" grant, funded by the Walt Disney Co. The money, $30,000 was used to create a natural play area at Carriage Place Park, next to the neighborhood's community center off Sawmill Road. The area mimics play opportunities naturally found in forests and meadows, such as fallen logs to traverse, according to the announcement from the Recreation and Parks Department. The project was completed in late October.
Carriage Place Park: New, natural playground ready
Carriage Place Park: Grant funds innovative playground
Population prediction -- At the NWCA's annual meeting June 6, City Council President Shannon G. Hardin told those attending Columbus could see a population increase of 500,000 people over the next quarter century or so. "The question now is not if we're going to grow," Hardin added. "It's how we're going to grow and what that growth will look like."
NWCA annual meeting: Significant population increase predicted for Columbus