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Just in Time for the Holidays-The Columbus Building Boom

Lori Hicks

A majority of my lifetime has been spent in the central Ohio area. I've watched it grow and change, and am proud to call it my home...

A majority of my lifetime has been spent in the central Ohio area. I've watched it grow and change, and am proud to call it my home...

Oct 24 4 minutes read

Though construction can be a pain to deal with and road closures are no fun, new development is good for our city and community. Public and private projects help make Columbus a leading destination for visitors and locals alike. 

With the Holidays just around the corner, these new hotels and attractions will help brighten up the city and make it a welcoming destination! Here are a just a few of the many building projects currently wrapping up in Columbus. 


As described by Casey Brown, Sales/Development Coordinator for Experience Columbus

Hotel LeVeque, an Autograph Collection hotel, opened this year in downtown’s historical LeVeque Tower. The hotel features 149 boutique style rooms featuring unique collaborations with local companies.

Courtyard by Marriott opened at Grandview Yard, just minutes from downtown, and adjacent to the 13,000-square foot Grand Event Center.The first-ever dual-branded Marriott property was built near The Ohio State University. The new $50 million twin-brand Marriott and Residence Inn features a 240—room, full-service Marriott Hotel and a 114-room Residence Inn and include 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space.


The ever evolving Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has built a brand new, state-of-the-art sea lion habitat. This new habitat follows recent additions, such as Polar Frontier and Heart of Africa, which make our zoo one of the best in the country. 

Beginning Friday, November 17th and lasting throughout the holiday season, you can view the Columbus Zoo in a new light during Wildlights, a spectacular celebration of winter. Brighten your holiday season with more than three million twinkling lights, activities for children, Santa Claus and a variety of festive activities for the family.

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In a unique and groundbreaking partnership, COSI will feature a permanent American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery beginning in November 2017. This new 22,000 -square-foot exhibit will be dedicated to prehistoric artifacts. 


The City of Columbus is also working on streetscape improvements along High Street in the Short North Arts District which encompasses 100+ restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Phase 1 of the 4 construction phases runs from Vine St. to Goodale St. in front of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and is scheduled to be complete in November 2017.  

Last November, a law finally passed that dissolved antiquated regulations and allowed distillers to create their equivalent of a brewpub. Several local distillers were involved in that legislative process, including Ryan Lang, head distiller and co-owner of Middle West Spirits, Columbus’ newest distillery-turned-bar.

After several years of planning, Middle West Spirits announced the grand opening of their Service Bar this past month.

Stop by and attend Happy Hour during the holidays with specials 5-6:30pm, Wed-Fri.

If you are thinking of a little more heat to warm you up this winter, Cosecha Cocina is a new restaurant located in the heart of Italian Village.  Cosecha's bar is styled with the weather and energy of Mexico in mind. 

"Our skilled bartenders will prepare you anything from an agave based cocktail to a South American wine, or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, go for the mezcal service!"

Photo: Collins Laatsch for 614 Magazine

Enjoy all of the new growth that Columbus has to offer!

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