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Thirty-One West Opens In Newark, Ohio

Thirty-One West Newark, Ohio.

Thirty-One West Newark, Ohio.

Thirty-One West in Downtown Newark, Ohio is a new entertainment venue with a bar It is located in The Arcade and utilizes the old Crystal Ballroom.

Newark, Ohio Links website owners have not visited yet, but plan to soon! For now, you can find more information by following the link the Newark, Ohio bar listings.

New Subway In Newark, Ohio

New subway in Newark, Ohio.

Subway restaurant in downtown Newark, Ohio.

The new Subway restaurant on the square in downtown Newark, Ohio is the nicest I’ve ever been in. They’ve kept the old metal ceiling. 

2015 Newark, Ohio Reconstruction Starts

Newark Ohio Downtown Construction 2015

2015 Newark, Ohio Construction Starts. Phase 1 – South Second Street.

A long project to reconstruct Newark, Ohio’s downtown has begun. I give up following this much because it’s convoluted at best. I think it’s designed to be that way. 

The apparent leader of the project is ReNewark. It’s a legal organization called a Community Improvement Corporation. I think they used to call similar illegal partnerships something else. It’s where wealthy private individuals and organizations work in concert with public officials to get things done in ways that favor the private entities and the politicians, but not necessarily the public. The public’s part is just to pay for the majority of the work. 

I researched ReNewark the best I could and I came up pretty empty handed. I can’t find any legal documents for the partnership. I’ve e-mailed to ask exactly who they are, but no reply. All that you get is a website. If you want to know who is redesigning Newark, Ohio, this is all that they tell you about who “they” are. “Newark Development Partners is a collaborative venture engaging the public and private sectors…”. 

Property owners in the downtown area are really enthusiastic with the gift that every other taxpayer is bestowing on them. Imagine buying a run down house in an area, then the government comes in and improves not only your property, but every property around you. Who wouldn’t be enthusiastic about that? Some have described it as a dream coming true. 

Will it be successful? Will the costs be so harmful that the taxpayers won’t be able to spend money in the newly renovated area? It’s a fine line. Since the taxpayer has been removed from the decision making process on this, I’ll just sit back, watch, and enjoy. 

Meijer Closing In Newark, Ohio. City Officials Offer Help To Find Public Money To Aid Them.

It was a bit of a shock to many to hear that the Newark, Ohio Meijer department store was closing. The long favored store for many in the area seems to be doing a great business. The parking lot is always full and there is rarely a complaint about the store. Customers like it’s size, the employees, and the prices are competitive. An official explanation really hasn’t been given other than that the store is simply dated and not with the standards of of other stores in the Meijer chain.

Meijer department store in Newark, Ohio.

Meijer department store in Newark, Ohio with the usual full parking lot.

Corporations do what they will and sometimes leave the public in the dark or give generic explanations. That’s just how it is. They’re in the business of making money and not entertaining the whims of customers unless of course, that means making more money. They’re even legally bound to their stockholders to exercise all efforts possible to make money. When they decide to close a store, that’s just that.

What I found even more shocking was the reaction of Licking County Chamber Of Commerce and the Mayor of Newark, Jeff Hall. Many in the Chamber of Commerce claim to be Conservatives. It was reported in the local news that they were dismayed that Meijer did not come to them seeking help. They want to offer government funded grants and anything else to entice the store into staying open. Hearing Conservatives make the suggestion of using public money to enrich a corporation runs counter to their beliefs and there is nothing conservative about it. To make matters worse, Meijer didn’t even make a claim that they needed additional funding to stay open. The city officials don’t even know the company’s future plans for the area.

Conservatives, it appears that we don’t really have as many true conservatives as previously claimed. Democrats, what’s the fuss? It’s common that your party loses in Licking County and you blame Republicans for everything. Actions like this show that Republicans are doing your bidding though, so I don’t understand the complaints? 

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McGuffey Elementary School Saved From Destruction

West Main Intermediate School in Newark, Ohio.

Steve Anderson purchased the former West Main Intermediate School for $90,000 at auction saving it from destruction.

It’s not to difficult to point out the waste by Newark City Schools. I’ve seen it more than a few times, but most notably when they tore down an elementary school on Deo Drive recently fully renovated with a new roof, windows, parking lot, HVAC system, and more. A few excuses were given like asbestos in the building, someone could buy it and let it fall into a state of disrepair and hurt surrounding property values, and that the lot was worth more with the building removed. Many don’t believe any of the excuses. It would seem common sense that a large solid brick structure with a gymnasium would be valuable to someone. The fact that the lot still sits empty on Deo Drive after many years is evidence that an empty lot isn’t of use to anyone.

AutomaticI was pleased to discover from Cultural Offering that blogger and real estate investor Steve Anderson bought the former West Main Intermediate School from Newark City schools for $90,000. This is great news. I’m sure that Mr. Anderson has paid far, far more than most by supporting Newark City Schools with property taxes he’s paid on his numerous properties in their district. I’m hoping that he gets a great return on his investment. This also means one less empty lot or eyesore in the area. 

The idea of finding an investor should be automatic! Of course, there’s no way to skim from a simple sale to a private investor. There is no demo crew to hire at an inflated price, no disposal fees to pay, no way for salvage crews to scavenge numerous items that are like new from recent improvements. There is just a buyer with an interest in making a profit and creating a usable facility for business. Sure, there’s not a huge profit in the $90,000 sale, but over time, there could be far more collected from any business that takes place here.

I find it interesting that the city claims it needs office space and is contemplating spending a massive amount of money on a new office building. They’ve torn down more office space than they need in a few locations. Private businesses have no problem making use of these structures as we can see with the old Mound School that Jobes, Henderson and Associates and Layton Services uses for their office space. After many years of private ownership, the old school still looks better than most buildings surrounding it and they’ve been great neighbors for those living in the area.

Mound School converted to offices in Newark, Ohio.

The former Mound School in Newark, Ohio successfully transformed into office space.

So, it’s been proven before that these solid old structures still have value to the taxpayers. Most likely, it will be proven again. Granted, the timing may not be exactly right for the sale of these structures. As the federal government drags down the private funds by providing the grants required to build new schools, there is less purchasing power available from the private sector to get high bids for the old schools. Over time, the money does come back the community and the sentimental value of the buildings remains intact.

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Try Buckeye Lake Brewery For Unique Beer

I enjoy a beer or three occasionally like most, but I have not tried a micro-brewery like The Buckeye Lake Brewery until recently. It was a fun experience and I’ve been back a few times to get my growler refilled. 

They offer a range of different types of beer from pale to dark and everything in between. My favorite is their Irish beer. There is a sampler to try them all. They sell beer in 1/2 pint, pint, 20 ounce, and a 64 ounce “growler”. The growler is a jug that you can take home and bring back to be refilled later. 

A growler from Buckeye Lake Brewery.

A Buckeye Lake Brewery growler.

The different sizes are a plus. You can stop buy and have a 1/2 pint if you don’t want to get intoxicated and enjoy one of their fine sandwiches, then have the growler to take home to have a few more.

I found the employees to be friendly folks happy to answer any questions and they take pride in their product and service. If you’re a beer drinker, stop by and support a local business. 

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Newark, Ohio Farmers Market For 2012

June 8, 2012
3:00 pmto6:00 pm
June 15, 2012
3:00 pmto6:00 pm
June 22, 2012
3:00 pmto6:00 pm
June 29, 2012
3:00 pmto6:00 pm

The Newark, Ohio Farmers Market will open June 8, 2012 and run on Friday’s from 3:00 P.M – 6:00 P.M. 

Granville, Ohio Farmer’s Market

May 26, 2012
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 2, 2012
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 9, 2012
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 16, 2012
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 23, 2012
8:30 amto12:00 pm

The Granville, Ohio Farmer’s Market is open 8:30 am – 12:00 p.m, Every Saturday from May 19, 2012 until October.

The Fredonia Mall

The Fredonia Mall is a small store in the very small town of Fredonia, Ohio. If you’re passing through on Ohio State Route 661, you could miss if you blink. Here’s a video highlighting some of the characters you’ll find at the store and some highlights showing the many things they sell.

Here’s a map of their location in Fredonia, Ohio.

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The City Of Newark, Ohio Finds Yet Another Grant

Newark, Ohio has found another program to fund it’s operations with state funds. This transfer of state taxpayer funds goes to clean up a local property on South 21st street. Here’s the story, ironically published at Business First.

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