Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area on Tap Starting Oct. 21

After unanimous Council approval on August 17, a date has been set for the official launch of the Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area [CORA]. Over the last 7 weeks, the team at the city has been working with the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control to finalize legalities and with the Creekside District Alliance to confirm logistical details around its operation.

“We want to do everything that we can to ensure that our local businesses are set up for success and that they are fully prepared to offer an experience that is positive for them and for their patrons,” Jadwin said.

Read the full article in ThisWeek Rocky Fork News HERE.

https://www.thisweeknews.com/…/creekside…/5900338002/

Participating Creekside Restaurants/Pubs include:

~Nostalgia Brewing

~Local Cantina Creekside

~StadiumColumbus

~Barrel & Boar-Creekside

~Old Bag of Nails-Gahanna

Trick or Treating Guidelines

Trick or Treat in Gahanna: Thursday, October 29, 6 – 8 pm!!

You asked, we answered! We have received a lot of calls and emails regarding guidelines for Trick or Treat. The below graphic is from our trusted partners at

Franklin County Public Health, who have issued recommendations for a safe #trickortreat2020 experience!
(These are not mandates, but recommendations)

 

SOLD OUT: The Great Gahanna Goblin Trail

Tickets for the Great Gahanna Goblin Trail are now SOLD OUT. This new Halloween event (October 22 & 23) is presented by the City of Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department. The ticketed drive-through experience is sponsored by KEMBA Financial Credit Union and Schneider Insurance backed (by Encova Insurance). 

The Great Gahanna Goblin Trail is a drive through experience at Academy Park. Vehicle occupants will remain in their car throughout their time at the park while they drive through a half mile trail that includes over 15 different performers, attractions and trick or treat candy stations. The candy stations will distribute candy via a Halloween shoot that will deliver the candy from 6’ away. All staff and performers will be adhering to the State mandates, which does include that staff and volunteers wear masks during the event.

All occupants must be in a seat and vehicles are limited to cars, SUVs, trucks or vans (no RVS or busses). All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets Sold Out.

Supported by Tina Wedebrook, REMAX Connection; Gahanna Jefferson Education Foundation, Gahanna Rotary and Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation.

Studio 6S Opens in Gahanna

Gahanna welcomes Studio 6S — a new full range spa, and hair salon with an aesthetician, and two stylists. Located at 471 Morrison Rd. Suite D in Gahanna, Studio 6S is owned by Bradley Stuckey and Robyn Zanow. The duo started building their salon in January—and were quickly impacted by the COVID-19 and its repercussions. Bradley and Robyn began working together as stylists more than 10 years ago. They combined their experience and knowledge of the industry to create a concept that benefits both customers and beauty professionals.  Studio 6S is accepting appointments through their website: salonstudio6S.com and by phone, 614/556-9811.

Gahanna CARES Assistance Program

If you are a business that’s been financially impacted as a result of COVID-19 or are a resident behind on rental or mortgage payments as a result of the pandemic, the City of Gahanna’s new Gahanna CARES Assistance Program can help!

This new Program is funded by federal dollars that were awarded to the State of Ohio by the U.S. Department of Treasury and directed to local governments by the State for COVID-19-related use.

One-time grants will be distributed to Gahanna businesses and residents through an application process.  Program guidelines list all eligibility requirements for both applicants and use of funds. Please read the guidelines below before submitting an application. 

Gahanna City Council has approved $380,000 of the Coronavirus Relief Funds received for the City of Gahanna CARES Assistance Program.

To learn more about the Coronavirus Relief Fund Local Government Assistance Program please refer to the following resources:

U.S. Department of Treasury Guidelines:

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments

State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management Guidelines:

https://grants.ohio.gov/fundingopportunities.aspx#funding-opportunities-coronavirus-relief

Applicants awarded funding from the City of Gahanna CARES Assistance Program are required to comply with the U.S. Department of Treasury Guidelines, the State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management Guidelines and the City of Gahanna’s CARES Assistance Program Guidelines.

 

Application Dates:   September 14 – November 6, 2020

Small business program:

Read all guidelines before applying. (LINK)
Complete application here Sept. 14-Nov 6, 2020 (LINK)  

  • One-time grant up to $10,000
  • Business must be based in City of Gahanna. No corporate ownership.
  • If you have multiple locations and have applied for CARES Act grants in more than one subdivision, the total funds received cannot exceed $10,000.
  • If a franchise or multiple locations, funds received by the Program are required to be used for the business located in the City of Gahanna.
  • Must be classified as small business
  • Applicants and businesses awarded funding from the City of Gahanna CARES Assistance Program are required to comply with the U.S. Department of Treasury Guidelines, the State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management Guidelines and the City of Gahanna’s CARES Assistance Program Guidelines.
  • Business must operate for profit.
  • Business must have been in operation on January 1, 2020.
  • Business must maintain a commercial or retail store front in Gahanna and not be home-based or nonprofit.
  • Business must be current on all local, state and federal obligations such as taxes and/or assessments.
  • Business must be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The business must not be permanently closed.
  • Applicant is eligible for CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funding if they have previously been approved and used funding from other CARES Act Funding or COVID-19 Relief funding, but the applicant cannot request and use funds for the same expenses as other relief funding.
  • Expenses already funded by federal, state or local assistance are not eligible under this Program.
  • Applicants who have not received COVID relief assistance funding (Federal or Local) will be given priority when reviewing applications and distributing funds.
  • Applications are required to be completed in the entirety. Failure to complete the application will cause your application to be denied.

 

Resident Program:
READ all guidelines before applying. {LINK}

Complete Online application here – Sept. 14 – Nov. 6, 2020

Download Print Application here (through Nov. 6, 2020)

  • One-time grant up to $5,000 per resident, per dwelling
  • Funds will be paid directly to landlord/mortgage company
  • Must be a current resident, living within the City limits of Gahanna.
  • Must be laid off, furloughed, unemployed or experienced decrease in pay or hours as a direct result of COVID-19 business closures or stay-at-home orders.
  • Must be at least one month in arrears in mortgage or rent
  • Funds to be used solely for rental/mortgage assistance
  • Applications are required to be completed in the entirety.  Failure to complete the application will cause your application to be denied.
  • Applicants awarded funding from the City of Gahanna CARES Assistance Program are required to comply with the U.S. Department of Treasury Guidelines, the State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management Guidelines, and the City of Gahanna’s CARES Assistance Program Guidelines.
  • Applicant is eligible for CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funding even if previously approved for, and used funding from, other CARES Act Funding or COVID-19 Relief funding, but the applicant cannot request and use funds for the same expenses as other relief funding.
  • Expenses already funded by federal, state or local assistance are not eligible under this Program.  Applicants who have not received COVID relief assistance funding (Federal or Local) will be given priority when reviewing applications and distributing funds.

Applications are downloadable (Resident / Business), or you can pick up a physical copy of the application at: City Hall, Gahanna Library or Gahanna Senior Center.  Please mail physical copy of the application and supporting documentation to City Hall (200 S. Hamilton Rd. Gahanna, OH 43230).

Contact info for the Gahanna Program:

  • Applicants can contact the Program Application Coordinator at CARESprogram@gahanna.gov.
  • PLEASE DO NOT submit financial documents via email. Supporting documents must be mailed or submitted online as part of the application completion process.

 

FAQs:
I received assistance from another program, am I still eligible?

Applicant can receive funds from the CIC Small Business Emergency Grant Program and this program.

Additionally, applicant is eligible for CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funding if they have previously been approved and used funding from other CARES Act Funding or COVID-19 Relief funding, but the applicant cannot request and use funds for the same expenses as other relief funding. Expenses already funded by federal, state or local assistance are not eligible under this Program. Applicants who have not received COVID relief assistance funding (Federal or Local) will be given priority when reviewing applications

Will I have to report the money awarded to me on my tax return?
The IRS has confirmed it is taxable for businesses as discussed in this FAQ https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/cares-act-coronavirus-relief-fund-frequently-asked-questions. It is not taxable income for an individual.
What can the money be used for?
Residents:

•Mortgage payments not to exceed $5,000 total per applicant and residential dwelling

•Rent relief to renters or landlords not to exceed $5,000 total per applicant and residential dwelling

Businesses:

•Operating expenses such as rent, marketing, signage, and restart supplies (for example: PPE, protective barriers, signage, cleaning supplies.) required under safety regulations due to the pandemic.

•Mortgage payments for the business’s principal place of business in the City of Gahanna. Mortgage payments for businesses that are located in an owner’s primary residence are not eligible.

•Rent payments for the business’s principal place of business in the City of Gahanna. Rent payments for businesses that are located in an owner’s primary residence are not eligible.

Why do you have to pay directly to my mortgage company or landlord?
The City has determined this is the most efficient way to provide the assistance and meet our requirements under the CARES Act program.  All documentation required by the federal and state requirements can be obtained immediately by the City without additional reporting requirements from the resident.

 

 

Gahanna FALL Drive-In Series

Enjoy some autumn fun by attending the Gahanna FALL Drive-In Series! Presented by Gahanna Parks & Recreation, the series offers drive-in movies and concerts at Sunpoint Park (670 McCutcheon Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230). Movies begin at 7 pm on select Fridays; concerts begin at 5 pm on select Saturdays. These events are sponsored by KEMBA Financial Credit Union and Tina Wedebrook, ReMax Realtor.

Advance registration is required. Reserve your tickets NOW! (LINK)

MOVIES & CONCERTS:

·  5 pm Saturday, October 10th at Sunpoint Park – Concert by Jamie Said So

·  7 pm Friday, October 16 at Sunpoint Park – Screening of “The Sandlot” (1993)

Questions? Call 614/342-4250

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What you need to know:

Gates will open ONE HOUR PRIOR to the start time of each event.

Food drink will be available for purchase at concession stands and food trucks!

Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and drink, though NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED AT THE EVENT SERIES. Restrooms will be OPEN, and will be cleaned regularly throughout the event.

Tickets MUST be purchased online. Each ticket includes one (1) vehicle with all seated occupants.

*Please note: In order to ensure safe social-distancing for all attendees, attendees will be asked to stay within their specific parking zone throughout the event, unless walking to food area/restroom. Each zone is designed for attendees to stay in their vehicle or set up chairs/picnic area around their vehicle. Attendees are also asked to follow the state mask mandate, wearing a mask if leaving their designated zone to get food or use restrooms.*

Thank you to our sponsors:

Tina Wedebrook, Realtor

Council Reviews DORA Application for Gahanna Aug 3

The City of Gahanna is moving closer to establishing legislation that would create a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in the city’s downtown area. A public hearing is slated to be held at 7 pm August 3.

Section 4301.82 of the Ohio Revised Code authorizes municipalities to create a DORA within designated boundaries.  Once a DORA is established, people may walk around the area with an alcoholic beverage that is purchased from a participating liquor permit holder during specified hours.

In February of this year, Gahanna business owners Lew Griffin and Brad Fisher appeared before City Council on behalf of the Creekside District Alliance (CDA), and presented an overview of the proposed DORA.  During the meeting, they advocated that the creation of a “Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area” would serve the cultural and economic betterment of businesses, residents and property owners in the Creekside District.

Following the presentation, the CDA worked closely with City Administration to finalize the proposed rules and conditions of a DORA for the Creekside District.  On June 24, 2020, a formal application to establish a DORA in the District was filed with the Council’s office by Gahanna Mayor Laurie Jadwin, in partnership with the Creekside District Alliance.

“Filing of the application was the culmination of many months of collaborative discussion and evaluation with businesses in the Creekside District,” said Jadwin. “We are excited to be able to take this next step forward in establishing a DORA in our downtown area, as DORAs have proven to be very effective in many cities in drawing foot traffic that supports local businesses. This is particularly important at a time when so many of our restaurants and businesses are challenged by the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.”

Many of the restaurants located in the Creekside District have voiced strong support for the creation of a DORA. Shawn White, owner of Nostalgia Brewing, said a DORA is an opportunity to showcase the beautiful park space, pathways, and creek in the center of Gahanna. “Creekside is a hidden gem. A DORA also provides a unique opportunity to allow participating businesses in the Creekside District to make up lost revenue from their decreased indoor capacity.”

Stan Riley, owner of Barrel & Boar, similarly noted that a “DORA is a natural addition to the Creekside District that will help bring the business and activity the area needs to be a fun and vibrant entertainment area for Gahanna residents.”

The proposed DORA boundaries are Big Walnut Creek to the west, High Street to the East, Granville Street to the South, and North Street to the North. The DORA would allow individuals to walk within the DORA boundaries with an alcoholic beverage purchased from a liquor permit holding establishment. There are currently 6 qualified permit holders who have expressed interest in participating in the DORA, including Barrel & Boar, Local Cantina, Signatures Mill Stone Tavern, Old Bag of Nails Pub/Pour House, Nostalgia Brewing, and Stadium Bar & Grill.

The DORA application also includes a plan to ensure public safety, as required by state law. Gahanna Police Chief Jeff Spence said working jointly on the safety plan with the CDA and the City has been appreciated. “We believe the measures being implemented as part of this plan will help us keep the DORA a safe and enjoyable space for guests, and will aid in the success of our Creekside businesses.”

According to the application that was filed, the proposed hours and days of the Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area would be 3 – 11pm Monday – Wednesday, and 11am to 11pm Thursday – Sunday, though the DORA would be suspended during certain special events that take place annually within the boundaries of the proposed DORA (such as the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, Taste of Gahanna, Creekside Hops & Vines Festival).

Lew Griffin, President of the CDA, said that a DORA will be a great addition to the Creekside District, and can increase revenue for some of our local businesses. “With DORA, businesses will be inclined to work more collaboratively to provide a beautiful and vibrant space for our residents to spend time with friends and family. DORA is a plus for Gahanna and the Creekside District.”

For more information about the proposed DORA, including the full application, go to: https://www.gahanna.gov/city-council/

 

NEW Business Spotlight: MicroGiants

Gahanna residents Nate & Whit Lundquist had been planning to start an urban farm for about a year, but they were busy with content creation projects (film, advertising, etc.) through their company Framework. When the pandemic hit, much of that work disappeared. With extra time on their hands and an awareness in the community for locally grown produce, they focused on how they could serve the community. That’s how MicroGiants—their local company offering fresh microgreens delivered directly to your door—was born.

“The mission of MicroGiants is to protect the health of our local community through delicious, locally grown, organic, microgreens,” Nate said. “The question I always ask is, would you rather have your greens grown far away by someone you don’t know, and shipped over vast distances to be placed in grocery stores where they sit on shelves for long periods of time OR have your greens grown specifically for you by a local farmer you actually know–and have them delivered fresh right to your door within 24 hours of being harvested?”

MicroGiants focuses on growing a small, popular variety that covers a broad spectrum of flavor and offers high nutrient value. They grow Sunflower, Pea Shoots, Radish, Wheatgrass (for juicers), and a Spicy Salad Mix containing Broccoli, Kale, Arugula, Purple Vienna Kohlrabi, Red Acre Cabbage, and Southern Giant Mustard.

“Based on a study from the University of Maryland, the microgreens we grow can contain up to 40 TIMES the amount of nutrients per-gram as fully grown veggies,” he said. “We grow vertically indoors so we can very precisely control the growing conditions and serve our customers all year around. When other local produce is out of season, you can still get fresh farm-to-table microgreens delivered weekly right to your door. It’s especially key going into fall and winter when protecting against sickness is all the more crucial. Microgreens are loaded with vitamins and nutrients.”

 

“We take GREAT care in cleanliness, from mask wearing to sterilizing our growing supplies to overall hygiene. Our oldest daughter, who is nine now, actually had two liver transplants in 2015, so we’re very used to protecting our family from germs and harmful bacteria. We apply all of that experience when it comes to growing healthy and safe microgreens for the people we serve.”

To learn more, visit MicroGiants.co or find MicroGiants at the Gahanna Farmers Market.

 

 

NEW Camp Crate Program Offers Boxed Adventures

Gahanna Parks & Rec team has created a variety of fun new summer programs for kids, featuring Camp Crate –which includes delivery (or pick up) of a box of creative projects, materials and detailed instructions to encourage at-home learning and discovery! Check out the details below — and register online. (Spots are limited.)

Camp Crates

  • First week will be week of July 6
  • Registration will open June 10
  • $15 Residents/$18 Non-Residents
  • Delivery is included for residents.
  • Non-Residents can opt for either
    • free on-site pickup
    • $5 additional delivery fee

Go HERE to register NOW!