Anyone who has ever crossed southern Delaware County on Powell Rd. can attest to the going being slow at times.
Traffic There's often lots of traffic and there are some tough intersections as you travel from the Polaris area to the Sawmill Parkway area (or beyond) or vice versa.
Driving through Friday I could not help but notice the excavation on the north east corner of the "4 Corners" in Powell, the intersection of Liberty Rd. and Powell Rd.
Someday there could be a turn lane on that corner. Powell acquired a 10' x 60' plot of land that could someday ease the traffic going through "downtown Powell." There are not funds or plans to immediately put in turn lanes according to the article in This Week News.
Demolition of an old building
The 117 year old building on the NE corner of that intersection was deemed to not be worth saving according to This Week News Powell (Olentangy) which said:
"The zoning commission in June gave unanimous approval to the project after it was deemed renovation of the former building would be difficult and not cost-effective.
The commission determined the building no longer served an economical use and "costs to move and renovate it are not economically feasible, given the additional costs associated with the renovation, as well as the need for increased rents to recover those costs."
Use of older homes in Powell
A lot of the older homes in the center of Powell are now antique stores, shops and offices. There's a cupcake bakery, some restaurants and a couple of barber shops complete with the barber shop poles. Randy's Barber Shop pictured to the right has a white picket fenced yard. There's a pretty old church which now serves food and music in Powell. There's a classic old brick school on Liberty Street which is now an office building.
One of my favorite buildings in Powell is the building on the southwest corner of the "4 Corners." I usually forget what the I.O.O.F. on the very top of the facade means... International Order of Odd Fellows?
New commercial buildings in Powell
There are modern commmercial buildings just completed south east of Powell's "4 Corners" ready to be leased for office and retail. The block of new construction on the east side of S. Libery Rd. is pictured to the left. These modern sturctures are designed to fit into the historic look of Powell.
Visit my ColumbusBestBlog.com to see a slideshow about Powell today and the mix of old and new commercial spaces that make up the community.
There is very little "antique" housing left in Powell, the majority of the old homes are now businesses. Most residential property in Powell is newer or new. Search for Powell Homes
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