Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch

Mark Ferenchik

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Mark:

ODOT to resume two-lane traffic on I-70 west heading into Downtown in November

ODOT will change westbound I-70 from one to two lanes heading into Downtown in November, among the several new projects in the big fix. → Read More

Consultant says Columbus zoning code is outdated and needs a major overhaul

A California-based consultant said the city's zoning code is outdated and needs an overhaul. → Read More

Columbus council to vote on $4.9 million for Community Shelter Board for crisis specialists

Columbus City Council will vote on $4.9 million for the Community Shelter Board to help hire 38 people for crisis intervention at homeless shelters. → Read More

City to build new police substation on Sullivant Avenue on Hilltop

City adds $5 million in proposed capital budget toward new Hilltop police substation and $7 million toward new crime center in Linden. → Read More

Columbus to build new recreation center for seniors on former Douglas Elementary school site

Columbus City Council approved $1.767 million for the design of a new recreation center in Olde Towne East. An old school will be demolished. → Read More

Wedding held at Metro Parks 'round barn' after director approves former co-worker's request

Questions were raised after Metro Parks director Tim Moloney signed off on a special permit for a wedding at the "round barn" for a former co-worker. → Read More

New city code enforcement efforts targets Cleveland, Livingston and Parsons avenues

Based on efforts initiated on Sullivant Avenue, a new data-driven city code enforcement effort will target Cleveland, Livingston and Parsons avenues. → Read More

Columbus prefers bike lanes with parking on parts of Indianola, others want bike lanes only

City officials are considering bike lanes and on-street parking on Indianola Avenue between Oakland Park Avenue. and Hudson Street. → Read More

Crew's Field awarded design prize by Columbus Landmarks

Columbus Landmarks awards James B. Recchie Design Award to Columbus Crew's Field. The nearly $314M soccer stadium was designed by HNTB and MKSK. → Read More

Community Shelter Board employee steered over $350,000 to friends who were not landlords

A former employee of the Columbus Community Shelter Board pleads guilty to federal theft charges after funneling over $350k in rent funds to friends. → Read More

Parking meters are going away in East Franklinton, replaced by kiosks or pay by app

The city is removing most parking meters in East Franklinton. Visitors who want to park on the street will now pay by kiosk or app. → Read More

Bodies turning up in a Columbus storefront Tuesday are the latest for unlicensed funeral operator

Is the man behind the operation found storing two bodies in a Near East Side storefront running an unlicensed do-it-himself funeral operation? → Read More

Two bodies discovered during search of vacant storefront on East Livingston Avenue

State investigators confirm finding two bodies Wednesday during a search of a vacant storefront in the Driving Park area but won't say anything else. → Read More

COTA board caps daily fare costs at $4.50, monthly fares at $62, cutting revenues by $1.8M

The COTA board approved changes to its fare structure that caps daily fares at $4.50 and monthly costs to riders at $62 under a new automated system. → Read More

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority opens new RISE Center with services for residents

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority opened the new RISE Center in South Linden to provide information on health care, job searches, etc. → Read More

$10 million not enough for Columbus' affordable housing needs, advocates say

Columbus has committed more than $10 million so far from the city's $50 million affordable housing bond fund, but advocates say much more is needed. → Read More

It's now one way eastbound on Fulton Street Downtown, but drivers still going wrong way.

On Sept. 10, Fulton Street became one-way eastbound between High Street and Grant Avenue Downtown, but drivers are still heading the wrong way. → Read More

Metro Parks board votes to demolish four rental homes, review leases after Dispatch probe

After a Dispatch investigation raised questions about rental rates on homes it owns, Metro Parks trustees voted Tuesday to demolish four homes. → Read More

Columbus bans e-scooters on High Street in Short North, citing safety concerns

Columbus has banned e-scooters from North High Street in the Short North, citing reckless use by some driving them and armed robbers using them. → Read More

After apartment buildings are sold, many tenants can't afford new owners' rent jumps

A new owner of a Near East Side apartment building is jacking up rents from $500 or $600 a month to $950. Residents say they can't afford to pay that. → Read More