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Arena District, Columbus

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Arena District is a mixed-use planned development and neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. The site was developed through a partnership between Nationwide Realty Investors, Ltd.(a subsidiary of Nationwide), the City of Columbus and private investors. Interpretation of the boundaries of the district are evolving as the neighboring blocks around the original 75acre site has seen additional commercial and residential development. Arena District is named for Nationwide Arena.HistoryThe Arena District is located on the former sites of the southern portion Olentangy Industrial cluster and the Ohio Penitentiary. The Olentangy Industrial Cluster, which developed just after 1900, contained at various points in time the Columbus Buggy Company, Union Fork and Hoe Company, Jaeger Machine Company, Allen Motor Car Company, Belmont Casket, City of Columbus lighting plant and waterworks, and other factories, warehouses, coal and lumber yards, along with as many as 17 residences in 1925.The Olentangy Industrial Cluster experienced a slow but steady decline. This decline was also experienced by the adjacent residential neighborhood of Flytown, where many of the workers in the complex resided. Most of Flytown was later redeveloped into the Thurber neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the Ohio Penitentiary and industry in the area, the Olentangy Industrial Cluster was referred to as “… a no man’s land of factories, warehouses, parking lots and railroads. The area sees a good deal of vehicular traffic but few pedestrians.”
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  • Visited this area for business training. It was a great area to hang out after hours. Access to a lot of the businesses were interconnected to my hotel which was pretty good considering the weather wa...  more »
  • There are a lot of bars and restaurants in the arena district. It was very easy for us to find a place to eat and watch the other games after attending the hockey game without going far!  more »
  • The Arena district is a nice spot for watching ice hockey, eating and drinking and for some, living. This area was once a rough part of town featuring mahy parking lots and other signs of a place past...  more »

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Because Columbus serves as one of the country's major convention centers, its downtown offers comfortable rooms at all price levels. Hotels in the central part of town not only keep you close to all of the city's major attractions, but also provide you with modern amenities that include 24-hour room service, fitness centers, spa services, and on-site restaurants and bars. To stay in the city for a fraction of the price, consider an inn or motel near the Interstate exits.
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