95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
Motel One Ordered Closed By Friday
Franklin County Environmental Court Judge Harland Hale has ordered a neglected hotel on East Broad Street to be shut down by noon Friday.
Motel Oneâ€™s closure will be temporary. But Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer said his office will ask the judge next week to make that permanent.
â€œWeâ€™ve proved by a clear and convincing standard that the place is a public nuisance because it has had drug dealing, prostitution and many police runs,” Pfeiffer said.
Neighbors have complained about the rundown motel for years. And in recent weeks have held protests against its operation.
The state fire marshalâ€™s office was set to have a hearing next month to consider revoking the motel license.