downtown lazarus

Spectators watch Santa's sleigh roll down High Street in the Lazarus Holiday Parade.
Herb Topy / Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating its 94th year, and though pandemic precautions mean it will go forward in a slightly diminished capacity, it’s expected to garner as many as 50 million viewers on television and online.

The soon-to-be-vacated 94-year-old Lazarus store in downtown Columbus will be transformed into an arts and science center. Ohio State University, Battelle Memorial Institute and the city made the announcement yesterday. The center will include a 36 (m) million-dollar, 200-thousand-square-foot institute for applied sciences operated jointly by Ohio State and Battelle, and a 50-thousand-square-foot artist community led by the university's College of the Arts. The combined center would have art studios, exhibit space and restaurants on the ground level.