Rich and Town streets Corridor Enhancement MEETING TOMORROW!
details later.Town and Rich Corridor Enhancements
The Department of Public Service is designing the two-way conversion of Town and Rich Streets in East Franklinton as part of a larger effort to revitalize this important urban neighborhood. This project follows the completion of the East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan. The Town and Rich project also includes enhancements to the railroad bridges that define the eastern gateway and a banner system. The project will involve numerous public engagement opportunities. Project completion is tentatively scheduled for October, 2013.
The draft East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan has been released for public comment by the city of Columbus and can be found here. The plan has been scheduled to be heard by the Franklinton Area Commission on September 11th, afterwards it will be forwarded to the Columbus Development Commission then submitted in October to City Council. Questions can be directed to Mark Dravillas, Neighborhood Planning Manager, at 614-645-6823.
A hardcopy of the draft plan is available for public review at the Franklinton Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 1061 W. Town Street.
In the Spring of 2011 at his State of the City address, Mayor Michael B. Coleman announced a new initiative to attract the creative class to East Franklinton. Numerous individual projects were at the beginning stages or underway, and it was decided that the opportunity was right to tie these projects together and provide added energy to move revitalization along a stronger trajectory.
The East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan is a planning effort with several major components: public engagement to understand the values and interests of the community, as well as the arts community in growing a “creative district”; very detailed market studies to understand fully the residential, retail and office markets and their potential in this district; an urban design approach to guaranteeing reinvestment occurs in an organic fashion commensurate with the grittiness of East Franklinton; and an implementation strategy that brings all parties together to jointly move forward on a common vision.
The city has established a working group with representatives from the Planning, Economic Development and Housing Divisions, Franklinton Development Association, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, and developer Urban Smart Growth. The city has hired a multi-disciplinary consulting team being led by Goody Clancy, an urban design and planning firm headquartered in Boston (Goody Clancy has done several plans in Columbus, working with the city on Weinland Park Neighborhood Plan and the University/High Street Plan).
The planning process will be about 12 months in duration and a final plan should be proposed as an amendment to the Franklinton Plan (2003) in the summer of 2012. This website will be used to post numerous documents as the plan unfolds, as well as meeting notices and surveys.
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