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Completion of Morse Road Improvements Celebrated

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    Walker Evans
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    Press Release:

    Mayor, City Council, Business And Neighborhood Leaders Celebrate Completed Morse Road Improvement Project

    June 24, 2010

    Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council President Pro-Tem Hearcel F. Craig and business and neighborhood leaders today marked the completion of the Morse Road improvement project. The project includes resurfacing, new sidewalks and bike lanes and covers 2.9 miles between I-71 and Cleveland Avenue.

    “Our investments are leading to the resurgence of the Morse Road corridor and the entire Northland area,” said Mayor Coleman. “These new sidewalks, bike lanes and other improvements make Morse Road safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and more attractive for businesses that are helping to revive this neighborhood.”

    Morse Road and Northland area businesses are key partners in the project and keeping the right-of-way beautiful. Businesses that are members of the Morse Road Special Improvement District assess themselves to cover costs of some grass cutting, weeding, flower plantings, the changing of banners in landscaped medians and other work to beautify the public right-of-way along Morse Road. The city also works closely with the Northland Alliance, created by Northland area businesses and residents.

    “City leaders are investing in Northland because the residents and business leaders here are partners in the economic growth that is occurring along Morse Road,” said Councilmember Craig, chair of the Minority and Business Development Committee. “I hope this momentum can be carried forward for years to come.”

    Completion of the Morse Road project comes on the heels of the May 24 groundbreaking for the Columbus area’s first Menards store on Morse Road. The Morse Road and Menards projects and additional redevelopment of the Northland Village site will result in a combined investment of more than $49.3 million by the City of Columbus in Morse Road between I-71 and Cleveland Avenue. The Menards store and other Northland Village redevelopment will generate 800 jobs onsite in addition to the more than 1,000 jobs already at the Ohio Department of Taxation.

    “The completion of the Morse Road improvement project couldn’t be better timed because it coincides with renewed development activity at Northland Village,” said Dave Paul, president of the Northland Community Council. “This portion of Morse Road is now one of Columbus’ first Complete Streets, and these improvements will bring new jobs and private investment to Northland.”

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