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Downtown Business Plan Update - 2/3 10am

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  • #343909

    agtw31
    Member

    Core_Models wrote >>
    I think it would be safe to say that the Mayor is in a position of having to represent many interests, the least of which is that of downtown resident.

    wait a minute,he got penn national to consider another location for the casino,so downtown won’t get too loud past 6pm.

    #343910

    gk
    Member

    somertimeoh wrote >>
    Are you saying the mayor is the be all end all decision maker in this city? If that were the case we’d have streetcars by now. And I haven’t seen one yet – or do they turn in to taxis after 6?

    No, I am saying that at least one downtown resident is in attendance at that meeting. There may be others as well, for example, from the downtown residents’ association for all we know at this point.

    #343911
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 10:00am EST
    Columbus officials ready for next phase of downtown development
    Business First of Columbus – by Matt Burns

    Eight years after drawing up a road map for revitalizing downtown Columbus and two years shy of the city’s bicentennial, government officials say they’ve reached their destination.

    Now they’re ready to decide what’s next.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2010/02/01/daily20.html

    #343912

    Core_Models
    Member

    agtw31 wrote >>

    Core_Models wrote >>
    I think it would be safe to say that the Mayor is in a position of having to represent many interests, the least of which is that of downtown resident.

    wait a minute,he got penn national to consider another location for the casino,so downtown won’t get too loud past 6pm.

    Ha! I think he got Penn National to consider another location so the Dispatch wouldn’t be even more hard on him than they already are though ;)

    #343913

    somertimeoh
    Participant

    gk wrote >>

    somertimeoh wrote >>
    Are you saying the mayor is the be all end all decision maker in this city? If that were the case we’d have streetcars by now. And I haven’t seen one yet – or do they turn in to taxis after 6?

    No, I am saying that at least one downtown resident is in attendance at that meeting. There may be others as well, for example, from the downtown residents’ association for all we know at this point.

    If you’re not invited to the table, it probably means they aren’t concerned with your interests. Hell, lately, it seems even if you are at the table they don’t care.

    #343914

    gk
    Member

    Core_Models wrote >>

    agtw31 wrote >>

    Core_Models wrote >>
    I think it would be safe to say that the Mayor is in a position of having to represent many interests, the least of which is that of downtown resident.

    wait a minute,he got penn national to consider another location for the casino,so downtown won’t get too loud past 6pm.

    Ha! I think he got Penn National to consider another location so the Dispatch wouldn’t be even more hard on him than they already are though ;)

    I’m sure he was also helpful in going after the liquor license of the Long Street Entertainment District so he could sleep at night without worrying about bullets flying through his bedroom windows.

    #343915

    agtw31
    Member

    thank you dispatch may i have another

    hahaha

    #343916

    Mike Brown
    Participant

    Today the Mayor announced an upcoming series of public town hall meetings on the future of downtown, to craft a strategic plan for the next 10 years of development, infrastructure, transit, etc. CDDC and MSI Design will co-host these meetings. Today was not one of the town hall meetings, just a press event to say we were going to do the meetings.

    For folks who can’t make the open public meetings, which start 2/16, your input will also be welcome via letter, email and on a website. Today’s event video should also be posted on-line for your viewing and commenting pleasure.

    Today’s invite list was limited in size because there were only so many seats in the room, and it wasn’t a public meeting, it was a 1 hour press briefing describing the goals and developments of the 2002 Business Plan. Representative stakeholders were there, including several downtown residents like Donna Carstens, who I believe is President of DRAC, Kevin Wood, and yes, the Mayor.

    First meeting is 2/16, second will be in April. Plan info to be available in many formats as it is completed.

    Press Release Content with more detail:

    For immediate release
    February 3, 2010

    Contact: Dan Williamson, Mayor’s Office, 645-5300
    Amy Taylor, CDDC, 545-3942

    City, County and Stakeholders Announce Public Process to Plan Next Steps for Downtown Columbus
    New Apartments for Grant and Gay also Announced

    Mayor Michael B. Coleman today joined a group of downtown residents, business owners, developers, retailers and advocates to outline the progress of the Downtown Business Plan launched in 2002 and next steps for bringing new investment, people and activity to the central business district. The team announced a series of public town hall meetings to get citizen input on a long-term strategic plan for Downtown’s next 10 years of development.

    “Downtown is the economic center of the region, home to more than 80,000 jobs, creating more than 20 percent of our local income taxes that pay for neighborhood services, and we need to keep it healthy,” said Mayor Coleman. “We’ve come a long way in the past few years, but more needs to be done as we build our way out of a tough recession. Downtown is everyone’s neighborhood. Many of us come here for dining, entertainment and recreation, and many of us work or live here.”

    The Mayor was joined by Franklin County Board of Commissioners President John O’Grady; City Councilmember Andrew J. Ginther, Guy Worley of Capital South and the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation; Cleve Ricksecker, executive director of the Capital Crossroads and Discovery District SIDs; Michael DeAscentis of Lifestyle Communities; and Alex Shumate, CDDC board member.

    “I’m encouraged to see the Downtown Business Plan continue to evolve as we begin a new decade of development and progress,” said Commissioner O’Grady. “The Franklin County commissioners have actively worked with the City of Columbus to make the dream of a revitalized Downtown a reality. We look forward to welcoming new neighbors as we near completion on the new Franklin County Courthouse and start the second season at Huntington Park.”

    The Downtown Strategic Plan will come from a series of three town hall meetings, hosted by the City, CDDC and moderated by MSI Design, beginning February 16 at Columbus State Community College.

    “The 2002 Business Plan was a success because it set out a clear agenda for priorities and investment in our Downtown,” said Worley, president and CEO of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation. “The best ideas came from a gathering of the best minds and we hope to have the same energy and excitement as we set action steps for the next 10 years.”

    Mayor Coleman described local success in housing, parks and other projects, and announced another new apartment building that will be built near the Columbus College for Art and Design for college students. The 68 unit building will be home to 136 residents at the corner of Gay Street and Grant, opening in the late summer of 2011.

    “Job creation and growth in the Downtown are key to the long-term economic success of Columbus and the Central Ohio region,” said Councilmember Ginther, chair of the Finance and Economic Development Committee. “Last year Columbus voters supported a three-point plan to move Columbus forward, which included a commitment to do all that we can to create jobs and grow the Columbus economy. That effort begins Downtown, and the strategy we are developing now will carry us through the next stage of economic development in our city’s core.”

    Attracting jobs to downtown will continue to be a major focus of the city’s agenda, and one way it is getting done is through a partnership with the Capital Crossroads and Discovery District SIDs to attract more retail outlets.

    “The work of the past eight years has set the stage for another wave of private investment in downtown, particularly in the retail sector,” said Ricksecker. “Downtown is extremely well positioned for growth.”

    Successes of the 2002 Downtown Business Plan:

    1. Building more Downtown housing:
    Through city incentives, 2,542 units were built since 2002, another 2,468 units are under construction or in development, and the Downtown population has reversed its 50-year decline, increasing by more than 2,000 since 2003.
    2. Concentrating development of new mixed use neighborhoods:
    Development has continued along the Gay Street corridor, with restaurants, hotels and new residential housing. The RiverSouth neighborhood, once filled with 23 blighted, underutilized blocks, is now bustling with activity, anchored by the newly renovated Lazarus Building to the north and the new County Courthouse under construction on the south. Columbus Commons began with demolition of City Center Mall in October 2009 and the park is set to open in December 2010. The city and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District are working to bring retail back, from seasonal farmers markets, to the hiring of a full time retail ambassador to help fill empty storefronts, and working together on the Mile on High plan to attract retail back to High Street.
    3. Bringing jobs Downtown to stabilize the office market:
    In 2003, office vacancy rates peaked at 26 percent, but ended 2009 at 14.7 percent, while 1,000,000 square feet of office space was added. Two thousand incentivized jobs were added through city tax incentives to 25 companies.
    4. Developing the riverfront as park and promenade:
    The riverfront’s North Bank Park is open, as is the new Grange Audubon Center on the Whittier Peninsula, which was built through a partnership with Metro Parks. The Scioto Mile is set to open in June of 2011, funded through a historic partnership between the public and private sectors.
    5. Improving parking and transportation:
    Capitol South and the City of Columbus opened two new public parking garages, with 1,450 spaces. Two new bridges are connecting the east and west sides of the river at Main Street and at Town and Rich streets. New efforts are being made to add bike routes, trails and racks Downtown to make the area more rider-friendly. Columbus and the State of Ohio received a federal grant to start 3C Rail service with a new station to be built Downtown. In partnership with COTA and MORPC, the city will continue to work on solutions to create a multi-modal hub at the downtown station where 3C rail meets future light rail lines, bus lines and other transportation alternatives.
    6. Going beyond the Business Plan
    The Columbus City Schools invested in a Downtown High School, on the corner of Mound and Fourth, which opened in January 2008. A new Downtown Convention Hotel will be a reality by the end of 2012. With 500 rooms, the new Hilton will help us be a national contender for travel, tourism and conventions.
    Huntington Park, home of the Clippers, is an award-winning baseball stadium that opened in spring 2009 and has become the place to be. The County Courthouse is under construction.

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    #343917

    Elizabeth Lessner
    Participant

    Thanks for the update, Mike.

    Glad to know DRAC was represented. They weren’t listed in the press release Walker originally posted.

    #343918

    gk
    Member

    So now that we know that downtown residents were indeed invited to the press conference, including the President of the Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus, how would CU readers assess the progress made in downtown Columbus since 2002 and what do you think needs to happen to bring new investment, people and activity downtown?

    #343919

    Elizabeth Lessner
    Participant

    Reliable, comprehensive mass public transit would bring new investment, people and activity to downtown.

    #343920

    gk
    Member

    Building the casino in the arena district would also bring more investment, people and activity downtown.

    #343921
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Mike Brown wrote >>
    Today the Mayor announced an upcoming series of public town hall meetings on the future of downtown, to craft a strategic plan for the next 10 years of development, infrastructure, transit, etc. CDDC and MSI Design will co-host these meetings. Today was not one of the town hall meetings, just a press event to say we were going to do the meetings.

    Thanks for the update Mike!

    More here:

    New Apartment Building Coming to Gay Street

    #343922

    Columbusite
    Member

    @Mike Brown – The new apartments on Gay St are great news, but why is such a crucial component of the transportation aspect being omitted? If we want Downtown to be a thriving neighborhood it needs neighborhood streets, not street level highways. How can anyone ignore the vacancy rates and businesses that have closed recently on highway streets like Long and Main when compared to the majority of new businesses that have all chosen to be located on one block of pedestrian-friendly Gay St? The price tag of $8 million for two-way conversion and calming really isn’t bad when you factor in all the new businesses and development taking place as a result. Back in the 2002 Downtown plan one of the goals states:

    Make traffic improvements such as
    reduced speeds and improved flow
    by restoring two-way traffic on many
    one-way streets.

    So why aren’t we hearing anything about pending two-way conversions on Main, 3rd, 4th, Long, Spring, Rich, Front (north of Broad), Mt. Vernon, and Naghten when we’ve seen the successful results firsthand?

    And do “bike routes” mean signage and sharrows?

    #343923

    Mike Brown
    Participant

    Csite – Thank you for citing the 2002 plan, sometimes folks forget that we used it as a road map for today’s successes. I hope you would agree that we did a public plan, we used it, and today we can show off the results to leverage more action.

    It was Mayor Coleman who changed several streets back to 2-way downtown (Gay, Front, Civic, as well as a part of Town, with Rich coming soon). We did it specifically to prove it could better support living, retail and restaurant business. Mayor Coleman is more than happy to fight traffic engineers when we have streets that can be returned to a more neighborly status, but that doesn’t mean it will work for every street.

    I don’t understand how you can state that “a crucial component of the transportation aspect being omitted” in a forum that hasn’t occurred yet. The first public meeting is 2/16 at 6:00 p.m.

    The way we connect people/districts is certainly going to be one of the 7 or 8 central themes discussed (parks, transit, density, retail, 70/71 are some others). We need strong urban voices to advocate for better street connections, as well as transit locations, rail, bike infrastructure, etc.

    I’m sorry that you feel “anyone” (if we infer that might include the Mayor/City) is ignoring something that we actually started, tested and funded, especially when you’ve not seen MSI’s presentation materials. Looking forward to meeting you in real time on 2/16 and at the meetings that follow.

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