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Public Input Sought on Scioto Peninsula Master Plan

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The Columbus Downtown Development Corportation (CDDC) is hosting a public meeting this evening at COSI from 6pm to 8pm, to gather community input on the creation of the Scioto Peninsula Master Plan.

This planning initiative was announced earlier this year as an effort to redevelop the 56 acre area adjacent to Downtown, nestled between the Scioto River and and elevated railroad tracks. This peninsula is entirely owned by the City of Columbus and Franklin County, and is home to COSI, Veterans Memorial and a whole lot of open land. Additionally, the area is flanked by planning efforts that include a “greenways” redevelopment of the river itself, and the creation of a mixed-use arts-centric neighborhood in East Franklinton.

“The Mayor, City Council and the Franklin County Commissioners have asked us to not only look at the river, but to look at the Scioto Peninsula and to come up with a plan for its redevelopment,” said Columbus Downtown Development Corporation President and CEO Guy Worley back in April.

Tonight, a framework presentation will be given that provides an outline for the land use plan, followed by breakout sessions where attendees can review maps, provide input and make suggestions for future use.

“Tonight’s format will be very reminiscent of the approach we took for developing the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan,” said Amy Taylor, chief operating officer at CDDC. “Some of the best ideas that we’re working on implementing in the Downtown Strategic Plan came from the people who filled out the surveys and provided comments at those public meetings.”

For those unable to attend tonight, more information will be made available online following the meeting at www.downtowncolumbus.com, where comments and suggestions can be submitted online.

A finalized plan is expected to be presented to the public before the end of the year.

More details about tonight’s meeting can be found HERE.

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