PACT

PACT is an historic community reinvestment initiative on the Near East Side of Columbus. It was created in 2010 to enhance the quality of life on the Near East Side of Columbus by focusing on five core areas: (1) Jobs & Economic Impact; (2) Safe, Vibrant & Accessible Neighborhoods; (3) Health & Wellness; (4) Education; and (5) Housing. More information can be found at www.eastpact.org.

Redevelopment Planned for Two Near East Side Sites

Walker Evans Walker Evans Redevelopment Planned for Two Near East Side Sites

Should two century-old buildings on Taylor Avenue be renovated or demolished? That question was asked last night at a community charette hosted by representatives of PACT, the nonprofit organization that is overseeing large-scale revitalization efforts for a portion the city’s Near East Side. While PACT’s mission touches upon everything from workforce development to early education, […]

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Parent Links Program Promotes Literacy at Trevitt Elementary

Hannah Herner Hannah Herner Parent Links Program Promotes Literacy at Trevitt Elementary

Partners Achieving Community Transformation and the Columbus chapter of The Links, Inc. recently decided that while backpack and school supplies giveaways are beneficial to students, it isn’t enough when it comes to making sure they become literate. At the beginning of the school year, the organizations partnered to introduce a new program, Parent Links, at […]

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Making a New Heyday for the Near East Side

Hannah Herner Hannah Herner Making a New Heyday for the Near East Side

Forty-six million Americans live in poverty. That’s one in ten people. More than half of them, around 12.4 million, live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. Carol Naughton, a founding staff member of Purpose Built Communities, spoke at the Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon on Wednesday about the effects on the people living in these neighborhoods and […]

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Project Update: Poindexter Village Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren Project Update: Poindexter Village Site

Even though the Poindexter Village redevelopment has been in the news recently, the scale of the development and the progress made so far might still come as a surprise to anyone who doesn’t regularly pass by the 16-acre site on the Near East Side. Since the project was awarded a $30 million federal grant through […]

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Health Sciences Academies Launches Today in Seven Columbus City Schools

Walker Evans Walker Evans Health Sciences Academies Launches Today in Seven Columbus City Schools

Local leaders gathered at Champion Middle School this morning to officially launch the Health Sciences Academies — a new education platform that will turn the focus of seven east side schools toward healthy lifestyles and health career readiness. “The launch of the Health Sciences Academies pathway represents one of our district’s most innovative efforts in more […]

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No Movement on Chips ‘n’ Go Expansion as Complaints Mount

Brent Warren Brent Warren No Movement on Chips ‘n’ Go Expansion as Complaints Mount

The owner of the Chips ‘n’ Go at 1020 East Broad Street submitted plans late last year to expand and renovate the much-maligned convenience store. When neighborhood residents saw the plans on the agenda of the Near East Area Commission, some were hopeful that it might signal a new era of engagement and community interaction […]

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Carl Brown IGA Building to be Demolished

Walker Evans Walker Evans Carl Brown IGA Building to be Demolished

The long-vacant Carl L. Brown IGA Foodliner building may not remain standing for much longer. Columbus City Council approved legislation on Monday night that will lead to the demolition of the building and the redevelopment of the two acre site. The City of Columbus purchased the property in February 2014 for $600,000, and is transferring the […]

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