COLUMBUS, Ind.–Consultants have presented to Envision Columbus the results of the first round of surveys regarding the future of downtown Columbus. Now it is ready to share those findings with the public and collect even more ideas. The second session of three public input meetings will be held Wednesday, May 30, at 6 p.m., at Columbus City Hall. The consultant’s impressions from the public’s ideas to get the strategic plan to the next phase will be discussed.
Envision Columbus is a community-based, downtown strategic development plan process that is currently underway. The effort will help guide the future of the downtown area and its surrounding neighborhoods for years to come.
The six-month, 938-acre study area extends from the farmland south of downtown to Donner Park to the north, and from Mill Race and Noblitt Parks on the west to California Street on the east. It is an update to the 2005 Downtown Strategic Development Plan.
Some projects already being considered from the first round of public surveys include an urban grocer, creative and flexible re-use of the Crump Theater, and a conference center/hotel.