The Vision for Downtown Columbus:
Over the past year, thousands of residents shared their thoughts about the future of Downtown Columbus. Our residents recognized the tremendous progress made in Downtown over the past two decades and yet spoke loudly and clearly that there is more to do toward the goal of making this a neighborhood for all.
Through our public process, we’ve heard the community’s vision for a more inclusive, more equitable, and more vibrant Downtown. We heard the call for more to do, more to see, and more places to go – and the expectation that these attractions and destinations reflect the rich diversity of Columbus residents. This led to a comprehensive and integrated Downtown Strategic Plan.
Strategies to Meet These Goals:
The Downtown Commercial Marketplace is a program being launched by the City of Columbus, with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation as a key execution partner. This program is designed to provide various assistance to the program’s retailers.
This is envisioned to be a rolling program that will initially focus on the area surrounding the already successful Gay Street retail district. Priority for Round 1 of this program will be given to retail storefronts in the boundaries of:
As the program continues to evolve, future years will look at other districts of Downtown.
The goal is to identify spaces by September 30, 2023 and have business selected by the end of 2023.
If you have first floor retail space in this district that interfaces directly with the sidewalk experience and are interested in learning more about the Downtown Commercial Marketplace program, please fill out the following form.
The vacancy cannot be created by landlord’s termination of the previous tenant without cause.
All applications will receive a follow-up phone call from program managers with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation. Thank you for your time and interest.