Now is the time for the next stage of Downtown Columbus’ urban revival, enhancing equity, expanding accessibility, supporting local, and increasing inclusion so that the prosperity of our City can be enjoyed by all.
The 2022 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan will explore expanding affordable housing opportunities, increasing office occupancy, reimagining key development sites, and cultivating connectivity between Downtown and adjacent areas.
The difference between stagnation and progress is simple: change.
While change has been accelerated in our City as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, this moment in time provides a critical inflection point to again take stock and create a bold vision to shape the next chapter of development. This is our opportunity to bring downtown back better than before with intentionality and community context.
We are asking for your help in this effort as we develop the 2022 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan.
We’re not starting from scratch; the foundation has been laid.
Mayor Andrew Ginther and CDDC Chair Michael Coleman led the creation of the 2010 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan. This plan established a thoughtful roadmap, and together, we elevated the quality, vitality, and success of Downtown.
Created with strong community leadership and public input, the 2010 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan highlighted guiding principles and envisioned a series of catalytic projects that were embraced by the community. Many have since been completed, and Downtown Columbus has experienced a decade of enhancement and economic growth.
The last 10 years have been punctuated by landmark projects like the Scioto Mile, Columbus Commons, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Dorrian Green, American Museum of Natural History at COSI and the creation of two new downtown districts – the RiverSouth district and The Peninsula.
These efforts have attracted new employers, aided in talent retention, spurred new development, and bolstered Downtown’s residential population. Since the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan, Downtown Columbus has experienced significant growth including: