revitalization plan given green light by Council
Daily Reporter Staff Writer
Columbus City Council this week approved the Eastmoor Main and
Broad Corridor Revitalization Plan, which will guide the redevelopment
of those critical commercial corridors in coming years.
"I believe it's a great thing for Eastmoor and the city
of Columbus," Councilwoman
Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, chair of council's development committee, said of
The plan is the result of a joint effort between the city's "talented
planning division" and "very keen" Eastmoor
residents, she added.
Eastmoor was annexed to the city of Columbus in 1937. It
is bounded by Bexley on the west, Whitehall on the east,
Livingston Avenue to the south, and the CSX Railroad to
Most of the houses in Eastmoor were built soon after World
War II; commercial and institutional development followed.
The decline experienced along the segments of Main and Broad
streets in Eastmoor is typical of old commercial corridors
in several major U.S. cities, said Vince Papsidero, Columbus'
development generally follows housing construction, and as
more and more people began moving to cities' suburbs during
the mid-20th century, once-thriving thoroughfares were abandoned,
The Eastmoor Civic Association & Blockwatch has lobbied
for the community's revitalization since 2004 and after appealing
to city council and development officials, the neighborhood's
rehabilitation was added to Columbus' 2005 docket of planning
Community input on Eastmoor's good and bad physical
characteristics was gathered last spring and two charrettes
held in August 2006 focused on design solutions and implementation
The final Main and Broad Corridor
Revitalization Plan was presented to the city's Development
Commission on March 22 and was subsequently passed along
to city council for adoption.
Planning issues of concern in Eastmoor center on increasing
business vacancies, declining property conditions, changes
in the types of businesses coming to the area, aesthetic
matters like signage and landscaping, as well as crime and
safety, the plan noted.
neighborhood's goal is the same as the city's: to revitalize
and redevelop the area," Papsidero said. "And
it will take a variety of strategies to make that happen."
Main and Broad Corridor Revitalization Plan makes a number
of economic restructuring recommendations and specifies key "opportunity
The recommendations for each
corridor will help them "reflect the
desires of adjacent neighborhoods" and "the economics
of current property owners and businesses," according
to the plan.
The first recommendation
encourages smaller-scale retail, services, and office uses,
as "regional-scale needs are met east of the planning
For Main Street, in particular, "the number of hotels
must be reduced because under current economic circumstances
they are attracting unwanted activities," the
Service-based businesses, such
as child day care centers, medical and dental offices, and
banks, are welcome in each business district, as are retail
stores of various types.
On Broad Street, two locations ideal for varied retail activity
are its three western blocks and the intersection of Broad
and James Road, which the plan sited as the "heart of Eastmoor" as
it is the entryway to the neighborhood from I-70 and Port
Columbus International Airport.
Charrette participants specifically
envisioned the intersection as the site of a higher density
development such as the South Campus Gateway development
near The Ohio State University.
the short term, they suggested signage and facade improvements
by the Columbus Neighborhood Design Center, a non-profit
that provides affordable design and planning services to
central city communities.
blocks of Main Street east of James Road also were selected
for intense redevelopment and the plan recommends that existing
businesses renovate their buildings or install new storefronts.
Other economic restructuring suggestions include capturing
a large share of regional shoppers, enhancing the shopping
experience through streetscape and COTA bus stop improvements,
and creating a unique identity for each corridor.
Additional opportunity sites identified in the plan were
the vacant parcel on Broad between Broadleigh Road and Chesterfield
Street and the vacant apartments on Broad between Waverly
Street and Weyant Avenue.
and Papsidero said the Main and Broad corridor revitalization
likely will come to fruition because the Eastmoor residents
deeply support the plan, making them more invested in its
Establishing a Community Commercial
Overlay District and addressing pressing capital needs will
likely be the first steps in realizing the plan, O'Shaughnessy
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