Public-Private Partnership Facilitation
Columbus Redevelopment Commission
Outstanding Project Award — Indiana Planning Association — 2005
Despite its modern architectural heritage, downtown Columbus was experiencing stagnation and a decline in its historic role as a dynamic regional center.
Public and private sector leadership was organized and engaged to understand market opportunities and realities and to solicit input and support for development priorities and public investment.
DCI established a multi-faceted development program. The reconfiguration of a dormant downtown mall was identified as a key step in creating new market driven opportunities. Strategically placed public parking was used as a redevelopment tool to encourage new mixt-use development activity.
Downtown Columbus has seen approximately $150 million in new public and private investment that includes; two new parking garages, two new hotels, several restaurants, 300 housing units and various retail shops have combined to reactivate Columbus as an employment and commerical center.