Creative community coming together in East Franklinton

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The blighted industrial environs of East Franklinton are poised to become the city’s next great redevelopment story as artists, developers and young families begin to shape the district’s future.

Many expect private and government investment to explode during the next few years, and soon the neighborhood will have a cohesive strategy to guide its rebirth.

The public is invited to hear about the launch of the East Franklinton Creative Community Plan on Thursday, Sept. 15, at Dodge Recreation Center.

“We’re at the very beginning of the process,” said Vince Papsidero of the city’s Department of Development. “We want to understand at the beginning where the priorities are, where the thoughts are for the direction of East Franklinton.”

The goal of the meeting, he explained, is to introduce the idea and solicit feedback from those interested in East Franklinton. On hand will be a public-private coalition currently working in the neighborhood and a consulting team led by Goody Clancy, the Boston urban-design firm that prepared the High Street Plan for Campus Partners.

In roughly 12 months, the plan will be presented to the Franklinton Area Commission and the Columbus Development Commission.

“I think we are at a tipping point of where the neighborhood could be going,” Papsidero said. “It’s got its own character. Its gritty, industrial nature is part of why it’s so valuable.”

Dodge Recreation Center

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15

667 Sullivant Ave., Franklinton