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Creating stronger communities.

There is inspiration in the whole idea of quality of life and how space affects living. Neighborhoods are where we experience life. Our commitment to neighborhood revitalization through access to affordable, professional design services remains constant. There is value in all places.

 

We work in neighborhoods that others only talk about. We are equally balanced between authenticity, altruism, and thoughtfulness. We are respectful, transparent, and unbiased. Our model for community engagement consistently produces outstanding outcomes and allows us to paint the future-forward vision of what neighborhoods can be.

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OUR MISSION

To promote economic prosperity and an enriched quality of life through the rediscovery and revitalization of the built environment in underserved communities. Our team of design professionals and students utilize design thinking, public engagement, project visioning, and advocacy in the pursuit of these aspirations.

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OUR VISION

That our work results in the transformational improvement of the built environment to support neighborhood vitality and quality placemaking for communities in Columbus and Central Ohio.

OUR LEGACY

Discover the Neighborhood Design Center's rich history serving Central Ohio communities since 1982.

 
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OUR APPROACH

We embody a community-first mindset. Here's how we do it:

 
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ACCESS TO DESIGN SERVICES
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ENGAGE PARTNERS
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COMMUNITY
GOOD
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NURTURE
DESIGN
TALENT

OUR PARTNERS

We collaborate with organizations throughout Central Ohio to create stronger communities.

 

Funding Partners

Project Partners

Area Development Foundation of Knox County

BA Workshop

Campus Partners

City of Columbus

City of Worthington

Columbus and Franklin County Land Banks

The Columbus Foundation

Franklin County Economic Development & Planning

Franklinton Board of Trade

Fredericktown Community Development Foundation

Godman Guild

Greater Columbus Arts Council

King Business Interiors

Knox County Landmarks Foundation

Lumenomics

Meyers + Associates Architecture

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The Ohio State University

Parsons Area Merchants Association

Prairie Township

RT Design Studio

St. Stephen’s Community House

Steiner + Associates

Tom E. Dailey Foundation

United Way of Central Ohio

University District Organization

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OUR HISTORY

We've been working with Columbus neighborhoods since 1982.

Established in 1982, the NDC was first known as the Neighborhood Design Assistance Center. Led by architect Bob Busser, the center was located at 1128 North High Street in the Short North. The Neighborhood Design Center is part of a national movement for community design. The Community Design Center movement grew out of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

The Short North was the first area for Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (NCR) funds in 1982. Offered assistance for residents to upgrade their homes as well as to business owners. Urban revitalization efforts under the NCR Program have been the basis of NDC’s work since its inception in 1982.  On average, the NDC works on 40 NCR projects a year, using design and planning to bridge the gap between people and the built environment.

 

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