From taking on new types of projects to getting settled into a new office space, 2017 has been a landmark year for the Neighborhood Design Center. Here are a few select highlights of our activities and achievements throughout the year.
Leading the Linden Community Plan
Starting in February, the planning process for the Linden Community Plan has been a fantastic opportunity for the NDC to focus even more on Linden and the Cleveland Avenue corridor, an area of focus since our founding in 1982. The majority of our work so far has been receiving public feedback and supporting infrastructure for residents to get involved with the planning process. Moving into 2018, the work will focus more on determining strategies to address issues that working groups—led by residents—identified throughout the fall.
Designing a New Interior Space for a Mt. Vernon Avenue Business
One of NDC’s primary areas of focus is facilitating the Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (NCR) Program through the City of Columbus, a program that supports aesthetic improvements in the built environment along six corridors in the city’s historic urban core. Working with a business owner on Mt. Vernon Avenue, NDC created a conceptual interior design to address the functional and stylistic needs of the business owner.
Sculpture to Serve as Welcome into the South Side
The Parsons Area Merchant Association (PAMA) was founded to improve the business and retail environment of the historic commercial corridor. In collaborating with NDC, community stakeholders and design professionals, these efforts continue by enhancing civic pride and sense of place for visitors and residents alike with the proposed design of a new gateway pieces that hopes to take shape on the site in Summer of 2018. (Rendering provided by RT Design Studio)