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We Support Local Businesses!

We believe that supporting our local businesses is important to the future of our community.  That’s why we are highlighting various businesses and programs designed to make a difference during these changing times.  Please take a few moments to view the video above that highlights Lucabe Coffee, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporations, Luciana’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina and Dell Brothers.

If you would like to have your business highlighted on our Facebook page in the future, please contact Deborah Elliott at delliott@columbus.in.gov.  Thank you for making a difference in our Columbus community!

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In response to the current national health emergency, the Redevelopment Department office in City Hall will be closed to the public through February 28, 2021. Our staff, however, continues to work and you are encouraged to contact us by phone (812-376-2547) or e-mail (e-mail addresses below). If you reach voice mail, please leave a message and your call will be returned or you will receive an e-mail follow-up.

· Heather Pope, Director, hpope@columbus.in.gov

· Deborah Elliott, Project Coordinator, delliott@columbus.in.gov

· Beth Ostby, Administrative Assistant, bostby@columbus.in.gov

We thank you for your patience, apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you when the City is able to return to normal operations.

The City of Columbus Indiana Redevelopment Department plays a key role in the enhancement of the quality of life of the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County.  Commission staff work with the Mayor, City Council and members of the Redevelopment Commission to ensure that the City of Columbus develops projects that include but are not limited to: benefiting the overall community; retaining and creating good-paying jobs; supporting local businesses; providing quality housing options; redeveloping properties; and reinforcing our community’s commitment to innovative design and responsible development.

The Redevelopment Department’s staff include a Director, a Project Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant. The Director works in conjunction with diverse community interests and potential developers on all Redevelopment projects.  A variety of economic development options are utilized to make Columbus competitive for future job growth and development, including Tax Increment Financing (TIF). This innovative economic development tool provides the Commission staff and locally-elected leadership the option of providing financing to support future growth and development.

Learn more about creative economic financing

In January 2021, the Columbus Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved Phase I of the downtown mixed use project. This project includes a 200 unit downtown apartment building as well as an urban grocer.  The CRC will be working with Flaherty & Collins Properties on the development.

Phase I is expected to break ground in early 2022, once detailed designs and budgets are complete. A phased opening for this portion of the development is projected for 2023 and 2024. The second phase of development includes plans for the development of a hotel and conference center that will enable Columbus and Bartholomew County to expand hospitality and tourism initiatives.

“This project will help transform downtown Columbus, especially for residential development. Having an urban grocery easily walkable for all of downtown’s residents will help encourage even more private investment in our downtown. Flaherty & Collins is an ideal partner for the first phase of this mixed-use project. This is a win-win for our community,” stated Mayor James Lienhoop.

Redevelopment Commission

Mission: We are committed to being consistent, accessible and transparent in all of our actions and decisions to improve our community.  We believe in balanced growth and revitalization.  This is achieved through creative public and private engagement that seeks to promote and encourage business growth, expand economic and employment opportunities, and improve our quality of life.  The Redevelopment Commission administers and funds projects after extensive public review and approval.

Membership: The Columbus Redevelopment Commission is composed of five (5) voting members with three (3) appointed by the Mayor and two (2) by the City Council. In addition, membership includes one (1) non-voting member of the school corporation and one (1) non-voting liaison from the City Council.   All of the members are local residents. The Commission meets in regular session – open to the public, once a month.  Records of the Commission’s meetings and agenda are maintained online and posted to this website

Learn more about the Redevelopment Commission