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Redevelopment is more than construction or renovation; it empowers the community to have a hand in improving quality of life and the surrounding environment as a result of sound planning practices.

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: 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.

Redevelopment Commission Mission Statement:

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.

Redevelopment Commission 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

What’s New in Redevelopment?

On April 20, 2022, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner announced that 38 communities and non-profit organizations have received a combined $65 million for 77 miles of new trail development as a part of the third round of the Next Level Trails program.

The Columbus Riverfront Trail project has been awarded a $1,727,000 grant from Next Level Trails in Round 3 of the application process!

The project will add 0.86 miles of paved asphalt trail to the People Trail, completing the loop along the south side of Columbus. The new trail begins near Mill Race Park at the existing People Trail terminus next to the 3rd Street bridge. From 3rd street, the new trail travels east along the East Fork River, eventually connecting to existing trail at Lafayette Avenue. By completing the gap, the trail will create a safe and accessible connection on the southside of downtown.

For more information on the Riverfront Trail, visit the project page.