Below is a summary of several projects that are in various stages of completion. Click on the images below to be directed to that project’s page.
In 2018, the Bartholomew County Heritage Fund supported an initiative called Envision Columbus to study the needs and potential for future growth in Columbus. That study identified 3 opportunity zones for development; commercial, residential and park systems. The commercial area targeted the 2nd and 3rd Street corridor in downtown Columbus as an area that could be revitalized into a destination that would attract cultural, dining and entertainment opportunities. Their recommendations included a downtown hotel as well as the addition of a downtown conference center as vital to the growth of the area and a building block for future public and private development.
Multi-Family Housing and Urban Grocer
In addition to the hotel/conference center, the committee included recommendations for multi-family housing in the downtown area as well as an urban grocer. By increasing opportunities for housing within the downtown core, this project will promote downtown living and shift perceptions on the quality and character of current downtown housing. An urban grocer has the capacity to increase the vibrancy and support additional residential and retail development in the area. Both of these elements provide an opportunity for sought after urban living close to the cultural amenities, established parks and downtown assets that so many in our community are seeking.
Railroad Overpass Project
In 2016, the City of Columbus engaged an engineering firm to complete an impact study and provide possible solutions to the impending increased train traffic. Multiple overpasses were considered. Part of the process also included working with the Indiana Department of Transportation (as both State Road 46 and Indiana 11 are owned by the State of Indiana) to establish a feasible timeline and funding options. An overpass solution was identified. In July 2017, an announcement was made that a $30 Million overpass was going to be built. The State of Indiana, City of Columbus, Bartholomew County, Louisville & Indianapolis Railroad and CSX came to together to fund this large economic development project. Construction began in November, 2019.
Work has been underway to ensure public input on all plans to refocus attention on our Riverfront. We realize that this is “our” River and that the future of our community will continue to be tied to innovation and creativity. Having a vibrant Riverfront that is developed based upon considerable community and public input is important to the future of Columbus.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife is currently reviewing the plans and recommendations for redevelopment of a tremendous community asset. Those plans made a priority of protecting our environment, ensuring safety in all aspects, being fiscally responsible and continuing Columbus’ history and legacy of architectural quality and innovation throughout all design aspects.
State Street Project
The State Street Trail Connection Project has had a tremendous impact on the east side corridor. The new bridge and landscaping are an inviting welcome to the area for residents and visitors to our community alike.
Phase 2A of the project, a trail extension down State Street from McKinley Avenue to Indiana Avenue with an 8-foot-wide multi-use trail, was completed last year. From McKinley Avenue to Mapleton Avenue, dancing “C” panels were added representing the area’s industrial heritage.