Linden Neighborhood Conversation

Robin Davis
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Melanie Crabill
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Media advisory
News Date: October 23, 2018

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Department of Neighborhoods Release One Linden Plan

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the Department of Neighborhoods released the One Linden plan for the Linden community. This plan, developed over the last 18 months with Linden residents and stakeholders, will be a roadmap for a safe neighborhood with economic development and access to affordable housing, quality healthcare, education and employment opportunities. One Linden is a bold plan that also includes policy and programmatic recommendations that help to stabilize families and empower residents.

“Great neighborhoods do not happen by accident, but by vision and leadership and planning,” said Mayor Ginther. “The One Linden plan will set the course for long-term transformation of the neighborhood through community involvement, city investments and important partnerships with private and other public sectors.”
 

The One Linden plan began with public outreach, workshops and open houses in March of 2017. Working groups on education and workforce, transportation, health and safety, housing and retail and small business composed of residents and other neighborhood stakeholders met monthly. Market analysis of retail and housing were also conducted.

“The public engagement process was lengthy, but necessary for a truly transformative plan,” said Director of Neighborhoods Carla Williams-Scott. “The residents were resilient, determined and committed to the process.”
 

The plan includes:

  • A $20 million Linden Community Recreation Center to be completed by 2020
  • $2 million in Neighborhood Crisis Response funds for gap sidewalks, ADA rams, neighborhood cleanup
  • $1.2 million in street lights on Cleveland between Chittendon and Hudson Ave.
  • Prenatal Trip Assistance through the Smart Columbus initiative that will get pregnant women to health care appointments
In addition, a number of private and other public entities have committed to the Plan:
  • Through a TIF, Georgetown committed $4.25 million in a TIF to use for infrastructure projects and an additional $1.5 million cash payment for revitalization efforts.
  • Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio will invest $10 million to build new homes, and rehab and repair existing homes.
  • Pizzuti will contribute $500,000 in kind as the project manager for the construction of the new recreation center.
  • Battelle has invested $1 million in after-school programming being run by the YMCA.
The next stage of the plan will be implementation, with projects coming online over the next decade.

“The One Linden plan will not happen overnight,” said Mayor Ginther. “But residents will continue to see improvements from the city and other partners for years to come.”
 

“As a lifelong Linden resident I have been through many planning efforts, but this one feels different, and I am excited about the future of my neighborhood,” said community advocate and former South Linden Area Commission Chair George Walker. “I appreciate Mayor Ginther’s focus and approach to putting neighborhoods first, and I look forward to working with him to build a stronger Linden.”