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
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.”