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Nationwide Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project Completed


January 21, 2014

Contact:   Mark Lundine, Economic Development, 645-1693
              Cleve Ricksecker, Capital Crossroads SID, 645-5063

A $4.3 million dollar streetscape project has been completed along Nationwide Boulevard.  The project was a collaborative effort between the City, Nationwide Realty Investors, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID), and property owners along the Nationwide Boulevard corridor.  The public-private partnership helped to fund, design and construct the project.  The project improved the streetscape along Nationwide Boulevard between Front Street and Fourth Street and the east side of  High Street from Nationwide Boulevard to the CSX railroad bridge.   

“This project is another great example of the strong partnerships between the public and private sectors in Columbus,” said Mayor Michael Coleman. “Together we have made a critical investment in our downtown that will allow us to satisfy the needs of downtown businesses and residents, as well as impress our visitors and attract additional large events to the city.” 

The streetscape improvements include wider medians, new concrete sidewalks with brick paver accents, clay brick crosswalks, new landscaping with street trees, landscape beds and irrigation and the addition of LED underlighting for the Third Street bridge.  

“Downtown Columbus is everyone’s neighborhood,” said Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin, chair of the Public Service & Transportation Committee.   “Improvements made to our streets and sidewalks here lead to investments that provide for police, fire, trash collection, code enforcement, and critical city services all around Columbus.”

The project was completed in time for the 2015 NHL All Star Game and is an example of how the Columbus community comes together in partnership to prepare the City for a national event.  The project was designed and constructed in less than 16 months.

Over the course of one year, the SID successfully petitioned property owners that will benefit from the project to agree to assess themselves $1.9 million over ten years to contribute to the cost of constructing the project.  The City reimbursed NRI for the project’s design costs and paid for the project’s construction costs.  The special assessment will reimburse the City $1.9 million for construction costs in 10 years.

“Millions of visitors use Nationwide Boulevard every year.   The Street definitely needed some attention.  The improvements look fabulous, and Nationwide Boulevard now gives a really strong first impression of downtown Columbus,” said Cleve Ricksecker, executive director, Capital Crossroads.