The Neighborhood Design Center, in partnership with the City of Columbus, is focusing revitalization efforts in the Hilltop region on streetscape improvements on Broad Street between Highland Avenue and Demorest Street. The project was extended beyond its original boundary from Highland to Hague to include the area up to Demorest Ave to cohesively tie together the entirety of Highland West, Westgate and the Great Western neighborhoods. Streetscape improvements are intended to make the corridor more walkable and bikeable as well as to encourage increased economic development and business occupancy along Broad Street. This streetscape plan created by the NDC will assist the City of Columbus in decision making regarding the design and development of the Broad Street corridor. In the summer of 2015, a community survey was conducted to measure what design elements and improvements the Hilltop community considered most important. The results of the survey determined that more lighting and increased neighborhood pride were priorities in the community. The NDC took an inventory of the existing sidewalk and streetscape conditions along Broad Street and proposed three sets of recommendations ranging from low to moderate to high cost levels. Recommended elements included demarcating crosswalks and parking lanes, branding banner signs, benches, planters, curbed bump-outs, and bus stop enhancements. Recommendations in this plan will act as guidelines to inform the use of city funding for further streetscape design elements in the Westgate/Hilltop region.
Location: Hilltop region, Broad Street from Highland Avenue to Demorest Street
Project Status: Design
Scope: Sidewalk improvements, streetscape design
Area: 1.5 miles