At a currently vacant lot at the corner of Westview Avenue and North High Street, city planners envision mixed-use buildings along High Street with lower-lever retail and second-story offices or residences and walk-up townhouses along Westview.

At a currently vacant lot at the corner of Westview Avenue and North High Street, city planners envision mixed-use buildings along High Street with lower-lever retail and second-story offices or residences and walk-up townhouses along Westview.

Where the old theatre stands at North Broadway and High Street, planners see a restored mixed-use two-story theatre with one-story retail on either side.

In place of the Goodwill plaza near Glen Echo Ravine, planners see a mixed-use, two-story building facing High Street, with a four-story residential building overlooking a park and walking trail along the ravine.

City planners presented those and other concepts for the sites they've chosen to highlight in Clintonville's neighborhood plan to residents at the second public meeting for the plan April 23.

"The concepts for each site will help create a vision for possible developers," said Columbus Urban Designer Corrin Wendell.

On a larger scale, Christine Palmer, the Columbus city planner who is working with Clintonville residents on the plan, said the concepts could be used throughout Clintonville to help shape future development.

"The concepts there could be used throughout the corridor," she said.

Palmer said that while the concepts and standards set forth in the plan will not be turned into city code, those who make development decisions for the city will use the plan to help interpret the code for Clintonville.

The sites that were selected to be highlighted in the plan came from suggestions taken from community members at the city's first public meeting about the plan, which drew about 200 residents on Jan. 23.

At that meeting, residents identified key concerns and commercial sites throughout the community that they were displeased with. Palmer said the city received 715 comments and more than 2,000 responses from the first workshop.

A work group of more than 10 community members has met three times since the January workshop to determine which public comments would be addressed in the plan.

When it came to design, Palmer said the city focused on three of the commercial sites residents pinpointed and developed a list of design principles that should exist throughout the communities.

Those principles include establishing mixed-use developments, preserving open space, increasing housing options, creating an environment in which residents could get around by a variety of means, designing neighborhoods to be walkable and to encourage resident interaction, and preserving Clintonville's design characteristics within new developments.

The work group also developed a list of eight priorities that residents feel should be addressed in the plan.

Those priorities include: increasing business development on High Street, preserving green space and parks, improving walkability, improving the ability to bike, creating design guidelines for residential and commercial areas, preventing commercial development from imposing on residential neighborhoods, enhancing streetscapes and establishing adequate but unobtrusive parking.

To address the issues of transportation and mobility, city planners, along with the work group, also created a map suggesting where bike paths could be constructed and where roads could be reconfigured to accommodate both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Clintonville Area Commissioner John DeFourny, who sits on the neighborhood plan work group, said he is pleased with the plan's progress thus far.

"I think it will be highly accepted by the people here," DeFourny said.

However, DeFourny said he would like to see the plan address a few other issues, such as encouraging design elements on all sides of a building and encouraging the development of buildings with design characteristics that would allow it to be recycled for another use if the business it was built for ever left.

"I want lots of character with a colonial theme, which Clintonville was built on," DeFourny said. "I look at the quality of the building as well as the detailing."

Clintonville Area Commission Chairman Chris Gawronski said he thinks the plan is on the right track, but there are still more issues that residents need to discuss, such as urban design elements and housing options.

Gawronski said he sees a tension in the community between those who favor urban design and those who do not. He said many of those issues come up as new development comes in, but the plan is a chance for the community to thoroughly discuss the issue and come to a consensus on it.

"There are a lot of issues that have been discussed and a lot that still need to come up," Gawronski said. "We've already seen a lot of development on High Street. We're going to have a lot more."

The city will have two more public workshops to discuss the plan. Both will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bishop Watterson High School, with one on June 25 and the other on Sept. 24.

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