Recovery fund grants expected to cover cost of infrastructure boost

Medians, street trees, crosswalks among $500K in upgrades planned


Clintonville Area Commission members are scheduled to review and sign off on nearly a half-million dollars in improvements for the neighborhood at their December monthly meeting.

Chairman Dan Miller announced last week that the $475,000 in urban infrastructure recovery fund grants will come before the advisory panel for approval at the session scheduled for 7 p.m. today, Dec. 6, in the meeting room of the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Whetstone branch, 3909 N. High St.

The grant program was established by Mayor Michael B. Coleman in 1992 to address capital-improvement needs in central-city neighborhoods. This year, Miller said, around $500,000 is being distributed to each of these neighborhoods. The funding that is supposed to come Clintonville's way is based on applications groups and organizations made in July.

"The word from the city is that they fully intend to actually fund those projects," Miller said. "This is not a list of dream projects. It's a list of projects that they intend to go forward on."

The only way a project would be dropped, the area commission chairman added, is if it's found not to be feasible upon further review.

The Dec. 6 meeting will feature presentations from the organizations that applied for the funding, followed by comments from residents, Miller said.

"For the most part, they're all adopted from the Clintonville Plan," Miller said. "There's nothing new here. There are plans for planting trees, plans for crosswalk improvements. I think the largest dollar amount is for medians at High Street and Indianola.

"They're all improvements to the community. They're all good because they all advance Clintonville per the plan. I think it's great the city is providing us with this money."

The projects recommended for funding include:

* $30,000 for street trees along both sides of North High Street from Morse Road to the Worthington border.

* $50,000 for a traffic study to determine the feasibility and possible location of planted medians on North High Street and Indianola Avenue.

* $250,000 for construction of planted medians on North High Street between Clinton Heights and Como avenues and south of Weber Road, and on Indianola Avenue between East North Broadway and Morse Road and between Milford and Melrose avenues.

* $25,000 to connect the Glen Echo Park walkway to the steps at the bridge on Indianola Avenue that spans the ravine.

* $10,000 to plant understory trees to reduce storm-water runoff into the Olentangy River.

* $110,000 for brick crosswalks -- three of them at Morse Road and North High Street and two more at North High Street and Hollenback Road.

Three projects for which grants were sought did not make the cut in terms of recommendations.

They are:

* $400,000 for bike lanes on Indianola Avenue; the amount was deemed too high, according to the city's recommendation.

* $632,000 for new sidewalk construction on Indianola Avenue and Cooke Road; the latter is scheduled for design in 2017 while the former was too costly.

* Mast-arm traffic signals at Henderson Road and North High Street, which did not include a dollar amount but which was determined to be for beautification only and not a solution to a problem.