Presentation on planned High, Indianola medians set


Mark Dravillas, neighborhood planning manager for the city of Columbus, is scheduled to give a presentation about preliminary designs for two traffic-calming medians in the neighborhood during the March 6 meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission.

To be constructed under the Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund program, one of the planted medians would be along North High Street between Orchard Lane and Dunedin Road, where the Clintonville Farmers Market is held, said CAC Chairman Daniel B. Miller.

The other would be located on Indianola Avenue between Milford and Melrose avenues, in the vicinity of Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse.

"I think there's going to be interest because it something so different, and that's why I wanted the residents to be aware of what's going on," Miller said last week.

"There may be some questions, but once people learn about the project, I don't think there will be any objections.

"The primary purpose of the medians is for traffic-calming."

The work is part of an Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund project that commission members voted to approve in December 2012, he added.

Among $475,000 spread over six projects given the final blessing of city officials just under a year ago was $250,000 to build planted medians on North High Street between Como and Clinton Heights avenues and south of Weber Road and on Indianola Avenue between East North Broadway and Morse Road, as well as between Milford and Melrose avenues.

These projects were proposed by the CAC, chamber, Clintonville Inc. and Safer Streets for All.

"The city's just now basically coming back to say, 'Here's where we're at in the process and we want to make sure you don't have any concerns with the project before the design phase,' " Miller said.

Clintonville Area Commission monthly sessions are held from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the meeting room at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St., from 7 to 9 p.m.