The business and residential mix in German Village could be the target of a comprehensive analysis this fall.

The business and residential mix in German Village could be the target of a comprehensive analysis this fall.

Members of the German Village Society's long-range planning committee are hoping to forge a relationship with graduate students in the city and regional planning program at The Ohio State University.

"We feel to be a vibrant community we've got to have the right mix," said Carolyn McCall, who chairs the committee. "But what is the right mix?"

The committee has been in discussions with Roxyanne Burrus, the former administrator of neighborhood services for the city of Columbus and an adjunct professor at Ohio State.

"They want to see if this is going to be a sustainable community. Is it still going to look like this in 20 years?" said Burrus, the owner of Cartier Burrus, which specializes in community development and planning.

Burrus, a Reynoldsburg resident, said while the review has not yet been approved, she is hopeful some type of professional study will take place. She said the village would present an interesting case study.

"German Village is a unique area because the way it's developed and the way it's been able to sustain itself, given its rich history and demographics of the area," she said.

Catherine Adams, owner of Caterina Ltd., which specializes in European houseware, gifts and art for homes, said the balance has shifted in favor of residential over the years.

"And we actually need and want businesses to be mixed in in order to keep German Village thriving and going forward," said Adams, a member of the long-range planning committee and the German Village Business Community.

Adams said she would like to see more boutique stores, such as her own.

"It's become gentrified and expensive," she said of the village. "The rents have gone up and there's been push to convert businesses to residential, which often times is a good idea, but I think the study will examine that policy."