German Village Gazette

Commission the subject of March 3 open house


The inner workings of the German Village Commission will be the subject of a public forum March 3 in the German Village Meeting Haus.

The commission, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the neighborhood, is an architectural review board that evaluates all applications for exterior improvements in the historic district.

Officials will discuss the history, composition, internal processes and other aspects of the commission.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. for a short reception and the forum begins at 1:30 p.m. The discussion should last about an hour.

"Anyone who's interested in or thinking about a renovation, this is a good place to get started," said Chris Hune, chairwoman of the German Village Society's historic preservation committee.

German Village is one of 16 historic districts in Columbus. The German Village Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Commissioners Jay Panzer, Lisa Case and Ned Thiell will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

The forum fits in with the neighborhood's mission of historic preservation, Hune said.

"A lot of people don't know what the commission is all about, they don't what the parameters are," Hune said.

"This is our attempt to answer all the questions people have."

Those wanting to attend the forum are encouraged to call the Meeting Haus at 614-221-8888.