Ohio State University students returned to Marble Cliff this week, offering ideas to pay for improvements they suggested last month.

Ohio State University students returned to Marble Cliff this week, offering ideas to pay for improvements they suggested last month.

Marble Cliff Village Council met Monday, Nov. 18, hearing from OSU undergraduate students who are studying city and regional planning. Their work with the village is part of their capstone project, now in its third phase: funding.

"They are giving the city a sense of a plan within them and suggesting it to them," said Jack Nasar, professor at Ohio State University's school of architecture and leader for the project. "This would normally be a half a year to a year project (for council)."

Students analyzed every aspect of the village and proposed ideas to Marble Cliff leaders on ways it can improve, such as making it more pedestrian-friendly and improving appearances along Fifth Avenue.

Some of the suggestions include building crosswalks and bike paths and creating a form-based code for buildings' facades based on community response.

In the third phase, students presented implementation methods, informing council members on tax-increment financing, foundations and other resources to help fund each proposed objective.

Though the students' plans are broad, Mayor Kent Studebaker said he found the work useful.

"The opportunity we had tonight was to hear about sources of how we could move forward," Studebaker said. "What I heard tonight from them was a logical progression of the proposals we had been told they were looking at for development tools the village could look at for long-term planning."

The semester will end before the council's next meeting, but students will present a final report to council as well as a display at the village's holiday party next month.

Studebaker said he hopes the students' final report will reflect the strides the village has made to improve itself as well as offer ideas on how to continue.

"I am hoping we will hear from them a comprehensive documentation of what they brought to us at each of the phases they looked at," Studebaker said. "We can use that as a bit of a guide or a bit of a tool for consideration if we are going to move forward with any kind of development overlay."

Also at this week's meeting, council pushed forward an economic-development agreement with Connect Realty and Mid-Ohio Contracting Services. The agreement allows the village to help the developers financially as they reboot the property on 1400 Dublin Road.

Marble Cliff has made only two other economic development agreements in its history, Studebaker said.

Council also approved Allvera Body Wrap and Wellness' request to open a third location at 2079 W. Fifth Ave. The company owns day spas in Dublin and Pickerington.

Council's next meeting is set for Dec. 16.