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OSU students ready to share advice for village

City planning students who have studied Marble Cliff for months will present findings Monday

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Ohio State University students will present their final set of recommendations from their study of Marble Cliff at Village Council's meeting Monday, Dec. 16.

The presentation of the recommendations will be made at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.

The council will conduct regular business at 6 p.m. before hearing the results of the studio project conducted by OSU city and regional planning students.

"They have been working to identify those aspects of the village that are ideal for future planning purposes," Mayor Kent Studebaker said.

The university's semester ends this week, but Studebaker said he expects at least a couple of students to be on hand at the council meeting to represent the group.

Residents were able to view a display by the students during the village holiday party Dec. 9.

While the students will make recommendations, that does not mean the village necessarily will consider any of the proposals, Studebaker said.

The students' work should be thought of as a starting point or guide for future discussions, he said.

"They have been providing us with the same services we would receive if we had hired a consultant," Studebaker said. "What they will give us is a planning document we can fall back on in any future discussions. It's a plan that the village can look at for many, many years down the road and decide if it's something we want to embrace."

The students have been looking at the village from a variety of perspectives, he said. They talked not only to village staff and elected officials but also to residents and business owners to get their views.

The studio project has been a learning experience for village officials as well as the students, Studebaker said.

"The key goal for an overall plan for future development is the quality of life for residents as well as businesses and how to blend the two so they are complementary to each other," he said.

The students have been working on ways to make the village more pedestrian-friendly, to create and enhance bike paths, and enhance the business district, including giving Fifth Avenue "a downtown feel," he said.

"They have been looking at something similar to what Dublin has done in the old downtown Dublin area," Studebaker said.