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Preliminary results

Corridor study review set April 9


A review of what a group of Ohio State University students gleaned from Northland area residents regarding the future of the Morse Road corridor is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9.

Preliminary results of information gathered as part of a Neighborhood Design Workshop being conducted by the Ohio State University City and Regional Planning Program's Community Design Studio Team will be presented starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Haimerl Center, 1421 Morse Road, Northland Alliance Chairwoman Joyce Bourgault said last week.

Members of a class being taught by Jesus J. Lara met with community residents March 19, also at the Haimerl Center, and conducted surveys at the Gillie Senior Center and North YMCA to determine what people liked and disliked about one of the area's major commercial corridors.

The April 9 preliminary review is intended to give those who have already participated in surveys the opportunity to check on what the students have focused on in terms of recommendations. Bourgault said the meeting is being held in the evening to allow more residents to become involved.

Lara has led classes in similar projects in Weinland Park, Linden Village and the West Side. The students who conducted the West Side Design Studio, for example, came up with a recommendation for turning vacant land along Wilson Road into an urban campground.

The Morse Road corridor study eventually will be published in book form.

Lara announced at the outset of the March 19 meeting that funding had been received from the Columbus Foundation and United Way of Central Ohio to pay for the publication, as has been done with previous studies.

The Neighborhood Design project is an outgrowth of a series of meetings Bourgault has convened for nonprofit organizations involved in the neighborhood.

The findings could help groups and organizations in the Northland area in seeking grants and government funding for some of the projects outlined in the book, Bourgault said previously.