Some of the Ohio State University students who participated in a series of design workshops aimed at bringing further improvements to the Morse Road corridor are scheduled to be guest speakers at the next quarterly luncheon meeting of the Northland Area Business Association.
The meeting is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Monaco's Palace and Catering, 4555 Cleveland Ave.
Brian Kinninger, one of the lead students on the study, is slated to give a presentation on the results he and others working under the guidance of Jesus J. Lara, an associate professor at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU, compiled.
"I felt that was important," NABA President Dave Cooper said.
"Morse Road Visioning: A Connected Community" grew out of a series of workshops, interviews and surveys Lara's students conducted last winter and spring. Among various recommendations to improve the commercial corridor were the creation of "hubs" at various intersections, one taking advantage of the Alum Creek Bike Trail and another focusing on "pop-up" markets close to what used to be Northland Mall and is now Northland Village.
The students also suggested building a suspension bridge over the Morse Road intersection with Cleveland Avenue as a way of getting pedestrians and bicyclists safely across.
Cooper especially likes that suggestion.
"Trying to cross it right now is kind of taking your life in your own hands," he said. "Who knows? Any of these things could be something that would make a difference."
Cooper said he's also hoping the students, in the absence of Lara, who is out of the country for the foreseeable future, might have some ideas about how to bring the same sort of attention to the East Dublin-Granville Road commercial corridor.