It's an "all hands on deck" approach to putting together the vision for the future of Olde Pickerington Village.

The city's historic downtown area is the focus of an ongoing "visioning" process for revitalization and improvements. Pickerington city manager Bill Vance said the city will need input from residents and stakeholders to help form that vision.

A "Big Idea" public meeting to discuss the Downtown Revitalization Plan will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Combustion Brewery, 80 West Church St.

Liberty Schindel, Pickerington's economic director, said the meeting is a crucial part of a process that started last year when Olde Village was identified as a top priority during the city's budget season.

She said funds were appropriated to hire OHM Advisors, an architecture, engineering and planning firm, to create the strategic plan.

"It had been 24 years since the original Olde Pickerington Village Downtown Plan was adopted," said Schindel, adding that the boundaries of Olde Village have been expanded.

"Mayor (Lee Gray) and city council felt it was the appropriate time to update the plan," she said.

Schindel said city officials want to "capitalize on the new momentum" created by the addition of Combustion Brewery and Taproom, Chef T's Pub as well as the new downtown Violet Township fire station that is nearing completion.

"It is the intent of the new plan to establish steps for the city to take, based on public input, to plan for, protect and advance Olde Pickerington Village as a place that functions as a unique and vibrant local and regional destination," Schindel said.

Pickerington City Council president Christie Hammond said several residents already have provided feedback.

"A number of people have indicated that they would like to see a more diverse downtown aesthetically in the business composition," she said.

That would include a greater assortment of business and entertainment venues and a variety of residential options, she said.

Schindel said city officials are asking residents to share those kinds of aspirations for the area at the public meeting.

"Real-time polling activities will be integrated into the meeting format to engage the audience and identify public opinion during the meeting," Schindel said.

Key findings from the public input will help create an overall vision of downtown.

A total of 12 stakeholders, including city government leaders as well as downtown Pickerington business owners and residents, will be involved in working with OHM.

"(They) will apply the vision to the study area using high-quality graphic techniques such as 3-D modeling, renderings and concept plans," Schindel said.

The goal is to complete the Pickerington Downtown Plan by Dec. 31.

Those who wish to participate in a survey can do so by visiting www.pickeringtondowntownplan.com

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