Libby Wetherholt, chairwoman of the Clintonville Area Commission, doesn't see any major developments in store for the neighborhood during the year that's begun to unfold.

"But one never knows how that will go," she said.

After all, who would have predicted that the installation of rain gardens on some Clintonville streets -- long planned by Blueprint Columbus and widely publicized -- would've become 2017's hornet's nest?

District 4 representative Judy Minister knows what she would like 2018 to have in store.

"I hope that some of the long-neglected and vacant properties along High Street will be redeveloped -- that someone will have a vision for that," she said.

The real-estate agent said she's not looking for any specific uses in those stretches of one of the neighborhood's two commercial corridors; she just wants projects that fit in architecturally and abide by the urban commercial overlay.

Sometimes, the impediment to redeveloping some of the areas, Minister added, is that they have multiple owners, which can make negotiations difficult.

That's been the case, she said, for the property at the southwest corner of North High Street and West North Broadway, the site of the former Clinton Theater and Clintonville Electric building.

"We haven't had many plans over the years for Broadway and High," Minister said. "The last vision might have been a little out of scale, but there was also so much neighborhood pushback that it all just evaporated."

Northstar Realty announced plans for the site in spring 2015: an 18,000-square-foot building with restaurant and retail space on the ground floor, parking on the second story and 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments on the remaining three floors. But the idea was abandoned later that year.

B.J. White, who represents District 9 on the CAC and is one of the newest members on the advisory panel, also has some wishes for 2018.

"I'm very hopeful and I'm very optimistic that we'll begin some actionable speaking points so that we'll be making progress on the Clintonville Neighborhood Plan," she said.

The plan -- a guide to development in the neighborhood -- isn't due for a formal update by city officials for several years, but a working group within the CAC's planning and development committee has been making preparations.

In addition, White said she hopes the year will see an "end to the acrimony" regarding the rain-garden installations that popped up in sections of her district and elsewhere.

The most-visible aspects of the overall Blueprint Columbus project aimed at reducing sanitary-sewer overflows from reaching the Olentangy River have drawn the ire of many living near them.

"We need to find a way to move on," White said.

"I'd like to think we'd become better neighbors for each other," Wetherholt said of what she hopes is in the offing this year.

The CAC chairwoman added she would like to see more people become involved in the workings of the advisory body as a way of being aware of development proposals before they are set in stone.

"It seems like nobody takes any interest until it's ready to come off the shelf and be shovel-ready," Wetherholt said.

"And that's too late."

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