Northland will continue to roll out the welcome mat for emerging and existing businesses in 2020.

Representatives of two business-friendly organizations said the community, with its comparatively low lease rates and budding entrepreneur class, continues to be a good bet for those looking to start or expand a company.

Earlier this year, the fledgling Elevate Northland received its nonprofit status and began to offer small-business classes and workforce training at the Ashland University campus, 1900 E. Dublin-Granville Road.

While that programming will continue this year, Elevate Northland will move into permanent digs at Karl and East Dublin-Granville roads, said Alicia Ward, co-founder of Elevate Northland and president of the Northland Community Council.

Ward wouldn't give a specific address because a lease hasn't been signed. Still, the new site will offer an incubator for business start-ups and co-working space.

"We want to help revitalize the area," she said.

Dave Cooper, vice president of the Northland Area Business Association, said he would maintain his role through 2020, but he has sold his business, the Ink Well, 1939 E. Dublin-Granville Road, to Kwesi Gyimah and Ben Opoku.

Cooper co-founded NABA in 1998 as a way to help businesses. A sort of local chamber of commerce, it evolved from an NCC committee.

He said the business association currently has 50 members.

"Were striving to get more new members," he said.

Dave Paul, chairman of the NCC development committee, said civic leaders would continue to work with the city on long-term strategies for redeveloping large parcels.

The discussions could lead to zoning districts for such areas as East Dublin-Granville and Hamilton roads, he said.

"Those might make a whole lot of sense for redevelopment sites we're talking about in Northland," Paul said.

Meanwhile, Arch City Development was given a contract for $50,000 from the city of Columbus for a real-estate market analysis of the state Route 161 corridor from Sinclair Road to Ponderosa Drive.

Some of the analysis will look at opportunity zones near the Continent.

The work began in October and is expected to be completed by February.

In related news, the NCC, NABA and State Route 161 Task Force have asked the city to create a zoning overlay -- which would establish stricter building standards -- for East Dublin-Granville Road from Sinclair Road to Ponderosa Drive.

In other news that will affect the neighborhood, the city is looking at installing roundabouts along East Dublin-Granville to help correct awkward traffic patterns and help with better traffic flow.

It's an idea that hasn't been fully embraced by residents, Paul said.

"I don't know if it will be an issue this coming year," he said. "It might be more of an issue for 2021."

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