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Brice-Livingston plans move forward
Six months after unveiling a finalized strategic plan for the Brice and Livingston area, the area task force continues to chip away at its agenda.
The Brice and Livingston Task force is comprised of elected and appointed city officials at the direction of Mayor Brad McCloud.
The seven objectives outlined in the plan are to maintain and improve rental housing conditions, maintain and improve the appearance of the public domain, work with businesses and property owners to maintain personal property, provide an increased level of public safety in the area, improve the business environment, cooperate with the city of Columbus to address development and public safety issues and encourage local groups and organizations to be involved in redeveloping and enhancing the area.
Under each objective, specific issues were targeted and given an estimated range of time for completion. Short-term projects are estimated to be completed within the first year, mid-term projects are estimated to take one to two years and long-term projects could range between two to five years.
Since then, some major developments have occurred. The Livingston Community Garden was approved by council and has plans to open on April 30 and Valu-King announced its plans to occupy the former Big Bear site.
There are also plans to update all of the street signs in Reynoldsburg, beginning with the Brice and Livingston area, Reynoldsburg Director of Development Lucas Haire said.
Beginning in April, new highly reflective black and white street signs will replace the existing signs, he said.
The cost of replacing the signs in that area is $5,000, said Pam Boratyn, director of the Reynoldsburg safety and service department.
Officials have also begun looking at designs for a new gateway monument for the area, although it is still in the early planning stages, Haire said.
Among other short-term goals, the city has done some preliminary planning on developing a street tree program and has created a database of area business owners.
At the Feb. 22 city council meeting, State Representative Marian Harris announced the reformation of an area business association.
Harris explained that she had been working with 25 to 30 business people in the area and the city of Columbus development director to discuss revitalizing the Columbus portion of the area as well.
There is "a lot of enthusiasm on trying to revitalize that area," Harris said. "We're trying to get people to think out of the box."
"We'd love to be involved in the process there," Haire said. "Everything there has an effect on Reynoldsburg."
Haire said the Brice and Livingston Task force meets quarterly and is scheduled to meet again March 24.
|On March 7, 2010 mel said:
This is GREAT news for the Reynoldsburg area and for part of the Columbus area. I live about 1.5 miles away but I traffic to the Brice Rd. location a daily basis for business and personal use. I live across from the Walnut Ridge area but I would be interested in supporting your area, please let me know if I could help.
Thank you and MAKE IT A GREAT DAY
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