Prairie Township to hold public meetings

Prairie Township officials will be holding two public meetings during the remainder of August concerning economic developments within the township.

West Broad Street corridor

On Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 West Broad St. in the Lincoln Village Shopping Center, The Prairie Township Board of Trustees will host a presentation to update the community about its cooperative efforts with the City of Columbus and area institutions and businesses to put a new face on the township’s West Broad Street corridor.   

Representatives from Research Works, VWB Research, and the City of Columbus will present the key findings from the comprehensive survey and market analysis and the physical improvement plan for the Prairie Township West Broad Street Corridor.

Doctor’s Hospital, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the City of Columbus and Prairie Township are planning an investment effort that would bring improvements to the West Broad Street corridor from the I-270 interchange west to Rome-Hilliard Road.

Prairie Township has retained two local economic development and market research companies to assist with data collection and interview local property owners and other stakeholders.  This presentation will highlight their key findings of this comprehensive analysis.

Dan Lorek, President of Research Works will moderate this information session and illustrate how the market study and the physical improvement plan will facilitate the creation of entities such as a Joint Economic Development District and the Community Improvement Corporation that will provide necessary revenues and economic development.

Nancy Patzer, Project Director at VWB Research will outline the key findings from the recently completed market analysis of the corridor.  

Vince Papsidero, Planning Administrator for the City of Columbus will introduce the physical improvement plan for the corridor.

Town Center Master Plan

The Prairie Township Board of Trustees will join with its partners at Brown Township, the City of Columbus and Franklin County to announce a public meeting that will address the contents of the Town Center component of the Big Darby Accord. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the cafeteria of Westland High School, 146 South Galloway Rd.

The purpose of the meeting is to update the public on the first steps that have been taken in initiating a Town Center Master Plan process and to set the stage for the formation of a group known as the Town Center Procurement Committee – or TCPC.   

The TCPC, which will represent the diverse interests of the area, will play a key role in developing a scope of services for the consultant who will develop the Master Plan for the Town Center.  

This meeting will give participants an opportunity to review some of the input that was received from those attending previous meetings and discussions.  Participants will also take part in the initial steps toward beginning the process of selecting interested persons to serve on the TCPC.  

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation, followed by a session during which participants may express their opinions about the contents of the Town Center Master Plan and, if they wish, apply for membership on the TCPC.

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