After an extensive analysis of the Milo Grogan neighborhood’s current assets and needs, we recommend five key design ideas with varying implementation timeframes.
Short-term: Beautify entrances to the neighborhood with art and nature. Create community gardens.
Mid-term: Add parks and playgrounds to create third places (gathering places) for public activity in Milo-Grogan.
Long-term: Establish greenways to connect parks. Preserve the historic buildings.
Our recommendations come from two organizational concepts: (1) Make the neighborhood more permeable for Columbus’ residents. (2) Create a visual identity to help make Milo-Grogan more recognizable.
Additionally, we propose a centrally located large park with programmable space that will appeal to a larger demographic. For details and other recommendations see chapter Z.
To assist in the implementation of these recommendations, we created a chart that lists potential funding sources, as well as a timeframe for each expected duration for completion. For details and the full implementation plan, see chapter Z.
These recommended design ideas are derived from X goals established for the neighborhood:
The goals came from our analysis of census data, organization of space, existing physical conditions, and community outreach which revealed strengths and opportunities in Milo-Grogan. After we developed potential goals, we met with the community to refine, add and prioritize the goals. We derived and refined the goals down to four that will create permeability within Milo-Grogan as well as give identity to the neighborhood:
• Create identity and a sense of place
• Improve the visual aesthetics and public realm
• Establish a link to downtown and surrounding neighborhoods
• Improve the safety for children and pedestrians within the neighborhood.
For each goal, we developed broad objectives, and then specific design directives for each objectives. For each design directive, we then developed an implementation plan, indicating the actors, resources and timeframe needed to accomplish that directive. For example, to implement the addition of art and nature at the entrances into the neighborhood, the Milo -Grogan Area Commission could apply for grants that would fund the purchase of necessary materials. Depending on the application deadline, gradual improvements can be made within a timeframe of 6 months to 2 years.
Milo-Grogan, once a significant Columbus neighborhood, has suffered recent decline and neglect. The Milo-Grogan Plan can help re-establish the vitality of the neighborhood, and define Milo-Grogan as a vibrant, attractive, and economically critical neighborhood with a strong parks network.