University Area Commission Elections To Be Held This Week

University Area Commission Elections To Be Held This Week

University District residents are encouraged to participate in candidate selection for the University Area Commission (UAC). The UAC provides a local government connection to the City of Columbus by making zoning and policy recommendations. For more information on the elections, the UAC, or attending an upcoming meeting visit: universityarea.org.

Candidate bio information will be available at the polling location or online here. Residents may also vote for a person who has completed steps to be a write-in candidate.

The dates, times and locations for the 2016 UAC election are as follows

November 2, Wednesday, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Election Day Polling locations are:
Godman Guild | 303 E. 6th Ave.
Northwood-High Building, Room 100 | 2231 N. High St.

November 5, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Election Day. Polling locations are:
Godman Guild | 303 E. 6th Ave.
Sahara Cafe | 20 E. Arcadia Ave. (High St. & Arcadia Ave.)

Arts & Character Plan Seeks Artists & Writers

Arts & Character Plan Seeks Artists & Writers

The University District Arts & Character Plan continues its public engagement with the installation of tactical/temporary art! We are seeking creative individuals and teams for five unique projects:

  1. Art from Nature
  2. Music Oriented T-Shirt
  3. The Neighborhood 100
  4. Short Literary Pieces
  5. Youth Inspired Art

Application deadline for the first round of project funding is 5:00pm on Friday, August 26th.

The date has also been set for a second public open house. Participants will be able to view the temporary/tactical art proposals and the community framework that inspired the work. The meeting will also give an opportunity for community members to create their own public art ideas through materials at the meeting or with the sketch artist present.

The University District Arts & Character Enhancement Plan will develop a strategy for the University District to showcase and celebrate its unique character and culture through public art, placemaking, and creative projects. We want to hear from you now and throughout our planning process!

 City of Columbus Schedules Annual Special Bulk Trash Pickups

City of Columbus Schedules Annual Special Bulk Trash Pickups

The City of Columbus will provide 12 free bulk trash drop-off locations for The Ohio State University area, the most densely populated area in Columbus with close to 50,000 residents. This annual pickup will take place as leases expire, apartments are vacated and furniture and other large items are thrown out prior to students moving in for OSU’s fall semester. The free drop-off locations will be available July 25 through Aug. 5.  Residents can also schedule bulk pickup by calling (614) 645-3111.

The 12 bulk drop-off locations are (see map below):

  • 2351 West Patterson Avenue by Tuttle Pool
  • Rear of 2150 North Fourth Street
  • Rear of 176-178 East Norwich Avenue
  • Side of 117 West Norwich Avenue
  • 28 East Woodruff Avenue at Tuller Street
  • Rear of 1975-1981 Summit Street
  • Front of 140 East 16th Avenue
  • Rear of 28-38 East 14th Avenue
  • Front of 293 East 14th Avenue
  • Rear of 104 East 12th Avenue
  • Rear of 121 East 11th Avenue
  • Rear of 175 West 10th Avenue

Regular scheduled weekly trash pickup in the OSU campus will be done on Tuesdays during the Move-out/Move-in effort.  In addition, City crews will be working in the alleys three days a week in order to keep Columbus and the University District as clean as possible.

Bulk collection reminders include:

  • The city will only collect bulk trash at the 12 drop-off-sites; other types of waste will not be accepted
  • Do not place bulk trash in or next to regular refuse containers
  • Do not leave bulk trash in alleys
  • If you are not able to take your bulk trash to a drop-off- site, contact the city of Columbus 311 Customer Service Center at (614) 645-3111 or go online atwww.311.columbus.gov to schedule bulk pick up.

Instead of throwing out used furniture in good, clean condition, residents can be green and donate items to a non profit, charitable organization.

More information can be found at the following web page:

Arts & Character Plan Continues with Music Workshop

Arts & Character Plan Continues with Music Workshop

The University District Arts & Character Plan workshop series continues with a music makers and enthusiasts focus group. Do you make music or help produce it? Or do you simply like going to shows? The University District Organization wants to hear your ideas on making the music experience in the University District unique and fun. Come and go as you please during the workshop. Come back later for a free show just for giving us your input!

Music Workshop @ Ace of Cups
June 23, 2016
2619 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43202

7:00 - 9:00pm | Happy hour discussion and input
9:00pm | Free show in exchange for your ideas, featuring:
Colleen Green / Cassie Ramone / Pretty Pretty / Tasty

The University District Arts & Character Enhancement Plan will develop a strategy for the University District to showcase and celebrate its unique character and culture through public art, placemaking, and creative projects. 

Please visit the project website for more information:
universitydistrict.org/character

Check out our other workshop:
June 29: Visual Arts | Wild Goose | 6 - 8 pm

Community Character Enhancement Plan Launches

Community Character Enhancement Plan Launches

The University District Community Character Enhancement Plan will develop a strategy for the University District to showcase and celebrate its unique character and culture through public art, placemaking, and creative projects. The University District Organization (UDO) will be coordinating with other University District partners such as the University Area Commission, Campus Partners, Wild Goose Creative, civic groups, businesses, and local artists to produce the plan. 

The planning process will incorporate public engagement and analysis of the current and past conditions of the neighborhood. Throughout the process, the public will be asked to contribute their stories from the neighborhood at specific workshops that focus on the history, culture, music, performing arts, and visual arts of the area.

To kickoff the Community Character Enhancement Plan, the neighborhood is invited to an open house that will give an overview of the project.  The open house will be held April 12th, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Indianola Church of Christ.

More information can be found on the project's website: universitydistrict.org/character

Coming Soon: "This Place Is" Crosswalk Project!

Coming Soon: "This Place Is" Crosswalk Project!

There is a spot on streets where art, creativity, safety, walkability and neighborhood identity intersect: the crosswalk. This summer Transit Columbus teamed up with Wild Goose Creative, other community groups, and neighborhood activists in the SoHud, Old North Columbus, and Glen Echo neighborhoods to begin a campaign to implement the city’s first creative crosswalks.

Thanks to generous funding from the Create Columbus Commission, our consortium of groups is embarking on a campaign that seeks to go beyond crosswalks. We’re asking residents, businesses, and all those who care about the neighborhood to tell us what living here, working here, or just passing through means to them. Our “This Place Is” initiative is gathering the story of the neighborhood to pass on to artists who will then integrate that story into the crosswalks.

The result of “This Place Is” will not only be interesting art; the creative crosswalks will bolster pedestrian visibility, safety, and improve neighborhood identity, all while creating a meaningful addition to an often overlooked area. By approaching pedestrian safety and walkability through the lens of art and neighborhood pride we hope “This Place Is” plants a seed that grows throughout Columbus.

To learn more about “This Place Is” visit: www.ThisPlaceIs.org 

U Should Know: Genaro Garcia Mandriotti

U Should Know: Genaro Garcia Mandriotti

U Should Know is a video and bio series featuring University District residents, businesses, and those that work in the District. The project sheds light on the other side of the University District not dominated by student culture, and athletics.

Genaro and his family have been a fixture with Jack & Benny's diner at the corner of Hudson and High Streets for over thirty years. Growing up in the area, Genaro considers the diner his second home and has welcomed everyone with his good food and friendly smile.  U Should Know: Genaro Garcia Madriotti. 

Follow the U Should Know project at: universitydistrict.org/ushouldknow

U Should Know: John William Christman

U Should Know: John William Christman

U Should Know is a video and bio series featuring University District residents, businesses, and those that work in the District. The project sheds light on the other side of the University District not dominated by student culture, and athletics.

When John Christman isn't heading up the intensive care unit at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, he's abuzz about his unique hobby. This Dennison Place resident shares his story about arriving to the University District and making it his home.  U Should Know: John Christman.

Follow the U Should Know project at: universitydistrict.org/ushouldknow

University District SID Issues RFPs

University District SID Issues RFPs

The University District Organization on behalf of the University District Special Improvement District is seeking proposals from qualified firms for the provision of environmental maintenance and hospitality and/or supplemental security services.

Proposals can be downloaded here: 
Environmental Maintenance & Hospitality RFP
Supplemental Security RFP

Responses are due no later than 5:00pm on November 13, 2015.  

All questions should be directed in writing to Matthew Hansen, UDO Executive Director (matt@universitydistrict.org)

U Should Know: Nlingi Habana

U Should Know: Nlingi Habana

The U Should Know series features graduate student Nlingi Habana. Originally from Botswana, he came to the United States to study geodetic sciences at The Ohio State University. He wanted to call the University District home partly due to the welcoming, multi-cultural community that cannot be found anywhere else in Columbus.

Follow the U Should Know project at: universitydistrict.org/ushouldknow

U Should Know: Josh Lapp

U Should Know: Josh Lapp

The U Should Know series continues with its second video featuring an Old North Columbus resident. Josh Lapp is the co-founder of an urban planning firm with roots in the neighborhood. His work finds him revitalizing communities across the country.

He and his partner have taken advantage of Old North Columbus' position as an up-and-coming urban neighborhood with lots of renovation potential. We visited Josh at his newly improved home and garden to get his views on community building and his vision for Old North Columbus.

Follow the U Should Know project at: universitydistrict.org/ushouldknow

2015 Move-Out & Move-In Resource Guide

2015 Move-Out & Move-In Resource Guide

University District residents, property owners, and managers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the resources available during this move-out and move-in period starting late July and lasting through mid-August. The University District Organization has compiled a resource guide of available services that residents moving from their home can use to recycle unwanted household items or dispose of them properly when items are no longer usable.

Please visit: universitydistrict.org/bulktrash for more information.

Residents are encouraged to report all bulk items seen outside in the University District to the City of Columbus service request line at 614-645-3111 or 311. Requests can be made online at 311.columbus.gov or on the MyColumbus app available for Apple and Android phones.

More information will become available in August for recycling options as residents move into their new homes and cardboard waste increases.  Please check univeristydistrict.org/bulktrash for the latest information.

U Should Know: Majadi Cunningham

U Should Know: Majadi Cunningham

U Should Know: Majadi Cunningham is the first in a series of videos featuring the people and places of the University District. The project documents the diversity of residents and businesses that make the University District a unique state of mind.

We found Majadi at his business in Weinland Park on North Fourth called A Head of Time. His shop is like a second home to him and the friendly atmosphere keeps the people coming back. His optimism about the surrounding neighborhood makes it clear why so many people love Weinland Park.

Follow the U Should Know project at: universitydistrict.org/ushouldknow

UDO & Goodwill Organize Off-Campus Donation Event

UDO & Goodwill Organize Off-Campus Donation Event

The University District Organization and Goodwill Columbus will hold a donation event for off-campus residents to recycle their unwanted items for reuse. Each year, close to 2,000 tons of waste material ends up in the landfill from residents moving out of the University District or changing apartments.

In an effort to divert good, usable items from the landfill, residents are encouraged to bring their household items, furniture, clothing, and electronics to the Graham Expeditionary Middle School (140 East 16th Ave) on July 31st between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

A comprehensive list of items that can be accepted and those that are not accepted can be found HERE (pdf). Please note that tube TVs will not be accepted.

This event is free to all residents in the University District area. For more information, contact Matthew Hansen, Executive Director at info@universitydistrict.org or 614-294-5113.

UDO Launches U Should Know Project

UDO Launches U Should Know Project

Residents and businesses make the University District a thriving and dynamic neighborhood of Columbus. In an effort to recognize the vast diversity of residents and business owners, the University District Organization is launching the "U Should Know" project.

U Should Know will be a video and bio series featuring University District residents, businesses, and those that work in the District. The goal is to shed light on the other side of the University District not dominated by Ohio State, student culture, and athletics. While there is no denying that the University District and Ohio State University are intrinsically linked, there are many stories to be told by those that just happen to reside in the shadow of a major public university. The project is currently seeking referrals to feature individuals in a short bio to be posted on the U Should Know blog page and social media. Referrals can be submitted here: http://www.universitydistrict.org/ushouldknow

The project is being spearheaded by the University District Organization, a non-profit planning and community organizing institution which has worked in the University District neighborhoods since 1974.  For additional information, please contact Matthew Hansen, Executive Director at 614-294-5113 or info@universitydistrict.org

Project support also provided by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Special Improvement District Seeks Council Approval

Special Improvement District Seeks Council Approval

University area property owners have joined together to support the creation of a Special Improvement District (SID). A petition of property owners representing at least 75% of the area within the proposed SID boundary has been submitted to City Council. The petition requests the approval of a Plan for Public Services & Improvements along with the ability to levy assessments to provide funding for the Plan. City Council will consider the first set of legislation at its March 9th meeting. A public hearing for property owner input has been scheduled for March 11th in Council Chambers at 5:00pm.

The University District Special Improvement District is the culmination of extensive property owner input and support dating back to 1996 when a SID was first recommended as a tool for revitalizing the area. The goal of the proposed SID is to create a welcoming commercial environment through environmental maintenance, ambassadors, and supplemental security. The implementation of these services have been instrumental in the success of other areas of Columbus such as the Short North and Downtown.

A SID is a self-help tool that allows property owners to organize and assess themselves the cost of providing area-wide services. SIDs are controlled by a nonprofit board of trustees made up  of property owners. More information about the University District SID can be found HERE.

Questions can be directed to Matthew Hansen, Executive Director of the University Community Business Association at info@universitydistrict.org or 614-294-5113.