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File #: 1398-2013    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/3/2013 In control: Development Committee
On agenda: 7/1/2013 Final action: 7/3/2013
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a contract with the Neighborhood Design Center to provide expanded services and planning activities within the NCR and CDBG service areas; to authorize the appropriation and expenditure of $120,000.00 from the Jobs Growth Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($120,000.00)
Explanation

BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes the Director of Development to enter into an agreement with the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC). The services to be provided by the NDC include expanded services to owners and tenants, corridor branding or moniker concepts, and expanded NCR Business Association Services within Columbus’ commercial corridors that have been designated as NCR Districts including the Hilltop, Franklinton and others. NDC will continue to work closely with the Business Associations that represent these corridors, assisting with their outreach efforts through websites, social media and public engagement.

The Neighborhood Design Center is a non-profit, community-based corporation. The City has funded the Neighborhood Design Center since November, 1982, and in conjunction with the Ohio State University since 1986. Since that time, this organization has undertaken work for numerous clients within all the Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (NCR) districts. They have provided design assistance to the business associations, their members, and non-members. The Neighborhood Design Center also carries out planning activities as well as assists with financial alternatives within the CDBG service area.

In addition, the Neighborhood Design Center provides exterior design services to any commercial property owner or tenant on the NCR strips. A minor amount of design assistance may well stimulate investment and create a quality business built upon good design. This legislation will authorize the expenditure of $120,000.00 for the above-mentioned purpose.

Emergency action is requested to begin providing expanded services in the NCR Areas without delay.

FISCAL IMPACT: Funding for the Neighborhood Design Center will consist of $120,000.00 from the 2013 Jobs Growth Fund.


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To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a contract with the Neighborhood Design Center to provide expanded services and planning act...

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