NATIONWIDE ARENA DISTRICT
The Nationwide Arena District Master Plan has served as the guiding development strategy for a vibrant, new downtown entertainment district. Designed around the Nationwide Arena, the district features the nightlife corridor Ludlow Alley, a movie theater, a concert venue, a minor league AAA ballpark, and restaurants. In addition, residential development establishes the Arena District as an emerging urban neighborhood. The site, once a vacant Brownfield, is now a thriving economic engine as a regional sports and entertainment destination. The master plan included a number of unique design features to mesh the new district with the existing urban fabric.
Within the district, a relocated historic road bridge, now used as a pedestrian bridge, connects the district with the North Market, a historic public food market, and the convention center. To the south, a new urban park, McFerson Commons, connects the district to the Scioto River. To the east and west, Nationwide Boulevard, a new brick paved street with exciting new retail shops and restaurants, connects the district to the existing downtown. The Arena District development has resulted in over $1 billion in private investments and is a model success story in the country's growing urban revitalization trend and a great case study for other cities planning their own downtown projects.
PEOPLE INVOLVEDTim Schmalenberger + John Petrushka + Karen McCoy + Jeff Pongonis + Chris Hermann + Chris Kimbrel + Tony Roell
SERVICES PROVIDEDMaster Planning + Urban Design + Entertainment District Design + Community Engagement
AWARDS / COMPLETE AWARDS LIST1998 OCASLA Merit Award
2000 PlanIt Columbus M.D. Portman Award-Best Overall Planning Project
2002 James B. Recchie Design Award