Discovery District SID Board Approves Placemaking Plan

Discovery District SID Board Approves Placemaking Plan

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On July 20th, after a ten-month planning process, the Discovery District Special Improvement District Board unanimously approved the Discovery District Placemaking Plan prepared by MKSK. Located adjacent to Downtown Columbus, the Discovery District is experienceing a revitalization. The Plan builds on this momentum to create a vision for art-focused placemaking opportunities throughout the neighborhood, while further reinforcing the district’s identity as a neighborhood of culture, knowledge, and arts.

MKSK led an extensive public engagement strategy for the Placemaking Plan process, which included mobile workshops and a custom-built project website and gathered ideas from more than 800 neighborhood residents, students, workers, leaders and visitors. The team found that while the Discovery District is home to some of the City’s most renowned institutions and attractions—such as the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Main Library, Topiary Park, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus State University, Franklin University, and Capital University Law School—the district seems disconnected and individuals often travel to and from only one of these places without discovering all the district has to offer.

The Plan’s recommendations include opportunities for public realm enhancements and improved/enhanced connections to surrounding neighborhoods organized in a dynamic, innovative way. 

The final Placemaking Plan connects these institutions and attractions while addressing the broad interests of stakeholders, institutions, residents, and visitors. The Plan’s recommendations include opportunities for public realm enhancements and improved/enhanced connections to surrounding neighborhoods—building upon the unique character of the Discovery District—organized in a dynamic, innovative way. 

A “Discovery Trail” network culminates the plans recommendations and placemaking opportunity sites into a path of interest and discovery—connecting the district’s vibrant places and showcasing its public art, buildings, spaces and institutions. Phase 1 of the Discovery Trail will invite more than 700 residents; 1,600 students; 2,000 area employees; and 3,500 average daily visitors to discover murals, art installations, local businesses, and other attractions of the district. 

View or download the full plan here.