Columbus Reveals Plan For Capital Improvement Projects
Aging recreation centers... crumbling streets... and abandoned houses.
The city of Columbus has identified the worst of the worst, and its plan to fix them. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman announced his capital budget proposal Wednesday, and his plan to improve infrastructure in the city.
He made the announcement from the Glenwood Recreation Center on the city's west side. The building has stood for more than 100 years, but will be
demolished and replaced with a new $6 million facility, under the mayor's proposal.
Built in 1914, Glenwood has outlived its purpose.
Center Manager James Davis says every room at the rec center is a multi-purpose room -- not by design, but by necessity.
"We were just so overwhelmed with so many people, it's just hard to function," said Davis.
After school programs like basketball, arts & crafts, and chess club all compete for the same space.
The mayor's proposal would replace the 100 year old building with a new 23,000 square foot facility.
The budget also includes a record $33 million for street resurfacing.
"The highest, most significant investment in resurfacing and repaving in the history of our city will take place this year," announced Mayor Coleman.
That includes more than 300 lane miles of roads and 30 miles of alleys -- welcome news to residents in this Whitehall neighborhood, slated for resurfacing.
"Yeah, I'm surprised, I'm really surprised. I didn't think it was going to ever get done," said Thomas Forrest. "They just don't do anything on this side of Broad Street."
The plan would also pay for the construction of more than four new miles of bikeways, including the Alum Creek Trail -- which will create a continuous trail connecting Delaware County, south to Pickaway County.
In total, Mayor Coleman's proposed budget for capital improvements for 2014 is more than $268 million.
City council is offering an additional $7 million to the plan.
Columbus has also released a full list of the streets it will resurface over the coming year.