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Don Scott Airfield to Modernize with $10 Million Gift
The Ohio State University Airport received a $10 million gift from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, with the purpose of enhancing and renovating the education, research, and FBO facilities, including the terminal.
The Knowlton Foundation’s donation is a continuation of Dutch Knowlton’s pride and support of his alma mater. Many of you may know that the Knowlton School of Architecture is named in his honor. Education and aviation were two of Dutch’s passions.
More details on the gift and the airport modernization plans are available on Ohio State’s web site (click here).
Update! The Ohio State University College of Engineering Dean David Williams and NWCA President John Ehlers discussed the impact of the gift at a Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon on August 12 (video).
Dispatch Profiles NWCA Trustee’s Volunteerism
Julie Schlosser and 2400 friends helped bag 750,000 meals to be distributed in central Ohio and Haiti as part of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church’s five-day community meal-packing project. Read her inspiring story in this Feb. 27 Dispatch article by JoAnne Viviano. We’re very proud of you, Julie, and of your friends, too!
MORPC Issues SR-161 Traffic Study; ODOT Next Up
On November 3, 2014, the City of Columbus announced that “the Cities of Columbus and Worthington and Perry Township contracted with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to conduct a study of State Route 161 between Sawmill Road and Olentangy River Road. MORPC has completed the study and it has been reviewed and accepted by staff from the partner jurisdictions as well as the Franklin County Engineer’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The study shows in order to improve the traffic congestion along the State Route 161 Corridor, the intersections of 161 at Linworth Road and Olentangy River Road must be improved. In addition, the at-grade railroad crossing west of Linworth Road must be addressed.
Please visit this link to see the full results of the 161 Traffic Study: http://www.morpc.org/transportation/highway/sr-161-traffic-study/index
At the request of our jurisdictions, ODOT has agreed to take the results of the study and provide:
- Conceptual drawings showing potential improvements at the intersections
- Recommendations on a scope of improvements for a preliminary engineering study
A preliminary engineering study would involve extensive public input, additional field work, and engineering evaluation to determine specific items such as what road, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements should be designed and built as part of a project. This additional information is necessary for our jurisdictions to determine if we will support and fund a preliminary engineering study. Once authorized, ODOT has agreed to be the lead agency to manage the preliminary engineering study.”
Godown Park Goes to the Dogs!
A cooperative effort between Columbus and Worthington created an outstanding dog park at the north end of Godown Road. Over 5.5 acres and split into two sections for small and large dogs, the Dog Park at Godown received first place in the prestigious Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Partnership Awards. Check out the park on Facebook, and when you come, please abide by the rules – they help assure everyone’s safety.
NWCA seeks new trustees!
Are you concerned about your community? Do you want to be a decision maker in a well-established community organization? The Northwest Civic Association is looking for you! The Board is looking to fill several vacancies and is currently seeking resumes. If you are interested, please email us your contact information, a brief bio, and a one-paragraph (or longer) statement about why you want to be on the board.
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