July/August Community Events

This summer, the people of northwest Columbus have an opportunity to attend a special series of Neighborhood Pride events. Neighborhood Pride mobilizes “businesses, community residents and City Services to create a more cohesive and vibrant neighborhood” and provides “tools to empower neighborhood residents to be civically engaged with their community and the City.”

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • July 18 – Neighborhood Safety Academy (6-8:00 pm)
  • July 25 – Healthy Habits Wellness Expo (6-8:00 pm)
  • August 1 – Transit Thursday and Mayor’s Community Cookout (5:30-7:30 pm)

In addition to Neighborhood Pride events, NWCA is sponsoring National Night Out (NNO) for the first time. NNO is an annual event that focuses on crime prevention and developing good community-police relations and neighborhood camaraderie. This is a FREE family-friendly event that will take place on the grounds of Atonement Lutheran Church, 1621 Francisco Rd. from 5:30 to 8:30 on Tuesday, August 6th.


Sheep Farm updates

Sheep Farm

It’s Official! The City closed on the Sheep Farm on July 15! It now belongs to the City of Columbus and is designated as a Community Park effective 2020! Many thanks to all the individuals and groups who worked so hard to preserve this land and profoundly change the neighborhood for many years to come.

Columbus Closes on Sheep Farm 7-20-19

Columbus and Dublin to keep Sheep Farm

Plans to be discussed summer of 2019

Sheep Farm closing delayed 12-27-18

Comments from Trustee Roy Wentzel- “I just received an update from Sophia Fifner with Columbus Parks and Recreation regarding The Historic Sheep ūüźĎ Farm. OSU will be conducting a second environmental study to ensure any and all contaminates have been dealt with before turning over the property to the City.¬† New closing date is July 15th.¬† I think we can all agree that we would rather be safe than sorry regarding this issue!”

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Next meeting August 7

Reed Rd project: The Development Commission heard Preferred Living again on July 11 and tabled it for the third time. PL has said they will return again in August and the Commission has promised to vote on it then. The Development Commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 at the Michael B Coleman Government Center in the Public Hearing Room (2nd Floor), 111 N. Front Street. Parking across the street is free. Residents are encouraged to attend and express their concerns and/or support.

Neighborhood Pride: Nora Gerber gave us an update on the Neighborhood Pride program along with dates for four events centered on improving and celebrating the Northwest Columbus area. Neighborhood Pride Details NWCA is proud to be selected for this series of programs and we look forward to a great turnout from our members!

Four NWCA members took the bus tour with representatives of the City service departments on July 11. All suggestions for neighborhood improvements were submitted and we are awaiting follow up and next steps.

Mark your calendars for August 6 !. National Night Out began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in Crime Prevention activities, Police-Community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and work together in fighting crime. It falls on the first Tuesday in August, Nationwide except in Texas (due to heat). It’s an avenue so neighbors can meet neighbors and it encourages a working relationship with the local Police Department. This is the first time NWCA is sponsoring a National Night Out and Atonement Lutheran Church located at 1621 Francisco Rd is graciously hosting from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Trustee Cheryl Grossman and her team are working hard to make this a meaningful event.

The Insight 2050 Corridor Project is complete. The attached report Corridor-Concepts-Scenario-Report-April-29-Final includes plans for future development and bus lines through five corridors from downtown. The Northwest Corridor includes Bethel Rd. and Sawmill Rd. to Post Rd. in Dublin. Pages 20 and 21 show recommendations for placement of residential, commercial, and other new proposed development. A representative from MORPC will join us as guest speaker at our September meeting.

The Columbus Libraries Northwest History Project is underway. Marilyn Goodman reported that the library is collecting photos, information, and historic documentation on the history and development of Northwest Columbus neighborhoods. Here is the link- Columbus Libraries History Project and here is a little more background and the kind of things they plan to memorialize. More to come.

NW Columbus History Library Project

Northwest Columbus Snapshot

Northwest Columbus Sites

Have a great summer!

This Week News




Reed Rd Update

Development Commission tables Preferred Living for a third time!

On July 11 the Columbus Development Commission tabled the request again, after being tabled twice and being told that the project is “too urban” for the neighborhood. Speakers Todd Vermeer, Ken Smith, and Chris Robbins made a strong case against approval, and the large turnout showed the Commission that the neighbors are firmly opposed. Preferred Living said they will be back again and the Commission promised to vote on it next time. The next DC meeting is Thursday, August 8, 2019, beginning at 6:00 P.M. at the MICHAEL B. COLEMAN GOVERNMENT CENTER at 111 North Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215 in the 2ND FLOOR HEARING ROOM. Free parking across the street.

ThisWeek News 6-18-19

5.23.19 5085 Reed Road Statement of Hardship, SOH

5.28.19 5085 Reed Road Limitaiton Text

Illustrative 5-21-19

Reed Road 5-13-19

NWCA has been working with Preferred Living, nearby neighbors and residents of the district to get details and feedback on the project. The Reed Rd. proposal was on the February agenda and a special zoning meeting was held to gather input from residents. Preferred Living went back to the drawing board to adjust their plan. A second special Zoning meeting was held on April 24 to discuss these changes and give neighbors and residents another opportunity to express their opinions and concerns. The feedback is summarized in the Reed Rd 4-24 meeting summary report.

The Northwest Civic Association represents neighbors and residents in northwest Columbus. Your input is important.

Concept Plan 4.11.19

Comparison Study_3.29.19


Zoning updates


NWCA to hear proposal for 400 apartment units at the NW corner of Henderson and Olentangy on August 7. Application docs: CV19-071 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Council Variance App and Z19-054 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Rezoning App

This Week News 7-23

Apartment proposal at Winking Lizard site withdrawn

Apartment proposal for Kahoots site modified

Kahoots Could be Kaput

Kahoots Apartments might be CRA 2-27

ThisWeek News 6-18-19

Habitat for Humanity store to replace Graeters

NWCA June meeting:  1128 West Henderson Rd is currently a retail store proposing conversion to a restaurant with drive-through service. This use is already permitted under current zoning. They are asking for a reduction in the parking space (from 138 to 128) and loading space requirements (from 1 to 0). The request was tabled pending additional information.

2906 Hayden Rd also wants to convert retail space to an eating and drinking establishment with a patio and a reduction of required parking spaces to 0. The NWCA Board voted to recommend approval.

The Refectory, 1092 Bethel Rd., wants to enclose existing outdoor dining space to allow for year-round use. They are asking for a parking space variance to reduce required spaces by 3 and to eliminate the additional 18 spaces required to 0. NWCA voted to recommend approval.

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Henderson Rd upgrade

Great news for the NWCA member area -“Upper Arlington officials are looking at an estimated $2 million upgrade of Henderson Road in 2019 geared at reducing stormwater flooding and better accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians.

The modifications are planned on a segment of Henderson Road from Riverside Drive to Sawmill Road.”

Read more here:


May 2019 Update: Construction might last until November. See article below.

Henderson Road rebuild in Upper Arlington likely to last into November

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