State Street Revitalization on tap for meeting

How State Street might look in the future will be the focus of next week’s State Street Area Association meeting.

Christine Eaton, a landscape architect and project manager with Indianapolis-based Browning, Day, Mullins and Dierdorf, will talk about the design features included in the first phase of the State Street Revitalization project. Those features include added improvements which add architectural elements on the bridge, brick pavers, tree canopies and benches.

Features along the State Street corridor will match the look of other significant areas of Columbus, including downtown, when it is completed, Eaton said.

The meeting will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the America and Roby Anderson Community Center, 421 McClure Road.

Work underway on the State Street project now includes the addition of a 10-foot walk path being installed on the north side of the bridge, with two feet being added to the back of the bridge to accommodate a walking path as part of the first phase of work, which is expected to be finished in May.

In addition, Eaton said she also will highlight some components of the second phase that calls for planned green spaces with public gathering areas and benches at Indiana Avenue and Stadler Drive. She plans to have artists’ renderings of what those areas could look like with the improvements, she said.

The meeting, which is open to the public, also will include City Councilman Dascal Bunch, who represents the city’s east side, said Julie Bilz, president of the State Street Area Association.

Residents and business owners in the area are encouraged to attend and ask any questions they may have about the State Street project, Bilz said.

If you go

What: State Street Area Association meeting

When: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: America and Roby Anderson Community Center, 421 McClure Road

Note: Open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or