Funding requests for the next phase of the State Street revitalization project will go before two city panels in March, officials said Tuesday.

That phase, which will involve work on the north side of State Street that will continue to Indiana Avenue, is estimated to cost $2.46 million, said Heather Pope, redevelopment director for the city.

Pope said the second phase will involve the development of an eight-foot People Trail with decorative architectural elements, sculptures and landscaping.

The second phase also calls for planned green spaces with public gathering areas and benches at Indiana Avenue and Stadler Drive, said Christine Eaton, a landscape architect and project manager with Indianapolis-based Browning, Day, Mullins and Dierdorf.

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The city’s Redevelopment Commission will get an overview of the second phase during its Feb. 27 meeting. A funding request for that phase of the State Street project will then go before the commission March 20, Pope said.

The request also will go before the Columbus City Council in March since any expenditure over $500,000 requires its approval as well, Pope said.

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 completed by May 26.

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

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