City seeking public input on riverfront project

The public will have a chance to share their ideas on development of the city’s riverfront during a community workshop.

The city plans to conduct an April 5 information-gathering meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cal Brand meeting room at Columbus City Hall. The forum is designed to be interactive for people who attend, and will include several brainstorming exercises, said Heather Pope, city redevelopment director.

Randy Royer, principal with Hitchcock Design Group, will introduce the project to attendees and talk about what the firm has learned from an analysis of the riverfront, Pope said.

“We want the community to re-imagine what the riverfront can be,” Pope said. “We want to hear what people want and what will attract them to the riverfront.”

Participants are asked to stay for the entire duration of the meeting, which will also involve filling out a survey.

Illinois-based Hitchcock Design Group, which has an office in Indianapolis, was selected by the city in December to help redesign its downtown riverfront.

If you go

What: Public input session on Columbus Riverfront Redevelopment Project

When: 6 to 8 p.m. April 5

Where: Cal Brand Meeting Room, Columbus City Hall

Activities: Information will be presented about the project and will include brainstorming and a survey.

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