The next phase of the State Street Revitalization Project will begin in May after the city approved spending up to $2.6 million to fund the renovation.

This phase of the revitalization project includes creating a trail link between the east side of Columbus and downtown and providing architectural elements along State Street, extending from the Hawcreek Bridge to Mapleton Street.

The project includes adding pedestrian streetscape improvements, including new 6-foot-wide sidewalks and ramps on the south side of State Street to Pence Street, and a new 8-foot paved trail on the north side of State Street to Indiana Avenue.

On Tuesday, Columbus City Council members unanimously approved allowing the Columbus Redevelopment Commission to pay for the project with funds through the city’s Central Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. The city’s ordinances require any expenditure more than $500,000 to have council approval.

Redevelopment commission members approved spending the TIF funds on the project on March 20.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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