Three ongoing city projects will be the focus of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission in 2018 as its members continue in their roles for another year.

The commission will focus on the State Street Revitalization Project, which remains ongoing, said Sarah Cannon, the commission president. In addition, work to improve the city’s riverfront and a $30 million railroad overpass project at the State Road 46/State Road 11 intersection scheduled to begin in 2019¬†also are priorities this year, Cannon said.

“I think we’ll see progress in all those areas,” Cannon said.

John Dorenbusch, the commission’s vice president, also was optimistic about what the future holds.

“We’ve got a lot on our plate and we’re excited about it,” he said. “Things will progress very well.”

The six-member panel was sworn in Tuesday in Columbus City Council chambers by Mayor Jim Lienhoop, who said he was glad to have the members back for another year. They are appointed to their seats annually either by the mayor or city council, while at least one individual is selected by Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.

Cannon was re-elected as president, Dorenbusch as vice president and Don Trapp as treasurer.

Lienhoop said the Columbus Redevelopment Commission does a significant amount of work on behalf of the city and plays an important role.

“We’ve got a lot of projects underway and it’s important that we keep continuity,” Lienhoop said.

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