Final Riverfront plan to be presented Monday

A design firm will present a final concept plan to the city Monday afternoon as part of an effort to revitalize the Columbus Riverfront.

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission will hear details during its 4 p.m. meeting at Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St., from Richard Hitchcock, president of Hitchcock Design Group, and Randy Royer (pictured), principal with the firm.

It follows a December briefing about the Riverfront project between the Second and Third street bridges during a joint meeting with members of the redevelopment commission and Columbus City Council.

The final concept plan being presented to the city Monday from Hitchcock Design Group carries an $8.6 million price tag and calls for several outlooks of the river, connections to the People Trail system and an in-water recreation park, Royer said.

It will be up to the city on how to proceed with the Riverfront after the plan is presented, Royer said.

Permits will have to be obtained from state and federal agencies such as the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected to be a six- to 12-month process, Royer said.

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