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City officials and a consulting group are surveying community stakeholders involved with the local housing market to develop a better assessment of residential needs.
Carl Malysz, the city’s community development director, said the city and Strategic Development Group Inc., from Bloomington, are first developing a broad view of housing in the Columbus area. After this phase identifies problem areas, the focus will begin to narrow on specific segments of the housing market.
“One group that we know anecdotally, we are told that there are lots of people that happen to work in Columbus for major companies, but they have to commute,” Malysz said. “That is the sort of potential stakeholder group to focus on, but we need a segue to do that
Malysz said the city is soon sending out invitations to take the surveys to groups including:
“We are very interested in these stakeholders because they are going to shine light on the different facets of housing issues in the Columbus housing market area,” Malysz said.
“You have to have all of these cylinders working together to solve problems.”
The city contracted with SDG in March for $44,500.
The study is expected to be completed by October, Malysz said. The surveys will be conducted through the surveymonkey.com website and are by invitation only.
Malysz said that if people fit in one of the groups being surveyed but did not receive an invitation by email to participate, they can contact him to receive an invitation: 376-2520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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