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Neighborhood Design Center
1445 Summit Street, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Design for All – Affordable Housing in a Revitalizing Neighborhood
Meet with Michael Wilkos, Sr. Vice President of Community Impact for United Way Columbus. In his previous position as the Director of Community Research for The Columbus Foundation, Wilkos was instrumental in developing public/private/philanthropic partnerships to address housing and other poverty issues in the Weinland Park neighborhood of Columbus. Wilkos will give an overview before leading a walking tour through the neighborhood so that participants can see what physical changes have and continue to take place as part of the revitalization cycle.
Included on the walking tour will be discussion of the Community Properties of Ohio project, which includes multiple properties rehabilitated for Section 8 housing. The properties used historic and low income tax credits and was the recipient of the 2008 James B. Recchie Design Award, given annually the Columbus Landmarks Foundation for excellence in urban design that can be reflected in historic or new buildings and places, additions to existing buildings, parks, public spaces and public art. The award celebrates projects that add to the distinctive character and improved quality of life in Columbus and the designers responsible for them.
The tour will begin at the offices of the Columbus Neighborhood Design Center (in an historic building in Weinland Park) with a short presentation by Michael Wilkos. It will be followed by a walking tour of approximately 1-1/2 hours to see changes taking place, including affordable and market rate rehabilitated historic housing, new infill housing, a rehab of existing units for current residents.
The tour will touch on issues and challenges facing neighborhoods undergoing revitalization and techniques and partnerships that have been used successfully to retain and provide affordable housing to existing residents.
The entire tour route will be between one and two miles; we will walk at a leisurely place, stopping at each site to discuss projects. Free parking is available in the lot to the side and rear of the Neighborhood Design Center.
The tour is approved for 2.5 HSW Learning Units (Continuing Education Credits for Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners.)
Attendees will understand the mission of Columbus Landmarks Foundation and its focus on preservation of the historic built environment and advocacy for quality new design;
Attendees will learn about the design challenges of award winning projects and how the urban context and other community redevelopment goals can frame design solutions;
Attendees will understand some of the challenges faced when trying to provide affordable housing in a neighborhood with appreciating property values; and
Attendees will be exposed to innovative and creative solutions to design problems.