hilltop community plan DISCUSSION WORKBOOK
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS
agenda T H U R S DAY, JA N . 1 0
NEXT MEETING SATURDAY, FEB. 23
ENJOY DINNER & MEET NEIGHBORS!
HILLTOP COMMUNITY PLAN The Hilltop Community Plan will engage neighbors and stakeholders to understand the opportunities and challenges facing the Hilltop. Recommendations in the plan will focus on people, place, and housing.
6:00PM Dinner! Grab some food and talk for a bit.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY PLAN? A framework for the future physical and social investments of an area that relies on guidance from residents and stakeholders of the community in decision-making processes. Community planning relies upon an unwavering commitment to transparency. Our approach to community engagement is based on inclusion and consistent communication with residents—like you! THE NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN CENTER The Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) is a non-profit founded in 1982 to support revitalizing urban areas. We believe that great design is a right, not a privilege.
6:15PM New Year’s Resolutions Tell us your personal resolution to help make
the Hilltop a stronger neighborhood in 2019!
Discuss Dec. 13 Meeting Results from the Cause & Effect exercise
Results from SWOT exercise
6:35PM Individual Activity: Issue Ranking We’ve heard from Hilltop residents like you
for months about issues, but now we need to prioritize them through this ranking exercise!
7:00PM Group Activity: Vision Statement Edits We need your help determining the guiding
principles of the Hilltop Community Plan. In three groups, discuss and edit three statements about People, Place, and Home.
Wrap-up and raffle drawing!*
Thank you for coming, and being part of the Hilltop Community Plan! *Must arrive by 6:30pm to receive a raffle ticket. (614) 636-1632
Kerry Reeds & Matthew Adair (NDC)
north of mound west of I-70 south of RR tracks east of Roys/Hague 2.99 square miles Pop. 1960: 32,279 Pop. 2017: 19,445*
ODOT WEST BROAD ST.
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visit the plan online: envisionhilltop.com
select data M BUS
• see event results • share your ideas • stay informed
median gross rent
median year built
median owner-occupied home value S CU
• learn Hilltop history
at least 30% income on rent O
less than H.S. diploma
median household income
• contribute to the community map
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*1960 census tracts used: 44, 45, 47, 48, and 49. 2016 census tracts used: 45, 47, 48.1, 48.2. and 49
event results September 24 | Coin Count Results
The voting station at the Sept. 24 event allowed residents to distribute coins among the categories matching their personal priorities. The results help us understand what services/amenities are most important in your community.
Health Transportation Recreation
October 11 | Statement Priority Group Exercise Residents split into two groups per category—People, Place, and Home—to discuss which resident-submitted issues were most important to them. Each group distributed twenty coins among four categories to indicate priority level. PEOPLE Health A • Address social determinants of health Health B • Foster collaboration with residents, business, organizations, places, form a stronger sense of community Education A • Align social services & resources better for people w/ needs Education B • Trade schools Employment A • Transportation to job/training Employment B • Increase in local businesses on Broad St. Income A • More econ. development Income B • Push commercial property owners to fix and lease properties
PLACE Business A • The Hilltop needs a signature destination spot, restaurant/bar like Franklinton has Business B • Neighborhood clean-up Safety A • Crime: Prostitution, domestic violence, gang activity, and drugs Safety B • Crime: Prostitution, domestic violence, gang activity, and drugs Mobility A • Better transportation options Mobility B • Increase access to health resources, education, and employment Recreation A • More program(s) and activities for kids and young adults Recreation B • More program(s) and activities for kids and young adults
HOME Mixed-Income A • Rehabilitate existing housing (not historic) Mixed-Income B • Rehabilitate existing housing Quality A • More code enforcement for bad landlords Quality B • Fund for code enforcement for senior & owner-occupied residences to bring older homes up to code Affordability A • Repair/maintain seniors’ homes Affordability B • Partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create low-cost housing opportunities using existing housing Homeownership A • Help seniors maintain homes Homeownership B • Incentives for owner-occupied purchase/maintenance
October 11 | Individual Mapping Investment Exercise We asked participants to mark on a map which areas they would like to see investmentâ€”with yellow strips for residential and red for retail/commercial. The heat maps below display the combined results from 61 completed maps. The darker the box is, the more people marked it. These results will help guide plan recommendations. RETAIL INVESTMENT MAP The areas that received the most recommendation from residents were W. Broad St. between Wheatland & Ricahardson, and on Sullivant Avenue between Highland and Terrace. In general, most of the W. Broad and Sullivant corridors were of concern to residents.
HOUSING INVESTMENT MAP According to participants, the area in highest need of housing investment is between W. Broad and Olive St. from Richardson to Wayne Avenue, as well as near the intersection of Wayne and Palmetto St. As expected, recommended housing investment is less concentrated than retail investment.
November 8 | Hilltop Vision 2038 Independent Activity Participants were asked to imagine leaving the Hilltop for 20 years, and returning in 2038. What would the challenges and successes of the Hilltop be in 2038? Below are the top answers by category. Key themes: Housing affordability and resident displacement; condition of homes, including litter and trash as well as maintenance and aesthetic appeal; followed by an availability of retail and business amenities for residents. Full results are online.
P L AC E
Property Cultural Diversity/ Conditions Interaction
Property Cultural Diversity/ Conditions Interaction
November 8 | Parcel Re-Use Group Exercise Participants were asked to work in groups to select their preferred uses for vacant and/or underutilized parcels in the Hilltop focus area. The suggestions for each site are listed below. These results show that many neighbors want basic amenities like shopping, grocery, pharmacies, and laundry. Green space is also important, as is fostering diversity. Site 1
SULLIVANT & BURGESS
• Childcare/adult • Medical education • Grocery • Learning garden • Multi-family, • Public art mixed-income • Cafe/coffee
130 S. HARRIS AVE.
SULLIVANT & WHEATLAND • • • •
Restaurant/cafe Park Food trucks Performance space
• Community/ senior space • Butcher/produce • Grocery/Target • Laundromat
605 CLARK AVE.
BROAD & POWELL
• • • • •
Grocery Deli Coffee shop Laundromat Multi-family
• Mixed-use • Pharmacy • Affordable senior living • Offices
Restaurant/diner Coffee shop Grocery/deli Pharmacy Public art
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• Greenspace • Solar array • Park/playground • Side-yards • Garden/ • Affordable stormwater single-family basin homeownership • Parking
HARRIS & OLIVE
BROAD & OAKLEY • • • • •
• Single-family • Playground/ homeownership picnic shelter (affordable and • Multi-family market rate) homeownership, • Community affordable garden/park
• Community garden • Single-family rental or ownership, affordable
• Public art • Performance space • Rain garden • Learning garden
OAKLEY & SHERIDAN
Laundry Senior center Adult edu. Mixed-use
November 8 | Pre-K Center Survey
• Multi-family homeownership • Park/garden/ urban agri. • Mixed-use: park and homes • Off-grid tiny
home village • Community center • Multi-family townhomes • Senior living • Mixed-income
Participants responded to a brief survey about a potential Pre-K center for the Hilltop neighborhood being led by the City of Columbus. The idea is to bring more high-quality Pre-K slots to the neighborhood so children can be prepared when they enter Kindergarten. In addition to services for children, there could also be services for adults/families and for the community as a whole. Participants ranked how much they agree with the necessity of other services: Services for Youth: • Mentoring, 78% • After-school programs, 76% • Mental/behavioral health, 69%
Services to Support Families: • Childcare, 70% • Parenting classes, 67% • Workforce development, 66%
Community Based Services: • Drug use and support for addiction, 80% • Homeless services, 66%
December 13 | Cause & Effect Individual Activity Participants were asked to think deeply about the cause and effect of 16 issues that residents have raised since Summer 2018 during the planning process. The results below are the most common responses to each issue for the cause and effect. Find more detailed results online: envisionhilltop.com ISSUE
Lack of pride
Lack of parking
Lack of bus shelters
Lack of COTA/city investment
Discourages use of public transit
Lack of restaurants/retail
Lack of economic growth
Lack of city investment
Discourages active moblility/biking
Lack of economic opportunity
Discourages growth, visitors
Lack of enforcement
Dangerous for people walking/biking
Lack of development incentives
Lack of enforcement
Unsafe to walk
Unsafe wheelchair Lack of city navigation investment
People walk in road/ grass
Inequity for different ability levels
Lack of economic opportunity
Lack of resources/ healthcare access
Hilltop is destination for sex trade
Employment for Restored Citizens
Domestic violence Mental health/ control issues
Destruction of families
December 13 | Group SWOT Analysis Participants worked together in two groups to discuss the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats facing the Hilltop community. The results below are a combination of the group results. More details and bigger text online. STRENGTHS
• People and community • Large neighborhood • Location, close to downtown • History • Parks/trails • Diversity • Affordability • Spiritual life/churches • Mature trees • Library • Core residents—family oriented/hardworking • Generational dedication to the neighborhood • Latino community • Good police officers • Recreation centers • Community events • Freeway access • Beautiful historic housing stock
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Perception Crime and drugs No restaurants Litter/trash Sewage Slumlords Absentee landlords Run-down Tenant screening Eviction protocol Lack of curb appeal Infrastructure No champion No anchor No grocery/healthy food Many renters/transient pop. High commercial vacancy Lack of pre-k Lack of convenient parking @ corridor streets Columbus City Schools Gang violence/human trafficking Bus frequency on #6/#9/#5 Lack of green space between Broad & Sullivant Lack of neighborhood lighting
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Affordable commercial space Mixed-income Form a CDC w/ a champion Local credit union Transform perception Provide grants to speed up renovation of SF homes Affordable “starter” homes Vacant property MORPC 2050 Corridor Study Increase bus hours/frequency Post HS skilled trades training Continued coordination w/ various city depts (CDCs, etc.) Bike connection to Grandview Americorp (expand in Hilltop) can housing be linked to this? Coordinate w/ Kroger regarding bus shuttle (weekly?) Community/parent engagement Workforce dev./business incubation Clean alleys/get cars off streets Available services directory State employees (i.e. ODOT) 2 viable commercial corridors #10 bus line
• Accepting status quo • Continued loss of retail • Removal of W. Broad parking • Perception of mediocrity • Retail leakage • Vigilantism • Lack of economic growth due to development of other areas first • Lack of area resources • Aging in place • Opioid crisis • Westland site unused • Too much red tape • Transform the “system” • Bad media coverage • Displacement • Lack of living-wage jobs • Recreation centers beginning to charge for activities • Illegal dumping • Concentration of poverty
what you’ve told us erm
difficulty communicating sex work lack of local stores vacant land unsafe walking trauma gun lack of bus shelters crime infant mortality unsafe in
wheelchair lack of parent engagement violence no grocery jobs for restored citizens senior isolation housing Lack of Parking lack of community involvement speeding affordability domestic violence LItter lack of restaurants trash in alleys access to abandoned houses addiction unsafe to bike crumbling sidewalks healthcare Health • Drugs • Infant mortality • Crime • Mental health • Domestic violence • Transportation to services • Resource awareness
Education • Community involvement in schools • Parent engagement • Community engagement • Communication • Life skills • Trade school
Employment & Income • Transportation • Barrier removal • Local businesses and jobs • Training programs • Communication • Homeless resources • Economic development • Tax incentives
Business • Trash and litter • Streetscape • Parking • Need restaurants • Local stores • Worker-owned co-op
Safety • Proactive policing • Police on bikes • Crime • Street lighting • Cameras • Sidewalks • Speeding • Bus shelters
Mobility & Recreation • Business parking • Bus routes/shelters • Food/bike infrastructure • Speeding • Access for elderly/disabled • Fix one-way streets • Pool, dog park, libraries, baseball • Senior programs • Promote Camp Chase trail
Mixed-Income & Affordability • Build higher • More senior/low-income housing • Rehab. historic housing • More apartments/condos • Create smaller districts • Land trust properties • Property tax supports • Homebuying options for working families and medium-incomes
Quality • Home repair/maintenance support • Aging in place • Code enforcement • Flooding issues • More street trees • Block watches/cameras • Creative use of vacant lots
Homeownership • Help with property care • First-time buyer assistance • Rehab. historic housing • Create attractions/amenities to draw new homebuyers • Home maintenance resources • Tax abatements for home improvement • Financial coaching classes 8
rmplan principles (proposed)
The Hilltop Community Plan needs guiding principles under which the plan recommendations will be developed. These statements are intentionally broad, visionary, and ambitious. Please help us refine/edit these statements to ensure that they capture the spirit of the neighborhood residents. Please keep in mind that these must be one-sentence statements, with between 15 and 25 words.
P L AC E
Health People deserve access to highquality physical and emotional healthcare, from addiction and rehabilitation services to basic primary care.
Employment & Income Finding accessible living wage employment should be achievable, while job retention and career progress should be assisted by social services.
Education Children should be prepared for living wage jobs in emerging industries by integrating workforce development with academic experience. Business The Hilltop should be attractive to a variety of businesses that will help create a diverse ecosystem of amenities and economic activity for the neighborhood.
Mobility & Recreation People should be able to safely and efficiently access other parts of the city and recreational amenities should be available nearby.
Safety Neighbors should feel safe in their homes and exploring the neighborhood, both from interpersonal violence and environmental hazards. Mixed-Income & Affordability The Hilltop should be home for a range of income levels, while staying true to its heritage as a working-class residential area. Quality Housing in the neighborhood should be safe inside and out, as well as aesthetically appealing.
Homeownership Neighbors should be empowered to buy their homes as an expression of pride and community buildingâ€” as well as a strategy for financial advancement.
Hilltop residents have been using the online wiki-map to voice concerns and points of pride throughout the neighborhood. Common issues raised include criminal activity, illegal dumping, litter, and pride in neighborhood parks. Moving forward we will work to devise strategies that reduce negative behaviors and build on the community’s strengths.
CO M M U N I TY P L A N W I K I M A P CO M M E N T S
Bike infrastructure Crime Crosswalk/ Pedestrian Issue Leave a compliment! Other issue Share your story Speeding vehicles Transit issue Your favorite spot
A FEW “OTHER ISSUE” COMMENTS RECEIVED: • “The homeless population on this corner needs to be addressed. It is the access to the public library and other businesses where pedestrians come and go. It is a distraction to drivers when you have more than one person approaching your car as you wait for the light and can be unnerving.” • “Prostitutes, drug activity”
• “Curbs are falling apart and parking areas have huge pot holes” • “Holton Park is a great resource, it would be wonderful if the recreation center was repurposed to offer adult residents more.” • “Beautiful old bank could be repurposed into event space, coop work space, dance hall, business incubator, etc.” 10
• Saturday, February 23
• Thursday, March 14, 6—8pm • Thursday, April 11, 6—8pm • Thursday, May 9, 6—8pm
WHAT ARE WE MISSING?
Questions? Comments? Contact us! (614) 636-1632