Based upon HHPA’s recommendation for the Columbus Museum of Art to remain at its current site, it was decided that a comprehensive master plan was necessary to determine how the Museum might best expand, while creating a synergy with its neighbor, the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Concepts for the District evolved through workshops with staff and Board members of both institutions, adjacent property owners, interested organizations and city representatives. The plan demonstrates the physical and financial benefits of two organizations working together to achieve an overall vision for long term development.
HHPA’s Master Plan provides:
• Options for Museum’s expansion
• Potential building sites for the College’s expansion;
• An overall parking strategy to meet the needs of both institutions;
• The creation of Art/Park - a parking structure featuring ground floor contemporary arts exhibition space and the closing of Gaye Street to create a linear Arts Walk;
• The introduction of ground floor retail and other pedestrian amenities in certain buildings; and
• A landscape concept plan to bolster the image and identity of the area.
Elements such as parking, landscape, open space and exhibition space will be shared between the two entities. The District will also become an important destination in the downtown, enhancing economic revitalization of surrounding properties. HHPA and the client were awarded the City of Columbus’ 2000 Award of Excellence for Planning - “Plan It” Columbus 2000.