A firm that has been studying our community of New Albany recently released a report that said we have a lot to offer – but we need to do a better job of marketing.
Evidently, planners from MKSK, a central Ohio planning and design firm, told residents in late January that New Albany should expand by constructing more homes and businesses in the village center.
They also suggested aggressively marketing such additions to the surrounding area.
Growth Opportunities in New Albany, Ohio
Consultants working with MKSK also suggested that the community should add more road extensions and leisure path connections.
A group of 30 stakeholders – including those from the New Albany Planning Commission and the New Albany City Council – are expected to thoroughly review the suggestions over the next several months.
The city council will make a final decision on whether to follow the suggestions of the draft.
The city paid $150,000 for the most recent report.
Here are some other highlights from the initial report:
- Current zoning in New Albany allows the city to grow to 18,530 residents.
- As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 7,724.
- Although most residents like the size of New Albany right now, many also said they want to see more restaurants and retail businesses.
- Planners suggested the city market its attractions to neighboring communities like Columbus and Licking County.
- They also suggested marketing retail amenities to the more than 10,500 people working in the New Albany business parks, especially given that retail usually follows people.
- In terms of roads, the consultants recommended widening state Route 161 to three lanes (which must be approved by the state of Ohio) as well as providing more connections to Route 161 in the city’s business parks in Licking County.
- They also suggested connecting Smith’s Mill Road north to Jug Street as well as Smith’s Mill and Jug Street to Beech Road.
- The consultants also suggested that the city work with neighboring jurisdictions in order to implement the best and most cost-effective bicycle and leisure trail connections, especially the Ohio to Erie Trail.
Improvements Coming to New Albany
What do you think of the proposals that the consultants recently made to New Albany Ohio stakeholders? We would love to hear your thoughts on how you think New Albany should expand!
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Kate & Tony Thomas