MORPC Seeks Public Comments on the Draft Rickenbacker Area Study

    April 23, 2019
    Open House scheduled May 30 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 4175 Alum Creek Drive, Obetz

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking public comments on the draft Rickenbacker Area Study. The study outlines recommendations to improve workforce mobility and the area’s overall quality of life. Recommendations include infrastructure improvements in transportation, diversification of energy sources, and expansion of public fiber/broadband in the Rickenbacker study area. The study area encompasses State Route 762/Duval Road on the south, State Route 764/U.S. 33 on the east, State Route 104 on the north and Interstate 71 on the west.  The results of the study can be viewed as a story map at morpc.org/rickenbackerstudy.

    A public meeting to share the final recommendations will be held on Thursday, May 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Obetz Village Municipal Office, 4175 Alum Creek Drive, Obetz.

    “The study engaged multiple stakeholders in the Rickenbacker area in a community-driven approach to position this economic engine of Central Ohio as a successful community and international logistics hub. We look forward to sharing this with the community, incorporating their final feedback and intend for this to guide the area’s growth potential over the next 10 to 20 years.”
    MORPC Transportation and Infrastructure Development Director Thea Walsh

    Traditionally, MORPC studied only transportation roadway improvements to facilitate the movement of freight in the area.  In 2016, MORPC, along with multiple stakeholders in the Rickenbacker area, took a more comprehensive look focusing on transportation improvements but also economic development incentives, workforce mobility, housing affordability factors, and energy. The study includes draft recommendations on mobility, transit, active transportation and roadways; as well as place-making strategies.

    Located in the southern portion of the Columbus metropolitan area, Rickenbacker is one of the region’s most valuable economic assets.  A focus of both public and private sector investments over the last 30 years, it is home to one of the world’s few cargo-focused airports, a rail intermodal yard, and over 75 million square feet of industrial space. Rickenbacker is a prominent intermodal hub for transferring freight between air, truck, and rail modes in the Central Ohio region.

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