Rickenbacker Area Study

We are working with multiple stakeholders in the Rickenbacker area on a community-driven study to provide a strategy to help Central Ohio position the area as a successful international logistics hub. This study looks into the area’s multifaceted existing factors and their growth potential over the next 10 to 20 years. This study looks into the area’s multifaceted existing factors and their growth potential over the next 10 to 20 years.

The study area is bounded by SR 762/Duval Road on the south, SR 674/US 33 on the east, SR 104
on the north, and I-71 on the west.

Major components include:

  • Infrastructure (highways, sanitary, water, broadband)
  • Economic Development (development, competitiveness, work force)
  • Energy (providers, efficiency, reliability, production)
  • Housing (work force housing analysis)
  • Placemaking (amenities, supporting uses, area identity & perception)
  • Continuance of Coordination and Implementation (MORPC, CRAA, Columbus 2020, Columbus Chamber, Pickaway Progress Partnership, local governments, businesses)

The work of the study is being distributed among the following working groups:

Economic Development

A key component of the Rickenbacker study will be examining the development potential and competitiveness of the area, as well as work force accessibility to jobs. This is the focus of the study’s economic development working group, which includes local government officials, economic development representatives, the Columbus Chamber, Columbus 2020, and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

Transportation

Identifying needed transportation improvements is a very important aspect of the Rickenbacker study. A working group that includes engineers and planners will focus on the primary routes that provide mobility throughout the study area. The transportation component of the study will identify assets, current demand on the network, and system needs, as well as consider all modes of transportation.

Water, Broadband & Energy

In addition to transportation, other types of infrastructure to examine during the course of the Rickenbacker Area Comprehensive Study include water and sewer management, data/broadband, as well as energy efficiency and production. A working group of MORPC Sustainability Advisory Committee members, utility providers, study partners, and others will examine these components.

Housing

A review of existing conditions and identification of market-relevant infill opportunities as it relates to housing is a very important aspect of the Rickenbacker Area Study. A housing working group that includes such partners as the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, Affordable Housing Trust, Ohio Capital Corp for Housing, and local municipalities has formed for this purpose.

For more information, contact Dina Lopez at 614.233.4149.

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