What's New in Uptown?
Survey work was recently performed along State Street and adjacent side streets in Uptown Westerville to document locations of property pins, street infrastructure, buildings and overhead/ underground utilities. The Uptown area has undergone many changes since the mid-1980s (the last time a survey of this scale was performed) and new data will assist the City in discussions about important issues such as drainage, parking, development, signage and street maintenance.
Read the full letter that was mailed to Uptown Westerville Merchants and Residents.
Uptown Streetscape ConceptsUptown Westerville needs continued investment to remain physically and economically vibrant, just as any much-loved historic home. Property values have risen and held steady, while new businesses continue to invest in the district.
What is the Uptown Streetscape Program?
The City of Westerville Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a five-year plan that identifies public capital projects and equipment purchases. This plan has scheduled resurfacing State Street in the Uptown area in 2019. This work was originally intended to be repaving only. However, Westerville City Council requested additional work be included to implement recommendations from the Uptown Master Plan.
The Uptown Master Plan, approved in 2014 by Westerville City Council, extensively studied the district to understand what conditions would be most ideal for future growth and development.
Learn more about Uptown Westerville Development
The Uptown Plan was reviewed by both Planning Commission and Uptown Review Board in a joint session on March 6, 2014. During the meeting, the Commission and Board discussed the Plan and took public comment. At the conclusion of the meeting, both bodies unanimously recommended adoption by City Council. On May 6, 2014, City Council voted to approve the Plan, which can be viewed here.
Uptown Façade Improvement Program
The Uptown Façade Improvement Program is a program that provides matching grants to property owners or businesses, resulting in a comprehensive restoration or substantial improvement to an Uptown building façade. Applicants have been eligible for reimbursement up to 50% of the total cost of the façade improvement with a maximum cap of $30,000 contingent upon Westerville Industry and Commerce Corporation (WICC) approval. For more information, follow the links below or contact Bassem Bitar (901-6658) or Rob Rishel (901-6896).
Uptown Review Board
The Uptown Review Board (URB) is a seven-member board the responsibility of which is to protect and promote the historic character of the Uptown District. To this end the Board is responsible for reviewing changes including new construction, building additions, facade renovations and changes to exterior materials, window and door replacements, signage, awnings, paint color changes, building demolition, and landscaping elements (e.g. fences, walls, walkways, etc.). Some minor changes may be approved administratively. The Board meets the first Thursday of each month at 21 S. State Street in City Council Chambers. To learn more, click here to visit the URB page.
Uptown Parking Study
The City has evaluated Uptown parking solutions for the future, and is moving forward with many recommendations. See below to access and review parking study materials.