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Uptown 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. Survey work was performed in December 2017 along State Street and adjacent side streets in Uptown Westerville to document locations of property pins, street infrastructure, buildings and overhead/ underground utilities. 

 

2018 - Design and Engineering
2019 - Construction

Visit the GoWesterville interactive map for details about the project.Fact Sheet

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UPDATE (Thursday, May 30)
COLUMBIA GAS PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY, JUNE 3

The Uptown Improvement Project along State Street in Uptown Westerville is scheduled to begin this summer. In conjunction with our project, Columbia Gas will begin their work on line replacements next week.

Columbia Gas will replace the current low-pressure gas line located under State Street with a new medium-pressure gas line beginning Monday, June 3, 2019. Approved work hours for the project are 9 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday night through Friday afternoon. Columbia Gas has indicated typical work hours are 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (subject to change depending on the needs of the project).  All work is weather permitting.

Columbia standards and applicable regulations require gas meters be placed on the outside of buildings. The City has requested meters be placed to the side or rear of buildings in order to best align with Uptown’s aesthetic standards.

Columbia Gas has worked cooperatively with the City to determine appropriate locations for each meter. Buildings located between Park and College will have gas meters located along the sides of the buildings; those between College and Home Streets will have meters moved to the rear.

There are three main project steps associated with Columbia’s work: They will install new mainline, complete interior work and install a new connection from the main to the building. For efficiency, they expect to utilize two crews simultaneously.

The expected timeline is as follows:

  • June 3 to mid-July: Beginning June 3, work begins from Park Street and College Avenue. One crew will begin work on installing the new gas main from College to Park Street. The second crew will begin the internal work.
  • Mid-June to mid-September: Installing the new gas main and installation of services on the west side of State Street between College and Home.
  • Late July to Late October: Installing the new gas main and installation services on the east side of State Street between College and Home.

Parking impacts will be managed by Columbia (signage and visibility) and the City. If you have questions related to the community outreach efforts performed by Columbia Gas, please contact Luka Papalko, External Affairs Specialist at (614) 420-1376 or by email at lpapalko@nisource.com.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the City with any questions or concerns by email at uptown@westerville.org or by calling (614) 901-6845.


MORE ABOUT THE COLUMBIA GAS LINE REPLACEMENT PROJECT

Westerville City Council conducted a work session on March 12 to discuss the Uptown Improvement Project schedule. This following summarizes the key points from the meeting, including Council’s approval of a schedule to commence work by both Columbia Gas and the City of Westerville:

Columbia Gas proposed work that impacted the City’s schedule of the Uptown Improvement Project. Columbia has since surveyed the 41 Uptown businesses, office, and residential customers it serves with a low-pressure gas line located under the State Street pavement. Their intention is to replace that line with medium-pressure service and relocate meters to the side or rear of the building (at the City’s request). 

The following schedule was established to reduce impact to merchants and parking, project costs and timelines:

EARLY JUNE 2019 TO OCT. 31, 2019
COLUMBIA GAS COMPLETES WORK IN PHASED APPROACH

EARLY AUG. 2019 TO NOV. 1, 2019
CITY PERFORMS WORK NOT AFFECTED BY COLUMBIA GAS
UTILITY RELOCATION, SIGNAL EQUIPMENT, IMPROVEMENTS SOUTH OF PARK)

NOV. 1, 2019 TO DEC. 31, 2019
CONSTRUCTION ZONE SECURED*; NO WORK

JAN. 1, 2020 TO LATE SEP. 2020
CITY COMPLETES REMAINING WORK

*Secured means all equipment removed, parking restored, sidewalks in place and full access to all properties

Staff is working closely with Columbia to begin planning logistics. We will be in touch again soon with more details on the overall schedule, as well as plans for public project meetings.  

Thank you for your patience and participation. Please visit www.westerville.org/uptown for more information on the scope of work planned by the City of Westerville. You may also contact us with any questions or concerns by email at uptown@westerville.org or by calling (614) 901-6845. 


UPTOWN SANITARY SEWER MAINS AND SERVICE MAINTENANCE

UPDATE: Work to improve Uptown Sanitary Sewer Mains and Service Maintenance resumes on Thursday, June 13. Read the letter sent to impacted residents and to businessesDownload the fact sheet 

One infrastructure improvement which will be performed in advance of the Uptown Improvement Project is preventative maintenance to sanitary sewer mains and service laterals.

The maintenance of these laterals normally falls at the expense of the property owners. However, because City engineers have determined that some sanitary sewer laterals in Uptown are in a state of disrepair, and we wish to avoid any future maintenance that may damage the new streetscape, the City will perform preventative maintenance at no cost to the property owner or tenant as a part of the Uptown Improvement Project.

This maintenance will ensure that sanitary sewers along State Street are up-to-date and reliable for Uptown businesses, avoiding any surprise problems in the future. This work will require coordination between the City, contractors and property/business owners. Work will be done in three phases over the next couple of months:

  1. Mainline cleaning work along State Street will occur during overnight hours. Only minor traffic impacts are expected.
  2. Contractors will complete dye testing of service connections. This work involves flushing dye from inside each building while a camera is in the mainline. This allows for thorough inspection of laterals and connection points. Daytime access to buildings is needed for this work, and we will coordinate with you directly in advance of this work. Traffic will be impacted from lane closures to allow the camera equipment to be set up in a safe manner.
  3. Complete lining process during overnight hours. Only minor traffic impacts are expected. 

During the actual lining process for the portion of main that serves properties/businesses along State Street, we will ask that water usage at these locations be limited. This work will temporarily reduce the ability of the State Street main to accept sewage from specific properties, so limiting water usage during these overnight hours will help ensure there are no adverse impacts. This work will be performed overnight for one night, and we will coordinate directly with you ahead of time for this specific impact. Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience as much as possible.

If the lateral serving your property also needs repaired, there will be a second night of lining work on the lateral. This would require the same limited use of water as the mainline work would. Again, we will coordinate directly with you should your property/business be impacted in this fashion.

The entire project is expected to be complete in early May.

We appreciate your ongoing partnership in Uptown’s success. For more information about either of these projects, please visit us online at www.westerville.org/uptown. You may also contact us with any questions or concerns by email at uptown@westerville.org or by calling (614) 901-6845.

What is the Uptown Improvement Project?

The City of Westerville Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a five-year plan that identifies public capital projects and equipment purchases, including the Uptown Improvements Project. 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 Plan.

Final Streetscape Design Plans are complete and now available. Click here to view.

The Public Parking Wayfinding Package is complete and now available. Click here to view.

An open house on the Uptown Improvements was held on November 28, 2018. Click here to view a PDF of the presentation given.

The Uptown 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.

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Learn more about Uptown Westerville Development

  • Uptown Plan
    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.

  • Uptown Improvement Program
    The Uptown Improvement Program (formerly known as the Uptown Façade Improvement Program) provides matching grants to property owners or businesses, resulting in restoration or substantial improvement to an Uptown building. Applicants have been eligible for reimbursement up to 50% of the total cost of the improvement with a maximum cap of $30,000, contingent upon Westerville Industry and Commerce Corporation (WICC) approval. Applications are accepted for this program year-round. For more information, follow the links below or contact Bassem Bitar (901-6658) or Rob Rishel (901-6896).  Program Description  |  Program Application

  • Uptown Review Board 
    The Uptown Review Board (URB) is a seven-member board with the responsibility 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 St. in City Council Chambers. To learn more, 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. Uptown Parking Study Public Report.