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Campus Partners wins national recognition for revitalization of University District

The American Planning association has awarded Campus Partners with the prestigious National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation for revitalization of the University District. The award was presented at the American Planning Association’s National Conference in New Orleans earlier this month. Accepting the award on behalf of the organization was Doug Aschenbach, the current president of Campus Partners, Terry Foegler, who served as president of Campus Partners from 1996 to 2008, and David Dixon from Goody Clancy & Associates.

The Ohio State University, in cooperation with the city of Columbus, created Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment in 1995 to spearhead the revitalization of the neighborhoods of the University District, which surround the university campus.

Aschenbach said, “The planning process which was guided by Goody Clancy & Associates was very transparent and involved a broad base of neighborhood and area stakeholders. This open process combined with the University’s significant financial investment in the neighborhood has allowed the neighborhood plans to be implemented as envisioned.”

The award recognizes “an effort that demonstrates a significant achievement for accomplishing positive changes as a result of planning.” Campus Partners leveraged more than $150 million in investment including renovation and development of roughly 1,000 housing units of Section 8, affordable, and market-rate housing; the redevelopment of south campus with South Campus Gateway; a new police station; new public elementary school; and Ohio State's new early-childhood learning center.