Columbus Celebrates American Addition Infrastructure Improvements

For Immediate Release

November 5, 2014                          

Contacts:  

Tyneisha Harden, Mayor’s Office, 645-2425

Rick Tilton, Public Service, 645-7263

George Zonders, Public Utilities, 645-2926

Steve Nichol, Homeport, 545-4838
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Residents Join Mayor Coleman and City Councilmember Hardin To Celebrate Completion of First Phase of American Addition Infrastructure Improvements

Neighborhood leaders and representatives of Homeport joined Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin to celebrate the completion of the first phase of roadway and other infrastructure improvements in the American Addition neighborhood.  The work is part of the American Addition Improvements Project, which is a joint effort between the City of Columbus and Homeport.  

“We are investing in the American Addition neighborhood to make it safer for families,” said Mayor Coleman.  “This project makes it safer to walk in the neighborhood, reduces flooding during rainstorms and makes homeownership possible for more families.”

American Addition, Phase 1, infrastructure improvements include:

  • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, to the following streets:
    • East 12th Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Sampson Avenue
    • Lee Avenue
    • Sampson Avenue
    • Sigsbee Avenue
    • Woodford Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Katahdin Alley
  • Improvements to existing alleys and construction of additional new alleys
  • Addition of street lights
  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of street trees
  • Rain Gardens

“I thank God that he not only let me see this day and made a dream come true, but that the best is yet to come,” said American Addition neighborhood leader Marie Moreland Short.   “I want to thank Mayor Coleman for keeping his promise.” 

Phases 2 and 3 of the American Addition infrastructure improvements project are scheduled for construction beginning in August 2015, with completion scheduled for August 2016, weather permitting.  Infrastructure improvements include roadway reconstruction and the addition of sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers, new water lines and street lights. 

“American Addition plays a significant role in the history of Columbus and the fabric of our community,” said Councilmember Hardin, chair of the Public Service & Transportation Committee.  “For decades, this development served as a hub of African-American life in Columbus.   The improvements here will restore this neighborhood to the prominence it deserves.”

The American Addition project also includes homes that have been built, and will be built, by Homeport.  Homeport has built and sold 10 new homes in American Addition to date, plans to build seven to 10 homes in 2015, and intends to develop 80 additional lots in the neighborhood.

“At Homeport, our mission is to provide homes where families can live safely and with stability – and flourish long term,” said Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben. “We are proud to be a partner with the city in rejuvenating a long neglected neighborhood. American Addition’s new homes and infrastructure, community center and park, and close proximity to the downtown, have merged to make this a desirable place to call ‘home.’”

Phases 2 and 3 of the project will include the following infrastructure improvements:

  • Phase 2:
    • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lights and street trees to the following streets:

   East 12th Avenue between Sampson Avenue and Petrel Alley

   Key West Avenue between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Puritan Avenue between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Woodford Avenue between Katahdin Alley to Petrel Alley

  • Improvements to the following alleys:

   Helena Alley between Katahdin Alley and Petrel Alley

   Olympia Alley between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Petrel Alley between East 12th Avenue and Woodford Avenue

  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of rain gardens
  • Phase 3:
    • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lights and street trees to the following streets:

   Dewey Avenue between Katahdin Alley and Petrel Alley

   Key West Avenue between Dewey Avenue and Woodford Avenue

   Puritan Avenue between Dewey Avenue and Woodford Avenue

  • Improvements to the following alleys:

   Katahdin Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

   Olympia Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

   Petrel Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of rain gardens
  • Costs (includes design, right-of-way acquisition, construction and inspection)
    • Phase 1:  $ 5.8 million
    • Phases 2 and 3:  $ 5.7 million

The Department of Public Service is administering the roadway, sidewalk and alley improvement segments of the American Addition project.  The Department of Public Utilities, which is constructing storm sewer, water line and street light improvements, and the Department of Development are partners in the project.   

Adjacent to the American Addition project, work continues on Phase 2 of the Joyce Avenue Improvements Project, on Joyce Avenue between East 12th Avenue and immediately north of East 17th Avenue, and on East 17th Avenue between Brentnell Avenue and 300 feet west of Billiter Boulevard.  The project includes roadway reconstruction and the addition of sidewalks, shared used paths, storm sewers, upgraded water lines and street lights.  Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in 2015, with Phase 3 construction scheduled to begin in 2016.   Phase 1 of the Joyce Avenue Improvements Project was completed in November 2013.