Don’t expect MidTown, Inc. to support any redevelopment or rezoning without our seeing plans for the project first.
Anne King, Executive Director, MidTown, Inc.
From the Board of Directors of MidTown, Inc.
Position Statement on proposed development of the Hilton Property, located at Wynnton Road and Hilton Avenue in MidTown
While MidTown, Inc., supports in concept both high quality and appropriately located high density development and affordable housing throughout Midtown, it opposes at this time any high density or commercial development on the Hilton property because of potential adverse impact on the historic, single-family streetscapes along 15th Street and Hilton Avenue, which comprise two of the three borders of that property.
We measure all of our projects, programs, initiatives, and the positions we take in the community, against our founding mission: MidTown, Inc. works to sustain and enhance the neighborhoods and businesses within MidTown Columbus through education and advocacy with respect to community, conservation and diversity.
With regard to the Hilton property, we have listened to community debate and the heartfelt and reasoned concerns engendered by any proposed development of the property. We have wrestled with our organization’s advocacy for quality affordable housing and added residential density to create vibrant, diverse places; and concerns about the effects of any high-density residential or commercial development of this particular property on the surrounding historic neighborhoods.
At this time, in addition to opposing the proposed high density development on this particular site, MidTown, Inc. also opposes any other future development or rezoning of the Hilton property—commercial or residential—without the opportunity to assess site plans, buffers and plantings, and design details that conform to guidelines set forth through the existing Tree Ordinance and the Board of Historic and Architectural Review. The organization reserves the privilege of re-evaluating a position on the property’s long-term development with a more complete understanding of any developer’s proposed plans and their impact on extant historic neighborhoods.
May 17, 2018, MidTown, Inc. Position Statement (pdf)
Statement from MidTown, Inc., April 24, 2018
HILTON, National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, January 20, 1972
Community meeting agenda, May 2, 2018: the agenda for a community meeting at the Columbus Public Library, organized by Tyler Pritchard and attended by neighborhood residents
2018-5-6, Ledger-Enquirer, Upset Columbus residents plan to fight Atlanta developer’s affordable housing project, by Tony Adams
2018-4-27, Ledger-Enquirer, Wynnton Road residents didn’t support affordable housing project. It backfired., by Alva James-Johnson