Poindexter Village Redevelopment
The Poindexter Village redevelopment plan encompassed the site of the former Poindexter Village public housing complex in Columbus’ Near East Side. Managed by McCormack, Baron Salazar (MBS), a national urban revitalization firm, the project was catalyzed by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods planning grant. The project was developed over a two-year community planning process by Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT), a partnership of The Ohio State University, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and the City of Columbus. The HUD Choice grant provided $30 million in HUD funds and leveraged over $220 million in additional investment to support the redevelopment of Poindexter Village into a mixed-income, multi-generational community; as well as complementary investments in economic development, education, human capital development (“People Strategy”) and neighborhood initiatives (“Neighborhood Strategy”) in the Near East Side.
EMH&T’s Environmental Division was responsible for the completion of a Part 58 Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Review Record (ERR) required by the various HUD funding sources. In addition, EMH&T completed HUD Form 4128, Environmental Assessment and Compliance Findings for the Related Laws. The EA required an assessment of the project’s impacts on the full suite of human and natural environmental factors, including Section 106 cultural resources consultation per the historic nature of the Poindexter Neighborhood. The project had to comply with the executed cultural Memorandum of Understanding regarding the re-development of the area. In addition, due to the historic urban (commercial and industrial) nature of the site, the project required multiple Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, including consultation on waste handling plan notes and remediation plans. EMH&T, in consultation with the client, CMHA, and the City of Columbus, generated a list of environmental commitments/mitigation measures for the project and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued by HUD.