Poindexter Village Transformation Infrastructure Study & Design
In 2012, the former Poindexter Village public housing complex was razed to make way for redevelopment under the City of Columbus Near Eastside Blueprint for Community Investment. The Blueprint was catalyzed by a HUD Choice Neighborhoods planning grant, and developed over a two year community planning process by PACT, a partnership of The Ohio State University, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and the City of Columbus. In September 2013, CMHA was the lead applicant on a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) grant application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CNI grant brought $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. The redevelopment project sits on the complete rehabilitation of the site’s existing aged infrastructure, which required an Infrastructure Study and Master Plan to examine the condition of existing public infrastructure surrounding the Poindexter Village area and plan for improvements necessary to support redevelopment.
In addition to the development of the utility master plan, EMH&T provided complete civil/site engineering services for the development of a new infrastructure master plan for the project, including environmental services and topographic survey. This infrastructure planning included sanitary and combined sewer analysis, which encompassed CCTV inspection of 3,850 LF of sewer pipe designated to remain in service on the rehabilitated site, stormwater management, water distribution system analysis, MELP analysis, and overall site (streets, sidewalks, lighting) upgrades to enhance way of life as well as pedestrian and bicycle accessibility. Additionally, EMH&T incorporated green infrastructure into the site development, including underground stormwater storage features, pervious pavement, and retention ponds. Considerations for neighborhood walkability and the Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways Plan were also incorporated into the overall site plan, which allows the redeveloped site to blend into the surrounding street grid as well as the City’s multi-modal plans.