The Lane Avenue business corridor is the City’s most rapidly evolving commercial district, and it continues to experience unprecedented levels of reinvestment. This transformation has enhanced the area’s vibrancy and appeal, providing new dining, retail, housing and service options, along with the community’s first hotel (with a second under construction).
As the area has changed, the City has implemented measures to address parking and traffic concerns, provide transitional buffers from the commercial district into the adjoining residential neighborhood, and to enhance pedestrian and bicycle access where possible.
A statistically valid survey on the corridor—conducted at the close of 2018—demonstrated high levels of resident satisfaction with recent developments, increased access to shops and amenities, and the steps taken to mitigate traffic and access.
With new developments already underway and on the horizon—such as The Lane II (which began construction this summer) and Arlington Gateway—combined with the pressures of a growing region, City Council has approved a contract with OHM Advisors, to take a detailed look at the district to better understand the impacts of future growth and put in place a framework to guide this growth in a way that best benefits the community.
The Lane Avenue Planning Study process will include:
- A detailed review of pertinent guiding documents, such as the Master Plan, Unified Development Ordinance, past studies and survey data.
- Developing commercial streetscape standards to enhance the district, with a focus on pedestrian activity, bicycle access, transit use, outdoor dining, and opportunities for public art and public gathering spaces.
- Reviewing and making recommendations for modifying the City’s commercial design standards.
- A comprehensive traffic evaluation of Lane Avenue, from Riverside Drive to State Route 315—to include traffic counts and projecting maximum future development counts—to develop a phased approach to congestion mitigation and parking requirements.
The study process began in August 2019 and is expected to conclude in the Spring of 2020. It includes two phases of citizen engagement, providing opportunities for residents to learn about the significance of the business district for Upper Arlington’s future and to provide input on what they believe should be priority considerations.
This September, residents can participate in the first round of information gathering, in the following ways:
- Open House 1: 6-8 pm, Wednesday, September 18, COhatch, 1733 W. Lane Avenue
- Community Pop Up 1: 7:30-9 am, Thursday, September 26, Crimson Cup, 2468 Northwest Boulevard
- Community Pop Up 2: 5:30-7 pm, Thursday, September 26, Whole Foods, 1555 W. Lane Avenue
A second round of engagement will occur at the close of the year, at which time OHM will present its findings and initial recommendations for review and discussion.
The City encourages residents to become involved in this important review process to help develop a roadmap that will further the corridor’s appeal as a major hub for community activity, while preserving the peaceful nature of surrounding neighborhoods. Full details and project updates can be found by clicking here.