Our design process begins with an initial meeting with the client and site visit. After an initial meeting a NDC intern or staff member creates several design concepts. These concepts are presented to the client and revised based on their feedback. For larger public projects the design process often involves interactive design charrettes and/or presentations at community meetings. The length of the process can be anywhere from a few months for a small building visualization to many months for a larger collaborative project to a year or more for a community visioining plan.
Our broad spectrum of projects develops from a range of funding sources. The Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (NCR) Program funded through the City of Columbus Department of Development allows us to provide free design services to businesses located within designated urban corridors. See below if you like to learn more about the NCR program or to find out if your business is within a corridor. United Way supports the NDC through a Safer Neighborhoods Grant and allows us to provide the Weinland Park, King-Lincoln/Bronzeville and Near Southside Area communities with design services. To learn more about what we are doing in these areas visit our project pages (LANDSCAPE + PLANNING and GRAPHICS) or contact us. We also seek fee-based projects which involves an initial client meeting to determine the cost of design services based on project scope . Examples of these projects would be our Franklin County collaborative work or Newark Planning work, both of which can be found in our LANDSCAPE + PLANNING page. We also collaborate with many neighborhoods or community organizations seeking grant funds for design projects. To find out more about grant opportunities visit our RESOURCES page.
IS YOUR BUSINESS OR BUILDING LOCATED IN A NCR CORRIDOR?
Thanks to the City of Columbus, free design services are available to Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (NCR) areas. Long Street, Main Street, and Mount Vernon Avenue are among eligible areas in the Near East. Other NCR corridors consist of Parsons Avenue, Cleveland Avenue and West Broad Street in Franklinton and the Hilltop. See the map below for specific boundaries. This revitalization program also offers financial incentives to businesses and building owners in a matching grant for up to $3,000 in exterior building improvements. If you would like to take advantage of the NCR program please contact us.