Shared from the 9/10/2016 The Columbus Dispatch eEdition


Neighborhoods office opens in Linden

Columbus’ new Department of Neighborhoods has set up shop in South Linden.

The department’s offices are in the Point of Pride building at 1410 Cleveland Ave., near the interchange of I-71 and E. 11th Avenue.

The offices will house the city’s Neighborhood Pride program, the Community Relations Commission, neighborhood liaisons and the 311 customer-service center, with a total of 40 employees.

“The mayor really wanted this to be in the Hilltop or Linden area,” said Robin Davis, spokeswoman for Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. She said placing it in Linden will help with revitalization efforts there.

Carla Williams-Scott is the director of the Department of Neighborhoods. She was the assistant director of economic development and community partnerships for Franklin County.

Meanwhile, the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks will reopen its Driving Park Recreation Center with a ceremony at 11 a.m. today.

The city closed the center for renovations in 2015. The upgrades include a new swimming pool, new heating and air-conditioning systems, and 15,000 square feet of additional space.

The cost of the work was close to $11.2 million, including $10.5 million for construction and $683,750 for design. @MarkFerenchik

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