Our Story

Campus Partners was created by The Ohio State University for Community Urban Redevelopment in 1995 to spearhead the revitalization of the urban neighborhoods around its Columbus campus.

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Campus Partners was created as a non-profit organization to work with the city, community agencies, neighborhood civic associations and the university.

Representatives of university faculty, staff and students, university community organizations and the City of Columbus, established the the University Area Improvement Task Force in January 1994 to address the decline in the University District. Two months later, a student was abducted near her off-campus residence and murdered, underscoring the importance of the task force’s work. Campus Partners, a non-profit redevelopment corporation, was created to advance their efforts and prepare a comprehensive revitalization plan for the University District.

That plan was approved in May 1997 by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees, in consultation with the university, the city and neighborhood leaders. The trustees also authorized Campus Partners to proceed with a proposed mixed-use project to redevelop the area. They also allocated funding for an employer-based homeownership incentive program for faculty and staff to purchase homes in the area. At the recommendation of the city's Planning Division, Columbus City Council adopted the revitalization plan in June 1997 as the official policy for guiding city action in the University District.


AWards and recognition

2016
Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio History Connection

2010
National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation 
Finalist, Awards for Excellence: The Americas Competition from Urban Land Institute 

2008
Honorable mention, Excellence in Economic Development, awarded by the International Economic Development Council

2006
Expy awarded by Experience Columbus
Excellence in Engineering Honor Award, awarded by the American Council of Engineering Companies

2004
Excellence in Planning, Honorable Mention, awarded by the Society for College and University Planning and the American Institute of Architects

2003
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing Award of Excellence