Near East

The Mural showcased above was the brainstorm of two area artists as a means to remedy a chronic graffiti issue. If you look closely at the black lines, it is actually a street scene divided into multiple sections. Each section was completed by a different individual from the very young to the very old. A true of the community working together.

Brief History of the Near East Area Commission

Parsons Avenue was at one time the eastern most boundary of the City of Columbus Ohio. Anything beyond that could be considered unchartered territory consisting of scattered elaborate homes and farm land. The advent of public transportation (trolleys) was the impetus for further development of the Near East Side. No longer limited to jobs and housing arrangements within walking distance, individuals branched out passed City limits. 
This development continued for years until two major upheavals – the infiltration of I-71 and I-70 which facilitated a huge exodus to the newly developed suburbs.
The Near East Side suffered a major loss of land and in many instances, free flowing traffic was loped off. Housing deterioration quickly followed the loss of population and formerly stately homes were chopped up to provide in many instances sub-standard housing.
Model Cities was a federally funded program whose mission was to help relieve some of the damage inflicted on the Near East Side. This effort eventually evolved into the City of Columbus City Council establishing  The Near East Area Commission in 1979.

Map of Area Commission Boundaries

This area commission meets at Neighborhood Policing Center, 950 E. Main Street

Key Details

Meeting Time
6:30 pm
2nd Thursday of each month

Neighborhood Pride Center
Near East Neighborhood Pride Center
1393 East Broad Street

Meeting Place
Neighborhood Policing Center
950 E. Main Street

Neighborhood Liaison
Jesus Ovalle

NEAC 2021 Elections Information

June 26th, 2021 ELECTION RESULTS:

District 2: Kate Curry-Da-Souza

District 3: Scott Dolan

Upcoming Meetings and Recordings

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In-Person Meeting

Near East Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

6:30 PM


June 29th, 2021 NEAC Zoning Virtual Site Visit Meeting

June 17th, 2021 NEAC Planning Meeting

June 15th, 2021 NEAC Zoning Meeting

Click on “Download” to view current zoning applications (PDF format)

June 14th, NEAC District II Meeting

June 10th, 2021, NEAC General Meeting

June 5th, 2021, NEAC Zoning Virtual Site Visit Meeting

June 3rd, 2021, NEAC Community Engagement Committee Meeting

June 2nd, 2021 NEAC District IV Meeting

May 28th, 2021 Special Meeting-2021 Elections

May 20th, 2021 Planning Meeting

May 18th, 2021, Zoning Meeting

May 13th, 2021 General Meeting

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  • Annie J. Ross-Womack, Zoning Chair,, 614-531-2700

  • District One:
    • Aaron Blevins,
    • Eric Hutchison,
    • VACANT
  • District Two:
    • Kate Curry-Da-Souza, Commissioner-elect
    • Lela Boykin,
    • Ross Goldsmith,
  • District Three:
    • Scott Dolan, Commissioner-elect
    • Laura Recchie,
    • VACANT
  • District Four:
    • Roy Lowenstein,
    • VACANT
    • VACANT
  • At Large Business: Rickey Duckett,
  • At Large Human Resources: Annie Ross-Womack,
  • At Large Education: VACANT
  • At Large Religion: VACANT
  • At Large Business: VACANT

This commission has 4 districts.


Planning Committee

The Planning Committee shall review existing area plans and recommend guidelines for the comprehensive social, economic, and physical developments of the Near East Area.

6:30 pm
3rd Thursday of each month

Zoning Committee

The Zoning Committee shall regularly receive, review and make recommendations on all applications for rezoning, variances, and other zoning adjustments; all appeals; all requests for demolition permits, graphics permits, and special permits; and all applications for the city historical designations pertaining to property wholly or partially within the Near East Area.

Annie J. Ross-Womack, Zoning Chair,, 614-531-2700

6:30 pm
3rd Tuesday of each month

Zoning Site Visit

Saturday before General Meeting

9:00 AM

Neighborhood groups within NEAC

  • Bronzeville Neighborhood Association
  • Eastgate Garden Civic Association
  • Franklin Park Civic Association
  • Long Street Business Association
  • Miami Residents Association
  • Mt. Vernon Ave. District Improvement Association
  • Olde Towne East Blockwatch
  • Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association
  • South of Main Blockwatch
  • South of Main Civic Association
  • Woodland Park Neighborhood Association


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