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 representation 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 uncharted territory consisting of scattered elaborate homes and farmland. 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 past 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 lopped 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

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Meeting location, Near East Neighborhood Pride Center 1393 E. Broad Street

Key Details

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

See announcements below for up to date meeting information

Meeting Place
Near East Neighborhood Pride Center

1393 East Broad Street

Neighborhood Liaison
Jesus Ovalle
614-645-7131
jdovalle@columbus.gov

Bylaws

Commissioners

  • District One:
    • Aaron Blevins, Planning Vice Chair, aaronblevins@me.com
    • Eric Hutchison, Secretary, eric.f.hutchison@icloud.com, 614-561-4403
    • Nathan Harris, appointed subject to approval by the Mayor and Columbus City Council
  • District Two:
    • Kate Curry-Da-Souza, Chair, kcurrydasouza@gmail.com
    • Casey Crisp, appointed subject to approval by the Mayor and Columbus City Council
    • Ross Goldsmith, ross.goldsmith74@gmail.com
  • District Three:
    • Scott Dolan, Zoning Vice Chair, sdolan2370@outlook.com
    • Laura Recchie, laura@rootandbranchinc.com
    • Alannah Bvumburah, appointed subject to approval by the Mayor and Columbus City Council
  • District Four:
    • Roy Lowenstein, Treasurer, Zoning Chair, rlowenstein6@gmail.com
    • Garey Berry II, mrgberry2@gmail.com
    • Harry Zellars II, commissionerdistrict4b@gmail.com
  • At Large Education: Tawana Owens, Vice Chair, Planning Chair, tawanaowens226@gmail.com
  • At Large Religion: VACANT
  • At Large Business: Rickey Duckett, rickeyduckett@sbcglobal.net
  • At Large Human Resources: Katy Macke, appointed subject to approval by the Mayor and Columbus City Council
  • At Large Business: Anique Russell, aniquerussell91@gmail.com

Meetings and Recordings

(click on dates for information or recording link)

Zoning Committee Site Visits, Saturday June 4, 2022

Starting 8:00 AM

Planning Committee Meeting, Thursday May 19, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Zoning Committee Meeting, Tuesday May 24, 2022

NOTE: To streamline the project process through NEAC, the Commission has approved moving the zoning meeting to the 4th Tuesday of every month.

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

General Body Meeting, Thursday May 12, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Executive Committee Meeting, Tuesday May 10, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Zoning Site Visits, Saturday May 7, 2022

Community Engagement Committee Meeting, Thursday May 5, 2022

6:30 pm

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Near East Area Commission Meeting Decorum
April 2022 Meetings

Planning Committee Meeting, Thursday April 21, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Zoning Committee Meeting, Tuesday April 19, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

General Body Meeting, Thursday April 14, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Zoning Site Visits, Saturday April 9, 2022

8:00 – 8:20 am – 471 South 22nd Street, Columbus, OH 43205 – CV22-006

The applicant submitted a Council Variance to construct two (2) detached dwelling units on the same parcel, consisting of a dwelling fronting South 22nd Street and a rear carriage house/garage with one (1)  dwelling unit.

8:25 – 8:45 am – 1126 Bryden Road, Columbus OH 43215 – CV21-123

The applicant submitted a Council Variance Application to allow mixed usage, both residential and office in an existing building.

Note that previously there was a typographical error with this address. As a result, there will be an accommodation for feedback via email. Please email the secretary at eric.f.hutchison@icloud.com and cc the liaison jdovalle@columbus.gov before Thursday April 14 to provide your feedback.

8:50  – 9:10 am – 930 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205 – CV21-103

The applicant submitted a Council Variance Application to construct three (3) dwellings. This application contains a lot split to return parcels back to similar plotting of four (4) individual plots.  The application contains one (1) existing dwelling on the unsplit parcel.

9:15 – 9:35 am – 61-67 North 21st Street, Columbus, OH 43203 – CV21-148

The applicant submitted a Council Variance Application to perform a lot split of two existing structures an eleven (11) unit dwelling and a duplex, which share a single lot.

9:40 – 10:00 am – 163 North 22nd Street, Columbus, OH 43203 – CV21-131

The applicant submitted a Council Variance Application to allow the construction of 2 dwellings on one parcel ( a single family home with a carriage house).

10:05 – 10:25 am – 330-344 Taylor Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203 – CV21-147

The applicant submitted a Council Variance Application to develop off-street parking for an existing eight (8) unit dwelling. 

Community Engagement Committee Meeting, Thursday April 7, 2022

6:30 pm

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Executive Committee Meeting, Tuesday April 5, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

March 2022 Meetings

Planning Committee Meeting, Thursday March 17, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Zoning Committee Meeting, Tuesday March 15, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

General Body Meeting, Thursday March 10, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Executive Committee Meeting, Wednesday March 2, 2022

6:30 PM

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

Bylaws Committee Meeting, Thursday March 3, 2022

Virtual Meeting, 6:30 pm

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Community Engagement Committee Meeting, Thursday March 3, 2022

6:30 pm

Near East Pride Center, 1393 East Broad Street

February 2022 Meetings

FEBRUARY 3RD, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

CANCELLED- INCLEMENT WEATHER

FEBRUARY 10TH, GENERAL COMMISSION MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

AGENDA:

Election of Officers

NEAC will be electing new officers, please attend the meeting and hear from candidates.

FEBRUARY 15TH, ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING

Cancelled

FEBRUARY 17TH, PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

January 2022 Meetings

JANUARY 6TH, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

In – Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

JANUARY 8TH, ZONING COMMITTEE SITE VISIT MEETING

Agenda to be Determined

JANUARY 13TH, GENERAL MEETING

In – Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

JANUARY 18TH, ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING

CANCELLED

JANUARY 20TH, PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

CANCELLED

2021 Meetings
December

DECEMBER 21ST, ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

Agenda (subject to change)

CV21-074, 464 OAKWOOD AVE

CV21-076, 419 S. CHAMPION AVE

DECEMBER 16TH, PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

Agenda (subject to change)

Dave Perry   225 S. Monroe – vacant parcel

Kim Mikanik  449-451; and 1186-1188 Mound Street and 1190-1192 Mound Street single two-car garage

Aaron Boeke, 930 Franklin Aevnue – building

Alaina Yocca – 1290 East Fulton – City owner-occupied program participant

MT Liggett, City Department of Public Service – turning N. Monroe into a 2-way street

DECEMBER 9TH, GENERAL MEETING

In- Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

DECEMBER 2ND, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

November

NOVEMBER 18TH, GENERAL MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

NOVEMBER 16TH, ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

BZA21-129, 151 Sherman Ave.

NOTE: 240 Parsons Ave. is tabled in Zoning and will not appear at tonight’s meeting (updated 11/16/21, 12 PM)

NOVEMBER 4TH, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

October

OCTOBER 21ST, PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

OCTOBER 19TH, ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING

In- Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

OCTOBER 14TH, GENERAL MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

OCTOBER 7TH, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

September

SEPTEMBER 21ST ZONING MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

Tentative Agenda:

DEMO02136351, 240 Parsons Avenue

BZA21-098, 264 Carpenter Street

CV21-050, 1816 Oak Street

BZA21-100, 47 North Monroe Avenue

163 North 22nd Street

BZA21-070, 767 McAllister Avenue

CV21-038 & Z21-029, 805 East Long Street

SEPTEMBER 16TH PLANNING MEETING

In-Person

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

SEPTEMBER 9TH GENERAL MEETING

In-Person Meeting

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

August

AUGUST 26TH ELECTIONS COMMITTEE MEETING

In-Person Meeting

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

The NEAC Elections Committee will be hosting a meeting on Thursday, August 26th, 2021:

1. To complete the certification of the at-large positions. (Business and Religious  At-Large)

2. To develop a process for the possible October Special Election to fill the several vacant seats on NEAC. (District 1 – 1; District 3 – 1, District 4 – 2) and remaining at-large seats. 

There will be room for physical distancing. Masks are required because it is a city-building.  

This meeting is open to the public.

AUGUST 19TH SPECIAL MEETING

In-Person Meeting

Near East Neighborhood Pride Center, 1393 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

6:30 PM

July

JULY 8TH GENERAL MEETING UPDATE

April Recordings


This commission has 4 districts.

Committees

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

Community Engagement Committee

6:30 pm

1st 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.

6:30 pm
4th Tuesday of each month

NOTE: To streamline the project process through NEAC, the Commission has approved moving the zoning meeting to the 4th Tuesday of every month.

Zoning Site Visit

Saturday before General Meeting

9:00 AM

Neighborhood groups within NEAC

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