Complete Streets Meeting this week

Folks: Please join us for the Italian Village Society Complete Streets Meeting on Thursday (tomorrow, 7/28).  We meet for an hour starting at 5:30pm, at Seventh Son Brewery, 1101 N. Fourth St. (4th and Fourth) in the back room.

Attached below is an update on our UIRF request, we will also outline next steps for UIRF, the problem of the I-670 exit ramp onto N. Fourth Street, our planned sidewalk survey and an Eden Alley improvements update.  Minutes from the June meeting follow the city’s latest information on our UIRF alley improvement requests.

Andrew Klein, Chair

IVS Streets Committee
From: Lohr, Christopher R.
Subject: Italian Village – UIRF Projects

Good afternoon Andy,

  • Prescott Sidewalks– This is slated to be resurfaced this year and closed off to through traffic using flexible bollards by the Division of Traffic Management. Since it will be closed off and pedestrianized UIRF would not be used for sidewalks. UIRF staff have determined that there are not any UIRF eligible improvements that can be made in this location.   We recommend that Public Service be consulted on what improvements might be allowed within the right of way, if any, and perhaps pursue funding for supportable improvements from outside sources.
  • Hull and Brickel Alleys– Public Service staff looked at two alternatives: Closure and sidewalks. Staff deemed closure to not be feasible due to loading requirements for the building tenants. Adding sidewalks was also not feasible due to the limited right-of-way in each alley. Additionally, Public Service as a general rule, does not add sidewalks to alleys.
  • Kerr Street– Addition of a sidewalk on the west side for the portion north of Hubbard to the alley is programmed.
  • Hamlet Street– The west side of Hamlet would have a sidewalk installed between 4thand Greenwood as discussed.
  • 5thAvenue Decorative Lighting– Public Utilities has indicated that the cost to add decorative lighting for this stretch would be approximately $141,000, with half of that cost ($70,500) being assigned to Italian Village. Let us know if you are willing to commit this URIF funding to match what the University District has funded for the  north edge.
  • 2ndAvenue Improvements extended from Milo into Italian Village– Staff is beginning to determine the potential scope of improvements for Second Avenue in Milo Grogan.  We will follow up with IVS on the recommendation, in particular if there is any aspect that could be extended into Italian Village and for which there are available UIRF funds.

Complete Streets Meeting

Thursday April 28 is the Complete Streets Meeting

Meeting starts at 5:30 pm at Seventh Son, 1101 N. Fourth Street, in the backroom.

Agenda includes (1)  the Pearl & Eden Alley Improvements plan, (2) sidewalk and curb survey, (3) the parking permit expansion moratorium, (4) sandstone curb advocacy plan, and updates on (5) undesignating Summit and Fourth as Route 23, and (6) UIRF coordination with Weinland Park and Milo-Grogan.

Minutes from the March meeting are reproduced below.  Please join us, meetings last an hour.

Andrew Klein, Chair
Italian Village Society Complete Streets Implementing Committee


Italian Village Society Complete Streets Implementing Committee

Thurs, March 31, 2016, 5:30pm, Seventh Son, 1101 N. Fourth St.


Present: Andy Klein (Chair), Sherrill Massey, Isom Nivins, Ben Shoemaker, Rory Krupp,

Sarah Marsom, Stephanie Harris, Christopher Vidoni,


Andy called the Streets Committee to order at 5:32 pm in the backroom at the brewery. Attendees were asked to introduce themselves and say what agenda items they wished to discuss. Andy distributed the program from Tad Jeffrey’s memorial service last month and a history of the Jeffrey Company he delivered at the State Library in 2002.

Prescott Street Conversion/Pedestrianization

Andy reported that he met with city traffic engineers, Betsy Pandora and Jeff Baur of the Borror Companies on March 9 to discuss changing the use of Prescott.. The group concurred in making Prescott one way westbound from Kerr to Pearl, and closing Prescott to vehicular traffic at High using plastic bollards at the curb line as a temporary measure, in advance of permanent enhancements, potentially through the UIRF. A plan to make Kerr one way northbound from the unnamed alley south of Prescott was subsequently deferred due to access and exit concerns expressed by Blackwood Sheet Metal. Betsy Pandora agreed to contact Roche Bobois about the plan. The bollards are expected to be installed in a week or so.

Sidewalk and Curb Survey and Sandstone Curbs Update

Andy distributed a sample excel spreadsheet for the survey provided by Sarah from German Village Society, and expressed his appreciation for her proactive help. Ben agreed to help organize the survey in conjunction with Christopher using historic preservation office maps of IV to designate the blocks with unique numbers. Sarah suggested having all volunteers meet to survey one block to assure consistent treatment. Andy reported that the city has used up its reserve of sandstone and is experimenting with faux sandstone. Sarah reported that the sandstone had passed the lab stesting and will now get reviewed by the New Materials Committee, and stated we need an advocate that sandstone should be available at no additional cost to homeowners. She reported that GV has started meeting with city council and urged us to do so as well. Rory agreed to get the UAC to endorse using sandstone, and Andy agreed to bring the city council visit proposal to the IVS general meeting.

UIRF Reconsideration

Isom reported that he met with Robert Barksdale, Chair of the Milo Grogan Area Commission, and he believes we should reach out directly to Mr. Barksdale about coordinating improvements to Second Avenue. Isom reported that they are primarily focused on housing stock. Sherrill noted the endangered historic Columbus Railway Power & Light building at 838 Cleveland. Isom also checked with Mark Dravillas and it appears the Milo Grogan UIRF plan has passed the city’s reviews. Andy agreed to contact Mr. Barksdale to discuss collaboration on Second Avenue..

Rory reported that he was checking whether the street lights along Fifth Avenue cover both sides of the street. He reported that University has some leeway with unallocated funds due to deferring High Street emprovements to the SNA’s plan. Sarah reported GV also has some unallocated funds due to street repairs funded elsewhere.

Andy reported that he had email exchanges with Mark Wagenbrenner about the traffic study at 1st Avenue and Summit and Fourth Streets. He distributed a summary of the study which recommends left turn lanes at Summit and E. First Avenues, but no additional traffic lights. Andy reported that Mark asked to attend next month’s meeting of the Streets committee following a meeting with the city. Andy also distributed the Council approved SID plan for our neighborhood showing the scope of services to be provided.

Undesignating US 23 on Summit and N. Fourth

Andy reported that Kevin McCain (Michael Stinziano’s aide) provided Rep. Beatty’s legislative aide’s contact information. Donnica Hawes-Saunders who spoke with Andy, and subsequently contacted FhwA and the American Assn of State Highway and transportation Officials (AASHTO) which has jurisdiction over designating US routes. Andy will contact the person recommended by Donnica at AASHTO to discuss next steps.

Complete Streets Purpose Statement

We discussed the draft statement which appears on the IVS website, we incorporated Christopher’s proposal to include promoting the city’s Blueprint Columbus for stormwater management into the purpose statement.

Meeting Schedule

Next meeting of the Streets Committee is Thursday, April 28, 2016, 5:30pm, Seventh Son Brewery, 1101 N. Fourth (SW Corner of Fourth and Fourth). The committee will continue to meet the last Thursday of the month thereafter through September with a final meeting of the year on December 1, all at Seventh Son in the backroom.

The meeting adjourned at 6:28 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Andy Klein, (03/31/16)

Earth Day at Italian Village Park

Amici, Italian Village Park is once more an official Earth Day Columbus WORKSITE, so grab some friends, get signed up, and get ready to be a part of EARTH DAY COLUMBUS 2016.
Volunteers are needed at (y)our PARK on Saturday, April 16th between 9:00AM and 1:00PM to help weed and edge garden beds, mulch, trim branches, pick up litter, and much more. We could really use your help.
To participate you must first register as a volunteer.

1. Register as a volunteer on – If you have already registered as a volunteer, please log-in.

2. Search for Italian Village Park by pressing FIND A SERVICE SITE button, or go to this web addressEarth day Sign up

3. Once at the Italian Village Park page scroll down and register by pressing the Box that reads SATURDAY, APRIL 16th

4. If needed, log-in using your credentials established when you registered as a volunteer (step 1 above) to edit your service site sign-ups.

BRANCH OUT and spread the word, get ready to be part of EARTHDAY 2016, see you there!!!

Grazie Tanto!

Some Italian Village History

Robert Hutchins Jeffrey II (of Jeffrey Mining fame) died last week, so it is fitting to post this interview with him that Andy Klein did back in 1997. TJ refers to his nickname “Tad.”

AK: Am I correct that your father was Robert Jeffrey?

TJ: My father was Robert, and my grandfather was Robert. Joseph Andrew was my great-grandfather, that’s the guy who’s portrait’s on the wall. And his oldest son, Robert H. Jeffrey, for whom I’m named, was a mayor of Columbus from 1903 to 1905, and succeeded his father as president of the company in the 1920’s. My father, Robert Kilbourne Jeffrey, his mother was a Kilbourne of Kilbourne & Jacobs, he became vice-president of engineering. He died in 1942. I worked there starting in summers of 1949, 51 and 52, and continuously from 1956 to today. This is the original company; the Jeffrey Company is the old Jeffrey Manufacturing Company; our charter is the 1877 charter.

AK: One of my themes in looking at the history in Italian Village is the role that families have played. It seems there was a very close-knit industrial community there.

TJ: I think that’s true, but that was true if you looked at the south end, the west side or whatever, you’d find the same thing. The businesses were all family owned.

Click to read the full interview

Click to read  Tad Jeffrey obituary