Client: City of Newark, Ohio
The City of Newark, Ohio is a municipality of approximately 50,000 residents and serves as the county seat for Licking County, located just east of Central Ohio. BPS provided City Planning services to the City of Newark over a 15-month contract, after which time Ms. Burton, the BPS President, served as the Development Director of the Economic and Community Development Departments. BPS was involved in a variety of activities, including planning, zoning, community and economic development programs, and grant writing and administration.
BPS was actively involved in brownfield planning and remediation efforts throughout the City. For example, the Newark Processing Center Site, a large 66-acre brownfield remediation project, is located just east of Downtown Newark. The remediation of this site was funded through a combination of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. EPA grant funds. Due to constraints from the remediation of the site, the redevelopment options were limited, so the City pursued an innovative public-private partnership via a Solar Power Purchase Agreement with AEP and a third-party private sector group to construct a solar array on the site that would power the adjacent City’s wastewater treatment plant. The third party would take on the cost of the project construction and maintenance, and the City would have guaranteed discounted electricity for the next 30 years. The redevelopment of the site is currently underway. In addition to this site, BPS assisted with other brownfield remediation and planning efforts around the City including small remediation sites, a community-wide brownfield assessment, and a Brownfield Area-Wide Plan for the Union Street Corridor in an old industrial area just west of Downtown Newark.
Activity highlights include:
• City-Wide and Downtown-Focused Planning & Development Efforts: Brownfield planning and remediation project management, Comprehensive Plan audit and update outline, Complete Streets Policy & Legislation, Downtown Wayfinding Signage Plan, Downtown 4th Street Streetscape Plan, Downtown Canal District Re-Visioning, City Development Guide.
• City Website – new redesigned website that is modern, informative and easy-to-use.
• Sustainability Initiatives – Healthy, Green & Growing Initiative that was branded and marketed; targeted catalytic projects and private sector partnerships.
• Grant writing and administration – for various state and federal agencies.
• Community engagement efforts – prepared and distributed newsletters; gave presentations on downtown revitalization, multi-modal transportation, sustainability; held numerous public
information meetings for grants and programs