It’s no secret that New Albany strives to create a physically active community—the city’s Village Center is anchored by the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, and the New Albany Walking Classic is the largest walking-only race in the country. This initiative extends to development, with a clear goal to create and maintain a pedestrian-friendly city, particularly within Village Center.
“When we committed to building the Heit Center, we wanted to generate more foot traffic to help the retail and the restaurants succeed,” says Scott McAfee, chief communications and marketing officer. “And so the whole idea going forward is to continue to build on the momentum and increase the energy level and activities that bring people back again and again and again.”
New: In the last 18 months, the city has developed about 50,000 square feet of new office and retail space, McAfee says. It’s now home to Cameron Mitchell restaurant Hudson 29, Mellow Mushroom, business offices and more.
Coming soon: The city is currently developing another 50,000 square feet of mixed-use space, but the tenants have not yet been announced. Keep an eye out for more openings coming soon.
Don’t miss: Head over to Eagles Pizza to mingle with locals. “Eagles Pizza is a New Albany staple,” McAfee says. “They’ve been around for over 40 years.” With pizza, subs and salads, Eagles serves a classic hometown pizza joint menu, plus gluten-free pizza options.
Afterward, be sure to catch a show at the McCoy Center for the Arts, an 800-seat performing-arts venue that books nationally and internationally recognized acts, with upcoming performers ranging from Peter Frampton (March 24) to a Japanese drumming troupe (Feb. 22).
On this episode of Columbus Neighborhoods, we take a look at the past and present development of downtown Columbus. We sat down with Amy Taylor of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation to discuss recent changes and what’s next for the neighborhood. Then we visit the LeVeque Tower to learn about the renovation of Columbus’ first skyscraper. Architectural historians Jeff Darbee and his wife Nancie Recchie walk us through the historic renovation of their Town Street home. Plus, a visit to the Ohio History Connection provides a glimpse at Lazarus memorabilia.