September 15, 2021

Join us for the 2021 Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement Districts

Annual Meeting and Downtown Awards


Thanks to all who participated in this year’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Downtown Awards program. Special thanks to our keynote speaker Commander Smith Weir, Columbus Division of Police. Commander Weir discussed, “The Transformation of Policing in Columbus: Where are we now and where are we heading?”

Congratulations to our 2021 Downtown Award Winners:

Aesthetic Contribution

  • Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District

Connect Real Estate for the development of Gaetz Historic Apartments at Long and Front Streets and bringing back to life several buildings that were underutilized for more than 20 years to create a more vibrant neighborhood.

  • Discovery Special Improvement District

Washington Gladden Social Justice Park for the installation of ”Our Single Garment of Destiny” in the park on January 18, 2020.

Outstanding Service

  • Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District

Todd Bemis for his 40-year tenure and dedication with CAPA to care for the city’s historic theatres, and his service on the Capital Crossroads SID Board of Trustees for 20 years.

  • Discovery Special Improvement District

The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless for stepping up to fill a critical service gap in the downtown by coordinating and staffing Warming Centers for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

Outstanding Achievement

  • Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District

Freedom a la Cart for renovating the building at 123 Spring Street and opening a new restaurant and catering business that helps survivors of human trafficking, heal, learn, and grow.

  • Discovery Special Improvement District

Industry Columbus Apartments for developing an apartment project on the last underutilized parcel that has transformed downtown’s Long Street corridor between 4th Street and Grant Avenue into a walkable, urban neighborhood.

Unsung Hero

  • Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District

Heidy Carr, Assistant City Attorney, Columbus City Attorney’s Office, for working with the SIDs to address neighborhood safety and public nuisance issues downtown, including the Greyhound Station this year

Outstanding Neighborhood Commitment

  • Discovery Special Improvement District

State Auto’s Christmas Corner for decorating their headquarters for the holidays that last 90 years with a rooftop Santa Town, thousands of lights, hundreds of Christmas trees, and a life-sized Nativity scene.

Ambassador of the Year

  • Capital Crossroads SID: Johnny Boykings
  • Discovery SID: Kevin Manen

Thanks to our sponsors: Ohio Support ServicesOhio Custodial Maintenance, and Bildsten Landscape Services.