Discovery SID

On the eastern side of Downtown Columbus where arts, knowledge, and culture converge, the Discovery Special Improvement District (DSID) helps property owners create and maintain a safe, vibrant, diverse, distinctive, and walkable mixed-use neighborhood. We’re here to help from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday. The focus in the DSID is on safety, homeless outreach, graffiti removal, economic research, community engagement, and creative placemaking.  You can view a map of the DSID boundaries here.

Services

Safety and Security

We have a team of professionals keeping downtown safe and secure. Our safety ambassadors patrol downtown by bike in conjunction with special duty police officers. Our award-winning security network tracks downtown activity by radio in real-time. Together they can respond to situations quickly. Call or text us at (614) 228-5718, we’re here to help. 

Homeless Outreach

Our outreach specialists connect people experiencing homelessness with shelter, permanent housing, and other assistance. They have helped hundreds of people downtown access services and move off the streets. Call or text us at (614) 228-5718 if you see someone needing assistance. Our specialists engage people on the street, in our office, at the Open Shelter, and at the Main Library throughout the week.  

Ambassador Assistance

SID ambassadors are available to provide an escort to your destination or an umbrella when it rains. They can also jump-start your car or fix a flat bike tire. Call or text us at (614) 228-5718, we’re here to help.

State of Downtown

Each year, SID staff produces the State of Downtown Economic Development Report. SID staff is also available to provide custom economic development research. Please contact Marc Conte at (614) 591-4507 for more information.

Dogs of Downtown

Are you a downtown resident with a dog or visiting downtown with your best friend? Click here to see a map of dog waste stations where you can find a bag to pick up. 

Trespassing

Call or text us at (614) 228-5718 to report trespassing on private property.

Graffiti Removal

The SID provides complimentary graffiti removal for property owners within the SID boundaries. Call or text us at (614) 228-5718 to discuss options for the removal of first-floor graffiti. Or click here to download the Consent Form.

BOARD MEMBERS

Carl Brown

Chair

Franklin University

Anthony Wilson

Vice Chair

Columbus Public Library

Ralph Smithers, Jr.

Treasurer

Encova Insurance

Rebecca West

Secretary

Resident

Matthew Miller

Past President

Grant Medical Center

Kyle Anderson

Trustee

State Auto Insurance

Amanda Kepner

Trustee

Columbus Museum of Art

Robb Coventry

Trustee

Columbus State Community College

Joseph Henderson

Trustee

Resident

Matthew Loving

Trustee

Loving Realty

Mark Lundine

Trustee

City of Columbus

Donald McTigue

Trustee

McTigue & Colombo LLC

Kara Newbury

Trustee

Junior League of Columbus

Lisa Stoneman

Trustee

CCAD

Peggy Volpe

Trustee

Grant-Cleveland LLC

Randy Walker

Trustee

Commercial One Realtors

Jeffrey Mohrman

Trustee

Finance Fund Capital Corp.

Cathryn Geppert

Ex-Officio

Discovery District Development Corporation

Capital Law School