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. 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.


6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday

ADDED COVERAGE Jan. 2, 2024: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday

Call our Hotline at (614) 228-5718

Other times, contact Police Non-Emergency at (614) 645-4545


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. Each year, they help 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 and in our office throughout the week.  

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.

Ambassador Assistance

Our dedicated on-street SID ambassadors are available seven days a week to provide an escort, directions, and recommendations on where to eat. 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.

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. Scan and return the completed form to


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

Make sure the property has a Trespass Agent Authorization form on file with the SID office and Columbus Division of Police. Access a blank form here. Return and scan the completed form to


2022 SID Public Services Association Audit

Click here to see the 2022 SPSA Audit


Carl Brown


Franklin University

Abigail McLean

Vice Chair


Katharine Moore


Jefferson Avenue Center


Greg Bickers


State Auto Insurance

Robert Davies


Grant Medical Center

Todd Haywood


Encova Insurance

Brandon Hill


NCJC Housing & Development Foundation

Amanda Kepner


Columbus Museum of Art

Miranda Kridler


Columbus College of Art & Design

Andrew Kistler


Columbus Metropolitan Library

Jeff Lafever


Junior League of Columbus

Matthew Loving


Loving Realty

Mark Lundine


City of Columbus

Donald McTigue


McTigue & Colombo LLC

Jeffrey Mohrman


Vera on Broad

Zachary Woodruff


Columbus State Community College

Joe Mollica


CDDC & Cap South

Cathryn Geppert