Downtown Matters: Capitol Square Updates

Capitol Square is one of the most beautiful and dramatic urban spaces in central Ohio.  Over the years, property owners have expressed a desire to see Capital Crossroads SID place more landscaping around the Square in an effort to tie it together and make it more elegant.

As part of its public realm improvements plan, approved by the SID board in May 2009, Capital Crossroads will partner with the City of Columbus in 2012 to fabricate and install custom-designed planters. The planters are scheduled to be installed in the fourth quarter of this year.

The SID is using a design team that includes the planning firm MSI-KKG and artist John Sunami. They collaborated on the design of ten-foot-tall metal planters that will be placed with shorter planters in regular intervals around the outside of the Square. The planters will be maintained by the SID.

In addition to planters, the SID will replace City sign poles with a round, black pole and place icons on top of street signs located on Capitol Square. The planters and sign poles will help strengthen the identity of the Square.

Capitol Square is the heart of our downtown, and these improvements will serve to strengthen its beauty and identity.