MORPC and CEDCO selected a selected a three-acre site at the northeast corner of E. 5th Avenue and N. 4th Street for The Food District. The site is:

  • Convenient to I-71 access, in close proximity to High Street restaurants and downtown, and to such institutions as The Ohio State University (OSU) and Columbus State Community College (both of which can offer expertise and a market for foods)
  • Available and is owned by Wagenbrenner Development, a project partner that has cleaned the former brownfield through a Clean Ohio grant, and is supportive of the Food District
  • In a neighborhood that needs jobs and investment, and is an ideal place for viable businesses that are also social enterprises
  • In a neighborhood that already has had substantial attention and investment from OSU, The Columbus Foundation, Cardinal Health Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, United Way of Central Ohio, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and other institutions
  • Adjacent to unused and under-used commercial and industrial buildings that could allow Food District clients to expand in the neighborhood, creating a critical mass of food-related businesses bringing economic development to an urban area in need.