Investing for Today, Preserving for Tomorrow: Preservation Easements and the Resurgence of Downtown Columbus

Location: Columbus, OH
Client: GBX Group
Date: July 2019

Downtown Columbus is booming, and the rehabilitation and reuse of  historic buildings is a key component of this ongoing success story. Columbus has been wise in not viewing downtown as development or historic preservation, but rather development through historic preservation. Historic resources have been preserved for future generations while meeting the needs of the current generation. It is also clear that preservation easements have been critical in making these projects impactful. If the property owners and developers were unwilling to convey an easement on their historic properties or if Heritage Ohio were unwilling to accept those easements, many of the projects highlighted in this report simply would not have taken place. Preservation easements are one of the tools vitally important in the renaissance of downtown Columbus.

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