ULI Award Acceptance

ULI Columbus Recognizes Bridge Park as 2019 Winner of Excellence in Development

November 25, 2019

ULI Columbus recognizes city’s leading projects and honors John F. Wolfe in biennial awards program

Press release courtesy of Urban Land Institute Columbus, linked here.

COLUMBUS, OHIO (November 20, 2019) — ULI Columbus is pleased to announce the honorees of the Awards for Excellence, the first and only program recognizing the individuals, real estate companies and developments shaping central Ohio.

The ULI Columbus Visionary Award honors the late John F. Wolfe for innumerous contributions to the Columbus community. Wolfe is recognized for his significant positive impact on our region and the many achievements throughout his lifetime that exemplify the ULI mission and principles of creating and sustaining thriving communities. Former Mayor Michael B. Coleman presented the award to the Wolfe family at the awards ceremony.

“John F. Wolfe was the quiet leader who was content to let others take the credit,” said ULI Columbus chairman Keith Myers. “He approached all community decisions with a north star guiding him, which was to consider the best interests in the long term for the city and those who live and work here.”

ULI Columbus, a District Council of the global Urban Land Institute, recognizes three additional Awards for Excellence honorees for exemplifying the ULI mission and principles of creating and sustaining thriving communities:


Excellence in Development Large Scale: Bridge Park

Bridge Park, an entirely new neighborhood built on 30 acres along the Scioto River in Dublin, is more than just the keystone project of the city’s Bridge Street District—it is an example of how new urbanism can respond to changing demographics and lifestyles in suburban communities. The City of Dublin collaborated with Crawford Hoying and Elkus Manfredi to establish a public-private partnership, utilizing a Tax Increment Financing Structure combined with a New Community Authority to creatively finance public streets and parking structures. Today, the neighborhood has become a model for high-density, mixed-use development in a creative way, mixing retail, restaurant, office, and residential uses—often in the same building.

For photographs of each project selected, please click HERE.

The honorees were selected by the ULI Columbus Awards for Excellence jury, comprised of real estate professionals from outside of the state of Ohio: Lizanne Galbreath, managing director of Galbreath & Company; Robert Lieber, executive managing director of Island Capital Group; Gretchen Milliken, director of advanced planning and sustainability for Louisville Forward, a division of Louisville Metro Government; Robbie Nichols, assistant project manager, The Nichols Partnership, Inc.; Local Jury Advisor: Squire Galbreath, president of Galbreath Investments.

ULI Columbus would like to recognize the finalists in each category for the 2019 Awards for Excellence:

Excellence in Development Large Scale

  • 80 On the Commons

Excellence in Development Small Scale

  • East Public
  • The View on Grant

Community Impact

  • Columbus Metropolitan Library 2020 Vision Plan Phase I
  • Downtown C-Pass
  • The Long Street Bridge Cap and Cultural Wall

At the Columbus event, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation(CDDC) was acknowledged as a recipient of the 2019 ULI Global Award for Excellence for the Scioto Peninsula Cultural District. Eleven outstanding real estate development projects from around the globe, including projects in China, Russia and Singapore, were honored with the Award for Excellence, widely recognized as one of the development industry’s most prestigious awards programs.

ULI Columbus’ Awards for Excellence is supported by Turner Construction Company, Easton Community Foundation, L Brands Foundation, M/I Homes, Huntington, The Robert Weiler Company, Vorys, Alex Fischer and Lori Barreras, Charlotte and Jack Kessler, Pat and Yaromir Steiner, and Joy and Bruce Soll.

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has over 40,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.