col-main-library-topiay Pizzuti Cos. will build Library Park Apartments, which will include a pair of five-story buildings with more than 130 apartments and ground retail space just north of the library.

COLUMBUS—The desire of so many millennials to live in or near a true downtown has municipal leaders across the US brainstorming how they can make core areas more attractive and livable. Few cities have done as much as Columbus, and it recently launched yet another of these efforts, this time to create a full-fledged cultural district just east of downtown that will strengthen the many new residents’ attachment to the community.

Thanks to a $173 million facelift, the neighborhood, now dubbed the Discovery District, will soon have new multifamily developments, retail and office space that stiches together the many local cultural attractions such as the Main Library, the Columbus Museum of Art, Thurber House, and Topiary Park.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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