Arthur Schmidt spearheading Loudonville’s plan to revitalize downtown

LOUDONVILLE − Several months ago, the Mohican Area Growth Foundation (MAGF), at the request of the village mayor Jason VanSickle, began working to revitalize downtown.

MAGF has hired OHM Advisorsan Ohio-based architecture, engineering and planning firm with offices in Cleveland, Akron and Columbus, to develop a plan to make downtown more popular with residents and more attractive to visitors.

Central to this effort is Arthur Schmidt of Braunschweigproject manager and senior planner at OHM.

Schmidt said he and other team members are working with a downtown task force of residents who identify “issues, opportunities and ideas that would contribute to the plan we are tasked with developing. We will then develop a community survey where we will ask residents and others who use or enjoy downtown if the Steering Committee’s ideas are shared. At least some of these surveys will be sent home with village utility customers in their bills. We will also solicit information through flyers and other means to gauge what others think of the original ideas.

“Next, we will discuss the insights from our investigations with task force members and other downtown stakeholders,” Schmidt said. “Depending on the type of response we receive, we may request more information, perhaps through another survey or other means, in late November or December.

“In January or possibly early February, we will compare the priorities initially listed by the committee with the feedback received from others, and develop a plan for the downtown core,” he continued. “We will present the plan at a community event when we have it together.”

Urban planner Arthur Schmidt: “I think downtown Loudonville is fantastic”

Schmidt acknowledges that it will be a challenge to find ways to improve an already attractive area.

“I think downtown Loudonville is fantastic,” he said. “We hope the plans improve the city center in a positive way.”

Arthur Schmidt, senior planner at OHM Advisors, discusses Loudonville's downtown revitalization plan during a meeting Sept. 21 at the Ohio Theater.

Colleagues Jeremy Hinte and Alejandro Duque work with Schmidt from OHM. The trio will work on disseminating the survey and analyzing the results.

Schmidt noted that he and The OHM has helped develop “plans like the one in Loudonville in several communitiesincluding nearby Ashland and Wooster, Louisville, Delaware and Newark.

“Although it’s a much larger community, I see our project in Newark as very similar to what we’re envisioning here, a way to make downtown more attractive to visitors.”

Schmidt described OHM as “a mission-driven community advancement team. As a planner at OHM, I’m looking to bring a collaborative, place-based approach to this project. »

He has eight years in the field of community planning, including community and transportation planning, public policy, zoning codes, economic development and public participation.

More information about Schmidt

Prior to joining OHM, he worked as a streetscape and transportation planner with the Cleveland Planning Commission, coordinating with local design review boards, working on community and neighborhood plans, and managing community programs. grants to help both finance and implement projects.

In addition to his role with OHM, he serves as Director of the APA Ohio Cleveland Chapter. He is also Chair of the Programming Committee and Co-Chair of the We Plan CLE Committee for the Cleveland Chapter. He is a part-time instructor at Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

He holds a master’s degree in urban planning, design and development from Cleveland State University, a master’s degree in urban design from Kent State University, and a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the Kent State.

Members of the downtown task force are community resident Jamie Black; Miranda Burrell of the Mohican Visitors Bureau; Nicole Cutlip of Black Fork Bistro; Leigh Ann Runge of the Hemlock Inn; Steve Stricklin, former mayor; Brayton Orchard of Shrock Premier Construction; Matt Young, chairman of the village council; Matt Knoble of the Loudonville Fair Board of Directors; Josh Gray of Mohican Adventures; Catherine Puster, Superintendent of Schools; Don Riffle of the American Legion Post 257; Garret DeWitt, village administrator; Jason VanSickle, Mayor; and Jordan Lance, President of MAGF.

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