City of Chillicothe, OH
History as opportunity
Chillicothe has deep historical roots, having served as Ohio’s capital two separate times, and also being located among many Native American burial mounds. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, along with others in the area, are currently in the process of obtaining UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Choose Chillicothe aims to capitalize on this designation not only as a celebration of local culture, but as a economic driver for the region.
Paint Street in downtown Chillicothe features historic architecture and a highly valued, attractive character. Recent investment in the existing building stock, a focus on the historical area and a deliberate change to traffic patterns have transformed downtown into a vibrant, walkable area. The planning process helped to shine light on this work and to continue the momentum, setting policies to maintain the area’s quality of place while allowing for forward progression.
Envisioning Three Area Plans
Through the plan’s process, three areas were identified as needing additional analysis and plan consideration. With only a few large sites left in the city, it is imperative to make the most of these opportunities for community member’s and for the city’s fiscal health. Riverside District and the Tiffin property both address housing issues in the community with unique products. The Riverside District aims to reconnect people with the Scioto River and house a new visitor center. Improvements to Yoctangee Park feature a long-anticipated amphitheater and a vision for newly acquired park acreage.