Communities that choose to focus growth in and around existing cities and towns may find benefits from this approach. For example, this type of development can save our region $246 million in public health costs annually by the year 2050. The insight2050 report attributes these savings to the link between our health and our region’s air quality, which is affected by greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and buildings. Well-connected communities require less driving to get from place to place, resulting in fewer greenhouse gases emitted into the air. Fewer emissions improves air quality, which makes breathing easier, and ultimately results in fewer hospital visits and fewer missed days of work or school.

Additionally, growth in and around existing development has greater potential for redevelopment of existing buildings, which can also improve air quality. While not every building is a candidate for renovation or reuse, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it can take between ten and eighty years for a newly constructed building to “pay off” its carbon costs to build.

Project Partners ULI Columbus recently highlighted some of Central Ohio’s best examples of historic buildings in a feature titled Top Ten Historic Buildings in Central Ohio.

The Columbus region has its share of historic buildings worthy of preservation. Columbus-based consultant Judy Williams has 30+ years of experience in historic preservation and has successfully guided over 150 historic structures across the country through the Historic Tax Credit certification and approval process. Williams also has documented large numbers of historic properties, nominated structures and districts to the National Register of Historic Places, prepared historic design guidelines and written local preservation plans.

Check out the entire article, including Judy’s list of Top Ten Historic Central Ohio structures here.

‘Top Ten Historic Buildings in Central Ohio’ and featured image of Ohio Statehouse reprinted with permission from the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute. For more information, visit ULI Columbus.