Tell Columbus City Council to save Kossuth Street Community Garden
Savannah Smith / Simply LivingTell Columbus City Council to save
Kossuth Street Community Garden
One of our brightest community jewels is under attack. Kossuth Street Garden is a 15-year-old community garden in a working class community of color on the southside of Columbus. It won the Franklin Conservatory's 2020 Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year award and has long been an educational and social space for the community.
Although the community that runs the garden offered to buy the land it sits on, the site was instead sold to developer Tracy Cohen for the same amount of money. Now, the developer plans to plow the garden under and build expensive homes ranging from $250,000 to $350,000.
To develop the houses, zoning for the property will have to be changed from commercial to residential. Sadly, the Southside Area Commission and Development Commission both approved the zoning change. The last stop for the developer is Columbus City Council, where the case will be heard in March.
We think a community garden is a much better use for that property than more cookie cutter homes that contribute to gentrification. If you agree, please send a letter to tell Columbus City Council what you think.