Uptown Columbus Recognizes Columbus State’s RiverPark Campus Development

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University’s investment in Uptown Columbus, creating a thriving RiverPark Campus, is also paying off with recognition.

Two nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving Columbus’ downtown area, Uptown Columbus, Inc., and Business Improvement District, recognized the university Thursday with its fourth annual Rozier Dewylder Leadership Award, presented annually to an individual or entity that embodies the vision and energy of Dewylder, a Columbus architect credited with launching the revitalization of the area now known as Uptown.

RiverPark Campus' Art-Theatre Complex

Current Columbus State President Tim Mescon accepted the award on the university's behalf and immediately asked his predecessor, Frank Brown, to hold the award. Mescon credited Brown with the vision for CSU's presence in Uptown Columbus.

About 350 students now live on the RiverPark Campus, spread between two student apartment buildings that opened on Broadway in 2007, and The Rankin, a historic building where CSU students have lived since the Schwob School of Music’s Saunders Center for Music Studies opened as part of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in 2001.

Also now Uptown, thanks to CSU:

  • Extensive Department of Art gallery space, as well as spacious adjacent studios for faculty and students in the Corn Center for Visual Arts.
  • Performance and work spaces for the Department of Theatre in the adjacent Theatre on the Park building.
  • Performance space in the RiverCenter dedicated primarily to concerts by student, faculty and visiting Schwob school artists.
  • Offices for faculty in five academic units: music faculty in the Saunders center,  Department of Communication faculty and their classrooms in Carpenters Hall, and the faculty of the Department of History and Geography, plus art and theatre colleagues, in the Yancey Center at One Arsenal Place.
  • A bookstore and adjacent gallery for displaying student artwork.
  • A thriving Continuing Education arts presence in The Rankin, as well as space that’s frequently leased for events.
  • A combination café-convenience store.
  • Several student services offices.
  • A University Police station.
  • Parking deck serving the new Columbus Hall and Broadway Crossing student apartments, as well as W.C. Bradley Co.
  • A grassy riverside Woodruff Park.
  • And more space that’s being developed as part of the strategic plan adopted by Columbus State in 2009.

Uptown Columbus Inc. and BID coordinate economic revitalization initiatives in the overall downtown area. Their annual meeting at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, adjacent to CSU’s One Yancey Center at Arsenal Place, featured whitewater canoe Olympian Joe Jacobi, speaking on the potential economic impact of the 2.5-mile whitewater course that’s being developed on the Chattahoochee River near Uptown.