January 1, 1975

The Olde Towne East Development Association (OTEDA) forms and is incorporated as a 501(c)4 type, tax-exempt, not for profit organization.


January 1, 1976

OTEDA is instrumental in obtaining a National Historic District designation for a portion of the association area. OTEDA participates in the Community Development Block Grant Program for a portion of


January 1, 1979

OTEDA changes its name to the Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association (OTENA), which the membership felt better reflected the true nature of the Organization.


January 1, 1980

OTENA adopts a resolution placing its highest priority on making improvements without displacing people already living in the community.


January 1, 1981

OTENA negotiates with the American Red Cross and saves threatened housing stock on Madison Avenue.


January 1, 1982

OTENA organizes a restoration program funded by a Community Development Block Grant, resulting in planting of hundreds of flowering trees along the Near East Area streets. OTENA sponsors and produces


January 1, 1984

OTENA organizes and implements a property identification program. OTENA partners with Blackburn Recreation to sponsor a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt.


January 1, 1985

OTENA develops, implements the Community Garden Program with a grant from the Columbus Department of Human Services, which the community matches with 1,000 hours of free labor donated by 30


January 1, 1985

OTENA Develops and produces a Haunted House Event in the basement of St. Paul’s Church.  The event was produced for three years.


January 1, 1988

OTENA sponsors the formation of a Block Watch Program in response to growing concerns about drug and crime in the area. OTENA participates in the City of Columbus Landscape Improvement


January 1, 1989

OTENA receives the Columbus Clean Community Certificate of Appreciation for the participation in the Glad Bag-A-Thon.


January 1, 1990

OTENA negotiates an agreement with the American Red Cross, which protects three residential homes from parking lot encroachment, creates a neighborhood corner park, and encourages joint use of parking areas.


January 1, 1992

OTENA partners with five other community organizations to purchase the Community Garden site from its private owner.  This efforts is accomplished through a grant from the Columbus Neighborhood Partnership Fund


January 1, 1993

OTENA partners with the Columbus Near East Area Commission in the re-zoning of a large portion of the area to reflect the actual name of its housing. OTENA produces Olde


January 1, 1994

OTENA upgrades and reprograms the Community Gardens funded by grant from an area church. OTENA begins the Victorian Holiday Tour of Homes that showcases Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa celebrations in


January 1, 1995

OTENA raised over $1500 and a truck load of supplies for Friends of the Homeless from the first Black Tie Gala held in conjunction with the annual Spring Tour of


January 1, 1996

OTENA raised over $2000 for Central Community House from the second Black Tie Gala held in conjunction with the annual Spring Tour of Homes. OTENA develops a workshop on managing


January 1, 1999

OTENA forms the Historic Homes of Olde Towne Coalition that publishes Historical Homes of Olde Towne Pictorial Guide. OTENA helps the residents of Bryden House with over 100 holiday presents


January 1, 2000

OTENA receives the Public Education and Awareness Award from the Ohio Historical Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society. OTENA commits funding and volunteer hours to redesign and rebuild the


January 1, 2001

OTENA partners with the Columbus Landmarks Foundation to produce the Halleluiah Tour of area homes and churches. OTENA is instrumental in persuading a local developer to save five historic mansions


January 1, 2012

OTENA holds its 30th Summer Tour of Historic Homes.


January 1, 2013

OTENA’s Summer Tour of Historic Homes features the Franklin Park Neighborhood showcases homes just east of OTE.


January 1, 2015

OTENA celebrates its 40th anniversary, established in 1975 as Olde Towne East Development Association (OTEDA). OTENA’s Summer Tour of Historic Homes features Woodland Park Neighborhood. OTENA’s Olde Towne Times Neighborhood


July 17, 2017

OTENA celebrates its 35th Annual Summer Tour of Historic Homes with the largest ticket sales of over 1400 people.