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Jan 22

The Tuesday Top 5: January 22nd, 2019

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 10:52 AM by Laura Oldham

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. Grandview Yard Income Tax to City Continues to Grow

Preliminary income tax revenue for 2018 shows some interesting trends within the Grandview Yard development as Grandview Heights City Council nears consideration of encouraging additional redevelopment south of Goodale Boulevard between Bobcat Avenue and Olentangy River Road. Gross income taxes collected through those working for 47 businesses in the Grandview Yard development, north of Goodale Boulevard, came in at just under $6.2 million. That marks 41 percent of the combined $15 million in withholding taxes collected from all the businesses in the City. The Finance Department numbers for the first half of 2018 from the Yard about matched the amount generated for all of 2016 from the Yard.

For 2019, the City expects $7.6 million from income taxes generated in the Yard and $15.8 in total income tax revenue.

The financial performance of the Yard underscores the potential of encouraging redevelopment of the 13 acres of distressed and under utilized industrial property south of Goodale. I wrote about the opportunity presented of the South of Goodale development in my January 15th column  and the prospect that redevelopment will spark additional tax revenue for the City and the Grandview Heights City School District.

Council’s Economic Development Committee will have a meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers to discuss the pending legislation for the proposed project.  There will also be a public hearing on the purposed zoning change for the area south of Goodale during the special Council Meeting that starts at 7 p.m.

2. Grandview Crossing Legislation on Agenda

Speaking of economic development, the full Council will be considering number of items on the agenda tonight related to the redevelopment of the former landfill site at the northeast quadrant of Grandview Avenue and Dublin Road.

The measures that are expected for a vote consist of rezoning the property under a mixed-use Planned Unit Development zoning, an economic development agreement between the City and Grandview Crossing developer Wagenbrenner Development, authorizing a Community Redevelopment Area Agreement between the developer and City and establishing a 50 percent CRA tax abatement on the proposed 50,000 square feet of Class A office space, a planned hotel of up to 200 rooms and an apartment component of up to 250 rental housing units.  The Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district being established will be a non-school TIF, which means that no property tax intended for the school will be part of the TIF. Developers estimate that the school will receive approximately $490,000 a year for the improvements in real estate taxes for the first 15 years, then approximately $1 million a year after that. There will be additional real estate taxes to the school from the increased land value.  

Wagenbrenner Development expects to invest about $65 million just in the 13-acre Grandview portion of on the broader 52-acre redevelopment site, most of which lies in the city of Columbus. For more information about this project, read the blog item I published on January 8th. 

3. Grandview Heights EMS Joins OSU/WMC Data Program

The City’s Division of Fire has joined an Ohio State University/Wexner Medical Center-managed data system designed to provide feedback on patient care the Grandview Heights EMS personnel delivers in an effort to improve EMS personnel performance. Chief Steve Shaner tells me Grandview Heights is the first “pre-hospital” emergency medical service to join the collaborative effort to share information about its runs through the ESO Health Data Exchange now used at OSU/WMC. In fact, OSU/WMC is the first hospital in the region to implement the ESO Health information and quality management service in Central Ohio that links EMS personnel, hospital medical directors, and quality management staff. Chief Shaner said the feedback could show areas the can be improved through ongoing training.

4. City Seeks Nominations To Its Board of Health

I am looking for two qualified individuals to serve on the City’s Board of Health.The terms of three members – Rick Ross, Sharon Parker and Judith Nagy – are expiring, and after many years of service, Sharon and Rick have asked that they not be reappointed.  They have done an excellent job over the years and will be missed. By statute, two of the board members must have a bio-medical background. The community needs at least one candidate with these educational credentials to step forward in this round of appointments. Those who accept appointments to the panel serve three-year terms. The board meets quarterly. The Board monitors and controls environmental factors in the community that may impact the quality of residents’ health. Members also oversee the effectiveness of community efforts to address health problems while advocating for solutions.

Please send a resume to Debbie, or contact me at 614-481-3159 if you have an interest in serving your community in this way.

5. Great Job Service Department

If you were out at all this weekend driving around central Ohio, you were able to appreciate the great job our Service and Parks Departments did clearing the roads and park walks.  When the weather is this cold, salt does not work as well and it is difficult to get the snow/ice off the roads. Thanks to the Service and Parks Department!

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