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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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Jan 16

The Tuesday Top 5: January 15th, 2019

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 1:38 PM by Laura Oldham

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

1. Hearing Set for Extending “Yard” Zoning South of Goodale

Efforts to open up another 13 acres of the Goodale industrial district to sustainable redevelopment will take center stage on Jan. 22 in Council Chambers.

Council’s Economic Development Committee, at 5:30 p.m. on January 22 will consider legislation

Amending the zoning map for the area from Industrial to Mixed Use:
b. Amending the codified ordinance for the Mixed Use District:
c. Amending the current Tax Incentive Financing for the area for 13 additional acres south of Goodale Boulevard from the proposed extension of Bobcat Avenue to Olentangy River Road.

The City has identified $15 million in road and utility projects necessary to redevelop the former W.W. Williams and Ward Engineering properties as well as the Research Alloys metal scrapyard and other properties. All the City’s public improvement investment will be paid for by the additional money generated in the Yard area through increased property values and additional income tax. 
The full Council will conduct a public hearing at the beginning of its 7 p.m. meeting on legislation to change the zoning for that 13 acres from M-1 light industrial to Grandview Commerce Mixed-Use District, the same zoning governing Grandview Yard.

Consideration of the ordinances comes after several months of public discussion about the opportunity the South of Goodale properties offer the City and the school district, which is working with my administration, Council and the developers to hammer out an economic development agreement in support of commercial and residential projects I wrote about in my September 18th blog


2. Start Talking! Grandview Listens as Well

Grandview Heights Police Sgt. Ryan Starns outlined local law enforcement’s response to the widening drug issues in the area at the Start Talking! Grandview meeting on January 14th.

Starns, the Division’s Detective Supervisor, said much of the police interdiction occurs as part of traffic stops along the gateway of West Third Avenue, Grandview Avenue, and Goodale Boulevard. But thefts and burglaries occur throughout the City, with unlocked vehicles and homes remaining easy targets for those seeking cash and property to pay for their drug addictions. Starns said if more residents locked their vehicles and homes, “you’d see a dramatic decrease” in such criminal activity.

Just under 30 people packed a Grandview Heights Public Library conference room to hear Starns and Grandview Heights High School Principal Robert Brown offer their perspectives on drug abuse in our community. Brown lamented the role mental health issues play in students’ decision to take illicit drugs and the unwillingness of many parents he has called with concerns to address possible mental health issues that can lead to drug abuse.

To learn more, I would encourage residents to check out Start Talking! Grandview’s website or its Facebook page, @STGrandview for the next program. One can also join their Twitter network @GrandviewStart.

3. Plastic Recycling Rules Updated

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), which oversees all aspects of waste management for our county from recycling to the landfill, is in the process of educating Franklin County communities on updated recycling rules for plastics and other materials. You will see more about this in upcoming weeks. 

Service Director Darryl Hughes said Rumpke Waste & Recycling, which processes recycling for our county, can recycle plastic bottles and plastic containers with screw-top lids such as milk jugs, detergent bottles, 2-liter pop bottles and condiment containers. The City asks resident to not put plastic containers such as yogurt packages with peel-off covers out for recycling, along with plastic bags, or single-use plastic cups out for recycling. For some of us, including me, it will be hard to do.

There is currently no, or very limited markets, for this type of plastic. Continuing to send this to the recycling center just slows down processing and this type of plastics still ends up in the landfill at the end of the process.

Read here for a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable materials.On a related recycling note, the Service Department still has 115 of 300 recycling bins available to residents as part of a pilot project started in early November (more here) to determine the ease of use of the blue 18-gallon bins with lids. The City may seek a grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) later this year to expand the program or opt to buy larger containers with wheels depending on resident feedback during the current trial.

Those interested in a bin should call 614-488-4728 to check on availability or visit the department at 1525 Goodale Boulevard between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.


4. Greenbelt Supported on Grandview Avenue

The steering committee for Grandview Heights’ Civic Spaces & Places initiative met again on January 10th as consensus begins to form for keeping the Grandview Avenue entrance into the City a park-like corridor. The NBBJ planners leading the discussion said one of two options calling for maintaining the greenway between the rail tracks and Goodale with a plaza facing Grandview Avenue has received the most positive feedback from the steering committee.

The emerging concept also envisions the relocation of the city administration building, police station, and firehouse to that site where the Grandview Service Center now sits. That concept also shows possible event/recreation space along Goodale off the north end of the proposed City Hall and across Goodale from Wyman Woods.

This municipal “hub” is one of four the NBBJ planning team had identified in Grandview Heights late last year. I wrote about those concentrations similar uses as points for possible civic projects in my December 11th blog.  

The Spaces & Places committee is part of the broader Growing on Tradition Community Planning effort that will result in a unified plan later this year.  

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5. Vet Practice Relocating to Expanded Space

Grandview Animal Clinic owner Mike Reidelbach, DVM, plans to move the veterinary practice he bought in April 2010 but will remain within Grandview Heights.

The practice will close its long-time offices at 1510 W. First Ave. at the close of business on Friday, January 25th. It will reopen Monday, January 28th in the lower level of 751 Northwest Blvd. at Goodale Boulevard. The Grandview Animal Clinic has served the area for more than 35 years.

It appears, from a sign in the window, that owner of the 99-year-old First Avenue building has put the property on the market.

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Jan 08

The Tuesday Top 5: January 8th, 2019

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 7:12 PM by Laura Oldham

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

1. Public Works Complex Underway

Construction on the new home for the City’s Public Works Operations has moved forward with general contractor R.W. Setterlin Building Co. working on the building pad the first week of January. Work on underground utilities also continues this week as the contractor begins work on the footings for the building.

The project at 1260 McKinley Avenue, east of the COTA bus barn, will serve as the base of operations for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department, and the Parks Division of the Parks and Recreation Department upon its projected September completion. 

Here’s some more information about the project I wrote in my early October blog post



2. M/I Model Homes Under Construction

Speaking of winter construction, the first of 79 single-family houses M/I Homes has planned for Grandview Yard are well underway. The Columbus-based homebuilder has completed the foundations and basements for two model homes set at the northwest corner of West First and Bobcat Avenues with lumber on site for the first floor decking and vertical construction.

The homebuilder expects completion of the model homes this spring but has not announced a more precise target date because of the of the unknown impact winter weather may have on construction. That said, M/I expects the first homes will be ready for occupancy later this year.
The 2,000-2,700-square-foot homes will feature a mix of two, three and four bedrooms with prices beginning in at $500,000.


3. Wagenbrenner Seeks Grandview Crossing Rezoning

The developer of the planned Grandview Crossing project presented their vision again for the mixed-use project at Grandview Avenue and Dublin Road at the January 7th Council meeting. Just under 16 acres of the 52-acre project lie within Grandview Heights with the rest of the project within the City of Columbus. Wagenbrenner Development representatives briefly talked about the project as they sought support to change the zoning for the project from M-1 light industrial and some C-2 commercial sections along Dublin Road, to a Planned Unit Development zoning to allow a mix of senior living units, apartments, office, retail, and a hotel.

I first wrote about the rezoning in my October 9th blog postCouncil in early December tabled that ordinance for final consideration at its Tuesday, January 22nd meeting. Council also heard readings of four other ordinances in support of the Grandview Crossing project. Those ordinances proposed the creation of a non-school tax increment financing (TIF) district to pay for certain infrastructure within the redevelopment of the former landfill site. Legislation also establishes a tiered CRA for the office, housing and lodging components of the project.   

4. Industry Association Lauds Nicodemus

A 30-year administration veteran at City Hall has earned well-deserved recognition from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. The IIMC notified the City that Debbie Nicodemus, who serves as both City Council Clerk and my Administrative Secretary, earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk based on meeting or surpassing the group’s demanding educational requirements and her record of significant contributions to the City and the community in making sure council – and the day-to-day management of the city – run smoothly.  

Congratulations to Debbie for outside recognition of her stellar skills that all at City Hall have come to admire.  

The IIMC has 14,000 members in the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

5. State of the City Address Planned

The last year has shown just how vibrant a 112-year-old community can remain as the City continued major redevelopment projects and laid the groundwork for the launch of even more economic activity this year and beyond.

I will review the progress this community made in 2018 in making Grandview an even better place to live, work, and just enjoy life as well as present the opportunities and challenges yet before us during my State of the City Address set for March 12th. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Grand Event Center next to the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

This is a public event and I welcome all residents and businesses to join me and other civic leaders to hear firsthand all of the wonderful things taking place in our community. 

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