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The Tuesday Top 5: September 18, 2018

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 7:12 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. Expansion of Grandview Yard and Revised School Compensation Agreement

Resolution No. 13-2018 passed Council (4 to 2) yesterday to support revisiting the 2014 Amended and Restated Development Agreement between the City and the Nationwide Realty Investors, the Developer of Grandview Yard, and supports a mixed-use redevelopment of 14 acres south of Goodale Boulevard east of Bobcat Street. The bulk of the land south of Goodale is owned by Tri W, the owner of the vacated W.W. Williams property who has partnered with Elford Development in that project. A small remainder of the acreage would be redeveloped by NRI. The City is being asked to approve additional public infrastructure south of Goodale to clean up brownfield sites, add a new east/west street to help traffic movement in that area and invest in improving storm water and sanitary sewer infrastructure. The two development groups would pay for the public improvements and be repaid entirely through funds generated from the increased value of the improvements. The Resolution would also support revising the 2009 School Compensation Agreement between the City and the School District. The new agreement would allow tens of millions of additional dollars to go to the school over the next 20 years. Read more: Expansion Grandview Yard

2. Heavy rains

Central Ohio has experienced more than its share of water this year. Residents who have experienced flooding should immediately report the problem to the City. We track and investigate all of these reports. Being able to identify where issues occur helps us plan improvements to the system. Please call the service department direct at (614) 488-4728. If you want to go through the website, go to scroll down to “Contact us, Report a Concern.” If it is an emergency after business hours or during weekends call the Police Dept. at (614) 488-7901. Grandview Heights continues to invest in improving our infrastructure. Read more: Sanitary Sewer Evaluation and Maintenance 

3. Wallace Gardens

Director Patterson provided the results of the returning gardener’s survey of Wallace Gardens to the Parks Board during a Thursday, September 13 presentation. Weed control was identified as one of the biggest problems. Tim McDermott, a resident, gardener at Wallace and an Extension Service educator with an expertise in urban gardens, talked to the board about ideas for a non-herbicide approach to significantly reduce weeds. He recommended more aggressive mowing of vacant plots and plots that become overrun with weeds before seeds form on the plants. He suggested tilling the plots only in the spring and just mowing in the fall to improve the soil. That leaves weed seeds on top of the soil where birds can feed on them and prevents five months of erosion through the winter. The board also heard presentations from two Boy Scouts, who proposed Eagle Scout projects at the gardens. Alecco Walli purposed to build an information board for the gardens and Jude Rosinski is looking at installing a “pollinator” garden which will attract bees and butterflies. The board asked the City to look into working with the scouts on a design that could incorporate both in the turnaround circle on the drive on the east side of the gardens. As Mayor, I appreciated the presentations and I believe the projects would be great additions to the garden.

4. Third Avenue Railroad Bridge Project

The completion for the Columbus railroad bridge and road widening project along West Third Avenue between Yard Street and Olentangy River Road has been delayed again. The revised schedule calls for the one-way (westbound) traffic to continue until February rather than December. The delivery of the bridge steel for the project is causing the delay.

Third Ave Railroad Bridge

5. Pierce Field

Heavy rains falling Sept. 8 and 9 did more than put a damper on the Saturday activities at the Bobcat Boosters Ox Roast. The upward of 5 inches of rain softened the baseball field, leading to damage to the grass areas as the carnival operators removed the rides and other equipment in the days following the festival.

The City’s Park and Recreation Department is evaluating the damage to the field and will develop a plan to get the field ready for activities the coming spring. Until then, all activities scheduled on the field are being rescheduled to other fields in our community.

Pierce Field

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