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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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