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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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