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Jan 29

The Tuesday Top 5: January 29th, 2019

Posted on January 29, 2019 at 3:42 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. Council Approves First of Several Grandview Crossing Legislations

Efforts to encourage redevelopment of the Grandview Height’s portion of the 53 acres of land on the former landfill at Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue moved forward at the January 22nd City Council meeting.

Council voted 6-1 to rezone the portion of Wagenbrenner Development’s Grandview Crossing project within the City from M-1 light industrial to PUD, planned unit development that allows for mixed use development. On the 15.9 acres of the project located in Grandview Heights, the developer is planning to construct approximately 50,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet of retail, approximately 250 senior residential units and a hotel with as many as 200 guests.

In another vote, Council approved an economic development agreement pledging the City’s support of the creation of a joint New Community Authority (with the developer and the City of Columbus).  Council will consider additional legislation at its February 4th meeting for this area, including authorizing the execution of a Community Reinvestment Agreement between the developer and the City, Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district (a Non-School TIF) for infrastructure improvements, and authorizing the TIF and Cooperative Agreements.  I first wrote about Grandview Crossing in my September 18th blog and outlined more about the project in my January 22nd blog

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2. ScriptDrop Pact Approved

Speaking of economic development, City Council, at last week’s special meeting, unanimously approved a five-year tax incentive with the ScriptDrop Inc. pharmacy delivery start-up as it relocates and expands into 855 Grandview Avenue’s multi-tenant building. The company has subleased 22,000 square feet from the 2CheckOut electronic payment system business in the Loth Inc.-anchored property as it prepares to expand from its existing workforce of 28 to 80 by year’s end.

The economic development incentive calls for the company to receive the equivalent of 35 percent of its workers’ income tax withholding for 2019 and 2020 and an amount equal to 25 percent of that withholding in 2021-2023.

ScriptDrop CEO Nick Potts said it will lease out some of its excess space for the next several months to the Share Microtransit service, which has 26 employees.

ScriptDrop’s business model rests on its logistics software and driver network that it provides to its pharmacy clients who want to offer delivery of medications to customers unable to pick up their prescriptions. The model is designed to lower the number of prescriptions ordered from but not picked up while offering convenience to the pharmacies’ customers.

ScriptDrop began operating a year ago out of the Rev1 incubator space on Kinnear Road. 

3. Welcoming Search2Close

The formal opening of a real estate title search and closing firm on Goodale Boulevard opens up an opportunity for further redevelopment in a former auto repair shop.

Powell-based Search2Close real estate title and closing firm held a formal opening January 24th of its satellite offices in the rear of the former Auto Doctor auto repair facility at 1133 Goodale Boulevard.

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Search2Close President Kevin Alexander and his staff invited Grandview Heights Director of Administration Patrik Bowman, City Council President Greta Kearns and myself to attend a ribbon cutting and reception in their renovated offices on January 24th. The office features a large reception/training area under a barrel vaulted ceiling as well as a mini putting green, natural gas fire pit, and built-in grill on the outdoor patio.

The 75-year-old property has another 6,600 square feet of space getting prepared for prospective tenants at the front of the 10,000-square-foot property.

4. Police Equipment Approved

The Grandview Heights Police have received Board of Control approval to equip all of its cruisers with a night vision camera.

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The board consisting of myself, Council President Gretchen Kearns and Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky agreed at our June 25th review to approve funds for the purchase and installation of four Noptic night vision cameras.

Three of the seven Division of Police cruisers already have the cameras that assist officers by greatly increasing nighttime visibility during the evening and overnight.  With the purchase of four more units, all of the cruisers will have the device. Chief Tom McCann assured the panel the heat-sensing equipment cannot see through structures.

The Board of Control also agreed to buy three additional Motorola portable radios and five spare batteries. Those were purchased for $18,510.

Both the night optics and Motorola radios were part of the Capital Budget City Council passed in early December, as I wrote in my December 3rd blog


5. 911 Service Expands to Text Messaging

Those needing an emergency medical, fire or police response but unable to call, can now text message 911 in Franklin County. On January 14th, Franklin County’s Emergency Communications Center began accepting texts for emergencies where cellular service is poor, a person has difficult speaking or hearing, or in a threatening situation where a call could heighten the danger.

Those using this method of contact should put “911” in the recipient line (no hyphens) and the message text must be brief but detailed, including the specific location of the emergency and the type of emergency.

That said, the county advises voice contact to 911 remains the preferred method of contact.  Franklin and Delaware counties are the only jurisdictions in Central Ohio with the 911 text capability.

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org.

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