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Feb 05

The Tuesday Top 5: February 5th, 2019

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 7:49 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. Parks & Rec Opens Spring Registration

Registration for Park & Recreation Department’s spring programming begins today.

Programs available this spring includes adult golf and kickball; Tuesday ’Tivities for 4th through 6th graders; TGIF for 4th through 8th graders; a Good Friday field trip to SplatterPark paintball venue in Mt. Gilead for those age 10 and older; and the Blast Off to Summer four-day camp for kids kindergarten through 5th grade.

If you haven’t yet received your Grandview Heights Spring Community Guide, it should arrive shortly. Otherwise, click here to view the pdf version of the community guide and information regarding the various Parks & Recreation programs.


2. South of Goodale Legislation Passes

The redevelopment of 13 acres south of Goodale Boulevard from Grandview Yard lurched forward February 4th after Grandview Height City Council voted 6-1 to rezone the distressed industrial properties stretching from Twin Rivers Drive to Bobcat Avenue.

Two development groups – a joint venture between the former owners of the W.W. Williams Co. and Elford Development and a second led by Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors – have redevelopment plans in the works for the area that includes, in addition to the W. W. Williams site, a metals scrapyard operated by Research Alloys Co. and the former Ford Engineering property.

The zoning ordinance, 2019-04, changed the zoning from M-1 light industrial to GCMXD, Grandview Commerce Mixed-Use District. Council also passed two other pieces of supporting legislation for redevelopment of the South of Goodale land in similar 6-1 votes, including formation of a tax increment finance (TIF) district and economic development agreement.

The legislative package also restructures the School Compensation Agreement between the City of Grandview Heights and the school the Grandview Heights City School District. The significate increase in the compensation coming from the newly defined Yard boundaries to the school allows the school district to reduce by half the amount it will collect from property owners in support of a capital improvement bond issue voters approved in early November for school construction projects. I will expand on this item in next week’s Top Five.

I have written about the redevelopment effort in this blog several times in the last five months, most recently on January 15th. School Board members were at the meeting in sport of the legislation. I also wrote on January 22nd about the tax revenue impact of the Yard.


3. JEDZ Bolsters City Finances

The City’s Joint Economic Development Zone agreement with Clinton Township continued to produce strong tax revenue in 2018.

Grandview Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky told the January 29th Clinton Twp./Grandview Heights JEDZ meeting that the JEDZ collected gross revenue of $3.3 million in 2018 tax receipts from businesses and those working in the township. The City of Grandview Heights took in a net $628,035.38 as its 20 percent take of the $3.14 million net revenue as part of the five-year-old pact with the township.

Grandview Heights also got paid a 2 percent fee – or $66,008 in 2018 – to administer the JEDZ that netted the township $2.5 million in 2018. Since its April 2014 income tax inception, the JEDZ net revenue has totaled $2.86 million from the City’s 20 percent share and in the last four years has ranged from $607,000 to $692,000.

The JEDZ board also gets a 2 percent cut of the net to promote economic development within the township, which includes the Lennox Town Center, the University View residential neighborhood and part of the Kinnear Road corridor as well as other commercial corridors along Cleveland Avenue and Westerville Road near Oakland Park Avenue. 

The City’s cooperative partnership with Clinton Twp. also  strengthens the economic vitality in the greater Tri-Village area where many Grandview Heights residents work and shop.

4. Revised Balboa Plan Set for Commission Review

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission will meet in special session this week to consider developer Connect Realty’s revised renovation plan for the patio at the Balboa restaurant at 1312 Grandview Avenue.

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The plan now calls for widening the sidewalk from the existing 4 feet to 8 feet, a change the City administration promoted when the developer unveiled their plans at the commission’s January 16th meeting as part of a broader effort to make the Grandview commercial corridor more pedestrian friendly. The proposal retains a request to approve a detached, timber-frame trellis over the existing patio as well as a natural gas fire pit.

The commission will consider approval of the site plan, the detached structure, and the owner’s request for a variance for the proposed reduction of the setback from the curb to the primary structure.

The restaurant closed to the general public on January 7th as the operators work on their renovation plans. A sign on the restaurant’s door said it will host special events until the reopening of the patio at an unspecified date in the spring.

The planning commission will consider the project at a special meeting in Council Chambers on Thursday, February 7th at 7 p.m.

5. State of the City Address Reminder

I would like to, once again, invite Grandview Heights residents and businesses to hear my annual State of the City address set for March 12th.

Council, City staff, and those volunteering on numerous city boards have worked hard to keep Grandview Heights a top destination for living, working, and enjoying the recreation and entertainment options in our compact community. 

The City has set the course for expanding our tax base and employment opportunities while we anticipate the Building on Tradition community planning effort and City Places & Spaces panel exploring options for new community facilities reports soon to guide us into the future.

Please mark your calendar for this presentation set for 6 p.m. at the Grand Event Center next to the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

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