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The Tuesday Top 5: March 12th, 2019

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 5:16 PM by Laura Oldham


 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights

1.City begins Safe Routes to School Projects

The Grandview Heights Service Department will begin several projects this week to make walking and riding bicycles to school safer before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

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The projects slated during the next few weeks consist of:

1.    Share the road bike markings on West First Avenue from Cambridge Boulevard to Virginia Avenue; 

2.    Installing flashing school zone lights on West First just east of Virginia Ave on eastbound side of First and east of Oxley on the westbound side.  

3.    Installing flashing crosswalk lights over West First at Virginia; and 

4.    Installing flashing lights on Oxley just north of Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary between Hilo Lane and Parkway Drive.

5.    Bike rake at the middle school.

The City had identified these projects several years ago in hopes of gaining some federal Safe Routes to School funding. That funding just came through in recent months.

The expectation is these projects will help improve driver awareness and improve safety at Stevenson. I wrote about just a few weeks ago.    


2. Grandview Crossing Cleared for Redevelopment

The City could see the first projects emerge from the former Kaplin landfill that once stretched along Dublin Road from Grandview Avenue to Columbus’ water treatment plan by spring 2020, after key Grandview Heights City Council votes on March 4th.

I am pleased to report Council approved, in a 6-0 vote, the Community Reinvestment Area legislation necessary to offer developer Wagenbrenner Development and its Gallas Zadeh Development partners a 50 percent, 15-year tax abatement on the planned residential, office and hotel projects. It also approved non-school tax incremental financing legislation for planned public improvements as an incentive for their investment into the Grandview Heights portion of the development.

Wagenbrenner Development expects to begin underground utility work this spring as weather permits. The first projects built on the 15.9 acres in the City and additional 37 acres located in Columbus will likely a parking garage along the rail lines marketing the northern boundary of Grandview Crossing as well as the first of the residential buildings planned throughout the development site.

The portion of the project inside Grandview Heights will feature 50,000 square feet of office and 50,000 square feet of retail, a 200-key hotel and a rental housing project of 250 units geared toward seniors.

In January the Council approved the rezoning of the Grandview section of the project from light industrial to Planned Unit Development zoning that permits a mix of uses. It also approved the City entering into an economic development agreement with the developers at that time.

3. Kaplin Landfill Redevelopment Decades in the Making

I wanted to offer bit more perspective on the Grandview Crossing site that has taken so long to become a community asset.

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That stretch of land from the site of the demolished Knights Inn to the regional water plant became a landfill after years as a quarry operation. The landfill closed in 1967 after accepting the last loads of solid waste and construction debris. Weeds and trees grew on the landfill for more than 50 years.

Continental Real Estate Cos. briefly considered an office and retail project there in the early 2000s. After that effort failed, the Toledo family trust that owned the property decided in 2002 to put the property up for sale.

A second developer, Bear Creek Capital, a few years later, planned a Walmart Supercenter- or Home Depot-anchored retail development on the site, but legal issues overshadowing an environmental consultant tied to the project in late 2006, combined with signs of a softening retail development market ahead of the 2008-2009 recession, scuttled that prospect Bear Creek had dubbed Grandview Station.

Wagenbrenner became interested in the site in late 2011 as ripe for mixed-use development as it obtained state funding for cleaning up the site. By 2016, it had switched its focus to construction to a 350,000-square-foot retail project, but the shrinking demand for brick-and-mortar retail space again prompted a retreat to a mixed-use project.

This project, which is mostly office and residential based promises to improve the southern gateway into our community and provide, in addition to office and residential, retail, a park and entertainment options as well employment opportunities for residents.

4. City Plans 2019 Road Repairs

The City service department has received three bids for the repaving of several streets and alleyways as part of its 2019 streets program.

Bids were open on March 7th.

The bids from Strawser Paving Co., Columbus Asphalt Paving Inc.  and Decker Construction ranged from $637,857 to $685,391, or well below the engineer’s estimate of $750,000.
The road sections slated for repaving in 2019 are:
  • Glendale Avenue between Mulford Avenue and Second Avenue;
  • Mulford between Grandview Avenue and Glendale
  • Timberman Road between Burr Avenue and Mulford;
  • Elwood Avenue between Goodale and Bluff Avenue; and
  • Westwood Avenue between First and Bluff.
Section of alleys slated for work this year are:
  • Between Thomas Ave. and Oxley Road just south of Mulford;
  • Between Thomas and Oxley just north of Goodale;
  • Between Glendale and Avondale between West First and Haines avenues; 
  • Between Glenn and Westwood avenues just south of Third Avenue; and
  • The intersection of alleys between Elmwood and Westwood just north of First.

The projects as part of the recent bids also include widening the pavement for pedestrians and bicycles along the east edge of Grandview Avenue between Goodale and City Hall.

City Council, during its March 4th meeting, voted 6-0 to authorize Service Department spending up to $100,000 for full-depth spot paving projects to fix potholes and sections of crumbling pavement created during this winter’s unexpectedly damaging freeze-and-thaw weather events this year. 
The recent bids include contingency rates for these repairs.

5. Celebrate Spring with the Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt this Saturday

The Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department will host a St. Patrick’s Day themed Leprechaun Hunt on Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The fun begins at the Wyman Woods shelter house where participants will get their first clue as they visit various local businesses. Each business will offer goodies and have an activity for those on the hunt to complete before using that clue to find the next location.

There is a 150-person limit so if you haven’t already registered, visit the website or contact Taylor Lindsey at 614-481-6202 or tlindsey@grandviewheights.org

Special thanks to the program’s sponsors: the Grandview Heights Public Library, Primrose Grandview, Cub Shrub, Great Clips, Peabody Papers, Doggie Day Spa and Capital City Gardens.

 

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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