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The Tuesday Top 5: July 16th, 2019

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 3:40 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: July 16th, 2019


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

1. 2019 City Revenue Remains on Budget

I wanted to offer a brief update on the City’s financial performance through the first six months of 2019.

Income tax receipts collected through the Regional Income Tax Agency totaled $8.45 million through June. Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky in his June finance report to Council said that combination of individual taxes paid, withholding taxes and business net profits taxes put the City “on target” for the budgeted $15.8 million for 2019 “with some upside potential.”  Dvoraczky noted the withholding taxes portion has increased 15 percent from the 2018 period due to the implementation of the final phase of employee relocations for some major businesses, and the continued pace of new business growth in the city.

The Finance Department reported year-to-date hotel (bed) tax revenue hit $283,000, or $6,100 ahead of the 2018 mark. The bed tax supports the repayment of capital bonds sold to accomplish the Pierce Field and Wyman Woods renovations several years ago in addition to construction of the Municipal Swimming Pool just a few years ago.

The prospect of a hotel as part of the Grandview Crossing redevelopment at Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue and a third Grandview Yard hotel south of Goodale Boulevard bodes well for the community as a potential funding source for future Parks & Recreation facilities.

Revenues are also trending favorably thus far in 2019 for our pool, and we are on a good path both recreationally and fiscally for the season.  

2. Seven-Year Division of Fire Vet Tapped for Captain Post

The Grandview Heights Division of Fire will have its fourth captain on board effective July 18th with the promotion of James Beckett to the post.

Beckett, 33, just marked his seventh anniversary as a firefighter/medic with the Division. He replaces Mike Shimko, who retired March 1st after more than 26 years with the City.


Beckett, a graduate of St. Mary’s Memorial High School and Hocking College, first worked part-time with the Clinton Township Fire Department.  He joined the Grandview Heights Division of Fire in June 2012 after a short full-time stint with the Newark Fire Department.

Beckett lives in Hilliard with his wife and two children.

Division of Fire Chief Steven Shaner said Beckett has demonstrated a stellar work ethic and has taken on extra projects while mastering his skills as a firefighter and paramedic. The Division stands at its authorized uniformed strength of 13 firefighter/medics, four captains, a fire marshal and Chief Shaner.

3. Music In The Yard Offers Variety

Those of you who enjoyed the 34th Music on the Lawn concert series at the Grandview Heights Public Library on Tuesday nights in June and July will be pleased that the musical fun will continue in August at a different venue.

The Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation Department and Grandview Heights Public Library again join efforts to bring music to the community this summer in presenting the inaugural Music in the Yard series on three Thursday late afternoons.

The August 8th launch of the series at First Avenue Park will star Clarence White and the Johnny Appleseeds, a regional Americana/folk band with a touch of blues, Faulkner said the band created in late 2018 has already started to gain a following.

Then the George Barrie Band will take the park stage August 15th after playing several outdoor concerts in Greater Columbus this summer. The band’s offering of pop rock graced the Music on the Lawn series in 2016.

Capping the new Thursday on August 22nd concerts is Hot Tonic, a fusion jazz ensemble mixing funk and soul with Latin Rhythms. Hot Tonic also has played numerous venue this summer, including the Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest and Lancaster Arts Festival.

The Thursday events will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with various activities. The musicians are set to play between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

4. Nationwide Realty, Yard Vendors Sponsor August Concerts

Of course, putting on a concert series takes a strong organization and sponsor funding to make it happen.

A thank you to the staffs of Parks & Rec and Canaan Faulkner with the Grandview Library for organizing this new community event.

I am pleased to announce the organizers have signed Grandview Yard master developer National Realty Investors and a cooperative of Grandview Yard restaurants to serve as the Title Sponsor for the Thursday afternoon Music at the Yard late afternoon concerts. 

Other sponsorship opportunities remain. Businesses and individuals interested in Single Concert or Supporting Concert Sponsors should contact Recreation Supervisors Taylor Lindsey (614-481-6202) or Marta Durban (614-481-6204) for more information.

I’ll write more about the concert series as the dates draw nearer. I hope residents will come to enjoy the music and food as they get to experience the City’s newest park.

5. More Construction Starting In Grandview Yard

Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors has started working on Block D of the Grandview Yard development along Yard Street between Williams and Burr avenues with construction equipment moving dirt in that area for a couple of weeks.

The developer has approved building permits in hand for a four-story, serpentine apartment building at 860 Yard Street at Williams with 138 units and a separate, 80-unit apartment at 830 Burr at Rail Street.  

The city has yet to receive an application for a planned office building next to the 860 Yard apartment.

Documents also show a pocket park at the southwest corner of Burr and Yard where the CoGo Bike Share station is currently located.

Yard Line drawing

Block D Grandview Yard

I had written in early April that Nationwide Realty had started construction on a two-story, 38,000-square-foot office building at Northwest and Goodale boulevard.

Nationwide Realty two weeks later identified the Carlile Patchen & Murphy law firm as the anchor tenant in that office building. NRI also announced at that time it had started construction on 20, two-story townhomes spread among three buildings long Bobcat Avenue called The Junction.

Stay tuned to this blog as more information becomes available.



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