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The Tuesday Top 5: August 20th, 2019

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 4:19 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: August 20th, 2019

 

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

1. Honoring Steve Gladman For Leadership on Council

Many of you have already heard that Councilman Steve Gladman resigned from City Council effective with his August 10th notice to Council President Greta Kearns.

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Councilman Gladman steps down four months shy of 12 years of service on Council, a period during which the City structured – and then restructured – the public financing for roads and utility lines through the former industrial district that has blossomed during the last decade into the mixed-used Grandview Yard development.

Gladman’s financial expertise as chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee served this community well for many years. In 2018, he took a leadership role as the City worked with developers and the Grandview Heights City School District Board of Education to restructure the Yard tax increment finance (TIF) which increased the flow of property tax back to the school district. This greatly reducing the financial impact of the school construction project on residents of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff.

Steve plans to continue to serve the broader Central Ohio community as he continues serving as president of the Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, a nonprofit residential lender tackling the key economic development issue of affordable housing.

The City has reaped the rewards of Gladman’s contribution of his time, his intellect and calm demeanor as this community attracted more investment and job growth that greatly contributed to our high level of service the community provides and its stellar AAA credit rating. Steve and I have spent countless hours working together and he has been a key part of the great things that have happened in this community over the past twelve years.   I have personally enjoyed working with him and I will miss that.  Please take a moment to thank him for his exceptional service to our community when you see him around the town.

Meantime, Council President Kearns has announced Council will take application through Aug. 28 from Grandview Heights electors interested in serving the last four months of Gladman’s term. Council could vote on the appointment as soon as its Tuesday, Sept. 3 meeting.

“I deeply appreciate Mr. Gladman’s efforts to mentor junior Council members through the years,” Kearns wrote in a statement, “and his unwavering commitment to professionalism and civility.”

2. City Shares Revised Elmwood Sidewalk Plan

The City’s director of Public Service and consulting engineer have unveiled revised plans for a sidewalk along the east edge of Elmwood Avenue.

A few residents living along the section of Elmwood between Goodale Avenue and Bluff Road responded to an invitation from the City and stopped by Council Chambers on August 13th to review the revised plans for the sidewalk.

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In May, I had written the City had hoped to build a multi-purpose path along that narrow and steep section of Elmwood to accommodate both pedestrians and bicycles. That project is part of a broader City policy to promote safety through construction of safe walkways on at least one side of every street within Grandview Heights.

A few months ago, a closer look during the preliminary design phase for the Elmwood project revealed that an 8-foot wide path – such as that built this summer along Grandview Avenue between Goodale Boulevard and City Hall – created the necessity to cut down a few large trees along Elmwood, particularly two oak trees with diameters of 42 inches and 36 inches as the path cut deep into the embankment.

The revised plan for a 5-foot wide sidewalk will still cut into the embankment, creating a need for a stone wall along 250 feet of the 700-foot long sidewalk while allowing us to work around the existing large trees. The stone chosen for the wall will be similar to that used along Goodale as it curves into Lincoln Road.

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That same section of Elmwood also had initially made the City’s 2019 street repair list in March. The City later decided to postpone that project until 2020 so the road repair and sidewalk projects could get done at the same time, thus reducing the inconvenience on residents who travel on that street regularly.

3. Grant Sought For South of Goodale Projects Set for Wednesday, August 19th

The City will hold a public hearing this  to review public improvements planned for the South of Goodale section of Grandview Yard as it seeks state funds to help pay for a portion of the project costs.

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The Wednesday, August 19th hearing will take place at 7 p.m. in Council chambers.
Council in early February voted to rezone the industrial properties located between the eastern edge of Grandview Heights at Twin Rivers Drive to the planned extension of Bobcat Avenue on the west for commercial and residential redevelopment . Council also approved extension of the previous tax increment financing (TIF) into the new acreage and restructuring of the development agreement with the Grandview Heights City School District.


Tri W, owners of the former W.W. Williams Co. site, will redevelop property it controls in conjunction with Elford Development. Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors also controls a portion of the South of Goodale section.


Neither have announced specific projects beyond a mix of commercial and residential projects. 

The public hearing is the first step toward the City seeking Ohio Public Works Commission funding to offset some of the estimated $15 million in construction costs associated with the road and underground utility projects.

4. Yard Office Foundation Permit Approved

Many of you have noticed more moving of dirt and boring equipment south of the Nationwide Insurance office complex in Grandview Yard.

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Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors has secured a foundation permit for an office project along Yard Street at Burr Avenue.

But the final scope of the project and timing of actual construction remains unsettled as the developer considers its options based on site conditions.

The City issued the foundation permit on July 26 for a conceptual three-story office building at 820 Yard Street. The office building, when built, will share the Block D section of Grandview Yard where site work recently started for two apartment buildings offering a combined 218 units.

The developer has made substantial progress on the 38,000 square-foot office project it has had under construction since early April at the corner of Northwest Boulevard and Goodale. The law firm of Carlile, Patchen and Murphy committed to leasing the top floor of that building before the developer began construction.

That office project – set for a first quarter 2020 delivery – started to go vertical in the last several weeks along with the adjacent Junction townhouse project along Bobcat.

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5. Mayor’s Picnic A Blast For All

The City celebrated the waning days of summer this last Sunday with games, pizza, root beer floats and a blast of water close to 500 residents gathered at Wyman Woods for the Mayor’s Picnic.
A scheduling mix up scuttled the plans for the promised giant water slide but the Parks & Rec staff improvised by hosing down a big tarp. 

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The Grandview Heights Division of Fire also came to the rescue by rolling out firehoses from the pumper trucks on display and spraying water onto the Wyman Woods sports field to the delight of dozens of shouting children, and even some adults enjoyed the shower. 

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A big round of applause to the City departments and staff for putting on a memorable time on a hot August afternoon.

Meantime, I hope you enjoy this collection of photos taken during the event.


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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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