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The Tuesday Top 5: March 26th, 2019

Posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:52 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: March 26th, 2019

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

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

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R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

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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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.

20190219_145807(0)

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. 

Sign up here to get text or email alerts with the latest news from the City of Grandview Heights: https://www.grandviewheights.org/list.aspx?ListID=261

 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

20190104_160919

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.

lep sa

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. 

Sign up here to get text or email alerts with the latest news from the City of Grandview Heights: https://www.grandviewheights.org/list.aspx?ListID=261

 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

20190104_160919

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.

lep sa

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. 

Sign up here to get text or email alerts with the latest news from the City of Grandview Heights: https://www.grandviewheights.org/list.aspx?ListID=261
 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 2019
The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

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

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

20190322_094335
R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

20190322_133553

wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

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

Sign up here to get text or email alerts with the latest news from the City of Grandview Heights: https://www.grandviewheights.org/list.aspx?ListID=261

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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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

lep sa

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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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

20190104_160919

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.

lep sa

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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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

20190104_160919

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.

lep sa

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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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

20190104_160919

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.

lep sa

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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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

20190104_160919

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.

lep sa

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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The Tuesday Top 5: March 19th, 2019

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 12:18 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. Community Planning Documents Posted Ahead of March 26th Meeting

The administration has posted the final working draft documents tied to the City’s Growing on Tradition community planning efforts and the Spaces and Places study online ahead of a formal March 26th public unveiling and discussion.

The Growing with Traditions documents filed March 13 culminate both public sessions and committee meetings on land use issues, transportation and connectivity, and economic health.  The Spaces and Places Plan looks at public spaces and planning of city & community facilities.

The City and its consultants will host a community meeting March 26th at 6 p.m. in the Middle School Commons to accept public feedback as the plans move towards completion.

I would like to encourage residents to read the draft plans this week and provide feedback to prior to the meeting.

Grandview Plan side 3.19 

Grandview plan 4 3.19

Grandview plan 2 3.19


To provide feedback, please go online to fill out the feedback forms. These comments will help our consultants plan their presentations.

first wrote in mid-December about an emerging consensus among the Public Spaces & Places Steering Committee members to relocate City Hall and the divisions of Police and Fire to the Grandview Center site at Grandview Avenue and Goodale Boulevard when the Service Center complex moves to McKinley Ave. The panel also favors keeping the remaining City property in that area as a green corridor entrance to the City 

2. State of the City: Community Getting Stronger

I want to follow up my March 12th State of the City address with some observations for those unable to attend.

What a difference 10 years of re-development have made since the City and the Grandview Heights Board of Education completed the first economic development agreement with Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors.

The attraction of Nationwide Insurance’s corporate campus five years ago has anchored the 100-acre development in the City’s former industrial district while creating financial stability for the City with 5,200 workers now employed between West Third Avenue and Goodale Boulevard east of Northwest Boulevard.  Income tax revenue from that area has increased from a couple of hundred thousand dollars a year to almost $8,000,000. About 45% of the income tax goes into our general fund.  The remaining amount is used to pay public improvement bonds and first occupancy job incentives. Over the next 20 years the incentives will be reduced to zero and that money will go to the retirement of bonds.  The public improvement bonds are projected to be paid off in 2040.
The City expects the market-value of Grandview Yard projects to hit $400 million in 2020, a staggering 300 percent increase from the $100 million in market value set in 2015.  Construction in the area will continue for at least the next five years.


Building permits tell a story of strength as well. Contractors pulled 675 residential permits in 2018 – a number that includes new construction and renovation projects of existing homes – and 340 commercial permits, a number that includes permits for multi-family projects of four units or more. The combined 1,015 permits represent a record number for our 112-year-old community.

Rather than repeating the whole presentation, I would invite you to watch and listen to the State of the City presentation on YouTube at your convenience. Feel welcome to contact me if you have any comments or questions.

3. Grandview Yard TIF Financial Shift Detailed

I strongly believe the creation of the Grandview Yard has certainly had a positive economic and social impact on the City. It has allowed the City, in the last 14 years, to go from economically distressed to financially strong with a AAA credit rating. 

In January, I posted information about how Grandview Yard had generated 41 percent of the withholding taxes collected in our City in 2018 and that will increase to 50% in 2019.  In early February I wrote how the extension of the Grandview Yard zoning to the blighted industrial properties south of Goodale Boulevard also created an opportunity to clean up the brownfield, invest in infrastructure, improve traffic flow in the area and more than double the cash flow from the Yard to the Grandview Heights City School District.

Perhaps the most significant financial charts I showed at the State of the City, in fact, showed the monumental impact of the rescheduling the payback of the TIF bonds will have on the school finances.

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Under the 2009 school compensation agreement, the district would expect $59.7 million from 2019 through 2040, a 22-year period. Under the revised agreement, that amount swells to an estimated $143.9 million. 

That marks a $84.2 million combined increase during that same period, or a 141 percent increase in revenue headed to the schools.

That increase will cut in half the amount taxpayers in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff will pay in property taxes to pay off the school construction bond levy approved in November.

4. West Jeff Veteran Joins Division of Fire

The Grandview Heights Division of Fire has hired a new firefighter/paramedic recently.
Adam Goudy, 33, joined the force March 11th after 6 ½ years with the Jefferson Township Fire Department in West Jefferson. Goudy had previous worked part-time stints at the Pleasant Township and Orange Township fire departments in the region.

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He lives with his wife and son in Hilliard.

The Grandview Heights fire division has one more firefighter/paramedic vacancy ahead of a Civil Service Commission test to determine which of six eligible division veterans will permanently fill the shift captaincy that opened up March 1st with the retirement of Capt. Michael Shimko on March 1st.

5. Chamber Retires DigFest after Eight Years 

The Tri-Village Chamber Partnership-sponsored Drinking-In-Grandview Festival (DiG Fest) that was held in Grandview Yard in mid-June the last several years will not have a ninth round this year.
The merchant association’s board formally announced the news during their March 14th annual meeting luncheon.

The Fest at First Avenue Park within Grandview Yard began as a way to promote the fledgling craft brewing and distillery industries. Several breweries and handful of breweries are located in and around the City and nearby Short North and Downtown Columbus locations, so the Yard made for a great spot. 

But the Chamber board reported putting on the festival has always presented challenges, including the staffing a sufficient number of volunteers required to pull off the event of that size and the unpredictability of the weather for the one-day fundraiser. Competition from other regional events that same summer weekend in recent has made attendance and income inconsistent.

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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 2019

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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.

 

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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 2019

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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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

20190104_160919

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.

lep sa

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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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 2019

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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.

20190219_145807(0)

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.

20190104_160919

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.

lep sa

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.

 

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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 12, 2019
 The Tuesday Top 5: March 19th, 2019

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1. Community Planning Documents Posted Ahead of March 26th Meeting

The administration has posted the final working draft documents tied to the City’s Growing on Tradition community planning efforts and the Spaces and Places study online ahead of a formal March 26th public unveiling and discussion.

The Growing with Traditions documents filed March 13 culminate both public sessions and committee meetings on land use issues, transportation and connectivity, and economic health.  The Spaces and Places Plan looks at public spaces and planning of city & community facilities.

The City and its consultants will host a community meeting March 26th at 6 p.m. in the Middle School Commons to accept public feedback as the plans move towards completion.

I would like to encourage residents to read the draft plans this week and provide feedback to prior to the meeting.

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Grandview plan 4 3.19

Grandview plan 2 3.19


To provide feedback, please go online to fill out the feedback forms. These comments will help our consultants plan their presentations.

first wrote in mid-December about an emerging consensus among the Public Spaces & Places Steering Committee members to relocate City Hall and the divisions of Police and Fire to the Grandview Center site at Grandview Avenue and Goodale Boulevard when the Service Center complex moves to McKinley Ave. The panel also favors keeping the remaining City property in that area as a green corridor entrance to the City 

2. State of the City: Community Getting Stronger

I want to follow up my March 12th State of the City address with some observations for those unable to attend.

What a difference 10 years of re-development have made since the City and the Grandview Heights Board of Education completed the first economic development agreement with Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors.

The attraction of Nationwide Insurance’s corporate campus five years ago has anchored the 100-acre development in the City’s former industrial district while creating financial stability for the City with 5,200 workers now employed between West Third Avenue and Goodale Boulevard east of Northwest Boulevard.  Income tax revenue from that area has increased from a couple of hundred thousand dollars a year to almost $8,000,000. About 45% of the income tax goes into our general fund.  The remaining amount is used to pay public improvement bonds and first occupancy job incentives. Over the next 20 years the incentives will be reduced to zero and that money will go to the retirement of bonds.  The public improvement bonds are projected to be paid off in 2040.
The City expects the market-value of Grandview Yard projects to hit $400 million in 2020, a staggering 300 percent increase from the $100 million in market value set in 2015.  Construction in the area will continue for at least the next five years.


Building permits tell a story of strength as well. Contractors pulled 675 residential permits in 2018 – a number that includes new construction and renovation projects of existing homes – and 340 commercial permits, a number that includes permits for multi-family projects of four units or more. The combined 1,015 permits represent a record number for our 112-year-old community.

Rather than repeating the whole presentation, I would invite you to watch and listen to the State of the City presentation on YouTube at your convenience. Feel welcome to contact me if you have any comments or questions.

3. Grandview Yard TIF Financial Shift Detailed

I strongly believe the creation of the Grandview Yard has certainly had a positive economic and social impact on the City. It has allowed the City, in the last 14 years, to go from economically distressed to financially strong with a AAA credit rating. 

In January, I posted information about how Grandview Yard had generated 41 percent of the withholding taxes collected in our City in 2018 and that will increase to 50% in 2019.  In early February I wrote how the extension of the Grandview Yard zoning to the blighted industrial properties south of Goodale Boulevard also created an opportunity to clean up the brownfield, invest in infrastructure, improve traffic flow in the area and more than double the cash flow from the Yard to the Grandview Heights City School District.

Perhaps the most significant financial charts I showed at the State of the City, in fact, showed the monumental impact of the rescheduling the payback of the TIF bonds will have on the school finances.

Grandview Yard - School 3.19

Under the 2009 school compensation agreement, the district would expect $59.7 million from 2019 through 2040, a 22-year period. Under the revised agreement, that amount swells to an estimated $143.9 million. 

That marks a $84.2 million combined increase during that same period, or a 141 percent increase in revenue headed to the schools.

That increase will cut in half the amount taxpayers in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff will pay in property taxes to pay off the school construction bond levy approved in November.

4. West Jeff Veteran Joins Division of Fire

The Grandview Heights Division of Fire has hired a new firefighter/paramedic recently.
Adam Goudy, 33, joined the force March 11th after 6 ½ years with the Jefferson Township Fire Department in West Jefferson. Goudy had previous worked part-time stints at the Pleasant Township and Orange Township fire departments in the region.

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He lives with his wife and son in Hilliard.

The Grandview Heights fire division has one more firefighter/paramedic vacancy ahead of a Civil Service Commission test to determine which of six eligible division veterans will permanently fill the shift captaincy that opened up March 1st with the retirement of Capt. Michael Shimko on March 1st.

5. Chamber Retires DigFest after Eight Years 

The Tri-Village Chamber Partnership-sponsored Drinking-In-Grandview Festival (DiG Fest) that was held in Grandview Yard in mid-June the last several years will not have a ninth round this year.
The merchant association’s board formally announced the news during their March 14th annual meeting luncheon.

The Fest at First Avenue Park within Grandview Yard began as a way to promote the fledgling craft brewing and distillery industries. Several breweries and handful of breweries are located in and around the City and nearby Short North and Downtown Columbus locations, so the Yard made for a great spot. 

But the Chamber board reported putting on the festival has always presented challenges, including the staffing a sufficient number of volunteers required to pull off the event of that size and the unpredictability of the weather for the one-day fundraiser. Competition from other regional events that same summer weekend in recent has made attendance and income inconsistent.

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 The Tuesday Top 5: March 19th, 2019

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1. Community Planning Documents Posted Ahead of March 26th Meeting

The administration has posted the final working draft documents tied to the City’s Growing on Tradition community planning efforts and the Spaces and Places study online ahead of a formal March 26th public unveiling and discussion.

The Growing with Traditions documents filed March 13 culminate both public sessions and committee meetings on land use issues, transportation and connectivity, and economic health.  The Spaces and Places Plan looks at public spaces and planning of city & community facilities.

The City and its consultants will host a community meeting March 26th at 6 p.m. in the Middle School Commons to accept public feedback as the plans move towards completion.

I would like to encourage residents to read the draft plans this week and provide feedback to prior to the meeting.

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To provide feedback, please go online to fill out the feedback forms. These comments will help our consultants plan their presentations.

first wrote in mid-December about an emerging consensus among the Public Spaces & Places Steering Committee members to relocate City Hall and the divisions of Police and Fire to the Grandview Center site at Grandview Avenue and Goodale Boulevard when the Service Center complex moves to McKinley Ave. The panel also favors keeping the remaining City property in that area as a green corridor entrance to the City 

2. State of the City: Community Getting Stronger

I want to follow up my March 12th State of the City address with some observations for those unable to attend.

What a difference 10 years of re-development have made since the City and the Grandview Heights Board of Education completed the first economic development agreement with Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors.

The attraction of Nationwide Insurance’s corporate campus five years ago has anchored the 100-acre development in the City’s former industrial district while creating financial stability for the City with 5,200 workers now employed between West Third Avenue and Goodale Boulevard east of Northwest Boulevard.  Income tax revenue from that area has increased from a couple of hundred thousand dollars a year to almost $8,000,000. About 45% of the income tax goes into our general fund.  The remaining amount is used to pay public improvement bonds and first occupancy job incentives. Over the next 20 years the incentives will be reduced to zero and that money will go to the retirement of bonds.  The public improvement bonds are projected to be paid off in 2040.
The City expects the market-value of Grandview Yard projects to hit $400 million in 2020, a staggering 300 percent increase from the $100 million in market value set in 2015.  Construction in the area will continue for at least the next five years.


Building permits tell a story of strength as well. Contractors pulled 675 residential permits in 2018 – a number that includes new construction and renovation projects of existing homes – and 340 commercial permits, a number that includes permits for multi-family projects of four units or more. The combined 1,015 permits represent a record number for our 112-year-old community.

Rather than repeating the whole presentation, I would invite you to watch and listen to the State of the City presentation on YouTube at your convenience. Feel welcome to contact me if you have any comments or questions.

3. Grandview Yard TIF Financial Shift Detailed

I strongly believe the creation of the Grandview Yard has certainly had a positive economic and social impact on the City. It has allowed the City, in the last 14 years, to go from economically distressed to financially strong with a AAA credit rating. 

In January, I posted information about how Grandview Yard had generated 41 percent of the withholding taxes collected in our City in 2018 and that will increase to 50% in 2019.  In early February I wrote how the extension of the Grandview Yard zoning to the blighted industrial properties south of Goodale Boulevard also created an opportunity to clean up the brownfield, invest in infrastructure, improve traffic flow in the area and more than double the cash flow from the Yard to the Grandview Heights City School District.

Perhaps the most significant financial charts I showed at the State of the City, in fact, showed the monumental impact of the rescheduling the payback of the TIF bonds will have on the school finances.

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Under the 2009 school compensation agreement, the district would expect $59.7 million from 2019 through 2040, a 22-year period. Under the revised agreement, that amount swells to an estimated $143.9 million. 

That marks a $84.2 million combined increase during that same period, or a 141 percent increase in revenue headed to the schools.

That increase will cut in half the amount taxpayers in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff will pay in property taxes to pay off the school construction bond levy approved in November.

4. West Jeff Veteran Joins Division of Fire

The Grandview Heights Division of Fire has hired a new firefighter/paramedic recently.
Adam Goudy, 33, joined the force March 11th after 6 ½ years with the Jefferson Township Fire Department in West Jefferson. Goudy had previous worked part-time stints at the Pleasant Township and Orange Township fire departments in the region.

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He lives with his wife and son in Hilliard.

The Grandview Heights fire division has one more firefighter/paramedic vacancy ahead of a Civil Service Commission test to determine which of six eligible division veterans will permanently fill the shift captaincy that opened up March 1st with the retirement of Capt. Michael Shimko on March 1st.

5. Chamber Retires DigFest after Eight Years 

The Tri-Village Chamber Partnership-sponsored Drinking-In-Grandview Festival (DiG Fest) that was held in Grandview Yard in mid-June the last several years will not have a ninth round this year.
The merchant association’s board formally announced the news during their March 14th annual meeting luncheon.

The Fest at First Avenue Park within Grandview Yard began as a way to promote the fledgling craft brewing and distillery industries. Several breweries and handful of breweries are located in and around the City and nearby Short North and Downtown Columbus locations, so the Yard made for a great spot. 

But the Chamber board reported putting on the festival has always presented challenges, including the staffing a sufficient number of volunteers required to pull off the event of that size and the unpredictability of the weather for the one-day fundraiser. Competition from other regional events that same summer weekend in recent has made attendance and income inconsistent.

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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