Dublin City Council Work Session
Monday, April 17, 2017
Public Input Workshop 2
Thank you for attending the second public workshop on November 1, 2016 and providing great input on the ideas and concepts presented.
The Study Area
Public Input Workshop 1
Thank you for attending the first public workshop on August 31, 2016 and providing great input as public participation is an important part of the planning process.
The input received through the public workshop and online engagement effort will be used to refine the draft concepts. The draft concepts and recommendations were presented for public review at a second public workshop on November 1, 2016.
Which of the following business types would you visit regularly if added to the study area?
If you would like to suggest specific locations for the preferred businesses within the study area, click on the map above to begin.
Dublin Corporate Area Plan
Shifting office and employment demographics are re-shaping suburbs.
According to national media and real estate studies, once thriving office parks are becoming obsolete in the market place. Nationally, nearly one billion square feet of inventory is sitting idle, a figure that adds up to about 7.5 percent of the national office inventory, according to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) – one of the largest commercial real estate service firms in the world.
Dublin has defined itself as a premier employment center in the Columbus region since the 1980s. Business retention and attraction is a primary City Council and City of Dublin goal. To remain competitive, the City of Dublin’s Economic Development and Planning teams have initiated a study to understand the existing conditions, market conditions, stakeholder requirements, and effects of the changing work space demands on older suburban office complexes – legacy office spaces, such as Metro Office Park.
The study area is approximately 1,000 acres and includes all legacy office parks within the Metro, Blazer, and Emerald business districts and the Frantz Road corridor.
An office competitive study was initiated in 2015. The information for this initial phase is available in this brief summary report – Legacy Office Competitiveness Background Report (PDF). This Phase I study serves as a launching point for the more detailed Dublin Corporate Area Plan study underway.
The City’s emphasis on jobs, particularly higher-wage office jobs, is the foundation of its economic health and high quality of life for residents. Approximately 87% of Dublin’s office inventory (Class A, B and C) was built in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s following the traditional suburban office parks model. Approximately 12% of that space is currently vacant. Several factors contribute to these vacancy rates including:
- Lower parking ratios
- Lack of walkable amenities
- Building age
- Lack of public transit
- Lack of sustainable practices to gain maximum benefits of the land and location
- Floor plate size and building size
- Lack of basic curb appeal
Two primary factors are reshaping the demand for suburban office:
- A shift in the perceived and actual parking demand for some businesses that now utilize a much higher employee per square foot ratio than in the past.
- The consistently increasing employee desire for nearby convenience and entertainment amenities, ideally within a walking distance.
The current homogenous, non-walkable/car-centric office development pattern in the City of Dublin has a direct impact on the ability to lease office space, as well as leasing rates. Today employees expect to be able to walk to lunch, fitness centers and other services. And they expect them to be open after work. The challenge for outdated office parks is to find the space for such uses, as well as the facilities that support walking, biking and transit connectivity.
For example, Frantz Road is an important north-south corridor with older offices along the west side including a diverse range of businesses, and residential neighborhoods along the east side. The corridor currently lacks a number of amenities that would serve businesses and neighborhoods within walking distance. It is also a challenging corridor for pedestrians with landscaping barriers that are no longer valuable or relevant.
The consultant team for this project includes POD design, Side Street Planning, and DDA advisors.