What’s next for the Bridge Street District?
Over the past three years, the City has been deeply engaged in an effort to redevelop the Bridge Street District into a much denser, mixed use, urban environment. Having completed the transformative visioning in 2010, implementation studies and adoption of the development code and zoning in 2012, there has been growing interest from local and national developers to begin implementing critical pieces of the Bridge Street District vision.
Once the planning foundations were laid, the City began to focus its Bridge Street District planning efforts on the Scioto River corridor. The proximity to Dublin’s vibrant Historic District, the opportunities to expand access to and engage the riverfront, and the potential for exciting new mixed-use development projects proposed by private development interests have resulted in a unique opportunity to establish an expanded civic core at the heart of the Bridge Street District.
In December 2012, Dublin City Council approved the purchase of 12.3 acres along Riverside Drive for the relocation of Riverside Drive and a future riverside park serving as a community focal point and centerpiece of the Bridge Street District. Concepts for a new signature park and pedestrian bridge connecting the Historic District with new development opportunities on the east side of the river were initially unveiled to the community at the State of the City Address on March 14, 2013. Preliminary designs for the riverfront park, pedestrian bridge and road improvements were presented at a Community Forum on October 22, 2013. Dublin developer Crawford Hoying presented early concepts for exciting mixed use development (including a mix of commercial, residential, and hotel uses) anchoring the new riverfront park.
City Council recently approved the 2014-2018 Five-Year Capital Improvements Program , which includes preliminary project costs and timing for public improvements including the realignment of Riverside Drive, the Riverside Drive/State Route 161 intersection improvements (roundabout), a pedestrian bridge, and riverside park.
While the City is focusing Bridge Street District planning efforts on the Scioto River corridor and the Historic District given the area’s high visibility and catalytic potential, conversations with developers and owners of land throughout the Bridge Street District continue.