Strong Financials, Bridge Street District and Presidents Cup Highlight Dublin State of the City
“The State of the City is excellent,” said Dublin City Manager Marsha Grigsby at the March 14 State of the City event at The Wendy’s Company new Thomas Conference Center. Grigsby validated the statement with recent Community Attitude Survey results in which eight out of 10 residents rated Dublin an excellent place to live.
More than 300 people attended the event featuring presentations from Grigsby, Finance Director Angel Mumma, HNS President Dan Sullivan, Deputy City Manager Dana McDaniel and Terry Foegler, director of the Bridge Street District Initiative.
Foegler and McDaniel discussed proposed plans for the Bridge Street District Scioto River redevelopment. Foegler and McDaniel reviewed the strategic focus of the Scioto River corridor as the first area of redevelopment of the Bridge Street District.
Foegler said Dublin is uniquely positioned, in terms of the planning it has done, the sites that are available, the development potential and the untapped asset of the river. A video highlighted proposed plans which include high density mixed-use development on both sides of the river, the potential relocation of Riverside Drive, concepts for a new roundabout at Riverside Drive and S.R. 161/West Dublin Granville Road, a new riverside park, a pedestrian bridge connecting Historic Dublin to the east side of the Scioto River, and potential opportunities for a new public library.
“But the fact the city is stepping back and planning it so strategically in advance and partnering with private developers – creating a bold and large vision will certainly help Dublin’s competitiveness for years to come,” said Foegler.
Grigsby announced recent news that a preferred alternative has been selected for the I-270/US 33 interchange. She said this was an important possibly enabling construction to start as early as 2015 – two years ahead of schedule.
“We are very appreciative of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) efforts to help us reach this critical milestone. I would also be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the great efforts of our citizens and businesses in showing their support for this much-needed project,” said Grigsby.
the Memorial Tournament/Presidents Cup 2013
Dan Sullivan highlighted construction and renovations taking place at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in preparation for the Memorial Tournament, presented by Nationwide Insurance and the Presidents Cup 2013 coming to Muirfield Village in October.
Dublin by the numbers
Finance Director Angel Mumma said the City’s 2012 income tax revenues saw an increase of 5.3% over 2011, which resulted in $75.4 million.
“Nearly 82% of our income tax revenue was generated through business withholding taxes, which are those taxes that are assessed on those that work within the City of Dublin,” said Mumma. “This particular segment grew 4.2% over 2011 and is indicative of the quality business community that calls Dublin home.”
Mumma also presented the 2013 – 2017 Capital Improvements Program, or CIP, which represents $147.4 million in project funding. She said the bulk of this program addresses transportation projects with nearly $74 million allocated for projects such as:
- Construction of the final phase of Emerald Parkway, from Riverside Drive to Billingsley Creek, which will open a significant area for development,
- Bridge Street District redevelopment,
- utility burial along Frantz Road, improvements to Hyland-Croy Road and McKitrick Road, and Interchange improvements at 270/33.
- Non-transportation projects slated for the next five-years include additional parkland development at Darree Fields, Emerald Fields, and Coffman Park.