City leaders hope new houses mark upward trend
Delaware OKs homes; software developer will move to town
New development hints at a recovering economy, Delaware officials say.
At a meeting May 13, City Council approved final development plans for new sections of two Delaware subdivisions, including plans for 34 single-family lots on 11.6 acres in the Estates at Braumiller neighborhood.
The new homes will be constructed at the current terminus of Maple Vista Drive, between Braumiller Drive and Glenn Parkway.
City Planning and Zoning Administrator Lance Schultz said the additional development was long-delayed.
Original plans for the subdivision, drafted in 2004, called for 176 lots; only 66 houses eventually were built due to the lagging housing market in recent years.
New construction in the subdivision is a good sign, Schultz said.
"It shows the housing market is turning around," he said.
Three additional sections are planned to be added to the subdivision eventually.
Also approved was a final development plan for 20 single-family homes on 10.8 acres to be added to the Communities at Glenross subdivision.
The new homes will be located north of Eagle Walk Road.
In other development news from the May 13 meeting, council struck an agreement to bring Worthington-based software developer Mediu to Delaware.
The city will contribute $30,000 toward the cost of installing fiber-optic cable service for the company at its new location on Stover Drive to boost Internet connection speeds.
"We're a high-tech company and we interact with our clients through technology, and in order to do that, we have to have fantastic communication with our clients," said Mediu CEO Michael Berichon.
Officials said income tax generated by the business will pay for the cable within two years.
Mediu specializes in technology and software for call centers.
Berichon said the business will hire 20 employees by the end of 2014 at an overall payroll of $1.5 million.
Within four to five years, he said, he hopes to employ 45 individuals with a payroll of $6 million.
The expansion will enable the company to build a new call center in Delaware and develop new software, Berichon said.
Delaware City Manager Tom Homan said he hopes the move is a sign of things to come.
"We'd like this to start a trend of software companies moving up here," he said.