Incentives to establish an Ohio University medical campus on Dublin's west side were approved by Dublin City Council members this week.

Incentives to establish an Ohio University medical campus on Dublin's west side were approved by Dublin City Council members this week.

In a 5-0 vote, council members Monday, April 23, approved an economic development agreement with OU to build the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine campus on the former Central Ohio Innovation Center site. Council Vice President Amy Salay and Councilman Michael Keenan did not attend the meeting.

Dublin Economic Development Director and Deputy City Manager Dana McDaniel told council members a few changes were made to the incentive package since the first reading, mainly to emphasize the potential development of a hotel/conference center on the land surrounding the development.

"Ohio University desires to identify specifically a hotel/conference center use in Subarea Three, which staff agrees is most desirable," the staff report to council states.

Per the approved economic development agreement, Dublin intends to hang onto Subarea Three.

According to the incentives approved by council this week, Dublin will give Subarea One to Ohio U. once the school acquires 15 acres at 7001 and 7003 Post Road for the new campus and opens it by Sept. 1, 2015.

Subarea one consists of about 45 acres.

Subarea Two would also be given to OU once the school submits a master plan for the 25.9 acres that complies with Dublin's codes for the land.

Under the economic development agreement, the plan must be submitted to Dublin no later than Dec. 31, 2018.

Dublin will hold onto 25.2 acres in Subarea Three that could host a hotel/conference center, research and development or medical uses.

Pam Benoit, executive vice president and provost of OU, outlined plans for the land during an April 9 council meeting.

Those plans included residential housing, daycare, allied health facilities and art or cultural development.

While Dublin agreed to pay for construction, maintenance and improvement of infrastructure in the area, the economic development agreement also includes a tax-increment financing district, or TIF, that will help pay for those improvements.

McDaniel said the specifics of the TIF will be brought to council at a later date.

Councilwoman Cathy Boring applauded city staff members for bringing the medical campus to Dublin and said when she asked OU representatives why they picked the city, they said Dublin's "staff was so well prepared, there were no questions and it was project-ready."