Dublin Villager

State of the City address

Bridge Street District, Planning will be emphasis

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin will look into 2013, with a special emphasis on the Bridge Street District and planning, at the March 14 State of the City.

The annual address, slated for 7 p.m. March 14, will be held in the Wendy's Company Thomas Conference Center.

"We invite the community to join us March 14 as we celebrate our accomplishments, highlight emerging development opportunities within the Bridge Street District and the global opportunities our events and economic development efforts bring to Dublin and the region," City Manager Marsha Grigsby said.

A look at the Bridge Street District will come from Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Director Dana McDaniel and Special Projects Director Terry Foegler, who will reveal plans to implement the Bridge Street District Scioto River focus area.

Work has been ongoing for the district to add multi-family housing, public amenities, retail and commercial spaces and a riverside park to the district, information from the city said.

The city purchased 12.3 acres of land along Riverside Drive where the closed Digger and Finch restaurant stands for $3.5 million in December. At the time, McDaniel told City Council members the land could be used for a park or the potential relocation of Riverside Drive.

Residents can also learn about the update of the community plan at the March 14 event.

City Planner Justin Goodwin said stations will be set up for residents to check out the new community plan website that will make it more accessible to residents.

"Right now it's 300 pages," Goodwin said. "That's costly to produce for the the public. We have PDFs (of the plan) on the website, but it's cumbersome.

"With the new website, people can go directly to the site and have access to all content whether it's text or images in a more accessible format."

Maps on the website at communityplan.dublinohiousa.gov will help communicate plans for areas, Goodwin said.

Residents can also learn about a virtual meeting on the community plan update slated for 11:30 a.m. March 20.

"We'll use some web functionality to embed a live video on the website and allow people to go on the website and watch people from the city speak on how to use the website," Goodwin said. "We'll allow people to type in questions online and answer them in real time.

"It will all be recorded and posted to the website online."

The State of the City, themed "A World-class city, global opportunities," will also include remarks from Grigsby and Deputy City Manager and Finance Director Angel Mumma as 2012 accomplishments and 2013 initiatives are discussed.

HNS Director Dan Sullivan is also slated to speak about the upcoming Presidents Cup at the March 14 address.

A community reception with refreshments from Chartwells, Dublin City School's food service management company, will kick off the evening from 6 to 7 p.m.

The State of the City is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. with a post reception from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. To register for the event, go online at dublinohiousa.gov/state-of-the-city/.