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City banks on Bridge Street District to bring newcomers

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Dublin city officials unveiled this rendering for a pedestrian bridge across the Scioto River last week during the State of the City address. The bridge could help draw development to the river area of the Bridge Street district.

Residents got a sneak peek at potential developments for the Bridge Street District during last week's State of the City Address.

Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Director Dana McDaniel joined Terry Foegler, special projects director, to lay out possibilities for the river corridor.

Dublin began work on redevelopment plans for the Bridge Street corridor in 2009, citing a need for walkable, dense, urban-style redevelopment that will attract new residents and businesses to Dublin.

"This will help attract the next generation," McDaniel said, noting it will also help keep residents already in Dublin by offering more amenities.

The Bridge Street District code was put into place last year and McDaniel said the city has spent the past four months working with developers on possibilities.

"This trend is happening around the country," he said. "It's one that's adding to the quality of life."

Developers have expressed interest in getting involved in projects around the Bridge Street District that runs along U.S. Route 161 from the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 interchange to Sawmill Road. Foegler said the area that surrounds the Scioto River currently provides the best opportunities.

"The key is important public investments and what is needed to get development here," he said.

The city is looking at relocating Riverside Drive, adding a pedestrian bridge across the Scioto River and creating parks along the river, Foegler said.

Those items "are the three most-important items that could draw development," he said.

In December, the city purchased about 12 acres along the Scioto River north of state Route 161 that could allow for the relocation on Riverside Drive and a park on the east side of the river.

Foegler and McDaniel also gave residents a look at conceptual drawings for the proposed pedestrian bridge.

"It would bring both sides of the river together," Foegler said.

City Council members got a look at the proposed development for the area around the river and expressed support, Foegler said. Putting the projects into the five-year capital improvement plan would be the next step.