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Dublin begins land aquisition for Riverside realignment

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

With the realignment of Riverside Drive planned for 2015, Dublin is looking into acquiring land for the project.

The realignment of Riverside Drive, which is expected to trigger private redevelopment in the area as part of the Bridge Street District plan, is programmed for construction in 2015 in Dublin's five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

With design slated for 2014, land acquisition for the project will be ongoing and the process began last week as Dublin City Council members approved the intent to appropriate the purchase of two pieces of land on Riverside Drive, north of Tuller Parkway.

The move was a preliminary part of the land acquisition process for the Spa at River Ridge, 6570 Riverside Drive, and a residence at 6694 Riverside Drive.

"The property is needed for the future realignment of Riverside Drive approved by City Council in the five-year CIP," City Manager Marsha Grigsby told council.

"We continue to have good conversations with the property owner ... . After the resolution this evening we'll send out a good faith offer," Grigsby said.

"This provides a formal notice to the property owner."

The Spa at River Ridge sits on 1.437 acres and the residence is on 0.224 acres.

Land acquisition for the project has been ongoing and Dublin has already purchased the former Digger and Fitch Restaurant and Bridge Pointe Shopping Center.

"This acquisition is in addition to the city's purchase of 13.28 acres from Invictus and Tuller Henderson in December of 2012 (land of the former Bash Driving Range and Digger and Finch Restaurant) and 5.12 acres of needed right-of-way from Crawford Hoying earlier this year (the Bridge Pointe Shopping Center)," the staff report to council said.

The realignment of Riverside Drive will include a roundabout at the intersection of Riverside Drive and state Route 161 as well as parks on each side of the Scioto River.

Council last week heard the first reading of an ordinance that would purchase 4.4 acres on the west side of the Scioto River as well.

"It also includes all of the scenic Indian Run stream bed located between the Scioto River and Dublin Road," a staff report to council stated.

"Previous goals of City Council and recent Bridge Street River Corridor planning efforts have reinforced the need and desirability of the city to provide additional park space along the Scioto River."

Along with providing a "critical and contributing piece of an integrated park system along our scenic waterways," the staff report said, the land could also help the city with the construction of a pedestrian bridge across the Scioto River.

"In addition, it appears likely that the site will help address a major challenge associated with providing construction equipment access for the planned Scioto River pedestrian bridge," the staff report said.

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