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Scioto River Corridor

Major transformation proposed for city's east side

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Dublin's east side could undergo a major transformation if plans from Crawford Hoying move forward.

The Dublin-based real estate and development company Oct. 22 announced its $300 million plan for land on the east side of Riverside Drive during the Scioto River Corridor Community Forum.

According to Nelson Yoder of Crawford Hoying, the company has acquired 40 acres on the northeast side of the Riverside Drive and state Route 161 intersection for a "world-class environment for young professionals and empty nesters."

For the project currently carrying the name of Bridge Park, Crawford Hoying worked with Boston-based architects Elkus-Manfredi to craft an urban environment unlike anything in Dublin.

"What we've been working on really reflects the vision of what you've been hearing about for several months," said David Manfredi, referring to the Bridge Street District vision that seeks a pedestrian-friendly, urban-style development on 1,200 acres running along state Route 161 in Dublin from Sawmill Road to the Interstate-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange.

A five-story office building is planned directly to the northeast of the Riverside Drive and state Route 161 intersection and a 200-unit hotel with convention space, Manfredi said.

Working north from there, a few blocks of mixed use development with restaurant and retail space on the bottom floors and residential above is planned.

The company is in talks with Cameron Mitchell to provide two restaurants for the development, Yoder said.

A fitness center and grocery store are also planned within the development set to run along the east side of the realigned Riverside Drive.

"We want it to be legible," Manfredi said, noting that residential, office and retail buildings will look different. "We want to use high quality materials ... but be modern."

The conceptual drawings unveiled at the public forum featured streets with parallel parking and wide sidewalks with a place for pedestrians and cyclists.

"We have lots of investment in the street, sidewalks and cyclotrack," Manfredi said.

The development is also planning to be a welcome point for the east side of pedestrian bridge to be built across the Scioto River, attracting people with restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment.

The proposal has not yet been through any development process with the city and is currently securing financing and completing market analysis, said Terry Foegler, Dublin's director of strategic initiatives and special projects.

"There's a lot to happen, but a lot has been going on in the past four to six months," Foegler said said.

Other private development outlined last week included a 1-acre development on the north side of Bridge Street in Historic Dublin between Blacksmith Lane and North Riverview Street.

According to Gerry Bird of OHM, the land has been purchased and a development with retail and office space and 27 condos is planned.

"The site has been acquired and we're moving through the design and review process," he said.

Parking is planned under the buildings and the development is hoping to offer restaurant space on the first floor just steps off Bridge Street.

"We could be in a position to start construction in one year or 15 months," Bird said.

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