Dublin Villager

City pays $2.4 million for more land along river

The parcel will become a park on the west shore of the Scioto River

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Parkland acquisition continued this week as a $2.4 million purchase of land on the west side of the Scioto River was approved.

Dublin City Council members Dec. 9 unanimously approved the purchase of 7.54 acres along the Scioto River that is destined to become a park.

The city has been in the process of identifying land along the river for a new park announced in March, said Terry Foegler, Dublin's director of strategic initiatives and special projects.

"As council is aware, river fronting park land and open space were among the highest priorities expressed by Dublin citizens in our recent citizen survey, when asked about the city's future park and open space investment needs," the staff memo to council stated.

For $2.4 million, Dublin will take possession of 4.78 acres from a 7.25 acre parcel at 94 N. High Street. The land the city is buying is mostly unimproved land adjacent to the west shore of the Scioto River.

Dublin will also purchase another 2.76 acres of land from the 100 N. High Street parcel, which will include an office building and more land for the park.

"The city is not acquiring the office building, only the land underneath the building and will not be responsible for any leases relating thereto," the staff memo said. "All tenant issues will be the responsibility of (developer) Crawford Hoying."

In fact, according to the ordinance approved by council members, Crawford Hoying will be responsible for destroying the 100 N. High St. building "at the city's direction, but no sooner than one year from closing," the staff memo said.

The new land will add to land already purchased by the city for a riverside park.

"The land also provides right-of-way for North Riverview," expansion that will take the street to the park, Foegler said.

The $2.4 million purchase works into Dublin's plans for the Scioto River corridor that includes a riverside park on each side of the Scioto as well as a pedestrian bridge that will connect the parks.

Plans are also in the works to move Riverside Drive to the east to allow for more parkland and build a roundabout at the Riverside Drive and state Route 161 intersection.

Private developments in Historic Dublin near the future park and along Riverside Drive are also planned and could include condos, apartments, a hotel, office and retail space and a hotel and conference center.

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