Dublin Villager

Council OKs Everhart incentives, Kroger plans

By JENIFER NOBLIT
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Incentives that could keep a company headquartered in Dublin were approved by council members Monday, Feb. 10.

Dublin City Council members unanimously approved a development and land exchange agreement with Everhart Advisors that will likely keep the company in the city.

The investment consulting firm was started in 1995 and currently leases 3,300 square feet at 5890 Venture Drive.

The company currently has 15 employees, but is expected to grow that to at least 25 over the next few years, said Ted Smith, an attorney from Vorys representing the company.

The company has found land to build an 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot headquarters at the intersection of Post Road and Perimeter Drive, said Jeremiah Gracia, Dublin economic development administrator.

The city owns some of the land on which Everhart Advisors wants to build and the agreement approved by City Council this week will transfer 0.74 acres of land to the company. The land transfer provides an incentive of $37,500 to the company, the staff report to council said.

Councilman Tim Lecklider applauded company owner Scott Everhart for keeping the company in Dublin.

"This is one of many great success stories in this city," Lecklider said.

Council members this week also approved a request from the Kroger Co. to modify the store at 7625 Sawmill Road.

According to the rezoning request, Kroger plans to expand the store by about 500 square feet to move the current coffee shop to the front of the store and provide patio seating for customers.

The rezoning also includes plans to build a two-story addition with 3,000 square feet of warehouse on the first floor and office on the second floor behind the Kroger building, said Ben Hale, the attorney representing Kroger.

"When this happens no one will look at the front of the store and know that anything happened," he said.

Customers should notice a difference, though, Hale said.

With a Walmart soon to open across the street and a Target planned north on Sawmill, Kroger wants to be able to better compete.

The Kroger store has space needs and ships items in with panel trucks in addition to regular deliveries, Hale said. More storage will help the store offer customers items they want, he said.

"They are going to change what they sell and the quality of what they sell," Hale said.

Lecklider expressed concern about allowing an addition on the site, but voted in favor of the rezoning because most of the improvements would not include added retail.

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