Dublin Villager

Per pact, city transfers 46 acres to Ohio University

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The transfer of 46 acres of land to Ohio University was approved by Dublin City Council this week.

City Council last year approved an economic development agreement to help bring an Ohio University medical campus to Dublin and requirements have so far been met, said Dana McDaniel, director of development.

Ohio University has completed its requirements by purchasing 15 acres and three buildings on the land at 7001 and 7003 Post Road.

"Ohio University is well underway with the renovations of all three of these facilities," the staff report to council stated.

"Additionally, Ohio University has been hiring staff and has significantly recruited students necessary to start its first class in August of 2014.

"Ohio University has initiated all processes to begin accreditation of the new extension of the Heritage College of Osteopathic medicine at its Dublin Campus."

A class of 50 students is expected to begin its education at the Dublin campus in August, McDaniel said.

"We believe they have substantially met those requirements," he told council.

The 46 acres to be released to Ohio University per the economic development agreement surrounds the land at 7001 and 7003 Post Road.

Plans have already been approved to construct an 86,000-square-foot building there.

"(A building has) been approved by planning and zoning for a physician's assistant school and other health sciences," McDaniel said.

In fact, the school, dubbed the Dublin Integrated Education Center, plans to hold a ground breaking ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19.

According to information from Ohio University, the new three-story building will "house Ohio University programs and facilitate academic partnerships with Columbus State Community College and other central Ohio universities."

The building that will be constructed to the north of buildings at 7001 and 7003 Post Road is expected to open in April 2015. The physician's assistant program is expected to move into the first floor shortly after that, a news release from Ohio University said.

"The Dublin Integrated Education Center will extend access and expand opportunities for countless Ohio University students, as well as many educators and professionals in Central Ohio," Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said in the release.

Dublin Mayor Michael Keenan said he was happy to see the economic development agreement with Ohio University succeeding.

"I've been really impressed by OU's commitment to Dublin," he said. "They're definitely here. They're committed and they're doing exactly what they said they would."

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