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Simpler Bridge Street District zoning sought

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Although much of the Bridge Street District was zoned last summer, 67 acres are expected to be rezoned again this month.

Dublin City Council members heard the first reading last week of a new zoning code for the Scioto River Neighborhood District and 23 parcels of land for which it's proposed.

Council is expected to vote on the new zoning code and rezoning at its Aug. 25 meeting.

The 23 parcels are currently zoned as Bridge Street Corridor Residential, BSC Office Residential and BSC Commercial Districts.

At the Aug. 11 meeting, Dublin Planner Rachel Ray said the new zoning would better fit the vision for the area and do it with one zoning district instead of three.

The area set to be rezoned using the new Bridge Street District Scioto River Neighborhood District designation would be applied to land "along the east side of the relocated Riverside Drive, including the existing Bridge Point shopping center, the former Wendy's restaurant site at the southeast corner of the Riverside/(state Route) 161 intersection, properties along Dale Drive, the former driving range and Digger and Finch restaurant site and the land along the north side of the future John Shields Parkway," a staff report to council stated.

Land along the east side of the river that is expected to become a park is also up for rezoning to Bridge Street Corridor Public District.

According to Ray, much of the land is owned by the same company, Crawford Hoying, and one uniform zoning will make development easier.

While the development planned for the area will be dense and urban, unlike other areas of the city, it is limited to six stories, Ray said.

Council member Tim Lecklider questioned the allowance of big box stores in the area.

"The building type is already part of the original zoning, but it's walkable and not like standard big box development," Ray said. "It allows big box to fit in more urban development."

The urban development planned for the east side of the relocated Riverside Drive north of state Route 161 includes commercial, office, restaurant and residential space, as well as a hotel and conference center.

In other business, council approved the purchase of one of the last pieces of land needed for the relocation of Riverside Drive.

The road will be moved to the east to make room for a riverside park and pedestrian bridge. A roundabout is also planned for the Riverside Drive and state Route 161 intersection.

Council approved the purchase of 1.3 acres on Riverside Drive where the Spa at River Ridge is located for $2.15 million.

The business will be allowed to operate until Jan. 31, "allowing a smoother transition of the business to a new location," the staff report to council said.

City Manager Marsha Grigsby said the purchase price includes relocation assistance for the business, which has chosen a site on Wall Street.

"We hope to move forward with this project early next year," she said.

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