Growth has been a big theme for Dublin in 2015 as the school district saw a jump in enrollment and construction projects to attract business and people were started throughout the community.

Growth has been a big theme for Dublin in 2015 as the school district saw a jump in enrollment and construction projects to attract business and people were started throughout the community.

Orange barrels have been plentiful in Dublin as several construction projects began this year to help deal with current and future needs in the city.

On the east side of the city at state Route 161 and Riverside Drive the construction of a roundabout began in the spring. Traffic has been maintained in each direction, although turns at the intersection have not been permitted.

The city also began work on the relocation of Riverside Drive with the construction of the roundabout.

Dublin is moving Riverside Drive to the east north of the roundabout to make room for a riverside park that will also serve as a landing point for a pedestrian bridge.

Near the center of Dublin, construction also began on improvements to the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 interchange in the spring.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is in charge of the $71 million project that is replacing the clover-leaf ramp configuration. The start of construction in the spring closed the U.S. Route 33 bridge over I-270 and two ramps until December.

Other construction in the city began in Historic Dublin and off state Route 161 and Riverside Drive when the Bridge Park development broke ground in the summer.

Developer Crawford Hoying started the construction on its mixed-used development that is expected to bring hundreds of apartments, office space, restaurants, a grocery store, parking garages, condominiums and retail space to the east and west sides of the Scioto River.

The development will be walkable and have an urban-style environment to attract both businesses and young professionals as a place to live, work and play.

Construction is currently ongoing on two blocks of Bridge Park on the east side of the river and in one area of Historic Dublin where condos and commercial space are expected.

Crawford Hoying also in 2015 began going through the approval process for a hotel and event center for the next phase of Bridge Park.

School district

Along with construction to handle and bring growth to Dublin, the Dublin City School District saw significant growth between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school year as enrollment grew by more than 500 students.

District officials had already been working on a plan to deal with crowded elementary schools when the growth occurred.

Construction is in various stages throughout the district for 22 classroom additions at six different elementary schools. Work began in the fall and winter.

Adding additional classrooms to the elementary schools allowed for lower operating costs and less redistricting than constructing a 13th elementary school.

The district is utilizing 2008 bond funds -- originally approved for construction of a 13th elementary school -- for the construction.

Changing leadership

Also in 2015, a change in Dublin leadership began.

Longtime Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher decided not to run for a fifth term.

Other at-large councilmen Michael Keenan and Rick Gerber ran for re-election against challengers Christina Alutto, Chris Amorose Groomes, Kevin Cooper and Kevin Patrick Walter.

Keenan retained his seat on council and Alutto and Amorose Groomes snagged enough votes to win their for first terms on council, which will begin Jan. 1, 2016.