Ohio University is looking into developing its Dublin campus.

Ohio University is looking into developing its Dublin campus.

Officials are studying the feasibility of adding a hotel-conference center and a wellness center to campus, said Thomas Raabe, project manager for the Dublin campus.

He said he expects that within two to three months the university will have a recommendation from its consultants about how or when to proceed with the hotel-conference center.

Raabe said more partnerships are included in studying a possible wellness center, including OhioHealth, the city of Dublin and internal university stakeholders.

"There are a lot more pieces to this puzzle than the hotel," he said.

The university recently executed a consulting agreement with Ibis Consulting, which will take 60 days to complete the first phase of its feasibility study, Raabe said.

Those results will determine whether the university will continue to consider the project.

The Dublin campus totals about 105 acres of land, and 25 acres have been developed, Raabe said.

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine opened in July 2014.

The Dublin Integrated Education Center was completed in April 2015, and the anchor tenant is the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

The current campus includes two OhioHealth medical education buildings, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Anatomy Laboratory and the integrated education center.

The university is also in the process of reviewing a Dublin campus master plan with its trustees and city officials.

Raabe said the contents of the plan are a framework for future development.

"We're not necessarily sure what building projects are going to pop up when," he said.

Ohio University Planner and Director of University Planning and Space Management Shawna Bolin said previously the university's board of trustees Sept. 1 approved the Dublin campus draft master plan to enable the university to move through Dublin's approval process.

Bolin said she expects to receive final approval from the trustees in early 2017.

During a presentation about the master plan to the Dublin Planning Commission Sept. 15, Bolin said university officials wanted to complement the city's West Innovation District style that's being refined.

"The framework plan begins to articulate some architectural guidelines," she said.

The city is seeking public input on its updated master plan draft for the roughly 1,100-acre West Innovation District and expects council to adopt it during the first quarter of 2017. The plan was last updated in 2011.

The university's Dublin campus framework plan includes a Main Street concept bisecting the area with a park and open green space.

In the conceptual design, Eiterman road is rerouted to connect with the future Main Street.

The design is broken into three flexible phases incorporating additional buildings, parking garages and road improvements.

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