Gahanna City Council is considering an office-and-industrial incentive agreement for NetPark at 1182 Claycraft Road.

Gahanna City Council is considering an office-and-industrial incentive agreement for NetPark at 1182 Claycraft Road.

If approved, the company would bring 10 jobs and an annual payroll of roughly $400,000 to the city.

Development director Anthony Jones told council on Nov. 28 that NetPark was established in 2003 and involves a partnership between the ownership of the Thrifty franchise for the Columbus area and Jon Schmidt, the company’s IT manager.

NetPark has developed a parking software system that allows simplified management of mid- to large-scale parking lots and garages. The company has clients across the United States and in Canada.

Mike Reynolds, chairman of NetPark, said the company would lease the 4,961-square-foot space from a related real estate holding company called Datahami LP, which would purchase the facility at 1182 Claycraft Road.

“Datahami is in the position to improve the building,” Reynolds said. “Both are family-owned companies. We’re leasing the building from ourselves for tax purposes.”

About $100,000 needs to be put in restoration of the building that has been vacant for over a year. It formerly housed the offices of Great Lakes Bankers Bank.

Reynolds said the jobs at NetPark are all engineering-related. “We’re state-of-the-art and compete with the big boys,” he said. “We give customers what they want. We will soon have 20 people. These kids are so sharp and motivated.”

Jones said the city’s incentive advisory board met Oct. 21 and voted to recommend this project for a four-year office-and-industrial incentive with a tiered rebate percentage, with a minimum of 25 percent and maximum of 50 percent, for the creation of at least $400,000 in new payroll as a result of the company’s move to Gahanna.

He said the total estimated incentive payment to the company would be $6,000 to $18,000 over four years. The net income-tax revenue to the city would be $42,000 to $54,000 over eight years. The incentive would start in 2013.

Council member Tim Pack said Gahanna has a competitive tax rate compared to other central Ohio communities without the incentive.

Reynolds said NetPark, currently located in Pickerington, also considered relocating to other places in Pickerington, as well as Blacklick and Reynoldsburg.

“We’re here because of the incentive,” he said.

Stephen Renner, incoming Ward 1 council member, thanked Reynolds for wanting to move to Gahanna.

“I think this is really good for Gahanna,” he said. “It’s value creation. These are the types of jobs we want to bring to Gahanna.”

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