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Grant of $3 million targets shared brownfield tract

Kaplin Tract, split between Columbus and Grandview, to be cleaned up, developed

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Franklin County commissioners Oct. 16 approved the use of a $3-million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant for remediation of a 36-acre site at the northeast corner of Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue.

Wagenbrenner Development Inc. plans to redevelop the brownfield site, known as the Kaplin Tract, as a mixed-use project expected to include 200 residential units and more than 265,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.

Most of the site is in the city of Columbus, though about nine acres rest in Grandview.

"It's another nice large-scale project for our community," Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw said. "It will be similar to Grandview Yard, but on a smaller scale."

Like the Yard, the project will involve cooperation between Grandview and Columbus, but in reverse, DeGraw said.

"While the Yard is in Grandview, most of the infrastructure work that needs to be done is in Columbus," he said. "With this project, most of it sits in Columbus, but most of the infrastructure work will be done in Grandview."

The property was a sand and gravel pit in the 1920s and served as a garbage dump from the 1940s until it closed in 1967.

The site has been vacant since.

It will take some time to clean up and redevelop the site, Eric Wagenbrenner, a vice president with the developer, told commissioners.

A "tremendous amount" of fill will be needed for the site, perhaps as much as 130,000 cubic yards of dirt, he said.

There also will be topographical and geotechnical issues that will have to be addressed, Wagenbrenner said.

The portion of the property that sits in Grandview is in need of less remediation, so it is possible that area would be more conducive to residential development, DeGraw said.

It is still to be determined what specific uses will go where in the development, he said.

The total cost of preparing the site for development will be about $6.4 million, James Schimmer, the county's director of economic development and planning, told commissioners.

The city of Columbus and Wagenbrenner will split the remaining cost of the cleanup, he said.

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