Just in time for Independence Day, Grandview Heights City Council on July 1 approved two gifts the Ohio Public Works Commission presented the city in December.
Council approved ordinances to officially accept the State Capital Improvement Program awards the city received to pay for infrastructure improvements in the Grandview Yard project area and on Goodale Boulevard from Grandview Avenue to Lincoln Road.
Although the awards were approved in December, the money did not become available until July 1, which is why council only now approved the legislation, Director of Administration and Economic Development Patrik Bowman said in an interview prior to the council meeting.
Using the funds, "OPWC will pay all the bills (for the projects) as they are generated," so the city will not actually directly receive the money, Bowman said.
For the Grandview Yard project, the city will receive a combined $4,999,999 in grant money and a zero-interest loan.
The work in the Yard area, which will be done in two phases, will include the extension of Yard Street and Bobcat Avenue, improvements to Williams Avenue between Yard and Bobcat, lining the existing sanitary sewer on Goodale between the railroad bridge and Northwest Boulevard, adding a turn lane on Goodale, and "finishing off" Burr from the alley to Northwest Boulevard, Bowman said.
Columbus-based Savko & Sons has been awarded the bid for the Grandview Yard infrastructure project, he said.
The work is expected to begin later this year. The project will allow for development of the third phase of the Yard project.
"We want to get going ASAP," Bowman said.
For the Goodale Boulevard project, the city was awarded a combined $2.95 million in grant money and a zero-interest loan.
Final details on the work that will be done on Goodale will be determined based in part on how much can be achieved with OPWC money, Bowman said.
"The first thing is to begin design and engineering work," he said. "As with the Oakland Avenue project" -- also paid for with OPWC money -- "we will probably have a few public meetings along the way."
The goal is to bid the project in December or January and have work begin in spring 2014, Bowman said.
Also at last week's meeting, council gave its nod to several pieces of legislation relating to the Grandview Yard project, including ordinances to:
•Approve the final plat for the Yard's third phase.
•Authorize an agreement with Nationwide Realty Investments, the Yard's developer, to vacate a portion of Higgs and Williams avenues to allow additional parking spaces and public improvements to be constructed.
•Approve an agreement with Capital Wholesale Drug Co. for an incentive agreement so the business can retain and expand its operations at 873 Williams Ave. and 893-897 Higgs Ave. The city will reimburse Capital for the money it has agreed to pay NRI for use of additional parking spaces it needed due to an increased number of employees.
•Vacate about 438 feet of Higgs Avenue south of Williams that is no longer needed by the public due to a land transfer between NRI and Capital Wholesale and the construction of new streets.
•Vacate a portion of Williams Avenue to allow for a slight realignment of the road as proposed by the third-phase plat.