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ContactUS seeks office in former Big Bear

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

An office and call center could occupy about half of the 96,000-square-foot former Big Bear store in Mill Run, according to Hilliard Economic Development Director David Meeks.

Although located in Columbus and not a source of income-tax revenue for Hilliard, Meeks said, further development in the Columbus portions of Mill Run brings more people to businesses in Hilliard.

ContactUS is seeking about 45,000 square feet of the site at 3700 Fishinger Blvd., pending approval of an economic-incentive agreement by Columbus City Council.

An ordinance approving an economic-incentive agreement was introduced Jan. 27 and is scheduled for a second reading and final consideration Feb. 3, said John Ivanic, a spokesman for Columbus City Council.

The deal would provide ContactUS with an abatement of 25 percent on new income taxes for a period of five years, Ivanic said, in exchange for ContactUS investing $4 million in building acquisition and improvements, as well as creating 350 new jobs with a combined annual payroll of $10 million.

A job center will open next door within four weeks to accept applications to fill the 350 new positions, said Jason Taggart, a leasing agent for Taggart Management and Real Estate Services.

Taggart said Jan. 28 that the property has not had any kind of business since 2004 when the Big Bear store closed.

Kroger bought the site in 2005 and will sell it to ContactUS, Taggart said.

"We're working to find retail uses for the remainder of the property," Taggart said. "Nothing has been identified."

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