Upper Arlington is in the midst of a period of re-growth and change, both a natural result of the community's desirability as a place to live and work and the fact it has no new space in which to grow.

Upper Arlington is in the midst of a period of re-growth and change, both a natural result of the community's desirability as a place to live and work and the fact it has no new space in which to grow.

As a result, business and residential projects alike require the replacement of existing structures to make way for facilities that meet modern-day standards and expectations.

Members of the Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corporation (UACIC) serve as the community's economic development agent, advocating for and supporting commercial redevelopment projects that promise long-term benefits to the community. As fellow residents of the community, UACIC members take seriously their additional role in ensuring these new projects meet high design standards and quality of life expectations that will enhance Upper Arlington's health and vibrancy.

The UACIC has been quietly effective in its support of business growth over the decade and a half of its existence. Since 1999, incentives and programs for redevelopment projects have guaranteed more than $16.5-million in net proceeds to the city. In 2007 alone, $1.4-million of Upper Arlington's income tax revenue was generated as a result of agreements with companies that wanted to expand their employment base here.

Examples of success include:
The Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence - a start-up surgical center on Sawmill Road that has grown to one of UA's largest employers, thanks to UACIC assistance. The Arlington Falls project - nearing completion, this development at the corner of Henderson Road and Riverside Drive consists of five office condominiums that have quickly filled as each phase has been completed. The UACIC supported tax abatements and tax increment financing to help make this project a reality. Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine, Inc. (COBM) - an Upper Arlington-owned corporation that was leasing office space on Reed Road in Columbus, was awarded a UACIC large business loan/grant that has helped COBM relocate to and furnish expanded space at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd., enabling the company to realize its plans for growth and success in the UA community. National Church Residences, Inc. (NCR) a nonprofit corporation primarily developing affordable housing for seniors at its headquarters at 2335 North Bank Drive, NCR had outgrown its office space, yet the company was seeing continued growth in its housing development and management areas, as well as adding a new home health care business. A UACIC forgivable loan enabled NCR to purchase an adjacent office, providing the necessary space to grow by up to another 45 employees.
The UACIC's Web site, www.UACIC.org, is filled with information about other community success stories, the benefits of redevelopment, principles under which the UACIC makes decisions, the type of redevelopment that works well for Upper Arlington, success stories in land-locked communities like ours, and more. We invite you to learn more about the value and importance of the proactive, thoughtful and balanced approach to economic development that drives the work of the UACIC.