Upper Arlington News

Entertainment district approved for Kingsdale

New restaurants may appear at the new-and-improved Kingsdale Shopping Center once the redevelopment is completed next year.

With a unanimous vote Monday night, Upper Arlington City Council approved the establishment of a Community Entertainment District at Kingsdale.

Continental Real Estate Companies recently completed its $20-million acquisition of Kingsdale and began construction on a new Giant Eagle grocery store. Continental applied for the entertainment district earlier this month.

The purpose of the entertainment district is to attract restaurants to Kingsdale, said T.J. Snyder, an attorney with Continental.

"The entertainment district will allow us to obtain liquor licenses and attract restaurants to Kingsdale," Snyder said. "We think bringing restaurants to Kingsdale is going to make it a success. This is another key, along with Giant Eagle."

Community Entertainment Districts have been established in areas such as the Easton Town Center in Columbus and the Grandview Yard development in Grandview Heights.

The Community Entertainment District allows one liquor license per 5 acres. At 21.5 acres, the Kingsdale Community Entertainment District would allow four permits.

In other business Monday night, city manager Virginia Barney told council members they will have a tough job on their hands when they begin discussions for the 2010 budget at Monday's conference session.

The city's original 2010 revenue estimate of $29.9-million has been revised to $28.5-million, which will cause an initial projected deficit of $700,000 to balloon to $2-1 million, Barney said.

"This is the tightest budget we've ever had. There is no room for any new projects," she said. "There is no money for if something goes wrong, if the roof leaks. If something extraordinary happens, we'll have to come back (to ask council to allot more money). There really is no wiggle room here."

To balance the budget, Barney said, city staff will ask council to look at three categories to find savings:

  • Permanent efficiencies and savings, such as reduction of pay increases for non-union personnel.
  • One-time funding from alternate sources, such as tapping into revenues generated by the Emergency Medical Services Billing Program.
  • One-year program reductions, such as reducing hours for interns and temporary workers.

Council will hold a total of three budget hearings on Nov. 2, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7.