Upper Arlington City Council last week committed to providing municipal services to a portion of Perry Township land currently being proposed for annexation.
During a special meeting Jan. 22, council unanimously approved emergency legislation to authorize the provision of city development, police, fire and emergency-medical services to a 9.8-acre parcel of land near the southeast intersection of Riverside Drive and Bethel Road in Perry Township.
Westerville-based developer Preferred Living has proposed building an approximately 260-unit apartment complex and a 25,000-square-foot office building on the site and is seeking to have the project to be a part of the city of Upper Arlington.
Council's move last week was a necessary step for the developer. Its representatives are scheduled to ask the Franklin County Board of Commissioners to finalize annexation of the land into Upper Arlington Feb. 19.
If the commissioners approve the request, the company then will ask Upper Arlington City Council to accept the proposed annexation.
"The service ordinance does not impact the existing zoning of the property, nor is it the final step in authorizing the annexation of the property," said Bob Lamb, Upper Arlington's community and economic development manager.
"The service ordinance defines the services the city will provide to the annexed property.
"If the city finalizes the annexation of the property, the city will be responsible for providing the following services: development, police, fire and EMS," Lamb said.
"The city will be under no obligation to extend water or sewer lines to any of the property at the city's cost."
"At this time we're still in the preliminary stages of both engineering and architecture," Nick King, a Preferred Living representative said in an email to the ThisWeekUpper Arlington News.
"We expect to have further details within the next 60 days."
Preferred Living's website states the company "creates luxury and upscale apartment communities," including ones in Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Worthington.
Last month, Lamb said company officials indicated they have preliminary plans for the residential portion of the project to yield the "nicest model they have done at this time."
"I believe this project will help to diversify the existing housing stock in Upper Arlington while appealing to young professionals," Lamb said Jan. 25.
"Preferred Living constructs and manages an exceptional housing product that is in high demand throughout the Columbus region," he said.
"The addition of the office space on the south side of the property will increase the commercial land in Upper Arlington and allows for greater investment and new jobs in the city."
Frank Ciotola, council's current vice president, last month said both the office and residential components of the project are expected to bring about $100,000 of new property and income taxes each year to Upper Arlington.
Because of prior agreements between the cities and school districts for Columbus and Dublin, children living at the proposed apartment complex could not attend Upper Arlington schools, but would be required to attend schools in Columbus or Dublin.
Likewise, Upper Arlington schools wouldn't receive any property taxes from the apartment or office developments.