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Annual report focuses on development projects

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Though many new projects are already in the works for 2013, various city departments have also been finishing their year-end summaries for 2012.

The Community and Economic Development Department was particularly busy last year. Here are some highlights from the department's annual report:

Construction value grew from just over $58 million the previous year to $80.1 million in 2012, with more than 2,500 permits issued. Residential building accounted for 360 permits and $26.5 million in construction value, a clear sign that residents are continuing to reinvest in their homes and property.

It's not just home renovations boosting our residential construction value statistics.

In October, the Board of Zoning and Planning approved a major subdivision application for Hull Farms, a 14-lot single-family home subdivision. The 8.84-acre property was once a horse farm and is the largest piece of undeveloped land in UA. Home values will exceed $1 million and will be of similar quality to those at Deno's Court and Fontenay Place. Home construction is set to begin in late 2013.

If you live or work in Upper Arlington, you've no doubt seen the construction trucks and commercial projects under way across the community -- all thanks to our economic development team. Thomas & Marker is redeveloping an office building on Riverside Drive, improving the site from a low class-C office to a high class-B office space. At full capacity, they will have a staff of 25, using 25-33 percent of the office area, with the remaining area being leased to tenants.

Construction also began on the Lane Avenue mixed-use project and the Hilton Homewood Suites. As if that wasn't enough, we recently celebrated the grand opening of the new Whole Foods at the Shops on Lane Avenue, which was under construction throughout 2012. Plus, the doors just opened to a new Houlihan's Restaurant at the Kingsdale Shopping Center and a new Key Bank can now be found on Henderson Road.

My thanks to the Community and Economic Development Department for serving as stewards for so much reinvestment in our community. It's truly appreciated.

To view the department's 2012 annual report, visit uaoh.net under the Community and Economic Development Department section.

Home improvement

Speaking of reinvestment, as we head into spring and warmer weather quickly approaches, now is a great time to begin putting your home improvement plans into practice.

Perhaps you are planning to replace an old backyard fence or you envision a new outdoor living and cooking area perfect for entertaining. You could be clearing your garage from years of accumulation or planning a significant home addition.

Many of these projects require differing levels of permitting and inspections from our Community and Economic Development Department to ensure that they are in compliance with state and local building and fire safety codes.

To help you get a quick start on your project, the department has a series of informational brochures that walk you through the process. All are available at uaoh.net and at the department's front counter, at 3600 Tremont Road.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.

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