Thomas and Marker
Construction firm eyes UA expansion
One year after opening an office in Upper Arlington, Thomas and Marker Construction is planning to renovate and expand its facility.
The Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning on May 20 is scheduled to review Thomas and Marker's plans to upgrade its office at 2011 Riverside Drive, Suite 400, and build an approximately 3,134-square-foot addition.
According to Upper Arlington Senior City Planning Officer Chad Gibson, the proposal received preliminary support from BZAP members during a May 6 informal meeting, and he expects it will be approved next week.
If that happens, work could begin by the end of June, and the project could be completed as soon as Dec. 1.
"We're in operation now and it will be business as usual through the construction," said Rich Pontius, an Upper Arlington resident and the company's business development manager and staff architect. "We have 18 people here right now. We'll have space for around 30 for just our space after the expansion."
Thomas and Marker, which also has offices in Bellefontaine, purchased its Upper Arlington office in May 2012 for $350,000, according to the Franklin County Auditor's website.
Last September, Upper Arlington City Council unanimously voted to provide the company with a $275,000 grant to help it increase personnel and finance the expansion project.
At that time, Upper Arlington Community and Economic Development Manager Bob Lamb said Thomas and Marker would receive five annual payments of $55,000 as long as it generates $65,000 in payroll and property taxes.
As long as performance measures are met, the city expects to collect the $275,000 it will pay out over the next 10 years.
During those 10 years, the company is expected to produce another $450,000 to $500,000 in new payroll and property tax revenue for the city, as well as about $500,000 in new property taxes for the Upper Arlington school district, Lamb said last September.
"We hope it creates some redevelopment momentum in that corridor," Gibson said last week.
Thomas and Marker officials hope the project will spur interest in the corridor, too.
As part of its proposal, the company plans to renovate and expand its own space, as well as two floors it seeks to lease.
"We're taking two floors and then there will be two floors for tenant space," Pontius said. "One floor will be about 3,500 square feet and the other floor will be about 4,475 square feet.
"So there's a total of almost 8,000 square feet available for lease."
Gibson said plans call for improvements to both the building's interior and exterior, including the additions of stone and glass walls and the installation of a staircase.
BZAP's May 20 meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.