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UA citizens group seeks referendum on MSC rezoning


A group opposed to a proposal to develop professional offices at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center has taken steps to overturn the decision.

The Committee to Overturn MSC Rezoning filed paperwork late Monday, June 16, with the Franklin County Board of Elections to begin the process to place a referendum on the November ballot.

The group seeks to reverse Upper Arlington City Council’s 4-3 vote June 9 to rezone 5.36 acres to allow for professional office development and parking at the northern edge of the MSC’s 7.43-acre property at 3600 Tremont Road.

The rezoning was approved despite widespread opposition from residents of the neighboring Trouville condominium community, as well as others who said Upper Arlington should not develop its city hall site.

“We believe that the price of losing our public land is too great to justify commercializing this important part of our city hall setting,” said Martin Cordero, a UA resident and treasurer of the Committee to Overturn MSC Rezoning.

To date, the city has received two informal development plans for the MSC site.

Trivium Development LLC has proposed a 36,000-square-foot medical office project, half of which would house the Central Ohio Urology Group.
Daimler Group Inc. and Kohr Royer Griffith Inc. also have jointly identified the investment firm Morgan Stanley Wealth Advisors and the commercial insurance agency Overmyer Hall Associates as tenants for a proposed 40,000-square-foot office.

According to the Upper Arlington City Manager's Office, those types of projects would bring approximately $160,000 in added income taxes to the city each year.

“Using our public land should be the very last thing we consider, not the first,” Cordero said. “At best, this the revenue generated by this project would be a drop in the bucket.” 

Suzanne Kull, marketing and communications team co-coordinator for the Committee to Overturn MSC Rezoning, said the group wants to maintain the green space currently at the MSC, which in past years has been used as public parkland and a community gathering space.

She said the group must collect at least 1,800 signatures of registered Upper Arlington voters to place a referendum on the November ballot. Those signatures must be filed with the board of elections within the next 30 days.

“We will be collecting in all wards of Upper Arlington,” Kull said. “This is no longer just a Trouville or 43220 issue.”

For more on this story, check back with ThisWeekNEWS.com and see the June 19 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.