Nationwide Children's Hospital will receive a 20-percent tax abatement for new employees at its soon-to-be-expanded campus.

Nationwide Children's Hospital will receive a 20-percent tax abatement for new employees at its soon-to-be-expanded campus.

Westerville City Council approved the seven-year income tax offset Jan. 18 for an ambulatory surgery center that was approved by the Westerville Planning Commission last month. The building will be the third at what is now being called a campus for Nationwide Children's Hospital at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and County Line Road.

Nationwide Children's plans a fourth building on the site but has not yet presented plans to the city for that building. If the hospital breaks ground on a fourth building before Dec. 31, 2016, the tax incentive agreement would be extended by another five years.

The ambulatory surgery center will create 80 new jobs in Westerville with payroll of $6-million, Westerville economic development administrator Jason Bechtold said. With a fourth building on the site, that would increase the number of jobs to 140 with a $14 -million payroll, Bechtold said.

The full expansion would bring $1.95-million in additional tax revenue to the city over the 12-year period, he said, with the annual incentive to the company ranging between $5,000 and $40,000.

For more about this story, see the Jan. 27 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.