Commercial growth, festival fun and upcoming changes in notable community landmarks were among the top stories in Dublin in 2017. Here is a brief recap of the top five stories in the community this year, in no particular order.
Happy 30th, Irish Festival -- The Dublin Irish Festival turned 30. The city celebrated three decades of music, dance and all things Irish. Saturday attendance set a single day record, with more than 50,000 people attending.
Bridge Park developments -- The Bridge Park District experienced significant growth this year. The end of summer saw more than 95 percent of commercial space leased in the development's initial phase. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2019.
New digs for City Hall -- The city plans to purchase the building at 5555 Perimeter Drive, formerly occupied by Delta Energy and move City Hall operation to the new space. The current City Hall building at 5200 Emerald Parkway would be used by Dublin Community Recreation Center staff to free up programming space in the rec center.
New chapter for library -- The Columbus Metropolitan Library Dublin Branch has been demolished and operations have moved to a temporary location at 6765 Dublin Center Drive. A new $18.6 million library -- slated to open in 2019 -- will be a 41,000-square-foot, three-level structure with twice as much square footage as the old library.
Emerald campus -- The Dublin City School District isn't constructing a new building, but rather is making use of an existing one. Work is underway on the former Verizon building on Emerald Parkway. It will serve as a career exploration programming location for juniors and seniors to visit during class hours. It is expected to open in the fall of 2018.