Dublin City Council members are taking another look at a resolution that would partner the city with Ohio University to explore the possibility of creating a cultural and performing-arts center in the city.

Council members will have a chance to discuss the resolution at their Aug. 27 meeting.

Members decided July 2 to table a proposal to hire an agency to help with a feasibility study.

By removing the resolution from the table at their Aug. 13 meeting, council members set the resolution for consideration and decision during the Aug. 27 meeting, said Assistant City Manager Michelle Crandall.

City officials asked council members to approve a professional-services agreement with Ohio University of 18 to 24 months for the next step in the investigation.

If Ohio University and others have an interest in creating an arts center in Dublin, those entities should have some level of financial commitment at the outset of the project, as opposed to Dublin taking on the cost of the feasiblity study, said Councilwoman Christina Alutto.

The initiative dates to a City Council goal from 2013 and 2014 to create a complex for educational resources, performing arts and exhibit space for the visual arts. Since then, the city between 2014 and 2015 undertook a market study to assess need and created a plan.

Last year, with input from Ohio University, the Dublin Arts Council and Crawford Hoying, city officials came up with a framework for a 52,859-square-foot center that would cost about $30 million and be built in the Bridge Street district.

Ohio University "greatly values" its partnership with the city of Dublin and will send representatives to the Aug. 27 meeting, said Carly Leatherwood, a university spokeswoman.

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