Votes on two resolutions that could impact the future of Dublin in different ways have been postponed until the Dublin City Council meeting Sept. 10.
Council members are slated to discuss and vote on a revitalization initiative targeting corporate areas and a feasibility study for a cultural and performing-arts center.
Corporate area plan
The corporate plan is an initiative to update the plan used to oversee about 987 acres populated by corporate offices.
It targets office parks in the Metro, Blazer and Emerald districts in the city, which have buildings dating from the 1970s to 1990s.
Dublin City Council members Aug. 27 voted to postpone a decision about the plan until Sept. 10 to review changes requested by several councilmen.
Among the changes discussed were expanding the definition of place-making principals, adding more language about walkability and green space and diversity of architectural design.
Chris Amorose Groomes also asked for the plan to include parking decks as an option.
The city's goal is to use the plan to continue to provide favorable development conditions for jobs and investment and more walkable amenities, said Devayani Puranik, a Dublin senior planner.
Short-term improvements include taking a look at the city's zoning code and updating the Frantz Road streetscape
Longer-term goals include adding amenities, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, open spaces and housing options within office parks, Puranik said.
The plan also provides recommendations to consider incentive programs for exterior improvements for legacy office buildings at Metro Place as well as for implementing sustainable environmentally friendly practices, Puranik said.
Of the 987 acres in the plan, about 133 acres is undeveloped, although that acreage is dynamic and changes with completion of recent projects, Puranik said.
An earlier timeline for the initiative called for council to adopt the plan between December and January of 2016, but Puranik said the timeline was extended to provide stakeholders from adjacent neighborhoods opportunities to provide input.
Arts center study
When council discusses the proposed corporate-area plan Sept. 10, they also are slated to vote on a resolution proposing a partnership with Ohio University to investigate the feasibility of a cultural and performing arts center in Dublin.
Assistant City Manager Michelle Crandall said Mayor Greg Peterson asked for the resolution to be postponed so all members of council would be present to discuss and vote. Councilwoman Christina Alutto didn't attend the Aug. 27 meeting, Crandall said.
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.