Development in Dublin will be down -- but not out -- in 2010.

Development in Dublin will be down -- but not out -- in 2010.

The recession means development and construction in the city will continue to decline next year, but a few major projects will continue to progress.

City Manager Terry Foegler said the IGS Energy headquarters on Emerald Parkway is set to open next year, and Delta Energy should start building its corporate headquarters at the intersection of Perimeter Drive and Commerce Parkway.

"We have some good stuff coming online," Foegler said.

The final phase of Emerald Parkway will begin next year. Foegler called it the city's biggest capital improvement of 2010.

Foegler expects construction to start in the spring, but "right of way acquisition is a variable" for "the last major leg of Emerald Parkway," he said.

The last leg will extend Emerald Parkway from Riverside Drive to Bright Road, which stretches from Riverside to Sawmill Road.

Growth in the northwest side of the city will slow in 2010, especially with the dissolution of the economic development agreement between Dublin and Ohio Proton Therapy.

The company had hoped to build a cancer treatment center to anchor the city's Central Ohio Innovation Center, but financing could not be found by the end-of-the-year deadline, so development is slowing in the area around the state Route 161, U.S. Route 33 and Post Road intersection.

"We will encourage (city) council to be more cautious with infrastructure investment on the northwest side," Foegler said.

In fact, when the five-year capital improvements budget goes before council, Foegler said the city could focus on infrastructure in the city's core rather than on the outskirts of Dublin.

While development won't be as brisk next year, Foegler said the city will make good use of the downtime. Planning while development is not occurring will enable the city to work with landowners in a "more thoughtful way," Foegler said.

Planning in 2010 will include the Bridge Street Corridor study. It should be completed in the first half of the year, although Foegler said the study could lead to additional work.

Community members will continue to be involved in the study through 2010. Foegler said Boston-based consultants Goody Clancy and Associates have been collecting and analyzing data. Next year, development ideas will be vetted by the community, Foegler said.

"It's not like (the study) is going to come out as a finished product," he said.

Dublin won't ignore development possibilities, though.

Economic development director Dana McDaniel said the coming year will be challenging, but Dublin will continue to work on attracting and retaining businesses.

"I expect 2010 to be really challenging in terms of economic condition as this past year has been and even more competitive in the sense of communities competing for jobs," he said.

Despite the economic conditions, McDaniel said the city has done well retaining current companies and even attracting a few new ones. The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center has attracted business startups throughout 2009, and even though they are small, McDaniel said they represent a victory.

"Even in these tough times, we've had pretty good success in creation, retention and attraction. I believe Dublin continues to be a good place to do business," he said. "I think fundamentally, it's a great community and we have a dynamic economic climate here."