AEP could build a new substation on Dublin's west side.

AEP could build a new substation on Dublin's west side.

Dublin City Council last week heard the first reading of a land deal with AEP that would add a substation to the West Innovation District.

According to the deal, Dublin would transfer 2.743 acres close to Fishel Drive, between Cosgray and Houchard roads, south of state Route 161.

Dana McDaniel, deputy city manager and director of economic development, told council members the city and AEP worked out a similar agreement in 2008 for land in the area, but the substation was never built.

The area involved in the new agreement is immediately south of the 2008 land deal.

If the agreement is approved, AEP would transfer 1.56 acres back to Dublin and take possession of the 2.743 acres to have a total of 4.862 acres to build the substation.

The substation is needed in the area, McDaniel said, so development in the West Innovation District can have high-quality, high-capacity and redundant power.

The additions will make the area more attractive to new businesses, McDaniel said, and serve others committed to the area such as the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nestle Quality Assurance Center expansion and the Dublin Springs Hospital.

"From the city's perspective, construction of the substation will significantly add to the marketability of the West Innovation District and support future growth in the surrounding area," the staff report to council said.

The area was certified as a job-ready site by the state and "the area has been considered by several potential users as a site for data development," the staff report to council stated.

The substation will cost AEP about $19 million, McDaniels said.

The land deal is expected to go before council members for a vote Dec. 10.

In other city news, council members approved a use agreement with Nestle USA for use of optical fiber in DubLink. The company has hired more em-ployees, but is still working on expanding its Dublin facility.

"They have relocated some employees during the expansion," McDaniel said.

Access to DubLink would allow the company to create a "virtual campus" for employees until they can be housed in one building, McDaniel said.

The agreement allows Nestle USA to access DubLink for two years at no cost, with the option for a third year.

"Access to this fiber will be considered toward any future incentives and enhance the potential to connect multiple facilities within Dublin," the staff report to council said.

During the Nov. 19 meeting, Councilman John Reiner also applauded the parks department's work on a cyclocross track at Darree Fields Park.

Reiner got a "thank you" letter from Mike Teets, an OCLC employee and avid biker, regarding improvements to the track.

After a trip to visit the track, Reiner noted improvements including a new challenge called the stair climb. "It's a fun group and (they're) very appreciative," he said. "I've ridden with them."

City Parks and Open Spaces Director Fred Hahn said four short track races and two cyclocross races were held in Dublin this year.

"It's a nice complementary use of the park without causing too much congestion," he said.

Cyclocross combines racing with obstacles that require the rider to dismount and carry the bike. Hahn said the track is open for community use.