Dublin City Council's vision for the Bridge Street District is beginning to emerge in the Scioto River corridor where there was once declining property value and lack of vibrancy.

Dublin City Council's vision for the Bridge Street District is beginning to emerge in the Scioto River corridor where there was once declining property value and lack of vibrancy.

The proposed Bridge Park development on the banks of both sides of the Scioto River follows six years of planning, analysis, public forums, community events and many hours of council deliberations.

Creating the Bridge Street District has been among Dublin's highest priority goals for the past few years, and one that is being validated by national experts and peer communities.

The recent Insight2050 initiative (jointly sponsored by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus 2020 and the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute) provided more-refined demographic and housing data for the region, showing dramatic shifts in population growth and housing trends.

Aging baby boomers will make up nearly 45 percent of future population growth and those under 35 will account for about 25 percent. One- and two-person households without children will account for more than 80 percent of housing growth in the following decades.

These shifting demographics lead to greater market demand for walkable neighborhoods with access to offices, retail and restaurants. This fully aligns with Dublin's analyses and vision plan for the overall Bridge Street District.

In addition to these testimonials, Dublin's corporate leaders reinforce the idea that the successful implementation of the vision for the Bridge Street District is critical to the long-term economic and, therefore, financial health of our city.

We also have seen confirmation of an overwhelming majority of Dublin residents supporting the direction of the city as demonstrated by survey results, including the most recent National Citizen Survey.

In fact, the Bridge Street District, with its entertainment, dining, retail and office uses, will be a destination with riverfront parks and appealing housing options. It is poised to be our next economic development driver -- creating new jobs, attracting a talented young workforce and retaining seasoned professionals.

It extends the experience of our walkable and vibrant Historic Dublin while providing housing options for residents who want to remain in Dublin. It enhances our property values by making private and public improvements that will benefit the community at large.

Amenities such as parks, cycle-tracks and walkable environments are all things that will add value to properties. And again, it will help to ensure our economic competitiveness and fiscal health.

At a special meeting July 13, Dublin City Council heard legislation that would create a tax increment financing district to pay for public infrastructure improvements for the Bridge Park development -- one of the first areas planned for the Bridge Street District.

Bridge Park, being developed by Crawford Hoying, follows council's determination that the Scioto River portion of the Bridge Street development should be the highest priority.

The idea, proposed in late 2012, allowed the project to build upon the great synergy of Historic Dublin and leverage the underutilized Scioto River by continuing a long-term council goal to acquire land along the river and create more access to it within the district.

These plans have been reviewed by council, the Planning and Zoning Commission, Architectural Review Board and many citizens over the course of the last two years.

The consideration and finalization of the development agreement between the city and the developer represent perhaps the last major step in positioning this project to move forward.

The second reading/public hearing of this ordinance is scheduled to be considered and acted on by council at its next meeting Aug. 10.

We hope residents will continue to be a part of the process.

For residents who would like more information on the Bridge Park Development Agreement, we invite you to a Coffee & Conversation at City Hall, 5200 Emerald Parkway. No reservations are needed. Dates are Thursday, Aug. 6, and Aug. 10, both at 8:30 a.m.

We also encourage you to attend the Aug. 10 Dublin City Council meeting to learn more about Bridge Park and the other exciting plans taking shape in the Bridge Street District.

To view the July 13 special council meeting Bridge Park presentations go to dublinohio usa.gov/newsroom/bridge-park-development-agreement.

For more information on the Bridge Street District, visit bridgestreet.dublinohiousa.gov.

Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel submitted the City Manager's Notes column.