Hilliard leaders expect to add hundreds of new jobs this year that will continue to increase the city's income-tax revenue.

Hilliard leaders expect to add hundreds of new jobs this year that will continue to increase the city's income-tax revenue.

"We expect to see a lot of growth (in 2017)," Mayor Don Schonhardt said.

The portion of the city's income-tax revenue that is derived from the 2 percent withholding from employees by employers in Hilliard is expected to increase from an estimated $18.6 million in 2016 to an estimated $19.6 million in 2017.

The figure does not include net-profit taxes and other sources that constitute the city's estimated total income-tax revenue of $25.8 million for 2017.

Hilliard's new jobs should come from both existing employers and those moving into the city in 2017.

Advanced Drainage Systems, 4640 Trueman Blvd., was among the first businesses to open on Trueman Boulevard in 2004. The company is expected to complete a 30,000-square-foot expansion and add as many as 30 jobs to its payroll this year, according to Schonhardt.

Also on Trueman, Equity Inc., 4653 Trueman Blvd., is expected to expand WatersEdge Event & Conference Center from 30,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet and add a mix of full-time and part-time jobs numbering as many as 200, Schonhardt said.

New businesses coming to Hilliard in 2017 include RDP Foodservice, which is relocating from Oakland Park Avenue in northeast Columbus to the former Highlights for Children office on Parkway Lane, and Nanofiber Solutions, which will relocate from Kinnear Road near the Ohio State University campus to a site on Weaver Park South.

RDP will bring 75 jobs to Hilliard, Schonhardt said, with a total payroll of $4.1 million. The company is expected to add 11 jobs by the end of 2020.

Nanofiber Solutions will bring five jobs but "is on the cutting edge" of a technology that could allow the company to continue growing, Schonhardt said.

The payroll of Nanofiber Solutions is estimated at $300,000 and the company is expected to add seven jobs within three years with an additional payroll of $420,000, creating a total payroll of $720,000, Schonhardt said.

According to the company's website, "Nanofiber Solutions designs and manufactures novel three-dimensional nanofiber scaffolds. (The) technology mimics the extracellular matrix found within the body, providing a realistic environment for all types of cells whether in the body or on a lab bench."

Construction projects also will continue at multiple sites in 2017.

Hilliard will welcome an OhioHealth freestanding emergency department in Mill Run and the Mount Carmel Hilliard medical campus at Britton Parkway and Davidson Road.

Construction is underway at both the $50 million Mount Carmel Hilliard medical campus and the 8,000-square-foot freestanding ER at the northwest corner of Fishinger Boulevard and Ridge Mill Drive, the site of a former Saturn dealership.

Both projects are scheduled for completion toward the end of 2017, officials from both said late last year.

Construction also will continue at Hickory Chase on the south side of Davidson Road between Leap Road and Trueman Boulevard, and at Landmark Lofts at Cemetery Road and Franklin Street.

Almost 500 multifamily apartments, marketed toward empty nesters, will be built within the Hickory Chase campus, which is also the future home of the Hilliard branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and other retail and office uses.

Landmark Lofts, a mixed-use development, should see the first of its 204 apartments occupied by the start of the fourth quarter in 2017, according to John Royer, president of Kohr Royer Griffith, the developer of Landmark Lofts.

Retail development is anticipated in early 2018 but possibly could be completed late this year, he said.

"We are seeing good interest and activity," Royer said.

In Old Hilliard, the former NAPA Auto Parts store on Center Street adjacent to Hilliard's Station Park is expected to be demolished this year, according to Schonhardt and public-services director Butch Seidle.

The city purchased the condemned building for $200,000 and after asbestos removal at the cost of $43,000, it will demolished at the cost of $35,000. The site will serve as a temporary parking lot but its ultimate use is yet to be determined.

Work also is expected to conclude this year at the neighboring Otie's Tavern and Grill, 5344 Center St. Renovations include the restaurant's new second-floor balcony dining area.

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