New Albany City Council on Sept. 5 approved an ordinance designed to streamline how public-parking spaces are designed or created.

The ordinance allows individual changes through policy rather than code amendments.

The policy also would give the New Albany-Plain Local School District and Plain Township greater ability to regulate their public spaces. The code adjustment would not apply to public street spaces. 

The ordinance comes as the city is planning for the new Market and Main II development, a 48,000-square-foot commercial building at 160 W. Main St. It is being developed in a joint venture between the Daimler Group and the New Albany Co.

Several businesses will call Market and Main II home, including Wallick Communities, which will move its headquarters from Columbus just south of Reynoldsburg, bringing 90 jobs with it.

The city has a 451-space public-parking lot behind the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, and it extends behind the Mellow Mushroom pizzeria and the Hudson 29 restaurant, said City Manager Joe Stefanov.

City contract

A contract with New Albany employees who are part of a local chapter of the United Steelworkers union recently was approved by New Albany City Council and union members.

The contract, effective Aug. 1 through July 31, 2020, was approved Aug. 15 by City Council and ratified Aug. 28 by New Albany employees in the Local 9110 unit. The contract includes 12 maintenance workers and one mechanic.

The cost to the city for the duration of the three-year contract is $3,593,144.