Dublin's West Innovation District might soon become home to another indoor sports facility.
Dublin has received a proposal for a 20,000-square-foot indoor entertainment and recreational facility -- Urban Air Adventure Park -- in the 7000 block of Dublin Plain City Road.
Urban Air has franchises throughout the country with activities for children and adults.
The district is already home to SportsOhio, 6314 Cosgray Road, which features indoor soccer, batting cages and golf.
Carmen Villopoto, who is opening Urban Air along with business partners Garth and Tina Price, said he plans to build two facilities on the property.
He plans a 40,000-square-foot footprint representing as much as an $8 million investment.
The applicant has filed a development plan review with the city and is in review for zoning approval, said Logan Stang, a Dublin city planner.
Staff is reviewing the application and working with the applicant on meeting zoning code requirements. Within the next month or so the application will go before the Administrative Review Team for final zoning approval, at which point the applicant will be able to file for building permits.
The first building would include a zip roller coaster, a three-story jungle gym for smaller children, a rock climbing wall and a ninja course, Villopoto said.
The second building would include indoor sky diving, a laser-tag arena and an arcade.
Villopoto said he hopes to break ground this month on the first building and open in June.
The second building could open within a year of the first building's opening, he said.
Dublin's growth and population made it an ideal place to locate, Villopoto said.
The community's income level and the number of children also helped him and his partners decide.
"We just think it's a good market," he said.
The added amenity also could be a boon for the city's tourism industry.
Any new product that helps attract visitors to the city is a good thing, said Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Additional visitors, in turn, help generate additional bed tax dollars from hotel stays, he said.