Development made headlines in Upper Arlington in 2017, sometimes because of projects that moved forward and sometimes because residents were succesful in halting announced plans.
Going up -- Property owners will see their taxes increase by 14 percent, thanks to voter approval in November of Issue 43, a combined levy and bond issue to fund construction of a new high school and athletics facilities and renovations to five elementary buildings. The owner of a $400,000 home will pay an additional $1,249 in property taxes each year.
Going up, part 2 -- Plans for a seven-story Arlington Gateway at 1325-59 W. Lane Ave. grew to nine stories when Arcadia Development, in response to city concerns, increased the amount of office space in the building from 20,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet. An unnamed Big 5 financial business is on board to anchor the development, which is expected to bring 200 to 250 new jobs to UA and annual payroll-tax revenue of at least $750,000.
The Big Splash -- The city made a splash in more ways than one when a $7.25 million project to reconstruct Tremont Pool and build a new park playground and plaza and pool drop-off area were unveiled to the public in June.
O stands for outsourcing -- After many objections over plans to shut down the city's 911 dispatching center and outsource it to the Dublin's Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center, Upper Arlington City Council signed off on the move in February. Save UA 911 President Charlie Reed said his group was heartened that the outcry helped steer the outsourcing to Dublin instead of Columbus.
Residents push back -- Resident opposition in 2017 quashed Preferred Living's plans for a 76-unit apartment complex on Riverside Drive, as well as a National Church Residences' proposal to build a 100-unit senior-living complex at the corner of Highland Drive and Kenny Road. [Related story]