Trilogy Health Services will build a $15.2 million, 79,000-square-foot assisted-living community at Britton Parkway and Davidson Road.
Hilliard City Council on April 23 approved the project 6-1 after Trilogy, which is based in Louisville, Kentucky, agreed to compensate Norwich Township for revenue that would have been redirected as part of a tax incentive on the land.
“I was pleased to see that a majority of City Council members still recognize the benefits of attracting jobs and income into our city,” Mayor Don Schonhardt said. “As the aging ‘boomer’ population is a significant portion of the population, we need to ensure that we have the facilities necessary to meet their needs while accommodating their desire to remain in the community that many have called home for most of their adult lives.”
City Council had rejected the project 4-3 on Feb. 26, when Andy Teater, Tom Baker, Less Carrier and Nathan Painter voted against a planned-unit-development modification that was required for Trilogy to build, but Carrier later asked that the project be reconsidered.
Councilman Nathan Painter remained opposed to the development.
“It’s still a terrible use for this land,” Painter said, adding the city had more suitable locations.
The Britton Parkway location, which is adjacent to the Hickory Chase mixed-use development, is “prime land,” and the placement of an assisted-living community “undermines” the city’s goal to create vibrant uses in the corridor, he said.
Trilogy will bring 80 full-time and 35 part-time jobs with a combined annual payroll of about $4.2 million, said David Meadows, Hilliard’s economic-development director. Taking into account Hilliard’s 2 percent income tax, the city stands to collect approximately $84,000 each year.
Trilogy also is expected to generate $227,252 annually for Hilliard City Schools and $134,122 each year for Norwich Township, Meadows said.
Of the $134,122 in revenue for Norwich Township, $129,192 is expected to come from a payment in lieu of taxes by Trilogy to the township, he said.
The payment would make Norwich “whole” because of a Community Reinvestment Act tax incentive on the land and compensate the township for the anticipated emergency-medical services it will provide to patients at the facility, he said.
The Norwich Township trustees on May 1 unanimously approved a CRA agreement that requires payments from Trilogy.
Meadows will obtain the signatures of Trilogy and DMK Development Group officials to finalize the agreement. DMK is representing Trilogy and also is based in Louisville.
The agreement also requires final signatures by Meadows and law director Tracy Bradford, Fisher said.
The Trilogy community will have 50 skilled-care beds, 40 assisted-living units and 20 independent-living suites, said Ross Oberhausen, director of development and client operations for DMK.
Peter Massey, vice president of development for Trilogy, said construction would take about 16 months and is expected to begin in late summer or early fall.
Trilogy has 22 communities in Ohio but none are yet open in central Ohio, Oberhausen said.
Trilogy has a community under construction in Pickerington and is considering a site in Gahanna, he said.