Construction is expected to begin this month on a new 69,000-square-foot headquarters for SPIDAWeb, Advanced Civil Design and IJUS on a city-owned site in Central Park.

Officials broke ground Aug. 9 on what's estimated to be a $6 million development on 4.3 acres at 485 Science Blvd.

The developer, Franklin Peak LLC, is a venture of Wil Schulze, founder and president of two Gahanna-based companies -- IJUS LLC and SPIDAWeb Software.

The new office space will allow both IJUS and SPIDAWeb to merge their offices into one building. IJUS currently is at 690 Taylor Road; SPIDAWeb is at 560 Officenter Place.

SPIDAWeb and Advanced Civil Design, a civil engineer firm at 422 Beecher Road in Gahanna, will occupy the second floor, and IJUS will be on the third floor.

"Upon taking office in 2016, I made a commitment to meet with every business in Gahanna to learn more about their product and services, what challenges they face and how the city can become a partner in their success," said Tom Kneeland, Gahanna mayor. "This project is an excellent example of business retention and expansion in Gahanna, especially since all three companies that are leading this project already call Gahanna their home."

The building is being constructed just north of the Golf Depot.

The site also will feature a neighboring 5,200-square-foot microbrewery and taproom.

The facility marks the first new commercial class A office building that has been built in Gahanna in more than a decade, said Niel Jurist, Gahanna public-information manager.

The new 4-story complex designed by Ford and Associates Architects Inc. will boast a skyline view of John Glenn International Airport and downtown Columbus, and feature a rooftop meeting and event space.

"In creating this new space, we are continuing to invest in our employees as they plan and design our neighborhoods to bring infrastructure, power and communications to inspire our sense of community," Schulze said in a press release.

Opportunities also will exist for other companies to lease additional open space.

The project is a collaborative effort between the city of Gahanna, Gahanna Community Improvement Corporation, Franklin Peak, Columbus 2020 and JobsOhio. The partnership is expected to lead to future investment opportunities in Central Park of Gahanna.

The project received a 100 percent property-tax abatement for 15 years and is expected to retain 131 jobs and create 27 new ones over five years at the office building, according to Michael Blackford, Gahanna deputy development director.

"We are grateful for the collaboration with Columbus 2020, IJUS, SPIDAWeb and the city of Gahanna to develop this site," said Diana Rife, JobsOhio revitalization project manager. "This investment will revitalize a once-vacant property and bring a new facility and jobs to Gahanna."

The project is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2019.

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