Climbing enthusiasts soon might be able to get their adrenaline fix in Hilliard.
Matt Roberts, co-owner of Vertical Adventures, said his company and developer Bedrock Capital Group want to open a rock- and rope-climbing recreational facility on Cosgray Road, near the Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports facility, 4696 Cosgray Road.
David Meadows, Hilliard’s economic-development director, said he is in discussions with the group of investors exploring the Hilliard site as a possible location for the facility.
Roberts said Vertical Adventures operates three facilities in Columbus: The Training Center, which opened in 1994 at 6295 Busch Blvd. in north Columbus; Vertical Adventures, which opened in 2014 at 6513 Kingsmill Court in north Columbus; and Chambers Purely Boulders, which opened a few months ago at 1165 Chambers Road in Columbus, north of Grandview Heights.
Branding still must be determined for the potential Hilliard location, but it would not be called Vertical Adventures, Roberts said.
“We are deep in discussions with the city and the developer on the project,” he said. “It’s still very early, but we hope to be open late in 2019 or early in 2020.
Legislation approving a ground lease – which did not identify the lessee – was introduced Nov. 26 to Hilliard City Council’s economic and entrepreneurial committee and forwarded to the full City Council for the first of three readings Dec. 10.
According to the agreement of the proposed 20-year lease, the lessee would pay Hilliard, the landowner, an annual sum of $7,680 for the first five years and a 5 percent increase for each subsequent five-year period.
Construction of the facility would further the city’s goals of providing first-rate recreational facilities to its residents and would create a regional draw from surrounding communities, according to the authorizing legislation.
“We are excited to be in the community,” Roberts said. “It’s hard for people in Upper Arlington, Hilliard and Dublin to get to Kingsmill.”
The site under consideration includes 49 acres on the east side of Cosgray Road and immediately south of Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports. It is part of the former Grener property the city purchased from the Hilliard City Schools.
The district agreed at the end of 2014 to sell the 103.5 acres to Hilliard for $4 million.