This year brought development plans and tax proposals to Gahanna. The reaction was mixed, as some projects moved forward while voters voiced their opposition to a proposed increase to the city's income tax. Here's a look at five of the top stories of 2018.
CHEERS FOR DEVELOPMENT -- A development plan for a 4-story, 69,000-square-foot office building and a neighboring 5,200-square-foot brewery and taproom was approved for 4.3 acres at 485 Science Blvd. The developer, Franklin Peak LLC, is a venture of Wil Schulze, founder and president of Gahanna-based IJUS LLC and SPIDAWeb Software.
Construction nears on office building on Gahanna’s Science Boulevard
DISTRICT PACKAGE WINS -- The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools will build a new elementary school and improve other school buildings, thanks to voter approval of Issue 2 in the May primary. The combined bond issue and operating levy was sought to address overcrowding and update school facilities. The new Lincoln Elementary School is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.
Gahanna’s new Lincoln Elementary School: Design work to begin with Triad
LEADING LIONS -- Jessica Slocum, former Gahanna Lincoln High School academic officer, became the new principal Aug. 1. She replaced high school principal Bobby Dodd, who resigned to become principal of William Mason High School near Cincinnati.
Slocum ready for new role as Lincoln principal
BALLOT BUST -- Issue 29, a proposed income tax increase for the city narrowly was defeated Nov. 5. Had voters approved it, the city's income-tax rate would have increased from 1.5 to 2.5 percent, with funding going toward maintaining the city's streets and infrastructure and other improvements.
Issue 29 results certified: Gahanna ponders cuts as tax officially fails
GET THE LEAD OUT (of the water) -- The Gahanna-Jefferson schools released information Nov. 20 that stated at least one room in 11 of the district's 12 school buildings had elevated levels of lead in water from sink faucets. In all, 68 fixtures were replaced and the new faucets were flushed after the district sought assistance from the Ohio EPA and the Franklin County Board of Health.
Update on Gahanna-Jefferson lead levels: Some faucets fixed; others not ready yet