Construction seemed to be a central theme in Dublin in 2018. Voters in the Dublin City School District approved funding for new buildings, the district renovated and opened its Emerald Campus building, a new library is rising on the site of the former one and a bridge was being built to connect the Bridge Park and Historic districts. Here's a look at five of the top stories in the community in 2018:
Tax issue approved -- To combat crowding, the school district sought a tax issue to build a middle school and two elementary schools and improve its buildings. On Nov. 6, voters strongly supported the district's call for help with the approval of a combination $195 million bond issue, 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and 5.9-mill operating levy.
Dublin City Schools voters overwhelmingly support bond-levy
Dublin City Schools counting on bond-levy approval in November
Dublin City Schools: Enrollment growth spurs need for space
Dublin schools: New elementary designs have familiar look
Emerald Campus opens -- Dublin City Schools on Aug. 15 opened the Emerald Campus in the renovated former Verizon building at 5175 Emerald Parkway. The site houses a Career Exploration Academies program for high schoolers that has doubled in size. And although the district is experiencing growth, officials said a fourth high school is not expected to be necessary.
‘Build-out study’: Need for fourth Dublin high school unlikely
From the Superintendent’s Desk: Build-out study says no 4th high school, 6th middle school
Dublin City Schools: Emerald Campus interest continues to grow
Connecting development -- The city's bridge to connect the Historic District to the Bridge Park District and park land saw substantial work completed this year. The structure's central tower was finished in August, and the project is about 60 percent complete. City officials said they hope the bridge can be finished by the end of 2019.
Bridge Street District: Pedestrian bridge’s opening might be delayed
Capital improvements: Amenities are focus of Dublin program
New library construction -- This year also saw the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Dublin branch begin to take shape. The 41,000-square-foot, three-level building is expected to be finished in the summer. A temporary branch is open at 6765 Dublin Center Drive.
Construction update: Dublin library more than house of books
Construction of Dublin's new library nears halfway mark
Dublin library construction: Council requests revised signs
Business climate grows -- Large-scale projects aren't just limited to the city's Historic District. Across the river, Crawford Hoying's Bridge Park development welcomed a bevy of businesses this year, including 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, Fado Pub & Kitchen and Hen Quarter. Now the nonprofit organization behind Columbus' North Market is eyeing the Bridge Street District for a similar institution.
Bridge Park District: Interest grows in planned North Market-style venture
Table Talk: Hen Quarter brings Southern style to Bridge Park
Table Talk: Fado injects ‘new-school’ Irish vibe into Dublin pub
North Market-style operation proposed for Dublin’s Bridge Park