Construction and development created a stir in Reynoldsburg in 2018 with the start of two major projects and creation of plans that lay the groundwork for major changes along East Main Street. Here's a look at five of the top Reynoldsburg stories in 2018:
Community center coming: Construction started in July on a $25 million YMCA Community Center. In a surprise move, city leaders revealed in June that 13,000 square feet would be added to the design and would be leased by OhioHealth for use by primary-care doctors. The facility is expected to open in late 2019 and will feature community rooms, a fitness center, a gymnasium, studio space and indoor and outdoor swimming pools, to be operated by YMCA of Central Ohio.
YMCA Community Center: Work begins, OhioHealth enters deal
Full story: OhioHealth space added to final community-center plans
Reynoldsburg Community Center construction on schedule
Fire Station 161: Truro Township started 2018 by tearing down its old Station 161 at 6900 E. Main St. to make way for a new $3.6 million facility. After an April groundbreaking, the project was supposed to be finished by December, but excessive rain in the spring delayed work and pushed the completion date to January 2019. The new station will replace one that was originally built as a J Mart department store in 1965 and then remodeled to be Reynoldsburg's main fire station in 1975. Although it was remodeled again in 1993, Station 161 lacked modern safety features, such as a separate space for turnout gear and adequate ventilation.
Fire station razed: new facility will open next year
Ready for the future: Fire station will be larger, safer space
Fire station construction: rain delays project completion
New faces in high places: Steve Hein retired as Truro Township's fire chief in June and was replaced by Jeff Sharps, who had been assistant chief. David Plesich was named the city's new police chief, succeeding Jim O'Neill, who retired in October 2017. City officials created a new post -- that of deputy police chief -- and hired Curtis Baker for the job in October.
Reynoldsburg mayor chooses police chief: Plesich of Charleston, S.C.
Truro Township Fire Department: Retired chief plans golf, fishing, time with family
Curtis Baker hired as Reynoldsburg’s deputy police chief
Changes afoot: A comprehensive plan for future development in Reynoldsburg sets forth an ambitious proposal that divides the city into three focus areas and "reimagines" the Main Street corridor by encouraging sidewalk cafe seating, more "walkability" and ground-floor retail with large windows. Development Director Andrew Bowsher called it "a living blueprint for development for the city."
Plan ‘reimagines’ Reynoldsburg’s Main Street
Tomato Festival canceled: Organizers announced in February the Tomato Festival would be canceled for a year. Officials announced in November the Tomato Festival will return in August 2019 as a city-run event instead of being managed by the all-volunteer Reynoldsburg Festivals Inc.
Tomato Festival canceled for 2018
City now managing Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival