Dublin City Council on March 11 is expected to give a first reading of an ordinance that, if approved, would award tax incentives to Ohio State University for the construction of an outpatient medical center in Dublin.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has proposed the development on 34 acres owned by Dublin near state Route 161, U.S. Route 33 and Shier Rings Road.
According to a March 5 memo to council, the first phase of the Ohio State project would include a comprehensive ambulatory medical facility.
A second phase would include constructing additional medical facilities on the property, but the scope of that phase and the timing are undefined, according to the memo.
The proposed incentive is a 15 percent performance incentive for 10 years (2023-2032) on net new withholdings, capped at $1.1 million in total, once that threshold is reached within the defined term, regardless of calendar year, according to the staff memo.
The project is expected to bring substantial economic and social benefits to Dublin, including the creation of about 350 new employment opportunities with a projected payroll exceeding $50 million annually within the first 10 years of operation of the project and the retention of nearly 60 existing full-time equivalent jobs and nearly $6 million in annual payroll, according to the memo.
Dan Like, executive director of ambulatory services at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, has said financial details are being worked out and would be disclosed at the council meeting.
Although the OSU Wexner Medical Center has been serving Dublin for a long time, it has done so in a fragmented way via multiple locations, Like said. Having multiple locations is expensive and isn’t a good practice for patient care, he said.
“We bounce people around to multiple facilities,” he said. ”... That’s not what we should be about,” he said.
The goal of the outpatient center, he said, is to offer a variety of services in one location.