The Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, Aug. 22, is scheduled to review a concept plan for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to open an outpatient facility in the city.
The 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.
Ohio State is scheduled to close on property acquisition in May 2020, with construction in October 2020 and occupancy in summer 2022, said Dan Like, executive director of ambulatory services at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
After the concept review Aug. 22, a rezoning and preliminary development plan will be reviewed by the planning and zoning commission Sept. 19 and by Dublin City Council on Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, according to Dublin spokeswoman Lindsay Weisenauer.
A date for review of the final development plan by the planning and zoning commission has not been determined, Weisenauer said. City Council doesn't have to approve the final development plan, she said.
Weisenauer said the city is selling the land to Ohio State at the cost of acquisition.
"As the land was acquired in two separate real-estate transactions (Rings Farm and Young Farm), we determined an average value of approximately $95,000 per acre," she said.
Ohio State officials said they expect to require all 34 acres for the development, she said.
The university already owns or leases multiple locations in the city, Like said. The goal is to consolidate services and expand what is offered.
Ohio State in July filed an application with the city to rezone the 34 acres, Like said. The reason Ohio State is looking to purchase that amount of land is because it offers the ability to grow, he said.
A second phase of the project could expand on outpatient services or include a small community hospital, Like said.
"It's really dependent on the success and growth of phase 1," he said.
A cost estimate for the project hasn't been determined because Ohio State is finalizing the programming, Like said.
City Council in April approved an incentive package for the project: a 15% performance incentive for 10 years (2023-32) on net new tax withholdings, capped at $1.1 million in total, when that threshold is reached within the defined term, regardless of calendar year, according to a staff memo.
Under the agreement between the city and Ohio State, the university is required to pay 32.5% toward related public-infrastructure improvements, including the realignment of Shier-Rings Road, the relocation of a ditch and improvements in water, sewer and Dublink fiber-optic service.
Additionally, Ohio State would contribute $1.25 million toward construction of a roundabout at Avery and Shier-Rings roads, according to the memo.