Dublin City Council on Monday, Nov. 4, is expected to vote on a rezoning ordinance for the construction of an Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center medical campus.

The ordinance would change about 34 acres from a research/office district zoning designation to planned-unit-development district.

The university plans to build an outpatient-care center on the parcel near state Route 161, U.S. Route 33 and Shier-Rings Road.

Phase one of the project would include a medical office building and ambulatory care facility consisting of about 250,000 square feet of development, said Claudia Husak senior planner with Dublin. The second phase could accommodate a hospital of up to 300,000 square feet, she said.

The preliminary development plan submitted by Ohio State incorporates open spaces so patients, staff and visitors have the ability to go outside and visit quiet areas, Husak said.

The plan also includes walking trails throughout the development.

Aaron Underhill, with Underhill & Hodge LLC, who serves as legal representative for Ohio State, said the project is meant to provide opportunities for physicians visits, testing procedures and outpatient surgical procedures.

Underhill said the existing zoning allowed the uses that Ohio State required, but the PUD zoning provided the flexibility they needed.

"A project like this is designed from the inside out," Underhill said.

Although the second phase hospital is not yet included in Ohio State's programming, in the future it could be warranted, he said.

The project represents a major investment in outpatient care, Wexner Medical Center Director of Ambulatory Services Dan Like said, consolidating existing services in Dublin and adding new services to provide convenience and accessibility to present and future patients.

Ohio State has multiple facilities in Dublin and many are outdated, he said.

"We're just out of space," he said.

Corna Kokosing will build the Dublin facility, which is slated to open by summer 2022, Like said.

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