Dublin City Council members Nov. 4 voted 6-0 to approve an ordinance changing the zoning designation on a 34-acre tract to permit preparations for construction of an Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center medical campus in the city.

Council member Christina Alutto recused herself from the vote because she was formerly employed – through Oct. 31 – by the university.

The vote changing the zoning for the land from research/office district zoning to planned-unit-development district.

Aaron Underhill, with Underhill & Hodge LLC, who serves as a legal representative for Ohio State, said the existing zoning permitted uses Ohio State required, but the PUD zoning provided the flexibility they needed.

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

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

Underhill said although the second phase hospital is not yet included in Ohio State’s programming, in the future it could be warranted.

The project would consolidate existing services in Dublin and add new ones, to provide convenience and accessibility to present and future patients, Wexner Medical Center Director of Ambulatory Services Dan Like said. He said Ohio State has multiple facilities in Dublin, and many are outdated.

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

Other matters

Council also approved two incentive packages for businesses.

Council members voted 6-0 on a seven-year, 20% performance incentive on city income tax withholdings collected from 2020 through 2026 capped at $200,000 for Hagerty Insurance Agency to establish an office in Dublin, according to an Oct. 9 memo to council.

Council member Michael Keenan abstained from the vote because his place of employment does business with Hagerty.

Under the agreement between the city and Hagerty, the agency will sign a lease of at least 10 years in Dublin. The business will bring 164 new jobs to the city by the end of 2023, according to the memo.

The city expects to net approximately $663,000 in income-tax revenue over the term of the development agreement, according to the memo.

Council voted 7-0 on a five-year, 10% performance incentive on withholdings collected from 2021 through 2025 capped at $11,000 for Avery Surgery Center LLC to build and operate a 12,000-square-foot surgery center for ear, nose and throat surgery procedures, according to an Oct. 9 memo to council.

According to the memo, Dublin is competing against two sites in another suburb.

The project would result in 15 new jobs beginning in 2021 and at least seven additional new jobs by the end of 2025, according to the memo. The city expects to net nearly $87,000 in income-tax revenue over the five-year term of the agreement.

The city typically pays companies incentives in such agreements from the city’s nontax revenue, such as licenses, fines, building permits and services provided to outside agencies, such as the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center.

Colleen Gilger, Dublin’s economic-development director, has said all such incentives must come from nontax revenues, per state law.