Dublin City Council on Dec. 2 approved multiple pieces of legislation related to a retail, restaurant and office development near the city's legacy office parks.

Of four ordinances, two involve new and existing tax-increment-financing districts related to the project, one is a property transfer and development agreement between the city and Daimler Group and one is a rezoning.

Council also approved the plat for the project.

All of the legislation was approved with 7-0 votes.

The city, in partnership with the Daimler Group, plans to develop about 13.5 acres of city-owned land on the west side of Frantz Road, north of Rings Road.

Paul Ghidotti, executive vice president with Daimler, previously said the company was selected by the city for the possible project after responding to a city request for ideas for the site.

The city released a request for qualifications in May and selected Daimler in the summer.

The project is within the Dublin Corporate Area Plan and is intended to encourage new and complementary investment, create open spaces and walkable areas and reposition legacy office sites, said Dublin senior planner Claudia Husak.

Dublin's Corporate Area Plan, approved by City Council in September 2018, applies to about 987 acres populated by corporate offices.

It targets office parks in the Metro, Blazer and Emerald districts in the city, which have buildings dating from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Council members voted to rezone the approximately 13.5 acres from office, laboratory and research district classifications to planned unit development district.

All four of the pieces of legislation related to the project were approved by votes of 7-0.

According to two Nov. 12 memos to council from city staff members, to maximize the TIF service-payment revenue and recoup the city's investment of Rings/Frantz TIF service-payment revenue in the project, the city is proposing to remove the project site from the Rings/Frantz TIF and create a new TIF on the site, to be in place for up to 30 years.

That TIF, like the current one, would be a nonschool TIF, according to the memo, meaning the school district would be made whole and receive tax payments from the property.

Council members also approved with 7-0 votes:

* A contract with Ruscili Construction Co. for the second phase of the renovation of the future city hall in the 5555 Perimeter Drive building. The second phase of the project has a guaranteed maximum price of $1,504,388, according to a Nov. 26 memo to council.

* A contract with Turner Construction Co. for the construction of the Riverside Crossing Park Project. The first phase of the project has a guaranteed maximum price of $12,956,921, according to a Nov. 26 memo to council.

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