Bulldozers and construction crews spent much of 2019 rebuilding and revitalizing Reynoldsburg as the city both returned to its tomato heritage and embraced the potential of change.

Here's a look back at the top five stories of the year in Reynoldsburg:

DEVELOPMENT -- Much of the view from Main Street included bulldozers, cranes and hard hats this year.

The 70,000-square-foot community-center YMCA on Davidson Drive will open in Jan. 25, 2020, and a new, $20 million Kroger store opened at the corner of Main Street and Rosehill Road in November.

In addition, a historic space in Olde Reynoldsburg was transformed into the Tempe Taco Co., and the Eastside Brewery on Davidson Drive is expected to open in 2020.

After work on the Truro Township Fire Station 161, 6900 E. Main St., stalled early in the year after the original contractor voluntarily defaulted, the township in September announced Columbus-based Setterlin Building Co. had been selected as the new general contractor.

Also announced were plans for a credit union and a Swensons Drive-In restaurant.

ELECTION -- Voters ushered in a new era of leadership as Democrat Joe Begeny won the mayoral election, taking over for Brad McCloud, who didn't seek reelection.

Democrat Angie Jenkins beat two-term incumbent Doug Joseph for City Council president.

Other first-time council winners included Democrats Shanette Strickland (Ward 1), Louis Salvati (Ward 2), Bhuwan Pyakurel (Ward 3) and Meredith Lawson-Rowe (Ward 4).

LEGISLATION -- City Council in January approved a new comprehensive plan that strives to create mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods with higher densities near the East Main Street corridor.

Council worked to "clean up" the city's animal ordinances, although it did not address whether residents may keep backyard chickens.

In February, it denied a rezoning petition for a 120-unit apartment complex on Waggoner Road known as the Bentley House.

TOMATO FEST'S RETURN -- Held Aug. 8-10 in Huber Park, the revived festival embraced traditions, including pageants and a tomato war while bringing in national entertainment.

K-9 UNIT -- For the first time in decades, two canine officers are back on the beat with the Reynoldsburg police force as two Belgian Malinois -- Raider and Summit -- started work in June alongside their handlers, officers Sean McGrew and Dan Downing.

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