This year was a momentous one for Dublin, with big strides in residential amenities and school district growth. Here's a brief recap of the top five stories in the community for 2019.
NEW LIBRARY BRANCH OPENS -- After extensive planning and discussions about its design, the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library opened June 6.
The $21 million library has 41,000 square feet -- twice as large as the previous library. It was constructed on the site of the former facility.
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION -- 2019 also marked a year of progress for another residential amenity: the city's pedestrian bridge spanning the Scioto River. The bridge is nearing completion and city officials say it is expected to open in January.
Dublin hired Kokosing Construction Co. for the $22.6 million project.
When completed, the S-curve suspension bridge will be 760 feet long. Of that length, the suspended portion of the bridge will measure 500 feet.
The bridge connects Dublin's Historic District with Riverside Crossing Park in the city's Bridge Street District.
NORTH MARKET COMES TO DUBLIN -- The year also marked continued growth in the Bridge Street District. In particular, news broke in the spring that officials of the North Market in Columbus plan to open a second location in Crawford Hoying's Bridge Park development. It is expected to open in the spring on the ground floor of 6736 Longshore St.
SCHOOLS CONSTRUCTION -- Development and growth extended to the Dublin City Schools in 2019. To address growing enrollment, the district kicked off construction on two new elementary school buildings -- one at 4303 Bright Road and the other in Jerome Village at Ravenhill Drive and Hyland-Croy Road. They are scheduled to be finished for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
CHIEF VON ECKARTSBERG LEAVES -- The year also marked the end of an era, as Dublin Police Department Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg left the city to become assistant superintendent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
City Council in June voted unanimously to make Deputy Chief Justin Paez the new chief.