The development of OhioHealth's David P. Blom Administrative Campus last spring forever changed one of Clintonville's main entry points -- but that's not the only way it had an impact on the neighborhood.
The project was the impetus for infrastructure updates in the area -- not the least of which was the reconstruction of the exit from state Route 315 to North Broadway -- providing new traffic patterns into Clintonville.
In addition, more than 1,600 OhioHealth employees who worked in more than 20 leased spaces throughout the city came together to work at the facility -- about 30 of them Clintonville residents.
The project converted a 13-acre brownfield, underused for storage and parking, into a vital new corporate space, said Doug Scholl, OhioHealth director, project design and construction.
But most importantly to the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce, it's affirming the company's longtime commitment to the neighborhood.
OhioHealth has been named the 2020 Business of the Year by the chamber, in no small part on the merits of the Blom campus.
The hospital system will be honored at the chamber's 20th annual Celebrate Clintonville awards dinner, set Feb. 27 at the Clintonville Woman's Club.
Scholl, a 20-year Clintonville resident and 14-year OhioHealth employee, acknowledged the benefit to the company of consolidating those employees and administrative functions in one space, but added the transformation of the site helped create a "beautiful, new gateway into Clintonville."
Clintonville Area Commission member David Vottero said it's great to see OhioHealth recognized for its commitment to the community.
"Although the headquarters is just across the river from Clintonville, the decision to bring the administrative center to North Broadway capitalizes on their successes with Riverside Methodist Hospital and the related activity it generates," Vottero said.
"The commitment anchors and stimulates the continuing redevelopment of the Olentangy West area. As the area continues to change with additional redevelopment activity and possible transit options, the center of gravity will change a bit for Clintonville -- and in a good way, not just with a new gateway to the community, but with more opportunities for local employment and recreation."
OhioHealth employees are encouraged to participate in the community, whether serving on the boards of local nonprofit organizations or volunteering with neighborhood agencies and activities, said Shawna Davis, OhioHealth vice president for community and government relations.
OhioHealth manager of community relations Debbie Donahey, in her nomination of her employer, cited involvement with the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, North Broadway Street Association, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed and the North Columbus Intramural League, which is led by an OhioHealth executive.
"We're not new to the neighborhood," Davis said. "This community has been important to us for a long time. One of the things we do is to be embedded into the community."
Scholl also mentioned OhioHealth's benefit to local businesses, drawing a large number of potential new customers who now work in the area to eat lunch, gas up their vehicles and shop at local stores.
"It's important that we make ourselves a good neighbor," Scholl said.
Representatives of OhioHealth will be joined at the chamber's Feb. 27 awards dinner by Businessperson of the Year, Brooke Kinsey of Bleu & Fig, and the ThisWeek Booster Community Volunteer of the Year, who will be announced in next week's edition of the Booster.
Other recent Business of the Year winners include Moo Moo Express Car Wash, J.R. Scott Insurance Agency, the Clintonville Woman's Club, Lineage Brewing and Lavash Cafe.