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Talk begins on Grandview Yard zoning

Thursday, April 24, 2008

ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission April 16 began a discussion about establishing zoning for the Grandview Yard development and the rest of the city's Commerce District.  Planning facilitator Greg Dale of the planning and zoning consulting firm McBride Dale Clarion reviewed for the commission a draft discussion outline he and director of administration/economic development Patrik Bowman had prepared.  The zoning change will be city-initiated, so there will be no formal application needed, Dale said.

 

While the zoning would focus on the Grandview Yard site, it would also be applied to a larger area than the property Nationwide Realty Investors owns, he said.  Although nothing is set in stone, it would be likely that a zoning overlay would be created, Dale said.  That would mean the M-1 light industrial zoning would remain in place, he said.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/?story=sites/thisweeknews/042408/Grandview/News/042408-News-530156.html

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Revised Commerce District plan OK'd

Thursday, May 1, 2008

By ALAN FROMAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Grandview Heights City Council last week approved a revision of the community plan related to the Grandview Commerce District.  The Commerce District is the portion of Grandview that includes the former Big Bear property, the site for Nationwide Realty Investors' Grandview Yard project.  The entire district is about 100 acres on the city's east side generally bounded by Third Avenue, the railroad tracks, Goodale Boulevard and Edgehill Drive.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/05/01/0501gvcommerceplan_ln.html?sid=104

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Property owners concerned about 'blight' designation

Thursday, May 8, 2008

By ALAN FROMAN ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Property owners voiced their concerns at Monday's Grandview City Council meeting about an ordinance to identify the Grandview Yard property and other surrounding parcels as being part of a blighted area.  The designation would allow the city to negotiate a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement with Nationwide Realty Investors for improvements related to the Grandview Yard project.

 

Bill Prophater Sr. of Creighton LLC and Style Line, 901 W. Third Ave., told council an appraiser has told him there is "no way" his building is blighted.  He said he suspects his property is being included in the blighted area because Nationwide is directing the city to put in a road through the middle of his parcel.  A map of the project area he has seen included a blue line through his property that seems to indicate plans for a road, Prophater said.

 

Read more at http://thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/05/08/0508gvblight_ln.html?sid=104

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Overlay district another tool in city's redevelopment

The district in Grandview's commercial area could change zoning rules for new buildings but allow old ones to keep their current designations.

By DONAVON CAMPBELL, COLUMBUS LOCAL NEWS

Published: Monday, May 12, 2008 - 4:11 PM EDT

 

City officials are exploring what could be the next step in the process to redevelop the commercial district of Grandview.  Director of Administration and Economic Development Patrik Bowman said city officials met with the Planning Commission last month and got the go-ahead to begin researching the implementation of an overlay district in the commercial area of town that constitutes much of the land that could become the Grandview Yard mixed-use development.

 

The overlay district also could include a portion of Northwest Boulevard that could see change as a result of the Yard as well as parts of Goodale Boulevard, Bowman said.  An overlay district essentially is a zoning designation that would allow older buildings or businesses to retain their current zoning standards while simultaneously establishing a new set of zoning regulations for the redevelopment to come.  "Instead of making existing properties suddenly nonconforming," said Bowman, "this leaves those basic zoning rights intact. All of the standards of the existing district will stay in place."

 

Read more at http://columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2008/05/15/tri-village_news/news/tvoverlay%20_20080512_1059am_4.txt

 

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Very interesting news item regarding Giant Eagle and the Grandview Yard redevelopment project...

 

Giant Eagle stirs it up with permit

Business First of Columbus

Shop Talk - by Doug Buchanan

Friday, July 18, 2008

 

Giant Eagle Inc. has created a commotion in Grandview Heights with an application for a liquor permit for a supermarket on the former Big Bear Stores Co. headquarters and warehouse site.  Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw said the July 1 application took officials by surprise since the city has yet to approve even a conceptual plan for the 90-acre Grandview Yard project, being developed by Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. and Equity Inc.

 

"Nationwide has never put a grocery store on the table," DeGraw said.  Part of the surprise stemmed from Giant Eagle's ongoing interest in a site not far away at Neil Avenue and Vine Street in the Arena District, where the grocer earlier this year also applied for a liquor permit.

 

Nationwide Realty, which wants to redevelop another site close to Vine and Neil, has worked with Giant Eagle representatives at the Continental Realty Ltd. brokerage to get financial assistance from the city of Columbus for road and utility lines for both projects.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/07/21/tidbits1.html

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Here's the second half of the Giant Eagle/Grandview Yard liquor permit story from Business First.  The rest of the story gives a very different perspective on the update...

 

Giant Eagle stirs it up with permit

Business First of Columbus

Shop Talk - by Doug Buchanan

Friday, July 18, 2008

 

Nationwide Realty President Brian Ellis said the application caught him unaware, even though he said Giant Eagle had talked about Grandview Yard as an option.  Frank Kass, chairman of developer Continental Real Estate Cos., said he told Giant Eagle to seek the Grandview permit as a "pre-emptive' move in case the Columbus site does not work out.  He also feared the limited number of permits for Grandview could dry up because of interest in the Grandview Yard project.

 

"We encouraged them to get in line for a permit", Kass said. "That created a hubbub." He said the brouhaha has prompted Giant Eagle to withdraw the application.  But Downtown and Short North residents still need an expanded Giant Eagle supermarket, he said, because its Victorian Village store has less than 25,000 square feet of retail space.  "If we can't get a deal done", Kass said, "we still need to find a store to serve that area."

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/07/21/tidbits1.html

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More progress on the Grandview Yard redevelopment project.  Couple of articles about the vacant Big Bear warehouse buildings being removed as site prep begins for the project.  All throughout this week the warehouses were being demo'd...

 

Big Bear warehouses make way for Grandview Yard

By DONAVON CAMPBELL, COLUMBUS LOCAL NEWS

Published: Monday, August 4, 2008 - 2:07 PM EDT

 

The city of Grandview Heights soon may begin to take on a different look as a pair of demolition projects a long time in the making get under way this month.  Demolition began Monday, Aug. 4, on the dry goods warehouse and the refrigeration warehouse in the Big Bear warehouse complex, 770 W. Goodale Blvd.

 

In addition, the former Knights Inn at the southeast corner of Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue is scheduled to come down later this month.  "It's certainly progress," said Grandview City Council President Steve Reynolds.  "I think it will be a positive sign for Grandview residents that they'll finally be able to see something (happening)."

 

The demolition of the two Big Bear buildings, owned by Nationwide Realty Investors, is only the beginning of the much larger Grandview Yard redevelopment project that could turn the commercial district into a vibrant, mixed-use area.

 

Read more at http://columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2008/08/05/multiple_papers/news/alltvdemol_20080804_0141pm_5.txt

 


Warehouses coming down

Monday, August 4, 2008 - 5:21 AM

By Mike Pramik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Nationwide Realty Investors soon will tear down two buildings at the former Big Bear warehouse site in Grandview Heights where it's planning the $500 million Grandview Yard.  But that doesn't mean it's ready to begin redevelopment of the industrial complex, said Nationwide Realty President Brian Ellis.

 

The company will begin demolishing the 516,000-square-foot warehouse at 770 W. Goodale Blvd. this month.  The warehouse, which faces Gowdy Field, consists of two buildings connected by a small walkway.  Nationwide Realty will save the large Big Bear sign just in case it's useful.  However, Ellis said, the buildings have no future in Grandview Yard.  "They're more expensive to keep up than they are to tear down," he said.  "It's summertime, and the timing is good for us to knock down those buildings."

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/08/04/ZONE0804.ART_ART_08-04-08_C10_CAATFCQ.html?sid=101

 

 

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Brian Krall, 29, of Grandview, snaps a picture of the Big Bear Warehouse being demolished at 770 Goodale Blvd.

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Grandview Yard, Gowdy Field projects chase clean-up cash

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, August 8, 2008

 

Two Central Ohio projects will compete for money from the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund this fall when the state splits the latest round of funding to redevelop former industrial sites.  Developers of the Grandview Yard project in Grandview Heights and a Columbus site nearby were the only ones in the seven-county region to submit plans to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in time to qualify for the fifth round of Clean Ohio funding since 2002.  Complete proposals must be submitted by Aug. 25.

 

If approved, the money could help Grandview Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. build a 120,000-square-foot office building for an undisclosed tenant off Goodale Boulevard.  The state money also could prompt Columbus developers Daimler Group Inc. and Wagenbrenner Development Inc. to extend development of Gowdy Field, a former landfill where they have developed 300,000 square feet of office buildings in the past three years.  The developers used $3 million in earlier Clean Ohio grants to clean the site.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/08/11/story2.html

 

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Grandview Yard Redevelopment

Ordinance to designate blighted area OK'd by City Council

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 1:06 PM

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Grandview Heights City Council approved an ordinance Monday determining the Grandview Yard project area is a blighted area as defined by Ohio Revised Code. The ordinance accepts and adopts the blight study of the project area conducted for the city by D.B. Hartt, which found the Grandview Yard area meets the standards of a blighted area.  The city is looking to establish a Tax Increment Financing agreement for the project area to help pay for infrastructure improvements needed for the development.

 

Council's economic development committee voted Aug. 8 to recommend approval of the ordinance following a series of meetings regarding the legislation.  Several owners of property in the project area expressed concern about the ordinance.  Those concerns were mostly allayed when language was added to the ordinance stating the city is adopting the blight study for the purpose of using tax increment financing and that the study will not be used to take property by eminent domain.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/08/20/0821gvblight_ln.html?sid=104

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Wary Grandview businesses no longer fear 'blighted' label

City won't use eminent domain

Monday,  August 25, 2008 3:02 AM

By Martin Rozenman THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Several businesses in the proposed Grandview Yard area breathed a figurative sigh of relief last week. The Grandview Heights City Council designated the area as "blighted," which opens the door for the city to use heavy-handed means to buy property there. But council members amended the legislation to promise that the city will not resort to eminent domain.

 

City officials and area business owners estimate that fewer than 10 of more than 30 businesses in the area plan to stay. Several said they have had discussions with the developer, Nationwide Realty Investors.  For businesses such as Chelsea House Design Center and Capital Wholesale, it means they can remain at locations their owners consider ideal, even in the shadow of Grandview Yard.

 

Read more at http://dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/08/25/GRANDVIEW_BLIGHT.ART_ART_08-25-08_B4_78B4KSC.html?sid=101

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City seeks funds for Goodale upgrades

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 10:33 AM

By ALAN FROMAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Grandview Heights City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for financial assistance from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for improvements to Goodale Boulevard.  The improvements would include the addition of a westbound lane on Goodale from Olentangy River Road to Northwest Boulevard, city engineer Andy Fruehling said.  Other improvements would include planing and resurfacing of the roadway, the addition of two traffic signals and an elevation of the roadway to allow for water and sewer line improvements.

 

The city is applying to the OPWC for a $2-million loan and a $2.2-million grant to help pay for the Goodale improvements.  The city would be required to provide $500,000 in matching funds.  To qualify for the funding, work on the Goodale project would have to begin by March 31, 2010.  One concern raised by council members is how the city will come up with the $500,000 in matching funds.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/09/03/0904gvgoodale_ln.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=104&title=City+seeks+funds+for+Goodale+upgrades

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City examines housing needs at Yard project

By DONAVON CAMPBELL

Published: Monday, September 8, 2008 2:06 PM EDT

Columbus Local News

 

The city of Grandview Heights last week took another step forward in the process to acquire tax-increment financing to help pay for improvements that will usher in the Grandview Yard development project.  Grandview City Council voted 7-0 at its Sept. 2 meeting to approve an ordinance that authorizes Mayor Ray DeGraw and Director of Administration and Economic Development Patrik Bowman to file an application for the certification of a workable housing program with the Ohio Department of Development.

 

Read more at

http://www.columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2008/09/10/tri-village_news/news/tvnextstep_20080908_1231pm_9.txt

 

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City applies for $3-million CORF grant

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 12:16 PM

By ALAN FROMAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The City of Grandview Heights is applying for a $3-million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) grant to help support the clean-up and redevelopment of 25.2 acres of property located at 842 W. Goodale Blvd.  The site is a portion of the property Nationwide Realty Investors will be redeveloping for the Grandview Yard project.

 

Although the city is the applicant, the grant would be used to support the clean-up and infrastructure improvements in the project area that will result in the development of 638,700 square feet of commercial and residential space for the project's committed end user, Equity, Inc, Bowman said.

 

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http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/09/10/0911gvgrant_ln.html?sid=104

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GRANDVIEW YARD

Council sees development agreement

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 2:16 PM

By ALAN FROMAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw Monday night presented city council with a draft copy of a redevelopment project agreement between the city and Nationwide Realty Investors for the Grandview Yard project.  "I think this is a version we finally feel comfortable to bring forward for adoption," DeGraw said. The draft agreement states the Grandview Yard project will include office, retail and residential development. 

 

The total value of the private development is expected to be greater than $500-million.  The estimated value of on-site public improvements is $126.5-million, while adjacent public improvements are expected to cost an estimated $35.5-million.  Public improvements may include acquisition of property for conveyance to the public, improvements to streets, streetscape and utilities and construction of public parks and plazas and structured parking.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/10/08/1009gvyardlead_ln.html?sid=104

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City hopes Yard clears economic hurdles

The current downturn and new prevailing wage rules have made NRI's development plans 'scary for everybody.'

By DONAVON CAMPBELL, COLUMBUS LOCAL NEWS

Published: Monday, October 13, 2008 - 2:06 PM EDT

 

The much-anticipated Grandview Yard project recently has met up with a triple threat of new obstacles.  A new interpretation of the state's prevailing wage laws called for by Gov. Ted Strickland, a dispute among Grandview Heights City Council members over cost details in a memorandum of understanding between the city and private developer Nationwide Realty Investors, and questions about the current economic environment all could affect the timeline, cost and final form of the project.

 

City officials discussed the immediate future of the project in both a regularly scheduled City Council meeting Oct. 6 as well as an economic development committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 9.  As a result of those meetings, City Council was expected to approve a pair of ordinances to deal with both the prevailing wage question as well as the memo of understanding in an emergency meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 13.

 

Read more at http://www.columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2008/10/14/tri-village_news/news/tvyard%2010-_20081013_1230pm_8.txt

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Council approves Yard memorandum

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 1:45 PM

By ALAN FROMAN

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Grandview Heights City Council Monday unanimously approved a resolution adopting the memorandum of understanding between the city and Nationwide Realty Investors.  The memorandum is an outline of the understanding between the city and Nationwide as to the feasibility of the redevelopment of the former Big Bear site for the Grandview Yard project.

 

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http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/10/15/1016gvyard_ln.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=104&title=Council+approves+Yard+memorandum

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Chamber hopes NRI bigwig will shed light on Yard plans

By DONAVON CAMPBELL, COLUMBUS LOCAL NEWS

Published: Monday, October 27, 2008 2:06 PM EDT

 

The Grandview-Marble Cliff Area Chamber of Commerce will give local business owners an opportunity to talk to a man who, whether they know him or not, has probably been on their minds a lot lately.  At its monthly luncheon Nov. 13, the chamber will host a forum with Nationwide Realty Investors President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Ellis, who will speak to business owners in the area about the potential economic impact of the Grandview Yard project.

 

Read more at http://www.columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2008/10/28/tri-village_news/news/tvluncheon_20081027_1124am_12.txt

 

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State will help clean up Yard

The polluted 'brownfield' may get more than $800,000 from the Ohio EPA after being deemed a high priority

By DONAVON CAMPBELL, COLUMBUS LOCAL NEWS

Published: Monday, November 10, 2008 - 2:06 PM EST

 

When the former site of a large industrial complex such as the Big Bear warehouses in Grandview is cleared away, it's not always just the visible flotsam and jetsam that's left behind.  Grandview Heights city officials have received word that their application to the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund Grant was ranked high enough by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to be awarded state money to help clean up the area.

 

The city of Grandview submitted a study in August of the 10.46-acre "brownfield" at 842 W. Goodale Blvd. on the future site of the Grandview Yard project.  "Most of (the pollution) is from heavy metals in the soil," said Patrik Bowman, the city's director of administration and economic development.  According to the application, the city has asked for $847,753 to help clean up the area.

 

Read more at http://www.columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2008/11/13/tri-village_news/news/tvcleanohi_20081110_1239pm_9.txt

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NRI president: 'Lots of irons in fire' at Grandview Yard

The (at least) $500 million project should be considered "long-term," says Brian Ellis, and no leases have been signed --but the economic slowdown hasn't deterred behind-the-scenes work.

By DONAVON CAMPBELL, COLUMBUS LOCAL NEWS

Published: Friday, November 14, 2008 - 11:26 AM EST

 

Local businessmen and women crowded a banquet room at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe for the monthly Grandview-Marble Cliff Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Nov. 13.  The featured speaker for the event was Nationwide Realty Investors Chief Executive Officer and President Brian Ellis; his topic for the day was an update on the much-anticipated Grandview Yard project.

 

"Not a lot has happened that is visible," said Ellis about the 80-acre area between Goodale Boulevard and Third Avenue where the Yard is expected to take root.  "But there has been a lot that has happened behind the scenes."  However, Ellis cautioned that people who suspect major movements have been happening "behind the scenes" may be disappointed.  "We have a lot of irons in the fire," said Ellis. "It's really a long-term project and I think that benefits the community."

 

Read more at http://www.columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2008/11/20/tri-village_news/news/tvyardupda_20081114_1044am_1.txt

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City zoning code should be prepared for Grandview Yard, officials say

By DONAVON CAMPBELL, COLUMBUS LOCAL NEWS

Published: Friday, November 21, 2008 - 5:50 PM EST

 

Members of the Grandview Heights Planning Commission began discussing life around the Grandview Yard project at a Wednesday, Nov. 19 meeting.  The discussion led to a decision by the commission to begin looking at possible changes to the city's zoning codes with an eye toward preserving the character of the community.

 

On the heels of Nationwide Realty Investors CEO and President Brian Ellis' Nov. 13 address to the Grandview-Marble Cliff Area Chamber of Commerce, the question was raised of what, if anything, the planning commission could be doing to ready the city itself for the changes on the horizon.

 

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Read more at http://www.columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2008/11/25/tri-village_news/news/tvyardtalk_20081121_0427pm_10.txt

 

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I can't help notice but how easy it is for suburban development to go forward, but if it's urban retail no way. This will only hinder it further and I wonder what this means for current retail on Grandview Ave and for any future infill developments. I'm just sick of this cars-first mentality which has totally trashed every major street in Columbus except for some of High St. Is Nationwide going to push for sharrows and traffic calming so that cyclists still have 3rd Ave as a viable option to cross east-west instead of gearing it towards a bunch of speeding consumers and turning it into another 5th Ave? I doubt it.

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Grandview chasing money to clear way for Nationwide development

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, December 5, 2008

 

Redevelopment of Grandview Heights' industrial district should begin with street construction next year, even though the city and developer Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. have yet to work out a financing plan for the $60 million it may take to improve access to the district's 80-plus acres.  Financing plans for the proposed Grandview Yard development suffered a setback in November, when the project failed to qualify for a $5 million Job Ready Sites Program grant from the Ohio Department of Development.

 

But the project secured two other state grants totaling $1.9 million, and officials hope it can attract much more state and federal funding.  Indeed, one top administrator said the city needs a lot more to clear the way for the $500 million to $600 million Nationwide Realty intends to spend building the office, retail and residential project. "Our need is so much more than that," Patrik Bowman, Grandview Heights director of administration and development, said of the small grants.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/12/08/story14.html

 

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City to receive state funds for Grandview Yard roadwork

Friday, December 5, 2008 - 4:57 PM

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The state Controlling Board voted Monday to release $1-million for road improvements at the Grandview Yard development.  The money will be used for first phase of road improvements that will widen Goodale Boulevard and construct a new main street to serve the 80-acre development, said Patrik Bowman, the city's director of administration/economic development.

 

The first phase of road improvements is expected to cost around $5-million, so the funds awarded by the controlling board will pay about 20 percent of the cost, he said.  The remaining cost of the roadwork would likely be paid for through a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement the city is in the process of negotiating with Nationwide Realty Investors, the developer of Grandview Yard, Bowman said.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/12/03/Grandview_Yard.html?sid=104

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Status as 'impacted city' allows TIF talk

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 2:27 PM

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The Ohio Department of Development has designated the city of Grandview Heights as an "impacted city" and certified a plan submitted by the city detailing how it will address housing needs in the community.  The impacted city designation and plan was the second of two preliminary steps the city was required to take before it can negotiate a tax increment financing (TIF) agreement with Nationwide Realty Investors for the Grandview Yard project.

 

The Grandview Yard development at the former Big Bear site will be an urban mixed use project expected to include office, commercial and residential components. The state now requires that the two preliminary steps be taken when a TIF is for a development that includes a residential component.  The city completed the first step in August when city council approved an ordinance determining the Grandview Yard project area is a blighted area as defined by Ohio Revised Code.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/12/10/1211gvtif_ln.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=104&title=Status+as+%27impacted+city%27+allows+TIF+talk

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Project kept city hopping through '08

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 2:39 PM

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The sagging economy may have slowed some of the momentum on Nationwide Realty Investors' planned Grandview Yard project in 2008, but there was still a lot of activity relating to the development.  At Grandview Heights City Council's annual retreat last February, Mayor Ray DeGraw reported that the development is planned to include retail, office and residential uses, with expected total commercial space of between 1.5-and 2-million square feet and between 600 and 800 residential units.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/grandview/stories/2008/12/23/1225gvyard_ln.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=104&title=Project+kept+city+hopping+through+%2708

 

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Macy's discussing a move to Grandview

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 3:03 AM

By Mike Pramik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Macy's could replace its decades-old Upper Arlington store with a new store at the planned Grandview Yard development, central Ohio development sources said.  Nationwide Realty Investors has had initial discussions with Macy's and other department stores to set up shop at Grandview Yard, the 100-acre development on the former site of Big Bear warehouses in Grandview Heights, Brian Ellis, president of Nationwide Realty, told The Dispatch.

 

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Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2009/01/07/Kingsdale.ART_ART_01-07-09_C8_OACENJC.html?sid=101

 

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Project in backyard worries Columbus: Coleman asks for more details before committing to help Grandview Yard

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 3:19 AM

By Martin Rozenman, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Grandview Heights' massive plan for commercial, retail and residential development between Goodale Boulevard and W. 3rd Avenue has Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman concerned.  Coleman sent Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw a letter on Nov. 24 saying he's worried that Grandview Yard will compete with Columbus and asking for more details about it.

 

"Columbus and the private sector have already invested significant resources, time and effort in creating new housing opportunities and attracting and retaining jobs in our Downtown and core city, including such projects as Techneglas, Children's Hospital, the Scioto Mile, the Arena District, River South and the King-Lincoln District," Coleman wrote.

 

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Read more at http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/01/08/copy/SPAT.ART_ART_01-08-09_B1_QLCF4NA.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

 

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Grandview, Columbus continue Yard talk

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 1:22 PM

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Grandview and Columbus officials are continuing to discuss a joint effort to secure funds for infrastructure projects relating to the Grandview Yard project.  Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has expressed concern that the Yard will compete with Columbus' investment and development in downtown and other areas.  "Mayor Coleman needs to be satisfied that the development is not done at the risk of all the millions of dollars (Columbus) has invested into downtown Columbus," said Dan Williamson, a spokesman for Coleman. "He's looking for more information."

 

Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw said the Grandview Yard project will benefit Columbus and not just his community.  "We believe it will promote activity in Grandview and Columbus," he said.  By working together on the Yard, the two communities can create a synergy that will bring new jobs and benefit downtown, the Ohio State area and Columbus' tech corridor, DeGraw said.  "I think what (Coleman) is looking for is more detail and proof that this project will not hurt Columbus," Williamson said. "He's asking, 'what guarantee can you give me?'"

 

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DeGraw: Grandview Yard first phase should begin in spring

Wednesday,  February 4, 2009 - 12:16 PM

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Grandview Heights Mayor Ray DeGraw told the Grandview school board Saturday he expects work on the first portion of the Grandview Yard project to begin in the spring.  That initial portion will likely involve three parcels along Goodale Boulevard, DeGraw said.  Work on the first phase could begin by June 1, Bowman said.

 

A Tax Increment Financing agreement will be needed for the first phase, he said.  The city will likely present the school district with details of the TIF agreement later this month.  The city's goal is to "bring (the school district) on board" for the TIF process, DeGraw said.  "Our goal has always been to get as much money to the schools as we can," he said.

 

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Big Bear cleanup gets cash from state

$847,753 given to help make way for Grandview Yard

Thursday,  February 12, 2009 - 3:29 AM

By Martin Rozenman, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Grandview Heights will get nearly $850,000 to clean up environmental problems at Grandview Yard.  The State Controlling Board announced that it will release $847,753 in Clean Ohio money for work at the site of the former Big Bear warehouse complex.

 

Grandview Yard is a planned $500 million project on about 80 acres of the suburb's eastern border.  It would employ 5,000 people and house about 1,000, and it could more than double Grandview's tax revenue to nearly $10 million a year, city officials have said.  The long-term project is intended to turn the blighted area into a mix of offices, stores, restaurants and housing. Nationwide Realty Investors, which developed the Arena District, is the developer.

 

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Nationwide to file application for first Grandview Yard project

Thursday,  February 19, 2009 - 2:19 PM

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Nationwide Realty Investors is expected to make a presentation about the first phase of the Grandview Yard project at the March 18 Grandview Planning Commission meeting.  Director of administration/economic development Patrik Bowman told the commission Wednesday the proposed first phase would likely include a development of at least three buildings on about four to six acres on the Goodale Boulevard side of the project area.

 

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Keeping Grandview Yard pedestrian-friendly one of Planning Commission's top concerns; parking, zoning also are issues

By DONAVON CAMPBELL, COLUMBUS LOCAL NEWS

Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 9:37 AM EST

 

With the first phase of construction at Grandview Yard drawing near, Grandview Heights Planning Commission members are faced with the job of creating new zoning standards that could shape the city's future.  At a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Feb. 18, commission members discussed not just the Yard itself -- expected to be a roughly 90-acre mixed-use redevelopment in the southeastern corner of the city -- but how the project ultimately will impact, and hopefully integrate with, the rest of the community.

 

Read more at http://www.columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2009/02/25/multiple_papers/news/alltvplann_20090224_0858am_13.txt

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Overview of likely variance requests for Grandview Yard plans presented to Planning Commission

Wednesday,  March 11, 2009

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

A representative of the design firm working with Nationwide Realty Investors on the Grandview Yard project presented the Grandview Planning Commission with an overview of the variances and modifications to city code the developer will be seeking for the project's first phase.  MSI principal Keith Myers spoke during a March 4 workshop the commission held to discuss the upcoming applications for the first phase of the Yard.  The developer will be seeking approval of a subdivision plat, conditional uses and a site plan review.  Nationwide plans Grandview Yard to be an 85-acre mixed use development, including retail, office and residential elements.  The development area includes the former Big Bear warehouse property between Goodale and Third Avenue.

 

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Economics of Yard project outlined

Wednesday,  March 11, 2009

By ALAN FROMAN, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Mayor Ray DeGraw last week presented Grandview Heights City Council's economic development committee with an overview of the anticipated economics of the Grandview Yard project.  The committee is holding a series of meetings regarding the Yard as Nationwide Realty Investment prepares to unveil its plans for the first phase of the mixed-use project.  DeGraw said the economic projections are based on a set of current assumptions about the project.  The assumptions were provided by Nationwide.  Those assumptions include a total of 1.1-million square feet of office space; 450,000 square feet of retail space and 475 residential units, he said.

 

Private investment is expected to total $500-million, DeGraw said.  Once completed, the project is expected to generate $5-million in annual income taxes and have new property evaluation of $154-million.  The public investment for on-site is expected to total $77.4-million, he said.  The costs will include $10.22-million for public right of way acquisition; $4-million for parks; $18.48-million for streets; $19.68-million for utilities; and $25;million for parking.

 

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^The previous two ThisWeekNews articles are from last week.  Just getting around to posting them.  Article one is a presentation from Grandview Yard developer representatives to the Grandview Planning Commission.  Article two is Grandview city officials estimating revenues from the Grandview Yard project. 

 

However, below is an article in today's Dispatch.  Columbus Mayor Coleman and his staff are now looking like they are not going to play nice with tiny little Grandview...

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