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Higher-end houses, condos planned near Marysville

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, August 6, 2004

 

A partnership between Lutz Enterprises Ltd. and Capital Procurement Ltd. has broken ground on the first 31 lots of Walker Meadows, a 45-acre executive housing project south of the Timber Trails Golf Club in Marysville.  The first of the one-third- to two-third-acre lots, priced into the $80,000s, will become available to custom builders in November.  The total development is expected to include 56 residences selling between $300,000 and $450,000.

 

Also at Walker Meadows, DayStar Development LLC of Columbus will construct 26 luxury condominiums of up to 2,400 square feet each.  The condos in Windstone of Walker Meadows, which will start going up in January, are projected to cost between $225,000 and $325,000 apiece.  Walker Meadows, at the junction of Boerger Road and Route 38, has 11 reserved areas with a combined 8 acres for parks and woods preservation.

 

Full article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2004/08/09/newscolumn1.html

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Honda stockpiles land in Marysville but no plans for local expansion

Business First of Columbus

By Doug Buchanan, Business First

Friday, July 14, 2006

 

Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. is expanding its footprint in Central Ohio with four recent land acquisitions, but the company says there are no immediate plans to put the ground to work.  The automaker bought 313 acres in Marysville late last month for a combined $1.5 million.  "These are marginal parcels contiguous to areas we own," Honda spokesman Ed Miller said.  "They were sitting there and we thought we'd add them. ... Sometimes, if a development issue comes up, we like to control our own land."

 

The properties are concentrated on the north side of Route 33, bordered by Honda Parkway to the north and Northwest Parkway to the south.  The company runs its largest Ohio assembly plant in Marysville and turns out cars in nearby East Liberty.

 

Full article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/07/17/tidbits1.html

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Conveyor belt plant to be expanded

Staff Report

Monday, February 04, 2008

 

MARYSVILLE — Construction is to begin this spring on an expansion of the Veyance Technologies Inc. plant, which makes Goodyear-branded conveyor belts.  The Marysville plant is one of three North American conveyor belt manufacturing centers for Veyance, the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. engineered products division.

 

A Bellefontaine contractor, Humble Construction, is to build the addition onto the Marysville plant. Workers are to start erecting the structural steel in May and expect to complete that phase by June, said Heartland Inc., whose subsidiary was awarded a $1 million contract to supply and install the steel. The project will require at least 325 tons of fabricated steel, plus metal decking, Heartland said.

 

Read more at http://www.daytondailynews.com/b/content/oh/story/business/2008/02/04/ddn020408plantexpansionweb.html

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Honda of America aiding conservation effort

Thursday, May 1, 2008

By CHRIS ALEXIS, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Honda of America is doing its part to help preserve the natural resources around its Marysville plant. 

 

Honda is co-sponsoring the 800-acre Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve. The site is located mostly in Logan County in Middleburg and is designed to restore the natural stream flow of the Big Darby in an effort to preserve aquatic wildlife.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/05/01/honda.html

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Low-income senior housing planned in Marysville

Thursday, May 1, 2008

By CHRIS ALEXIS, ThisWeekNews

 

A low-income senior apartment development may be coming to Marysville.  The proposed site is about 12.7 acres on Milford Avenue, just southwest of Lora Lee Drive.

 

The development, which would include 48 units as well as a community center, would be for people 55 and older.  Nine one-story buildings are planned.  All the apartments would have two bedrooms, according to a letter sent by Marysville Senior Housing Partners LLC to Marysville City Council.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/05/01/low.html

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Bayly Pointe discussion is tabled

Saturday, June 14, 2008

By CHRIS ALEXIS, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The Millcreek Township Planning and Zoning Commission on June 11 reviewed changes to the planned Bayly Pointe commercial and residential development.  The panel heard an update from attorney David Fisher, representing developers Glacier West Group and Forest City Land Group.  The 519-acre development will be on the northwest corner of U.S. Routes 33 and 42.  The commission granted Fisher's request to delay any decision until the next hearing on Aug. 21.

 

Fisher also asked the commission to meet and discuss architectural concerns without the developers present. He said he felt this would be more productive, allowing the commission to better narrow down its concerns. The commission agreed. That meeting will be held on July 17. A work session then will be held to discuss architecture with the developer on July 31.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/06/14/0615mabaylypointe_ln.html

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Millcreek selects architect for Bayly Pointe advice

Friday, July 11, 2008

By CHRIS ALEXIS

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The Millcreek Township trustees have selected Frank Elmer of Lincoln Street Studio architects to advise them on the Bayly Pointe development. Bayly Pointe is a mixed-use development proposed for Jerome and Millcreek townships in the northwest quadrant of U.S. Route 33 and U.S. Route 42.

 

Millcreek trustee Keith Conroy said the township zoning commission had asked trustees to hire an architect to help the trustees better articulate what the township is seeking to the developers.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/07/11/0713mamilcreek_ln.html

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Mill Valley medical office building to open in August

Saturday, July 19, 2008  1:01 PM

By JEFF DONAHUE

Marysville Community Editor

 

The new Mill Valley medical office building is expected to open next month, according to Spence Fisher, Memorial Hospital of Union County (MHUC) vice president of physician relations and business development.  Fisher told members of the hospital's board of trustees Thursday night that the hospital would be taking possession of the new building in early August. He said physician offices could open for business by the middle of the month.  The 10,000-square-foot facility is located on state Route 31, near the main entrance to the Mill Valley subdivision.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/07/19/0720mamedbldg_ln.html

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Proposed Zoning Ordinance

City, OSU seek common ground

Friday, August 1, 2008

By JEFF DONAHUE

Marysville Community Editor

 

Marysville officials and representatives of Ohio State University have until Aug. 28 to find common ground on a proposed zoning ordinance that could affect future development at the OSU Veterinary Clinic site.  The ordinance would rezone the 140-acre site at County Home Road and state Route 4 from TWP (Township Zoning) to GOV (Government Use District). 

 

It has been tabled by council until Aug. 28 while Marysville officials and university representatives attempt to resolve their differences.  OSU representatives are opposed to the proposed rezoning, saying it could have a negative impact on the value of the veterinary clinic site.  During council's July 10 meeting, council President John Gore announced that the legislation would be tabled for 45 days, giving both sides until the Aug. 28 meeting to work on a compromise.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/08/01/0803maosu_ln.html

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COOKS POINTE

Council receives preliminary development plan

Friday, August 15, 2008

By JEFF DONAHUE

Marysville Community Editor

 

Armed with four notebooks of plans and notes, Marysville Planning Commission chairman Ken Kraus seemed relieved to turn the preliminary plan for the proposed Cooks Pointe development over to City Council on Thursday night.  After a four-month journey through the planning commission approval process, the city's first true mixed-use development proposal is officially in the hands of council.

 

See plan graphic at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/08/16/~Cooks_Pointe.html

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Lowe’s to open Marysville store

Business First of Columbus - by Maria Gallucci

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

 

Lowe’s Company Inc. is planning to build a retail store next year in Marysville, the company said this week.  The home-improvement chain said the store is expected to open off Routes 33 and 36 in first quarter 2009.  The company wouldn't disclose a specific cost estimate but said the average development cost for stores of the planned Marysville outlet's size total about $18.5 million.

 

The Lowe’s store will sell more than 40,000 products and include 117,000 square-feet of retail space and a 31,700-square-foot garden center.  The retailer will fill a strip mall vacancy left by Wal-Mart in 2006 when the chain moved its supercenter to the Coleman’s Crossing retail center on Marysville’s east side, said Christy Clark, Union County’s public relations director

 

Full article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2008/08/25/daily13.html

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Meijer store confirmed as Cooks Pointe tenant

Friday, August 22, 2008

By JEFF DONAHUE

Marysville Community Editor

 

Marysville Developer David Cook says an ongoing relationship with the Meijer chain has already produced one current commitment from a retail anchor for the city's first mixed-use development project.  "The Meijer company is the only client that we have committed to our site at this time," Cook said.

 

After a four-month journey through the planning commission approval process, the city's first true mixed use development proposal is now in the hands of city council.  City council has given the preliminary development plan its first reading.  It will return to the council agenda on Aug. 28 for a second reading and public hearing.  A third reading and additional public hearing will take place on Sept. 25.

 

If approved, Cooks Pointe will be the city's first mixed-use development, with a combination of uses ranging from big-box retail to office, commercial and residential.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/08/22/0824mameijer_ln.html

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U.S. 33 Corridor Team announces land-use agreement

Friday,  November 7, 2008 11:01 AM

By JEFF DONAHUE

Marysville Community Editor

 

Seven months after taking their meetings private in an attempt to resolve differences and find common ground on a variety of development issues, the city, county and township officials formerly known as the U.S. 33 Corridor Executive Committee have resurfaced with a new name and a new attitude.

 

During a Friday morning press conference in the Union County commissioners' hearing room, the newly reorganized "U.S. 33 Corridor Team" announced that months of closed-door meetings had resulted in a more unified and strategically focused organization and an agreement on future land uses along the 12-mile corridor from Dublin to Marysville.

 

Representatives of the cities of Dublin and Marysville, the Jerome and Millcreek townships and Union County began meeting in 2004 in an effort to explore common economic and development interests.  Although the jurisdictions have individual land-use plans, they have been working to create a common strategic vision in preparation for future growth and development along the U.S. 33 corridor.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/11/01/corridor.html

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Officials react to Bayly Pointe withdrawal

Saturday, November 22, 2008 

By CHRIS ALEXIS, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Local officials say they are still optimistic about future development of 1,000 acres in Jerome and Millcreek townships, even though Forest City Enterprises has withdrawn its rezoning application for the site.  Bayly Pointe was being developed as a mixed-use community northwest of U.S. Route 33 and U.S. Route 42.  It would have included offices, retail and residential space.

 

Forest City Enterprises informed Millcreek Township trustees last week in a letter it was pulling its application to rezone the land for development.

 

Union County economic development director Eric Phillips said the withdrawal will delay development in the area -- temporarily.  "Just because they take it off the docket doesn't mean development won't happen in that corridor," he said.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2008/11/22/1123mapointe_ln.html

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Smith & Hawken chain to close

Scotts' gardening stores, including one at Easton, hit hard by recession

Thursday,  July 9, 2009 - 3:12 AM

By Tim Feran

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Scotts Miracle-Gro will shut down Smith & Hawken, the premium gardening chain that it bought five years ago, the Marysville-based company said yesterday.

 

Scotts said a year ago that it was considering options for the chain, which has struggled during the recession.  Scotts paid $58 million and took on $14 million in debt in 2004 for Smith & Hawken, which sells high-end lawn furniture, garden tools, gardening clothes and accessories.

 

Full article at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2009/07/09/SMITH___HAWKEN.ART_ART_07-09-09_A10_EMEE09I.html

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Marysville Comprehensive Plan

Uptown district important to city's future

Saturday,  February 6, 2010 - 6:31 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Once Marysville's sweeping Comprehensive Plan is approved by the city council, the city will find itself divided into eight distinct sub-areas. In the coming weeks, ThisWeek Marysville will take a closer look at each of those areas and what gives them their own distinct identity.  Beginning the series this week will be a profile of the first identified district, Uptown.

 

According to the plan, Uptown includes the majority of the city's designated historic buildings and the majority of historic and existing government destinations, including both city and county resources.  Centered on the business district surrounding the intersection of Fifth and Main Streets, Uptown encompasses about 30 blocks of retail, service and office buildings, as well as traditional single family homes.

 

ZONING MAP OF MARYSVILLE'S UPTOWN DISTRICT

 

Sub-areas identified in the comprehensive plan to be discussed in upcoming issues of ThisWeek Marysville include Olde Town Marysville, Mill Creek Destinations, Marysville North, the Regional Commercial District, the Innovation District, Marysville South and Marysville West.

 

Full article at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/02/06/0207mauptown-plan_ln.html

 

Photo of Uptown District streetscape

 

Photo of Marysville Court House in the Uptown District

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Marysville Comprehensive Plan

Olde Town blends history, business

Saturday,  February 13, 2010 - 4:44 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Once Marysville's sweeping Comprehensive Plan is approved by the city council, the city will find itself divided into eight distinct sub-areas.  In the coming weeks, ThisWeek Marysville will take a closer look at each of those areas and what gives them their own distinct identity.  Continuing the series this week is a profile of the second identified district, Olde Town.

 

According to the comprehensive plan, Olde Town is distinguished by a balance of the area associated with historic Marysville, including a significant portion of the city's historic-era building stock.  Olde Town also is home to a small but dense collection of industrial properties around the intersection of Chestnut Street with the abandoned railroad tracks that includes a large amount of outdoor storage and deteriorated buildings.

 

Physically, Olde Town is considered to include a number of multi-family developments between Milford and London Avenues, some non-residential land south of 9th Street, and a 1960s-era subdivision north of the Coleman Crossing area.  Residents driving through Olde Town would recognize it best by the Union County Memorial Hospital, the Nestle PTC research and development center, and Eljer Park.

 

ZONING MAP OF MARYSVILLE'S OLDE TOWN DISTRICT

 

Full article at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/02/13/0214maold-town_ln.html?sid=104

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Marysville Comprehensive Plan

Mill Creek Destinations offers multitude of uses

Friday,  February 19, 2010 - 7:02 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Once Marysville's Comprehensive land use plan is approved by city council, the city will find itself divided into eight distinct sub-areas.  In the coming weeks, ThisWeek Marysville will take a closer look at each of those areas and what gives them their own distinct identity.  Continuing the series this week is a profile of the third identified district, Mill Creek Destinations.

 

Mill Creek Destinations is bordered to the north by a sharp bend in Route 33, with Parkway Drive making up the majority of the sub area's southern boundary, along with portions of W. 3rd Street.  North Maple and North Main streets run vertically through the sub area.  This particular sub area is home to some of Marysville's most distinguishing features, such as Marysville High School, the Union County Fairgrounds, along with Millcreek and Schwartzkopf parks.

 

ZONING MAP OF MILL CREEK DISTRICT

 

Full article at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/02/19/0221mamill-creek_ln.html

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Marysville Comprehensive Plan

North connecting with the rest of city

Saturday,  February 27, 2010 - 7:56 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Once Marysville's comprehensive land use plan is approved by city council, the city will find itself divided into eight distinct sub-areas.  ThisWeek Marysville is continuing to take a closer look at each of those areas and what gives them their own distinct identity. 

 

This is a profile of the fourth identified district, Marysville North.  As the northernmost sub area established by the comprehensive land use plan, North Marysville is considered one of the city's newer areas, primed for future growth, according to city administrator Jillian Froment.

 

Marysville North encompasses the entire portion of the city located north of U.S. 33 and U.S. 36, from Mill Creek along the western boundary of Marysville to Simmons Lane and Waldo Road along the eastern boundary, as laid out in the plan.  The sub area is naturally separated into three areas -- an almost completely developed residential community along Mill Creek, a central area of undeveloped land and government uses that has been slated to house the Cooke's Pointe development, and an eastern portion that is home to the OSU Union County extension office, a Scotts Farms subdivision and Navin Elementary School.

 

ZONING MAP OF MARYSVILLE NORTH DISTRICT

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/02/27/0228manorth-plan_ln.html?sid=104

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Marysville Comprehensive Plan

Regional Commercial District makes Marysville a destination location

Saturday,  March 6, 2010 - 7:11 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Marysville's Regional Commercial District is the area focused along the eastern boundary of the city, centered at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and U.S. route 33.  It consists primarily of several large commercial developments, according to the comprehensive plan, including Coleman's Crossing (south of E. 5th Street) and City Gate (north of Delaware Avenue).

 

The sub area is also home to the Union County Family YMCA, the Ohio Army National Guard facility, as well as several multi-family residential developments, offices, restaurants and lodging.

 

As one of the most highly visible sub areas to those driving by Marysville on the highway, the comprehensive plan describes the Regional Commercial District as one of Marysville's best ways to reach out commercially to the rest of the central Ohio region.

 

ZONING MAP OF MARYSVILLE REGIONAL COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/03/06/0307macommercial-dist_ln.html?sid=104

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Grant options offered for uptown Marysville properties

Saturday,  March 6, 2010 - 7:16 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Local officials offering grant funds to revitalize Uptown businesses have sweetened the deal to encourage additional participation.  In 2009, the city of Marysville was awarded the Tier II Revitalization grant, which is available for structural and facade improvements and interior code upgrades to buildings within the defined area of the Historic Uptown district.  While the program originally provided for a 50-50 match up to $10,000, amendments were made by the Ohio Department of Development last month to up the structure of the grant to a 60-40 match, up to $25,000.

 

Marysville was one of six communities to receive the $400,000 downtown revitalization grant through the Comprehensive Downtown Revitalization Program (CDRP) in 2008.  The grant is being used for a building improvement program consisting of about $170,000 for streetscape improvements, $170,000 in infrastructure improvements, and $60,000 for grant administration, according to its description in the Marysville Downtown Revitalization Program (MDRP).

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/03/06/0307magrant-options_ln.html?sid=104

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Marysville Comprehensive Plan

Innovation District primed for future growth

Saturday,  March 13, 2010 - 11:46 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The largest of the comprehensive plan's sub areas, the Innovation District covers more than 3,000 acres in area. Located along U.S. 33 in the southeastern corner of Marysville, the Innovation District is bisected by Industrial Parkway, and is home to major industrial uses such as the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Univenture, Parker Hannafin and Veyance Technologies (formerly Goodyear Tire Company).  The district is also home to the Union County Airport, which is located between Weaver Road and Industrial Parkway.

 

The comprehensive plan describes the sub area as one with both present and future potential.  "I think the most important thing is that we're maintaining what we've already got down there, in terms of manufacturing," City Planner Greg DeLong said.  "The whole scope of (the comprehensive plan) is to broaden that in the Innovation District."

 

To broaden the scope of the sub area, the comprehensive plan outlines a vision for the future character of the Innovation District.  The area should be focused on cutting-edge manufacturing and research and development facilities, according to the plan; it should also continue to receive new infrastructure upgrades, including the extension of gas and electric service, water and sewer; and major transportation system improvements may be necessary in the future.

 

ZONING MAP OF MARYSVILLE INNOVATION DISTRICT

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/03/13/innovation-district.html?sid=104

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Marysville Comprehensive Plan

Marysville South is likely to stay primarily residential

Friday,  March 19, 2010 - 9:48 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Unlike many of the other sub areas described so far in ThisWeek's series, which are driven by commercial enterprises, Marysville South is known best as a residential area of the city.  The sub area "is characterized by newly developed residential subdivisions that primarily consist of large lots and substantial amounts of green space," the comprehensive plan states, and "maintains a rural character that is largely residential, with minimal commercial activity located along Milford Avenue.

 

Marysville South is defined as the southwestern area of the city, bounded by route 36/route 4 to the west, Terrace Drive to the north, and Weaver Road to the east.  City administrator Jillian Froment said residents have identified Marysville South as an area that should stay primarily residential.  "I think that's what we really envisioned for that area to be," Froment said. 

 

An addition that could improve this area, however, would be to promote connectivity to the rest of the city, Froment added.  "One thing that Marysville South misses right now are things like bike paths and walking paths, really just a good connection to the center of town," she said.  Facilitating residents who would rather bike or walk than drive would also be helpful for students and staff at Bunsold Middle School, also located in this sub area, Froment said.

 

ZONING MAP OF MARYSVILLE SOUTH DISTRICT

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/03/19/0321mamvl-south_ln.html?sid=104

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Marysville Comprehensive Plan

Marysville West is a green space resource

Saturday,  March 27, 2010 - 3:11 PM

By Lin Rice, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Marysville West is composed of a wide variety of land uses, including institutional, single- and multi-family residential, retail space, office and industrial uses, government facilities and parks.  The sub area is defined as the western boundary of Marysville, north of sub area seven, and benefits from several major transportation routes for the region, according to the comprehensive plan, such as U.S. Route 33 and state Routes 4 and 245. 

 

Residents may recognize Marysville West as the home of the Ohio Women's Reformatory, Oakdale Cemetery, Edgewood Elementary School and the Shepherd's Landing and Green Pastures subdivisions.

 

As the city begins to incorporate its Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which was adopted at the same time as its Comprehensive Plan, Marysville West will play a key part in the former, due to its large amount of available green space.

 

ZONING MAP OF MARYSVILLE SOUTH DISTRICT

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2010/03/27/0327magreen-space-resource_.html?sid=104

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Marysville's downtown tries to regroup

Friday, November 26, 2010

By Holly Zachariah

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

MARYSVILLE, Ohio - Even as crews spiffed up the city's downtown the past few weeks by installing new sidewalks and hanging holiday decorations, Mayor Chris Schmenk was doing cleanup work of her own.  She has been making calls and mending fences, trying to get the city's revitalization efforts back on track.

 

The downtown has hit a rough patch: Businesses are struggling in the still-weak economy, the leader of the Uptown Renewal Team quit that job, some merchants are bemoaning a general lack of local support, and changes to a proposed city sign ordinance have been controversial.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/11/26/marysvilles-downtown-tries-to-regroup.html?sid=101

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Investment blooming in Marysville's Uptown downtown district

Business First - by Jeff Bell

Date: Friday, August 5, 2011, 6:00am EDT

 

Efforts to shore up Uptown’s future should be helped by the $10,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development.  It is being matched with $10,000 from the city of Marysville.  The money will pay for an update to a 2006 downtown development plan and include a market analysis of the central business district, Development Department spokeswoman Katie Sabatino said.  The plan will analyze the local economy, the effects of new retail development and how Uptown can reinvent itself.

 

The state money comes after Marysville received $400,000 for downtown revitalization through the federal Community Development Block Grant program in 2008.  That money paid for streetscape enhancements, including new sidewalks, street lights and traffic signals, and spurred another $400,000 in private investments in Uptown.  In addition, Union County spent $3.1 million in 2008 to refurbish the former Heilig-Meyers furniture store in Uptown so it could be converted into an office building

 

On the private-sector side, Union County Development Fund LLC is looking to buy Uptown properties in the coming months as part of a plan to lead a revitalization of the central business district, said Bruce Daniels, chairman of the fund and owner of a Honda dealership in Marysville.  Daniels is a partner in the fund with Joe Duke, owner of an insurance agency, restaurant and gift shop in Marysville, local attorney Dennis Schulze and Rick Shortell, CEO of the Union County Family YMCA.  The group, Daniels said, hopes to bring in more investors this year after a master plan for Uptown is completed for the fund by Kinzelman Kline Gossman, an urban design and planning firm from Columbus.

 

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2011/08/05/investment-blooms-in-downtown-marysville.html?page=all

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Marysville could raze City Hall

By Holly Zachariah, The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 5:12 AM

 

Marysville City Council is considering demolishing a 74-year-old downtown building, which once was a headquarters of what used to be the O.M. Scott & Sons seed company.  The council wants instead to spend $7 million to renovate part of the fire station across the street, and to build an addition to transform it into what would be called a municipal-services complex.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/04/26/marysville-could-raze-city-hall.html

 

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The severe storms that blew through Ohio in July really did a number on this historic three-story building in downtown Marysville.  The collapse of most of the windward facing third story brick wall (photo below) led to its demolition.  Such a downer since it looked like an attractive building on an intent downtown block.  However, the restaurant/building owner has moved his restaurant to another location downtown.  And he is vowing to rebuild at the site of the demolished building.

 

Damaged historic building is torn down

By Holly Zachariah, The Columbus Dispatch

Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 5:31 AM

 

After the Great Wind Storm of 2012 collapsed a third-story exterior wall at a historic downtown building, the county’s chief building inspector had to decide what to do next.  So from the air and from the ground, using binoculars and brain power, Mary Sampsel spent all of last weekend studying the 128-year-old building that housed the Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in the heart of the city.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/07/07/damaged-historic-building-is-torn-down.html

 

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Catching up on Marysville's new City Hall (pictured below) and other municipal buildings built by the City of Marysville over the few years financed by an income tax increase in 2010:

 

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New City Hall latest infrastructure upgrade

By AMY ROGAN, ThisWeek Community News

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 8:45 PM

 

When officials cut the ribbon Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 to open a new City Hall at 209 S. Main St., it marked another step in four years of planning and work that have transformed Marysville's infrastructure.  Voters approved an income tax increase from 1 percent to 1.5 percent in May 2010 to finance construction of a new police station, city services building and fire station. 

 

- The new police and court facility at the corner of West Fifth Street and Raymond Road opened on April 15, 2012.  The 48,300-square-foot building and a 6,000-square-foot proficiency and qualification center cost $13.1 million.

 

- The new, 19,800-square-foot fire station on County Home Road was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2012.  It cost $4.7 million.

 

- Construction began in October 2012 on the $5.7-million, 29,311-square-foot City Hall facility that was just dedicated.

 

- And there's more to come: a $550,000 restoration of the Town Run and construction of a $1.16-million Partners Park at the site of the old City Hall on East Sixth Street.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/marysville/news/2013/11/21/new-city-hall-latest-infrastructure-upgrade.html

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A little bit of good news related to the 2012 wind storm that caused the destruction of a three-story building in downtown Marysville -  posted here in this thread.  The longtime restaurant located in the ground floor of that building, Fiesta Grande, reopened in a new location in downtown Marysville.  The Columbus Dispatch has more about this at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/01/28/fiesta-grande-redux.html.  In the article, the restaurant owners talk about possibly rebuilding in their original location.

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I know this is out of date but here is a shot of the new city hall from my visit there a year ago.

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I'm really posting this as an excuse to ask a question. Does anyone know why the central business district in Marysville is referred to as "uptown" and now downtown?

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I'm guessing to be different.  Westerville's CBD is also called "Uptown."

 

True it is. I've run across that a few times in my travels actually, but I've always found it strange.

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I'm really posting this as an excuse to ask a question. Does anyone know why the central business district in Marysville is referred to as "uptown" and now downtown?

CDM already told you about "Uptown" Westerville.  I think Grove City might also call their historic downtown area "Uptown" as well.  Some smaller cities and suburban cities started rebranding their historic downtown areas "Uptown" in the 90's - possibly earlier than that.  This "Uptown" rebranding usually coincided with some revitalization effort.

 

I don't know the exact origin of this Uptown phrase.  But I'll bet some CVB marketing/consultant types started it.  You can just imagine their pitch: "You want people to think your town is on the upswing. So change your downtown name to uptown. Because you're going up not down! And that'll be $100,000 for our consulting services." :-D

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I know this is out of date but here is a shot of the new city hall from my visit there a year ago.

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I like your image better than the one I posted in January.  Your view makes the new City Hall look more vintage and shows a neighboring building.  Plus, I like that nicely proportioned Sixth Street front of that City Hall building.

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2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

Business growth, new parks marked city's year

BY AMY ROGAN, THIS WEEK COMMUNITY NEWS

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:29 PM

 

Construction, growth and change were the themes for the city of Marysville in 2014.  Mayor John Gore said the list of achievements is long for the past year. "There have been so many accomplishments for the city in 2014 and we intend to have just as many, if not more, in 2015," Gore said.

 

Major construction began in Uptown Marysville on Partners Park, a $1.16 million project built on the location of the former city hall, 125 E. Sixth Street.  Partners Park will include a large pavilion, gazebo, splash pad, garden, kiosk and restrooms.  Marysville public information officer Anna Krutowskis said the project is winding to a close.  "We plan to have the official grand opening event in conjunction with the first Friday Nights Uptown event for 2015 on May 29," she said.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/marysville/news/2014/12/18/business-growth-new-parks-marked-citys-year.html

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2015 YEAR IN REVIEW

Facilities, programs improved in 2015

BY JENNIFER NOBLIT, THIS WEEK COMMUNITY NEWS

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 9:04 PM

 

Some big changes came to Marysville in 2015.  Both the city and school district went through changes, as Marysville improved infrastructure and readied for the transition to a new form of government and the schools instituted all-day kindergarten and redistricting at the elementary level.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/marysville/news/2015/12/23/year-in-review-facilities-programs-improved-in-2015.html

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