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New focal point is in the works for historic downtown Dublin

Monday, July 10, 2006

Mike Pramik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

In the 19th century, a water pump stood at Rt. 161 and High Street in downtown Dublin. For decades, it was one of only two sources of safe drinking water in the village.  Today, the intersection is still regarded by residents as the heart of the city’s historic district. But the square is unfinished. The northwest corner of the intersection is mostly a swath of grass next to a parking lot.

 

For years, the city has sought to fill in the half block with development. It looks as if the block will become whole beginning in 2007.  Dublin is negotiating a development agreement with Stonehenge Co. and Bird Houk Collaborative, two companies that plan to turn the site into a center of activity. They’re planning a $4.8 million project that will result in 20,000 square feet of space for shops, restaurants and offices.

 

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/business-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/07/10/20060710-F6-00.html

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From the 6/7/07 Dublin Villager:

 

* View the modified concept plan (.pdf format).

* View the Northwest Corner rendering (.pdf format).

* View the parking lot plan (.pdf format).

 

Bridge-High plan unveiled

$9-million investment proposed for Historic Dublin

Thursday, June 7, 2007

By BRITTINY DUNLAP

Villager Staff Writer 

 

Dublin's city staff unveiled its updated plan Monday night for a $9-million public and private investment in the northwest corner of Bridge and High streets in Historic Dublin.  The project would be jointly funded and constructed by a partnership between the city and The Stonehenge Co.  City council reviewed the agreement, which provides for the sale of city-owned property, the purchase of 37 Darby St., lease of patio space, the construction of a municipal parking lot with 103 spaces, the construction of two public plazas, streetscape improvements and the construction of about 20,000 square feet of private commercial office, restaurant and retail space.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/?story=sites/thisweeknews/060707/Dublin/News/060707-News-367855.html

 

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City officials continue to discuss development

Thursday, June 14, 2007

By BRITTINY DUNLAP

 

How best to ensure the commercial development of Historic Dublin, at Bridge and High streets, was debated Monday as city officials continued to review the community plan.  Dublin's city council and planning and zoning commission held a joint meeting as they continued work on the final four area plans to be reviewed.

 

For Historic Dublin, discussion focused on development of the northwest corner. The plan shows a two-story parking garage surrounded by retail and commercial uses. The plan also calls for a civic building adjacent to the library and the addition of mixed-use and residential properties. There is also increased parking.

 

Read more at http://www.thisweeknews.com/?story=sites/thisweeknews/061407/Dublin/News/061407-News-372076.html

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From the 6/21/07 Dublin Villager:

 

Council approves Stonehenge plan

Deal calls for parking-lot construction and sale, lease, purchase of properties

Thursday, June 21, 2007

By BRITTINY DUNLAP, Villager Staff Writer

 

A development agreement with The Stonehenge Co. got a nod of approval from Dublin City Council Monday night. The agreement includes detailed plans for the development of the northwest corner of Bridge and High Streets in Dublin's historic district.  The development agreement provides for the sale of city-owned property, the purchase of 37 Darby St., lease of patio space and construction of a municipal parking lot on Darby Street with 103 spaces, two public plazas, streetscape improvements and about 20,000 square feet of private commercial office, restaurant and retail space.

 

The $9-million public and private investment will be jointly funded and constructed by a partnership between the city and Stonehenge.  Development plans must be scrutinized and voted upon by the appropriate commissions and boards throughout 2007 before returning to city council for final approval.

 

Read more http://www.thisweeknews.com/?story=sites/thisweeknews/062107/Dublin/News/062107-News-373731.html  

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From the 7/9/07 Dispatch:

 

RENDERING: Work on the Shoppes at Shamrock Crossing could begin this year. The development will include two retail areas.  STAVROFF INTERESTS LTD.

 

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

Retail project adds to building boom in Dublin

Monday,  July 9, 2007 8:07 AM

By Mike Pramik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The entrance to Dublin on the east side of the Scioto River is undergoing a retail revolution.  The first stores have opened at K2 Group's Shoppes at River Ridge, a 100,000-square-foot shopping center southeast of the intersection of Rts. 33 and 161.  Sunflower Market, an organic grocer, and women's clothier Coldwater Creek opened in late June.  Meanwhile, Stavroff Interests Ltd. is proceeding with plans to build the Shoppes at Shamrock Crossing, a 115,000-square-foot commercial development between River Ridge and Sawmill Road.

 

The development will include two strips of retail space, a service center for Germain Lexus of Dublin, an assisted-living development and a jewelry store.  Developer Matt Stavroff said he expects work on some portions of Shamrock Crossing to begin this year.  The 24-acre Shamrock Crossing site is split by Rt. 161.  There are about 8 acres dedicated to retail use and it, too, is split about evenly on each side of Rt. 161.

 

More at http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/content/business/stories/2007/07/09/ZONE0709.ART_ART_07-09-07_C8_9T77B4J.html?type=rss&cat=7

 

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Dublin P&Z OKs senior facility

BY BRITTINY DUNLAP | THIS WEEK NEWS

July 13, 2007

 

DUBLIN - A 66,000-square-foot senior living facility was approved by Dublin's Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday after nearly an hour of discussion and debate among residents, the applicant and commission members.  Sunrise Senior Living will be constructed on about 0.6 acre south of West Dublin-Granville Road near Shamrock Boulevard, east of LaScala Italian Bistro and south of Wendy's corporate offices.  Debate centered largely on the height of the building, impact on neighboring residences, and the location and size of an additional office-institutional space east of the senior living facility.

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Dublin greenlights town center development plan

Groundbreaking could be two months away for $7 million project at corner of Bridge and High

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

By Dean Narciso, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

It's not likely to rival London's Piccadilly Circus or New York's Washington Square Park, but Dublin's proposed town center concept, approved last night, will be a hub of commerce and culture, city planners say.  Dublin's Architectural Review Board and City Council formally approved the design, three years in the making, that they hope will add panache to the junction of Bridge and High streets in the suburb's historic district.

 

 

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Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/02/20/dubcenter.ART_ART_02-20-08_B5_TI9DHJB.html?sid=101

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Credit and thanks go to Walker at Columbus Underground for posting this update on Dublin's downtown infill project at Bridge & High Streets - now named BriHi Square.

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14250

 

Historic Dublin Gives a Welcoming Toast to BriHi Square

 

Historic Dublin gave a Sláinte Thursday “To Your Health!” toast this evening to the groundbreaking for BriHi Square, a new mixed-use development at the intersection of Bridge and High Streets.  City leaders, Historic Dublin Business Association representatives, and many community members joined project developer The Stonehenge Company in celebrating the revitalization of Historic Dublin.

 

Earlier this year, Dublin City Council unanimously voted in favor of the 22,000-square-foot development that will feature commercial, restaurant and retail businesses in two, two-story buildings along with a public plaza, water features and public parking.  BriHi Square is an estimated $9 million project that represents a public-private partnership between the City of Dublin ($3 million investment) and The Stonehenge Company ($6 million investment).

 

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“BriHi Square is the project we have been waiting for,” Cathy Boring, vice mayor, City of Dublin, said.  “It complements the Historic District’s existing architecture and aesthetics.  It will expand the retail, dining and office options and bring more people to the area, adding to the vibrancy of the BriHi District.”

 

Crews will begin staging the site for construction in the next two weeks and physical construction will begin in June, according to Mo Dioun, president, The Stonehenge Company.  Portions of the project are expected to be completed throughout spring 2009. A grand opening is anticipated for next summer.

 

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“Although this land is less than an acre in size, it is a high-profile piece of real estate where quality and detail cannot and will not be compromised,” Dioun said.  “Through the support of and in collaboration with city leadership, we’ve been able to put together a creative and distinct plan that will reflect Dublin’s energy and vibrancy while complying with historic district codes.  BriHi Square will be a gathering space that is uniquely Dublin.”

 

The City of Dublin plans to use a tax increment financing (TIF) strategy to fund its portion of the expenses of the project.  The Stonehenge Company collaborated with the City of Gahanna on a similar TIF initiative for the Creekside Gahanna mixed-use development that opened earlier this month.  Last year, the Council of Development Finance Agencies recognized Creekside Gahanna as the nation's finest and most successful tax-increment financing project.

 

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http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14250

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Old Town Dublin is easily one of my favorite suburban old towns in Columbus.  It's very attractive, and actually draws a lot of people to its restaurants, cafes, and stores.  This is just the icing on the cake.

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Old Town Dublin is easily one of my favorite suburban old towns in Columbus.  It's very attractive, and actually draws a lot of people to its restaurants, cafes, and stores.  This is just the icing on the cake.

 

I've been to Bexley's, UA's, and Grandview's by bike. Worthington's and Westerville's by car, but never been to Dublin's or Gahanna's new one. I heard Dublin's was meh, I don't havea car anymore and it's in traffic hell. Doesn't look like there's a safe route to get there, as the fastest roads I go on are 35 and they have to meet certain criteria for bikeability. I could just imagine the illogical 3 hr COTA ride.

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BriHi Square project under way

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

By BRITTINY DUNLAP, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

City leaders and developers broke ground last Thursday on the mixed-use development being built on the northwest corner of Bridge and High streets in the historic district.  The 22,000-square-foot BriHi Square will include two, two-story buildings with private commercial office, restaurant and retail space, a public plaza and water features.  The multi-million dollar project, jointly funded and constructed by a partnership between the city and the Stonehenge Co., is designed to appear as a series of smaller connected buildings.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2008/05/21/0522dubrihi_ln.html

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P&Z sends $100M medical complex back for revisions

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

By BRITTINY DUNLAP

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

It's been two months since Dublin's planning and zoning commission took its first look at a proposed $100-million, 45-acre medical complex on Riverside Drive near state Route 161.  After getting their second look Aug. 21, commission members said they saw some improvements, but told the applicants they still had a long way to go.

 

As part of the medical complex proposed by Vrable Healthcare Cos. and Stratford Cos., the retirement facility would look like 19th and 20th century row houses, with each wing reminiscent of a Victorian mansion.  The architect changed the building materials to primarily brick and stone and added details such as cornices and balconies.

 

The proposed development, 6720 Riverside Drive, is divided into three sections that include four, two-story medical office buildings totaling 76,000 square feet, a 75,000-square-foot, two-story skilled nursing facility and a four-story, 200-unit independent living retirement facility with an underground parking garage.

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2008/08/27/0828dupz_ln.html

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BriHi dust flying

 

BriHi Square, the signature development taking place in old Dublin, is well under way.  Bridge & High Ltd., an affiliate of developer Stonehenge Co., has told surrounding businesses that foundations have been poured for the $9 million project.  The next step, burying power lines and doing plumbing work, could lead to "intermittent traffic disruptions over the next two months," the company wrote in a memo to the businesses.  BriHi, at Bridge and High streets, will create a gathering space for the city as well as the site of 22,000 square feet of office and retail space at the busy intersection.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/12/15/ZONE1215.ART_ART_12-15-08_C8_4GC6IB0.html?sid=101

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I've been to Bexley's, UA's, and Grandview's by bike. Worthington's and Westerville's by car, but never been to Dublin's or Gahanna's new one. I heard Dublin's was meh, I don't havea car anymore and it's in traffic hell. Doesn't look like there's a safe route to get there, as the fastest roads I go on are 35 and they have to meet certain criteria for bikeability. I could just imagine the illogical 3 hr COTA ride.

 

I guess when I said suburban, I really meant "outter-ring" suburbs.  I agree that Grandview and Bexley have pretty strong historic districts.  I didn't realize UA had an area like that...?

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FROM HERE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/dublin-wants-to-build-a-downtown

 

<b>Dublin Wants to Build a Downtown</b>

By Walker | September 29, 2009 7:15pm

 

<img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/dublin-oh.jpg">

 

Very interesting article in today’s Dispatch about a new study being conducted in the historic area of Dublin. The study will assess the possibility of redeveloping the location into a more modern “Downtown”, complete with new urban residences and pedestrian-friendly walkability.

 

Terry Foegler, the City Manager of Dublin seems to understand that these types of amenities currently don’t exist anywhere in his city, but it sounds as if they’ve got quite the uphill battle in front of them for a major reconversion like this. The BriHi development has started to move the area in the right direction, but the noisy high-speed crossing of 161/33 through the middle of this area will need quite a bit of pedestrian-friendly improvements to make it more accommodating to anything other than just the rush of automobile traffic.

 

If other suburban areas can build more densely though, there’s no reason Dublin can’t. Gahanna has had a bit of a rocky start with their new Creekside development, but that opening also aligned with the housing market crash and national recession. Grandview and Bexley have both been growing their Downtown areas in a similar fashion for several years now, with mixed results. Grove City also has similar plans on the table for an urbanized upgrade to their historic core.

 

Is this type of makeover in the cards for historic Dublin? Will it have the same appeal as existing options in Bexley, or even the Short North? Would anyone here be interested in living in this type of new urban development?

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BriHi opening planned for March

Dioun says 60 percent of space has been leased

Wednesday,  October 7, 2009 3:44 PM

By JENNIFER NOBLIT

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The opening of the BriHi Square development is tentatively set for March 17.  The city is a partner in the BriHi Square development -- located on the northwest corner of Bridge and High streets in Historic Dublin -- with the Stonehenge Co. and its president, Mo Dioun.  He updated council this week on the multimillion-dollar project.

 

Dioun said utility burials were 90 to 95 percent complete, the water features of the development are 40 percent complete and work on the public plaza recently began.  Despite the economy, Dioun told council members that marketing for the the 22,000-square-foot development has gone well so far.  "We have leased or (have) letters of intent on 70 percent (of the space)," he said.  "Sixty percent is leased and 10 percent is letter of intent."

 

Full story at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2009/10/07/BriHi.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=104

 

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^^Pretty good article about Dublin's study to strengthen its historic downtown by creating a 21st century addition to it.  Dublin gets alot of deserved criticism for its auto dependent development.  But I think Dublin deserves credit for looking to build more densely.   

 

Although, I tend to agree with Walker's analysis that "they’ve got quite the uphill battle in front of them".  Infill projects like The BriHi development are an important step in the right direction.  But the current volume of vehicular traffic through the existing historic core and where Dublin's 21st century downtown might be located are tough problems to overcome.  Not impossible, but very difficult.  But they do deserve credit for taking on these issues.  And I wish them luck.

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FROM HERE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/dublin-wants-to-build-a-downtown

 

<b>Dublin Wants to Build a Downtown</b>

By Walker | September 29, 2009 7:15pm

 

<img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/dublin-oh.jpg">

 

Very interesting article in today’s Dispatch about a new study being conducted in the historic area of Dublin. The study will assess the possibility of redeveloping the location into a more modern “Downtown”, complete with new urban residences and pedestrian-friendly walkability.

 

An update to Dublin's study on adding a 21st century downtown to their historic core in yesterday's Dispatch.  The article titled "Could Dublin use a touch of German Village? City neighborhood a good walkability model, expert says" interviews the first of a series of urban planning experts being sponsored by the City of Dublin to speak to Dublin citizens on urban planning and density issues for this plan.

 

The plan, which is officially titled the Bridge Street Corridor Study, also has a city website at http://www.dublin.oh.us/bridgestreet/index.php.  Below is a map of the study area from the city website:

 

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It would be nice if the city of Columbus would have urban planning experts speak about how to improve  our neighborhoods. It would help educate neighborhood associations that really don't know what's best for their neighborhood (Clintonville) and would have bolstered the case for a streetcar. This is a good thing to see happeing in a suburb and hopefully others will follow.

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Developer buys ailing Dublin Village Center

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, November 13, 2009

 

The struggling Dublin Village Center off Sawmill Road has been sold, raising prospects the 21-year-old retail complex may be redeveloped by its new owner.  Whittingham Capital LLC, an affiliate of Dublin-based Stavroff Land & Development Inc., paid $4.7 million Nov. 6 for the retail center spread over 49 acres near the heavily traveled Sawmill and Interstate 270 interchange.  Matt Stavroff, the development firm’s principal, said he has no detailed plans for the property beyond possible redevelopment as a mixed-use project.  About 30 percent of the center’s 326,000 square feet of leasable space is empty, but that vacancy rate doesn’t include a 109,000-square-foot building next door that was abandoned by BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc.  That 7.5-acre site is owned by a Casto real estate partnership. 

 

The sale comes amid a $250,000 study by Dublin to explore economic development opportunities in the Route 161 corridor between Frantz and Sawmill roads.  The city’s Bridge Street Corridor study – named for the stretch of Route 161 that cuts through its downtown – began in July and focuses on high-density, mixed-used development opportunities.  “If you’re looking at prime redevelopment sites,” Dublin City Manager Terry Foegler said, “Dublin Village Center is probably one of the best in the city and one of the best in the region.”

 

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More at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/11/16/story1.html

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Corridor study could spark new types of development

Wednesday,  December 9, 2009 - 1:01 PM

By Jennifer Noblit, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

What's referred to as Dublin's core could undergo significant changes over the next several years.  The city last week concluded its series of national speakers who delved into market trends and possibilities for the Bridge Street Corridor -- the area of state Route 161 that stretches from Sawmill Road to the U.S. 33/I-270 interchange.  Although the Bridge Street Corridor study isn't slated to wrap up until the spring, market trends and demographics presented by the speakers show high-density, walkable, urban-style development could be in the city's future.  In a community known for its golf courses and high-quality subdivisions, the study could usher in quite a change.

 

"Why the series was important was to present new concepts for Dublin that have been executed well in other areas of the country," said Rachel Ray, a Dublin planner assigned to the Bridge Street Corridor study.  Ray works alongside Boston-based consultant Goody Clancy and Associates.  The firm was hired to gather information on demographics and market trends and talk to the community, stakeholders and others before recommending development and redevelopment opportunities in the Bridge Street Corridor.

 

Full story at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2009/12/09/1210ducorridor-study_ln.html?sid=104

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BriHi on target for March 17 opening

Dioun in 'serious negotiations' with potential tenants; Mezzo Italian Kitchen has signed on

Wednesday,  January 27, 2010 - 11:32 AM

By Jennifer Noblit, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The public portions of BriHi Square are still expected to open March 17, but other elements depend on tenants.  Stonehenge Co. president Mo Dioun gave Dublin City Council an update Monday night on the 22,000-square-foot commercial and retail project at the northwest corner of Bridge and High streets in Historic Dublin.   

 

The multi-million dollar BriHi Square, a partnership between Stonehenge and the city, has been under construction for close to 500 days, Dioun told council.  As for tenants for the two two-story buildings, Dioun said he has commitments from two restaurants and is having "dialogue" with a bridal shop, an architectural and engineering firm and another restaurant.

 

Dioun characterized the talks with the potential tenants as "serious negotiations."  The tenants will be "community-driven" and not national chains, he said.  Mezzo Italian Kitchen was the only tenant that Dioun revealed to council.  Mezzo Italian Kitchen also is part of Dioun's Gahanna development, Creekside, but this restaurant will be geared toward Dublin.  Dioun said the restaurant would have a lounge and casual dining on the first floor, and formal dining on the second floor.

 

Full article at http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2010/01/27/0128dubrihi-to-open_ln.html?sid=104

 


 

Also, ink posted some updated BriHi Square construction photos here.

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Dublin to add parking in bid to slow traffic

45 spaces will be in Historic District downtown

Friday,  February 12, 2010 - 3:05 AM

By Holly Zachariah

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The addition of a few dozen on-street parking spaces in Dublin will dramatically change the traffic flow through the downtown this summer.  The City Council has given City Manager Terry Foegler the green light to add as many as 45 parallel parking spaces in the Historic District, most of them along Bridge Street (Rt. 161) in the heart of the city.

 

The plan is to eliminate two lanes of traffic along Bridge Street during certain hours -- 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and perhaps additional hours on weekends -- and allow free parking in those curb-side lanes instead.  Thirteen spaces would be added at Bridge and High streets, some in front of the Bri-Hi development under construction on the northwest corner and others in front of the popular Jeni's ice cream shop and Starbucks.  Other spaces would be closer to Dublin Community Church and Dublin Cemetery.

 

Business owners and city leaders say that won't solve the area's parking problems, but it can't hurt, either.

 

MAP OF PROPOSED PARKING SPACES

 

Full article at http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/02/12/copy/DUBPARK.ART_ART_02-12-10_B2_Q4GIN04.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

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Council wants Historic Dublin 'wayfinding' project expedited

Wednesday,  March 3, 2010 - 2:39 PM

By JENNIFER NOBLIT

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The subject of "wayfinding" in Historic Dublin resurfaced last week when Dublin City Council members expressed disappointment in the length of time the project has taken.  The project began in April 2008 when the city met with residents to gather input for a plan that would help people unfamiliar with Historic Dublin find their way around through signs and informational kiosks.

 

During last week's council meeting, council member Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said she was disappointed by an update given to council that said the wayfinding project won't be in place until late July or early August.  "I'm concerned with the implementation of the wayfinding timing," she said.  "We'll miss most of the summer."

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2010/03/03/0304duhistoric-dublin_ln.html?sid=104

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BriHi Square opening delayed -- again

Tuesday,  March 16, 2010 10:51 AM

By Jennifer Noblit, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

Last month's snowstorms will continue to inconvenience Dublin residents looking forward to visiting BriHi Square, which won't open as expected this week.  In January, Stonehenge Co. president Mo Dioun told Dublin City Council that he believed the public portions of the development at the northwest corner of Bridge and High streets in Historic Dublin would be completed by March 17.

 

The sidewalks were open for last weekend's St. Patrick's Day festivities.  However, a staff report from Dublin parks and open space director Fred Hahn said the February snowfall forced a construction delay.  According to a letter from Dioun to Hahn about a time extension, infrastructure and structural elements as well as the water walls should be completed by March 30.  Weather permitting, paver work is expected to be completed by April 30, and landscaping should be done by May 15.

 

Ground was broken in May 2008 on the $9-million, 22,000-square-foot project, a public-private partnership between Dublin and Stonehenge.  It originally was expected to be completed by summer 2009, but the mixed retail and commercial development encountered problems with underground utility burial as well as a few other issues.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2010/03/10/BriHi-Square.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=104

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Dublin to add parking in bid to slow traffic

45 spaces will be in Historic District downtown

 

MAP OF PROPOSED PARKING SPACES

 

Full article at http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/02/12/copy/DUBPARK.ART_ART_02-12-10_B2_Q4GIN04.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

An update to the previously posted article regarding a proposal to add on-street parking to Bridge Street/Rt. 161 in the Historic Dublin area.

 

Historic Dublin parking plan on hold

Tuesday,  May 11, 2010 - 11:28 AM

By JENNIFER NOBLIT

ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

A plan to add on-street parking in Historic Dublin could cause more problems than it solves and won't be implemented without further study, Dublin City Council members said Monday night.  In February, staff members presented council with "near term parking strategies," including on-street parking on Bridge and North High streets.  On Monday, council members discussed a staff memo that included how the on-street parking could be implemented by June 14.

 

According to the report, around 40 on-street parallel parking spaces could be added on Bridge Street by cutting traffic down to one lane in each direction between Blacksmith Lane and High School Road.  Traffic volumes would be too high to use on-street parking before 7 p.m., the study said.  Staff estimated 21 signs would have to be installed in Historic Dublin to explain parking times and other rules.

 

Council member Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher agreed, calling the plan "impossible."  She said the best option would be to eventually build a parking structure in the area.  "I think we need to bite the bullet and have a private/public partnership for a parking structure," she said.  "I don't see how (on-street parking) solves anything."

 

Full article: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2010/05/05/Historic-Dublin-parking-plan-on-hold.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=104

 

 

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It's hardly "impossible". Why wouldn't they want traffic slowed down in their urban business district rather than drivers speeding through and not being able to see what it offers? The suburban mentality wins out here, not that I'm all that surprised. A parking garage would still add more traffic anyway, but most people aren't going to want the hassle that comes with it like circling around a few stories and then having to walk vs. parking right in front or just down the street from their destination. I don't see how a parking garage solves anything.

 

 

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BriHi Square to open over the weekend

Tuesday,  May 25, 2010 - 3:33 PM

By JENNIFER NOBLIT, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

The public portion of the BriHi Square development in Historic Dublin will open by Memorial Day.  Fred Hahn, the city's director of parks and open space, told city council members during a Monday meeting that the project would reach "substantial completion" and open over the holiday weekend.  "The public will be able to walk into the public square," he said.  Landscaping and benches will have been installed, and water will be flowing through the water features, he added.

 

The 22,000-square-foot development, the result of a partnership between Dublin and the Stonehenge Co., has been under construction for about two years.  The multi-million dollar project, which consists of two two-story buildings that will include offices and commercial businesses, has encountered problems with weather delays, utility burial and architectural elements.

 

Full article: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2010/05/19/BriHi-Square-to-open-over-the-weekend.html?sid=104

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BRIDGE STREET CORRIDOR STUDY

Plan outlines redevelopment options

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 5:48 PM

By Jennifer Noblit, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

It was standing room only Monday night as consultants hired by the city unveiled a vision for the heart of Dublin.  Planners from Goody Clancy and Associates outlined preliminary results of the Bridge Street corridor study, an addition to the community plan that will guide the development in the area of Bridge Street that stretches from the Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 33 interchange to Sawmill Road.

 

City manager Terry Foegler told the large crowd gathered at Wendy's headquarters that the study was a goal of city council and came about after landowners expressed interest in redevelopment.  "We need to take a look at this not only as an area for redevelopment, but an area for extraordinary opportunity," he said.  The plan is market driven and could be used as a 20- to 30-year vision.  The next step for the study will be to continue dialogue with stakeholders, illustrate opportunities for development in each district and outline design guidelines.

 

Full article: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/dublin/stories/2010/06/16/Plan-outlines-redevelopment-options.html?sid=104

 

The Bridge Street Corridor Study page at the City of Dublin website is here and the pdf of study's recommendations is here.

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Dublin considers downtown face-lift

Changing demographics suggest new style for development

Thursday, June 24, 2010  - 2:53 AM

By Caitlin McGlade, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Dublin might get a makeover.  Imagine quaint storefronts stacked with loft apartments lining neighborhood streets abuzz with people walking to coffee shops, chatting outside or checking out new landscaping.

 

That's what the city wants to do with about 1,000 acres from I-270 to Sawmill Road to Rt. 161.  Dublin has spent $150,000 since last year to research demand for change, demographic shifts and market capabilities to decide whether the dream is feasible, said City Manager Terry Foegler.  "This is what I would call retrofitting the suburbs," said Laurie Volk, principal-in-charge of market studies at Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc., a research group that analyzed Dublin's demographics.

 

Full article: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/06/24/copy/dublin-considers-a-face-lift.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

 

 

The Bridge Street Corridor Study page at the City of Dublin website is here and the pdf of study's recommendations is here.

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