Proposed Upper Arlington Development At Center Of Town Hall Meeting


UPDATED: Saturday June 21, 2014 10:15 PM

On Saturday, Upper Arlington city council members heard from residents opposed to allowing a commercial building to go up at Kenny and Tremont Roads.

"Putting this kind of development on public property is like putting up a driver through coffee shop or drive-thru on the White House lawn," said Upper Arlington resident Bill DiMascio.

He said the move is the wrong thing to do and he's spending his Saturday handing out flyers full of information on why he thinks switching the use of green space to city cash flow is a bad idea.

Council members plan to construct a business facility on the land next to city hall.

They will then lease it out to professionals to boost tax revenue by between $150,000 - $200,000 a year.

Upper Arlington's projected budget is several million dollars shy.

"It's not going to make that up by developing," said DiMascio. "It would take 35 additional buildings like this to come anywhere close to the five million. That's not going to happen."

Not all residents are opposed to the plan.

"You don't take children to play in the middle of an intersection. There's not playground equipment there, walls or fences to keep the children away from the intersection," said resident Marianne Mitchell.

Upper Arlington city manager Tad Staton took part in Saturday's meeting showcasing the development.

"There's been pressure on us as an organization to grow the economy, to grow the workforce," Staton said.

Staton also said Upper Arlington is landlocked and this development is the best option.

Those hoping to overturn the decision plan to get 2,400 signatures by July 1 to put the issue on the next ballot.

To date, the city has received two informal development plans for the site. Trivium Development LLC has proposed a 36,000-square-foot medical office project, half of which would house the Central Ohio Urology Group.

Daimler Group Inc. and Kohr Royer Griffith Inc. also have jointly identified the investment firm Morgan Stanley Wealth Advisors and the commercial insurance agency Overmyer Hall Associates as tenants for a proposed 40,000-square-foot office.

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