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Mixed-Use Development Planned for Historic Dublin

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Although much smaller in scale than the ambitious project proposed for the east side of the Scioto River, last night’s public meeting in Dublin also saw the unveiling of a mixed-use retail, office and condominium project that will attempt to add density and parking directly to the city’s historic core.

Gerry Bird of OHM presented the plan for a one-acre site north of Bridge Street, between Blacksmith Lane and Riverview street – just west of the river and just south of the landing site for a proposed pedestrian bridge that would lead to a park and large mixed-use development on the other side.

The project, which is currently moving through the design-review process, would consist of two buildings containing 27 condominiums.

A retail or restaurant space would anchor the first floor of the southern-most building, facing Bridge Street, and offer potential patio space overlooking the river. Office space would sit above the restaurant, and three floors of residential would extend to north, spread over the two buildings.

Both buildings would feature a lower level parking garage accessed from the rear that would not be visible from either Bridge Street or Blacksmith Lane.

In his presentation at the meeting, Bird said that he hoped the development matched the vision laid out in Dublin’s Bridge Street Corridor plan, and that the buildings would blend with the character of the area.

“The concept is to be contextual for Dublin, to be more residential in scale, utilizing stone and brick materials..and to feature a variety of roof forms.”

He added that he hopes to start construction in the fall of 2014.

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More info can be found at www.dublinohiousa.gov/bridge-street/.

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  • Eugene_C

    “Add Density and Parking” – Can you say “oxymoron”? Sadly, “New Urbanism” is just old urbanism with lots of parking garages and no trolleys. But it’s the best we got going right now. Eventually it will make sense to improve transit to dense areas like this, so it’s a good first step. We are basically doing things backwards. We should be establishing transportation corridors first and then adding the density along those from the stations outward. But what do I know, I only studying planning in grad school.

  • Density and parking garages aren’t mutually exclusive concepts. Parking garages can be found in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and other super dense cities.

    I agree that mass transportation updates should be a high priority, but it’s always been a bit more of a chicken-vs-egg situation rather than needing to have one before the other. Mass transit drives additional density, and density drives the need for mass transit. The key question is when does it make sense to phase each piece into place.

    I’d love to see a rail line running from Downtown Columbus to The Bridge Street Corridor (Something running on Riverside would be a perfect direct route). But I wonder if the cities are too regionally competitive with each other to accomplish something like this.

  • Eugene_C

    The sentence just struck me as kind of funny since parking is by definition a low-density use of land.

  • Surface parking, yes. Parking decks seem to make the most out of a parcel, especially when hidden from the main floor for pedestrian access (as is the case with this project).

  • JB05

    At least they’ll have sidewalks and (I assume) bike accomodations. These modest steps alone place them well above the vast, vast majority of real estate out there (see: most malls, any WalMart, etc)

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