1. Several of you e-mailed Thursday to report seeing multiple police vehicles including a SWAT vehicle, an armored vehicle and more racing into Muirfield, and then Whittingham was blocked off for hours, leading residents unable to return home to use restrooms at The Country Club. [Thanks, TCCMV!]. I spoke yesterday to a Dublin Police Dept. lieutenant who explained that a resident in the Whittingham area was distraught and had barricaded in their basement. After 4+ hours of negotiations the standoff was successfully resolved with no harm to anyone. [Thanks Dublin PD!]
2. A quick reminder -- the bike lanes along Muirfield Drive are for bikes. They are not multi-use paths. Residents can enjoy the 29 miles of Muirfield Association-owned multi-use paths, but please do not endanger yourself on curvy Muirfield Drive by walking or jogging on those lanes.
3. A Business Impact Breakfast meeting was held in Jerome VIllage yesterday sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. I attended along with Board Treasurer Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher and Muirfield Civic Action Committee Member Andrew Graham. Topic: a huge expansion of Jerome Village! A Nationwide Realty [the developer] spokesperson told us that Jerome VIllage has grown through additional acquisitions from the original 1,400 to now 1.900 acres. The number of lots grew from 1800 to 2100 to now 2800, thanks for both downsizing some lots and land acquisition. 800 homes are completed there with another 150 under construction. All 2800 of those homes are in the Dublin School DIstrict, Now Nationwide is planning to acquire another 800 aces, increasing the number of homes in JV to 4,500, almost twice the size of Muirfield's 2400 homes! And the developer had planned on 1.5 million square feet of retail/commercial space, but some of that will be converted now to more residential acres. 43 acres were donated to the Dublin School District, where the newest school, Abraham Depp Elementary, is under construction and a new Middle School will break ground next year. Fortunately for those of us in the Dublin School DIstrict, the new 800 acres of expansion, about 1300 homesites, is in the Fairbanks School District.
A side note, Nationwide has set aside $5 million for a new police and fire station. Keep in mind this is not in the City of Dublin, so they likely mean a County Sheriff's office and Township Fire station. They also are tentatively planning a lap pool on the current pool property near the barn. What will this mean for traffic? I asked about traffic studies and was told the developer had donated money to the County for road improvements. I also asked if the long talked about interchange on Rt. 33 at Mitchell-Dewitt was beyond the talking stage, now that Fed Ex is locating a major truck transfer station at Industrial Parkway/Rt. 33/ and Mitchell-Dewitt. No. That is an idea, not a plan. No funding is in the ODOT nor Union County Engineer's budget for that. So expect lots more traffic on Hyland-Croy and Avery over the years as this subdivision grows.
In addition, a new sub, the Villages at Glacier Pointe, is being constructed on the former Diocese of Columbus property at Mitchell-Dewitt, 33 and Rt. 42. This is to have 467 housing units, all in the Dublin School DIstrict. but it is supposed to be for empty nester housing. Personal helicopter anyone?
4. Some good news -- the Concord Township Trustees finally approved construction to complete the multi-use path along Concord Drive between Pinney Elementary and the City of Dublin path north of Glick along COncord. That has been 5 years in the making, the idea of Muirfield resident Becca Wleklinski and supported by the Muirfield CIvic Action Committee. Thanks Becca,and thanks to Dublin CIty Engineer Paul Hammersmith and staff for persisting patiently to get this needed path into reality.
I hope you and your visitors all enjoy the Tournament next week as much as we do in my family. And don't forget Fore!Fest next Thursday and Friday eves in Bridge Park, and Saturday afternoon and evening, for entertainment and food.