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Industry Update: Final Ohio Budget Includes Changes to Public/Private Urban Renewal Projects.

Governor Kasich signed his final two-year stated budged on June 30, 2017. The budget includes an amendment to Chapter 725 of the Ohio Revised Code, which governs Urban Renewal Projects. In an urban renewal project, a municipality and a developer create a development agreement to improve blighted areas. Read more

Industry Update: Grant Medical Center adding fourth floor in planned 2 year $17.4 million project.

Site Selection Magazine Announces That Columbus Region Ranks No. 8 in Top Metro Areas List

Site Selection magazine put the Columbus Region in the No. 8 spot for the Top 10 Metro Areas list, measured by the new and expanded facilities in the region during 2016. Today’s announcement marks the fifth year in a row that Site Selection put the Columbus Region among the nation’s top ten. Read more

City of Columbus Proposes Package of Incentives for Kaufman Development’s Franklinton Development

The City of Columbus voted to authorize the Department of Development to enter into an agreement with The Gravity Project, LLC, an affiliate of Kaufman Development. Under the agreement, the City would provide a package of incentives valued at close to $4 million as part of Kaufman’s plan to redevelop the sites of the former Wasserstrom National Office Warehouse and Phillip’s Original Coney Island, located in the Franklinton area. Read more

Design Released for Dublin Branch of Columbus Library

While the design has not yet been approved by the City of Dublin, NBBJ released its design for a new 41,000 square-foot breach of the Columbus Library. Turner Construction Co. is expected to begin work later this year.

AGCA Expecting Another Strong Year

The Associated General Contractors of America reported that, based on a national survey, 73 percent of construction firms plan on continued growth in 2017.

I-71 Bridge, Ohio’s Tallest, Nears Completion

After six years traffic is finally moving without construction obstacles on the Interstate 71 bridge over the Little Miami River. The 2,300-foot bridge, known as the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, was built by Kokosing Construction; Omnipro Services performed site services; and HNTB designed the replacement structure.