After several months of wrangling, input from the public and much discussion, the Marysville City Council Monday passed a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan for Vision Development to renovate the site of the old Kroger building, known as Marysville Plaza, 1095 W. 5th St.
Council member Henk Berbee, after meeting with City Law Director Tim Aslaner, recused himself from the final vote as Mr. Berbee, with his long experience on the Finance Committee of the council, has acted as a liaison between the Council and the Marysville Exempted Village School District over the last several years. As the TIF will affect tax monies received by both the City and the MEVSD, Mr. Berbee was advised that his vote could be considered a conflict of interest. Mr. Berbee left the dais and the chambers as the discussion and vote was taken to avoid the possible conflict.
After some discussion, the ordinance passed by a 4–2 vote, with President of Council Mark Reams and Council Member Donald Boerger voting against the measure.
The vote now gives Vision Development the green light to raze the existing buildings on the approximately 15-acre site on which it plans to build an apartment complex containing 240 units including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Work on the site is expected to begin this summer and is predicted to be completed and accepting tenants by 2024.
J.R. Rausch explains why he voted for the measure:
Donald Boerger’s comments on the TIF:
Marysville City Council also passed an ordinance which will modify the MORA district boundaries and hours of operation for Uptown Marysville. The MORA will now be in effect seven days a week, from 4 until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon until 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The boundaries of the MORA District were also modified to include The Flamingo, 210 N. Plum St. and the Walking Distance Brewery, 222 E. 8th St. The ordinance passed with Council members Donald Boerger and Alan Seymour voting against passing the measure.
Other ordinances up a third and final reading and a vote by the council included the extension of the roadway in Innovation Park, appropriating funds to continue work on Pump Station #2, amending the prices of pool passes and admission at the Marysville Municipal Pool, the repeal section 931.03 of the codified ordinances which will remove the rates for private fire protection that are incurred by a number of businesses and residences in the city, authorize supplemental appropriations in the sanitary fund for the Uptown Refuse District, the rezoning of two parcels of land in the city totaling less than four acres, and an ordinance which codifies annual compensation for all city employees in the year 2022. All of the measures passed with Council Member Deborah Groat voting ‘no’ on the ordinance that will amend Part Eleven – specifically the appendix and glossary and terms of the planning and zoning code.
The council also heard on the second reading an ordinance which will sell city-owned real estate in the 33 Innovation Park on which a 120,000 square-foot industrial use building is planned, with construction on the proposed building to begin as soon as possible.
The council heard the first reading of an ordinance which will designate City Manager Terry Emery to enter into a joint economic development district (JEDD) with Jerome Township.
Two resolutions were also before the Council Monday, the first will authorize Mr. Emery to represent the city in signing an agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to build a bridge over Mill Creek which will extend the Jim Simmons Trail on the north side of the city. The State of Ohio has designated $500,000 for the project which is estimated to cost approximately $750,000. Council also heard a resolution allowing Mr. Emery to obtain funding from the state for the demolition of the vacant building at 401 E. 5th St., site of the former Swifty gas station.
The Marysville City Council will conduct it next regularly scheduled meeting Monday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 209 S. Main St.