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City of Dublin transfers 27.701 acres identified in economic development agreement to advance OHIO’s academic mission

City of Dublin transfers 27.701 acres identified in economic development agreement to advance OHIO’s academic mission
Published: May 22, 2019 Author: Staff reports

The City of Dublin has transferred 27.7 acres to Ohio University in support of the University’s teaching, research and service mission. The land, valued at $4.2 million and referred to as “subarea 2” in the Dublin Framework Plan, provides flexibility for growth as University goals and opportunities evolve. With this transfer, the University now owns 85.6 acres on the Dublin campus. 

“Ohio University’s presence in Dublin has been invaluable to the central Ohio community,” said City Manager Dana McDaniel. “Over the past several years, we have established a mutually-beneficial environment that is supportive of a vibrant knowledge community. We are excited to be part of the next phase of expansion, which will foster new levels of community engagement.”

In 2012, Ohio University acquired property in the City of Dublin to establish a new location for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM). The University also entered into an Economic Development Agreement (EDA) with the City of Dublin to encourage development and industry partnerships to advance the University’s academic and research mission. The agreement included transferring subarea 2 upon completion of the Framework plan.

Over time, Ohio University has expanded its footprint on the Dublin campus to four buildings, with programs in HCOM and the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) as well as executive courses through the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The campus also serves Columbus State Community College.

“Ohio University’s Dublin campus has provided a unique opportunity to create new and innovative teaching and research opportunities for our faculty and students. I am grateful for the support and partnership extended to us by the City of Dublin,” said Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis. “I am also grateful for City Manager Dana McDaniel’s leadership as we enter this next phase in an effort to strategically advance our academic mission.”

The Framework plan identified subarea 2 as an ideal location to consider industry partners. Additionally, the plan includes a consideration to develop future residential living, complete with increased parking options for residents and guests to the campus.

This concept, when complete, is anticipated to foster a shared philosophy of live, learn, work and play. The three subareas together will establish a vibrant community that provides opportunities for high-impact initiatives and programs that are complementary to the central Ohio community, advance University interests that cannot be accomplished in Athens.