Home Road Corridor
We started 2019 with a large economic development win for our community. City Council approved the City’s single largest economic development project in early 2019 – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Ambulatory Care Facility. The plan proposes to construct a medical office building, ambulatory care center and future hospital on 44 acres at the northeast corner of Sawmill Parkway and Home Road.
Phase I at a Glance
The City also approved plans for a new mixed-use project at the northwest corner of Home Road and Steitz Road. A portion of the site will be the home of a new Delaware County District Library Branch to serve the community.
Keep Powell Moving
The City continues to take a number of steps to improve traffic flow in downtown Powell through our Keep Powell Moving Initiative. As part of this initiative, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to extend the time frame for restricted left turns at the Olentangy and Liberty Street intersection from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area
Cheers to DORA! The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, also known as a DORA, legislation was unanimously approved by Powell City Council this fall. The DORA allows licensed liquor establishments in a designated area to sell alcohol at special times that can be carried out of their establishments in specially marked cups. The City’s Development Committee met with business owners within the DORA boundaries several times throughout the early part of 2019. This was critical in gathering feedback and spurring discussions about how the DORA might be implemented in Powell. The committee and staff will continue to focus on the implementation process of the DORA now that it has been approved by City Council.
What’s Ahead for 2020?
City Manager Steve Lutz announced his retirement this past summer. Steve will retire from the City after serving as its manager since 1996. He has committed to City Council to stay until a new City Manager is hired which will most likely occur later this winter or early spring. We wish Steve all the best in his retirement and thank him for his tireless and steadfast leadership in our community.
Seldom Seen Park will open this spring. The park will feature soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a natural playground, wetlands, multiuse trails and a shelter. Visit our Parks & Recreation Guide for upcoming wetland tours for the whole family.
As always, check our website at www.cityofpowell.us for up-to-date news and information. We hope to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, NextDoor or LinkedIn.
We wish you a happy and healthy 2020!
2014 Annual Report (pdf)