Historic character, forward-thinking mindset
median age 38.3
distance to downtown 14 miles
Three years ago, a switch turned on at the corner of Bridge and High streets in Historic Dublin, says resident Bill Jacob. The construction at Bri Hi, as the locals call it, cleared away, leaving in its wake new restaurants, retailers and professional offices, with quaint brick and stone facades so uniformly crafted it made discerning what was new and old nearly impossible.
“The whole place had a feeling of being finished,” says Jacob, who moved his accounting firm Bottom Line CPA to the neighborhood seven years ago. “It was suddenly a destination.”
Historic Dublin—once a two-gas-station junction—is a postcard-esque representation of a city much bigger than the small-town intersection. A quick drive past this area exposes mile after mile of large-home subdivisions, almost 100 miles of bike paths, dozens of park spaces and commercial property that supports the city’s more than 40,000 residents.
“The way I look at it, Dublin is in the black,” Jacob says. “We can afford the services citizens demand.” Finding the balance between residential life and commercial growth to help finance quality-of-life amenities is something Dublin city manager Marsha Grigsby feels the city has done well. For example, she says, where other cities funnel hotel-generated taxes into a general fund, the roughly 2.4 million tax dollars raised in Dublin each year is invested in the form of public art projects, beautification and community events.
And after the positive response Dubliners expressed with the revamping of Historic Dublin, the city’s poised to expand the neighborhood. The proposed Bridge Street Corridor project will include new retail, office, condo, apartment and park space on the east bank of the Scioto River, just shy of the historic neighborhood, as well as future realignment of Riverside Drive. A pedestrian bridge—one the city hopes will become an iconic image—will connect the banks.
“In order to remain competitive, we think we need to have this type of development,” Grigsby says. “It’s an expansion of our core.”